Xiaomi Enters The Micro Four Thirds World with YI M1


Xiaomi, the smartphone manufacturer giant from China is stepping into the world of Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera with their recent launch of YI M1. The YI M1 is designed to deliver solid all round performance and capable of shooting 4K video, yet selling at an accessible price point starting from $330/£253 (with 12-40mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens).

The specifications on the YI M1 are quite ambitious: 20MP Sony IMX269 sensor, 3 inch 1.04 Million Dot Touchscreen LCD screen (with touch to focus or touch image to capture), 81 AF points, built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities and capable of shooting 4K video at 30fps. The YI M1 sports minimalist and elegantly simplistic design with only four buttons on the camera, while the bulk of camera operations are carried out via the touchscreen LCD. The body of YI M1 alone weights about 280g and it comes in two lens options, either 42.5mm F1.8 or 12-40mm F3.5-5.6.

For more information about the YI M1, you may visit their website here. 



5 Spectacular Portrait Lenses For Micro Four Thirds Cameras

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus Pen F product images (9 of 9)ISO 4001-160 sec

Micro Four Thirds is unique in that two companies produce cameras for it, so naturally there are some killer options as far as lenses go – but a bit of overlap as well. Shooting portraits on Micro Four Thirds is interesting, due to the 2x crop factor (effecting both focal length and aperture) it can be hard to get that popular shallow depth of field.

In this roundup we have 5 incredible lenses for portrait photography on the Micro Four Thirds system. So lets jump right into it, shall we?

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Samyang Announces New 35mm f1.2 Lens for Mirrorless Cameras

Samyang Unveils Mirrorless 35mm Photo and Cine Lens

While many manual focus lenses obviously lack AF mechanisms, they surely make up for it with cool features like fast apertures–and that’s the case with the new Samyang 35mm f1.2 lens. Aimed at APS-C mirrorless camera users, those with Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fujifilm X series and Canon M cameras will be able to use this new lens on their cameras. The new Samyang 35mm f1.2 boasts Ultra Multi Coating, two aspherical lenses as part of nine glass elements in seven groups. These are designed to minimize aberration and unnecessary light dispersion. Plus, it’s got a 62mm filter threat–which is fairly large for an APS-C lens based

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Review: Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary (Sony E)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC mirrorless product images (1 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Sigma has been putting out loads of awesome lenses over the past years–even their Contemporary glass seems to be right up there with their Art and Sports lenses. So when the company announced their 30mm f1.4 DC DN, I was really curious as to why it wasn’t under the Art series.

With an f1.4 aperture, nine aperture blades and fast focusing motors inside, it surely seems like it would be. But maybe Sigma is making their contemporary lenses render a bit less saturation vs the Art series–at least that’s what the 30mm makes me believe.

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ZY Optics Adds New Lens Adapters for Micro Four Thirds Cameras


If you’re a Micro Four Thirds camera user, your ecosystem of accessories just got a tad larger. ZY Optics is today announcing their new Lens turbo adapters for M42, Canon FD and Minolta MD lenses to Micro Four Thirds cameras. The Turbo adapters not only let you adapt the lenses but also widen the field of view in addition to making the aperture shallower by one stop–just like the Metabones SpeedBoosters.

As far as tech specs go, the adapters have 4 lens elements in 4 groups, including 1 extra-low dispersion element which helps in reducing the chromatic aberrations on the image–according to the company’s claims. The angle of view of the camera lenses will be increased by 0.726x. So that means that a 50mm f2 lens will become 50mm x 0.726 = 36.3 x 2 (Micro Four Thirds crop factor) = 72.6mm at f1.4.

When they hit retailers, they’ll sell for $149.

The New Panasonic 100-400mm f4-6.4 ASPH Cost $1,799.99


At CES 2016, Panasonic is announcing their new telephoto zoom lens for the Micro Four Thirds system of cameras. It’s been talked about for a while now; but the Panasonic 100-400mm f4-6.3 ASPH will be coming to stores in early April for $1,799.99. The lens offers quite a bit of zoom range basically giving us a 200-800mm f8-12.6 equivalent if you compare it to 35mm full frame competitors (with the F stop representing the depth of field.)

More photos and the press release are after the jump.

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The Mitakon 25mm f0.95 for Micro Four Thirds is Nearly Pancake


We’ve heard rumors about it before, but now it seems that the lens is really a reality. The Mitakon 25mm f0.95 is a small lens designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras and that is significantly smaller than anything like the Voigtlander 25mm f0.95. On Olympus and Panasonic cameras, it will render a 50mm field of view with an f1.9 depth of field full frame equivalent.

So how small is this lens? It is 1.8 inches long and weights 0.51 lbs. That’s super lightweight!

The lens features a smooth and clickless aperture–which will be nice for video but can make situations like street photography a bit tougher due to need to actually look down at the lens vs muscle memory via the clicks.

Best of all, it’s going to be cheap! When it ships to US retailers in mid-October, it will cost only $399.

Lens specs and sample images are after the jump.

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Prototype for Mitakon 25mm f0.95 MFT Pancake Lens Appears


We knew that it was possible for a 25mm f0.95 lens to be created for the Micro Four Thirds system, but we had no idea that it was possible for it to be done in a pancake lens. Yes, you heard that right. According to 43Rumors, a prototype is floating around. There isn’t much information out there, but Mitakon says that it’s going to cost as much as the Voigtlander version–so over $1,000 for a manual focus, pancake lens that can shoot as wide open at f0.95. Considering the 2x crop factor, that means that wide open it will have the equivalent depth of field and field of view of a 50mm f1.9 lens on a full frame camera.

Crazy, huh?

The sample images published so far as also quite nice.

If this indeed is something that comes to the market, it’s going to be a big deal. A Mitakon 25mm f0.95 pancake lens for the micro four thirds system that is also capable of shooting at f0.95? That’s incredible. Yes, lots of people love to autofocus, but you don’t really need to if you just get used to working with manual focusing. In fact, it’s pretty fun and for street photography (the market that would totally pick this lens up) it’s pretty much perfect.

At the same time though, Fujifilm has been eating into the street photography market, so if something like this could be made for an APS-C sensor, that would be even more incredible. Unfortunately, we doubt that that’s going to happen.