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Fujfilm GFX 50S mirrorless medium-format camera in development

Fujifilm has announced the GFX 50S medium-format digital camera development at the Photokina 2016.

The Fujifilm GFX 50S mirrorless camera will feature the new G Format 43.8 x 32.9mm sensor with a 51.4MP resolution. The camera is built around a new ‘G mount’ that will include zoom as well as prime lenses. Six new FUJINON GF Lenses that will be introduced sequentially in early 2017.

The first three lenses will be the GF 63mm F2.8 R WR, a GF32-64mm F4R LM WR and GF 120mm F4 Macro. These are expected in early 2017. The 0.79x crop means these are a 50mm, 25-50mm and 95mm equivalent, respectively.

These lenses will be followed by a GF 23mm F4 R LM WR and GF 110mm F2 in Mid 2017 and a GF 45mm F2.8 R WR in late 2017. Fujifilm GFX 50S with 63mm standard prime kit will be priced  under $10,000. (more…)

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Olympus E-PL8 unveiled at Photokina 2016 with revamped design

Olympus has announced the PEN-series E-PL8 entry-level mirrorless camera at Photokina 2016.

The new PEN E-PL8 comes with a 16MP sensor and in-body image stabilization. Aimed at fashion-conscious women, the Olympus E-PL8 boasts a new shape and leather look finish, and comes with a flip-down LCD that’s ideal for selfies.

The PEN E-PL8 will be available in pure white, black with silver details, and in vintage brown. The body weighs just 326 grams. The Micro Four Thirds camera costs $549.99 for the body, and $649.99 for the 14-42 IIR kit. (more…)

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Olympus 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens Officially Announced

Olympus has unveiled the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro lens for Micro four Thirds system cameras.

This is a new macro lens with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1.25:1 and a close-focus point of 9.5cm. It is claimed to autofocus faster than previous Olympus macro lenses.

Another crucial feature for would-be nature specialists is the lens’ near-silent focus mechanism and lightweight design, which in tests improved AF response by 20-30% compared to conventional macro lenses. Shipping will start from October 2016 with a price of $299.99. (more…)

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Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO Lens Officially Announced

Olympus has announced the M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO standard prime lens.

The 25mm F1.2 Pro is a bright portrait lens with a 50mm equivalent focal length. The ground-up splashproof and dustproof design promises high resolution wide-open, as well as fast autofocus and well-controlled chromatic aberration.

Additionally, the lens boasts a “very fast” AF and Olympus’ advanced Z Coating Nano, which effectively reduces flaring and ghosts for even sharper, clearer images. The robust, metal-build lens features a maximum magnification of 0.11x (35mm equivalent: 0.22x) and weighs in at 410g. (more…)

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Olympus 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO Lens Announced

Olympus has announced the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS Pro designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras.

The all-around zoom lens zoom provides 24-200mm equivalent focal length in 35mm format with a constant maximum aperture.

Dust-, splash- and freezeproof, this professional-grade travel zoom features. Combined with Olympus’ 5-axis IBIS, it can offer up to 6.5 stops of image stabilization.

Weighing in at 561 grams, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO offers outstanding close-up photography capabilities thanks to its minimum working distance of 1.5cm. The lens will become available in November 2016 and will retail at a recommended price of $1299.99. (more…)

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Olympus announced OM-D E-M1 Mark II mirrorless camera development

Olympus has announced the development of its newest flagship camera at the Photokina 2016 event. The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is now official with 4K and 50MP high-res mode.

The new camera will feature a 20.4-megapixel Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor. It has an ISO range of 200-25,600, which can be expanded down to 64 ISO. It does not have an anti-aliasing filter.

The sensor is coupled with a TruePic VIII processor, which is about 3.5x faster than the TruePic VII engine. It delivers up to 18fps with continuous autofocus and up to 60fps with single AF in burst mode. (more…)

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Panasonic G85 Mirrorless Camera Officially Announced

Panasonic G85 has been officially announced at the Photokina 2016 event as a followup to the G7 model. The compact MFT camera features an improved 5-Axis Dual Image Stabilisation and a splash/dust proof design.

The Lumix DMC-G85 from Panasonic is a versatile Micro Four Thirds camera with flexible photo capabilities, and UHD 4K video recording. The  mirrorless camera uses a 16.0-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor and new Venus Engine. It has a sensitivity range from ISO 200-25600.

The Panasonic G85 will be available in the US for $899 body only and $999 with 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Power O.I.S. kit lens. (more…)

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Panasonic GH5 development announced! Comes with 4K 60p, 10bit 4:2:2

Panasonic GH5 development announced at the Photokina 2016 event. The hybrid mirrorless camera will be the first to shoot 4K/60p and 10bit 4:2:2 internally.

The GH5 will also provide a 6K Photo mode that will extract 18MP stills from burst footage or 8MP stills from 60p 4K clips. The Panasonic GH5 camera is expected to be released in the first half of 2017. There is no details about sensor or the pricing of the camera yet.

A prototype of GH5 will be on display at Panasonic’s Photokina 2016 booth. The company will show the video-centric MILC along with a new Leica-branded series of DG Vario-Elmarit F2.8-4.0 lenses, with 12-60mm, 8-18mm and 50-200mm zooms. (more…)

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First Olympus E-PL8 specs leaked on the web

First Olympus E-PL8 specs has been leaked online ahead of the official announcement.

The PEN E-PL8 from Olympus will replace the current PEN E-PL7 camera which has been introduced back in August, 2014. The official announcement will be before or at the Photokina 2016 event. Along with the E-PL8 model, the company will announce the rumored three new lensesOM-D E-M1 Mark II camera and FL-900R flash.

From the leaked Olympus E-PL8 specs we can see that the upcoming PEN-series model will feature 16-megapixel MFT sensor just like the previous model. (more…)

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Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar FE lens officially announced

The new Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar FE lens officially announced.

Designed for Sony full-frame E mount system cameras, the Loxia 2.4/85 is a new portrait lens from Zeiss. The construction consists of seven lens elements in seven groups. It has been designed for digital sensors and is based on an optimized ZEISS Sonnar design.

The telephoto prime optic has a minimum object distance of 0.80 meters. The manual focus ring has a rotation angle of 220 degrees and enables the subtlest variations of focusing. The large aperture of f/2.4 combined with the high-quality optical design ensures an appealing bokeh. The electronic interface transfers lens data (EXIF) as well as focus movements.

Release date of the ZEISS Loxia 85mm f/2.4 slated for the beginning of December 2016. The recommended retail sales price is $1,399 in US. (more…)