In recent years, the Lomography company has been trying to do a couple of things to appeal more to the digital crowd. There was the scanner, the Petzval lens, and now there is a set of lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras. No, these aren’t made from glass. In fact, they’re as quirky as most other Lomography products that you’ll get your hands on. But we’d be doing a great injustice to the products if we said that they aren’t fun. In fact, these lenses push the creative edge more than any other Micro Four Thirds product out there.
Zeiss has already developed some of its Touit Lenses for the NEX system, but those are designed for APS-C sensor. According to Sony Alpha Rumors, the company stated that they are working on new manual focus lenses for the full frame cameras. Now, what this could mean is that they’re essentially going to take their current lineup of lenses and adapt them with a full frame E mount. However, it could also mean that brand new lenses may be coming. As it is, we really liked the performance of the 55mm f1.4 Otus on the A7r.
Zeiss currently has lots of lenses in their lineup–many of which we have reviewed. When it came to producing their cinema line of lenses, the company mostly took their current lineup and ergonomically adapted them; though some of the lenses have changes. In terms of the way a company is run, it would make the most economic sense for Zeiss to simply adapt the lenses to Sony full frame E mount. The lenses that the company designs for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts have a couple of subtle design differences as the Nikon lenses have a working aperture ring. The new Sony full frame lenses, however, could effectively expand the lineup of options that the Sony full frame E mount system will have when combined with everything that Samyang/Rokinon offer. But these lenses won’t have weather sealing like the Zeiss branded Sony offerings.
We’re totally not sure what this could mean and this is us just theorizing, but we can expect to see them next year around Photokina. The Otus lens might be an excellent option for the also rumored 54MP full frame sensor that Sony is working on. At the moment though, we’re testing the A7 and A7r; and the A7r produces some huge files that is filling up our hard drives quite fast.
2013 is nearly over and we’ve seen a slew of new products this year. Some may even say that this year is the one that the Photo Industry came back to full swing since the earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. And for that, I think that we all have something to be thankful for. What it means in the end for the consumer is that we end up getting better products due to stronger competition.
And this year, much of what the big two have offered did not make our compilation of Editor’s Choice Award products.
Lomography released the Konstruktor camera a while back, which is in fact the company’s first SLR style camera. It was only a matter of time until they released new accessories for it. Today, the company is announcing a new magnifying hood for the viewfinder, a close up lens, and a macro lens. Not much details have been given otherwise.
But despite the lack of details what this means is that beyond the Bel-Air, Lomography is considering making this a fully functional system perhaps with glass lenses on the way.
Product images are after the jump. When we get more details, we’ll share with you.
When the Lomography Belair X 6-12 medium format panoramic camera first came out, the only lenses available were the 58mm and 90mm kit lenses, which are made from plastic. In our review, we mentioned that these are pretty weak in the corners, especially in 6×12 panoramic format, but nicely sharp in the center. A while ago then, Lomography announced the development of proper glass lenses, manufactured by Zenit in Russia. We recently go the 90mm and 114mm Belairgon lenses in for review, so here’s what we think about them.
UPDATE:Holy cow, these went quick! It seems that the Amazon GH3 deal was quite the thing with the photo community, as it’s already sold out. The camera is now back to US-$ 948, which is still $351.99 off the list price.
When we look at these incredible deals that our friends over at 43rumors dug out, it seems like Black Friday is already here, even though it’s still a couple days away. Currently, you’re able to buy the Panasonic GH3–the company’s current Micro Four Thirds flagship camera–for as little as US-$ 698. That’s $600 off the list price! Also, there are rebates on several Olympus cameras and lenses. Full list below.