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.
All many of us want is the Leica CL back. If you’re like me, it was one of the cameras that you cut your teeth on and loved to death. It was beautiful: small, took M mount lenses, and pretty affordable. And those days really need to come back or be recognized in some way.
From what a new report states though, the company is instead working on a brand new interchangeable lens camera system that will be built by Panasonic. Granted, Panasonic is part of the Micro Four Thirds consortium. What this could mean is that Leica is either working on some sort of Micro Four Thirds camera or they’re taking the ideas behind their APS-C point and shoots and giving them interchangeable lenses.
At this point though, we’re wondering who the product will be targeted at. And we hope it isn’t just a rebranded GM1.
Earlier on in the year, we saw some hacked Sigma DP cameras that were modified by a Chinese company to accept Leica M lenses. But according to a new report, the company may be coming out with a Micro Four Thirds camera of some sort. Years ago, Sigma joined the Micro Four Thirds coalition and a rumor about this also came about. They were quickly proven to be false, and the company has since been supporting the system with lenses and even refreshes to those lenses (see our Sigma Prime Lens Guide).
If the company has been considering an ILC system, then they’re going to have to target at the higher end and studio spectrum unless they can come out with an absolutely kick ass sensor that does well in low light. When we reviewed the DP3, we were thrilled with its performance. The camera’s sensor resolves so much detail and the high ISO results when converted to black and white are beautiful. But another problem holding them back in Adobe’s lack of more support for the Foveon sensor despite how excellent it is.
Who knows: maybe they’ll come out with something like the OMD.
With the holiday season coming up quickly now, we’re entering another round of gift guides that are specially curated for you, our readers. In this issue of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, we show you three entry-level mirrorless camera kits that don’t break the bank, and that might be just the right gift for the photography nut in your family.
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 $600 off the list price! Also, there are rebates on several Olympus cameras and lenses. Full list below.
About a month ago, Panasonic announced the development of a new 15mm f1.7 Summilux lens built in cooperation with Leica, as a side note to the GM1 mirrorless camera announcement. Back then, it had us scratching our heads a bit, for various reasons. Today, 43rumors reports that the lens popped up in the eBay store of a Korean seller, with a price tag of US-$ 1,059. The listing was taken down shortly thereafter, since the lens isn’t yet available.
If it wasn’t a mistake by the seller, then this price tag has us scratching our heads even more. $1k is a lot to charge for a lens like this, especially considering that the 25mm f1.4 Summilux for Micro Four Thirds sells for half of that. It would have to show really spectacular optical performance to justify that price tag. On the other hand, it’s possible that the price was meant to be in South Korean Won, in which case this would be the starting price for a regular eBay auction.
Any way, we cannot be sure what the final retail price of the 15mm f1.7 will be until Panasonic officially announces it. And we don’t know when that will be.