The folks over at 43rumors have received word that Olympus might be coming up with a new prime lens for Micro Four Thirds–a 25mm f1.8, to be exact. It is also said that the lens will be launched alongside the low-end OM-D camera that Olympus is currently working on. The camera was previously reported to be launched just ahead of the CP+ show in Tokyo, which will take place in February.
If this report turns out to be correct, the lens would nicely fill the gap between the already available 17mm f1.8 and 45mm f1.8 lenses. Those three would make a lovely prime lens set featuring the classic focal lengths of 35mm, 50mm, and 90mm. Also, this wouldn’t be the first 25mm prime lens from Olympus. For its Four Thirds DSLR cameras, the company made a 25mm f2.8 pancake lens.
43rumors also states that the 25mm f1.8 will be smaller and cheaper than the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4, which only makes sense if Olympus actually wants to sell it. It is said to be slightly larger than the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, though, which means it won’t be a pancake lens. As always, these are only reports so far, and we don’t have confirmation on any of the details yet.
Get ready for another super expensive lens to come from Zeiss that you’ll want to drool over. With the company releasing their 55mm f1.4 Otus lens this year (and us getting some playtime already with it), they’re already in the process of creating more. The company announced on Facebook that they’d be creating an 85mm f1.4 Otus next in 2014. With all this in mind, we’re positive that the one after that will either be a 35mm f1.4 or a 24mm f1.4.
If the company is making an 85mm f1.4, then they’re obviously trying to outdo their 135mm f2, which we very much love. Despite the fact that the focal lengths are completely different, the 85mm is bound to be the single portrait lens that every high end portrait photographer may need considering all the research and development that went into the Otus 55mm lens. With all this said though, we can’t imagine photographers buying a whole set of these lenses due to cost. It just isn’t feasible for a studio. Instead, they may invest in just one. Keeping this in mind, we’re interested to see how the marketing is done for these lenses. They’re obviously the ones that everyone is going to be talking about–but no mere mortals will be able to afford.
Additionally, the only version of the lens currently available is just in Nikon mount with Canon’s coming early next year. Could this also mean that Canon may be coming out with a high megapixel body early next year?
This aside: our 55mm f1.4 Otus lens is on its way for review. And we’ve got big plans for our review.
Heading to a big city for a vacation sooner or later? There are lots of things that you should remember when going and taking photos. Obviously, there are the mannerisms and ways of the people in each city which you should abide by, but then there are other tips you should keep in mind.
Update: A while back, a prototype of this lens was shown under the Samyang brand. Thanks to Geren on Facebook for the find.
Today we received an interesting email stating that Rokinon/Samyang could be coming out with a 10mm f2.8 lens designed for APS-C cameras. That means all DSLRs are covered as well as mirrorless cameras amongst Micro Four Thirds, Samsung NX, Sony E mount, and Fujifilm X mount. The email stated that this is what the lens may look like and that it will have an f2.8 aperture (with the minimum being f16), and may even have something like 9 aperture blades for super creamy bokeh. No word on the types of coatings, or whether the lens will be available in a cine version either.
We weren’t given very many other details, but if the lens is real then we can probably expect an announcement around CES since it’s coming up soon. Otherwise, it’s a damned good Photoshop job.
There are lots of things to compliment a camera that a photographer can use to become a better shooter. And guess what: not all of them require you to break the bank. Many of them are very affordable and can be useful in a variety of instances.
Here’s a quick roundup of some of our favorite items for the holidays or any time.
Earlier on this year, the Lomography company announced the development of a Petzval lens for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. While that one has a super classic look to it, a new Kickstarter wants to aim for those reaching for higher fruit. The Petzvar is a 120mm f3.8 medium format lens that is using the crowd sourcing platform to make the lens come to the mass market. The lens will be designed for medium format cameras (specifically Pentacon P6 mount) but will work with 35mm full frame cameras via an adapter. In a case like this, it might work best with a Sony A7 or A7r unless you get a split image focusing screen.
Like other Petzval lenses, it will be sharp in the center with a swirly effect on the corner. Additionally, this lens will have a very clear, cool, modern look to it. If anything, it looks like something made by Zeiss.
The Kickstarter video is after the jump, but it doesn’t show very much to it. Tech specs and sample images are also after the jump.