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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 product photos (3 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.5

43 Rumors has heard from two trusted Olympus sources that the company planning to announce a new OMD Micro Four Thirds camera at Photokina. Other than noting the possibility of a new entry in the OMD line there’s no word on specs, but with cameras like the OMD EM10 and EM1 already, Olympus has a great platform to build on.

Most likely we imagine—and this is purely speculation—Olympus will update either the OMD EM1 or EM5, for a fully weather-sealed camera body. We can also expect high-resolution sensor bumping up the megapixels past 16 along with an improved autofocus system adding more phase-detect AF points. The likely route is that they’ll update the EM5–though folks who purchased the camera have been waiting patiently for a firmware update to bring focus peaking to the camera.

Since announcing the OMD EM10 in late January, the Japanese camera company has been completely silent on what it’s planning next. This was also partially because the camera company released five new models in relatively quick succession over the past two years. Since then Olympus has practically repackaged the same, but excellent sensor, in-body stabilization and quick AF technologies into different camera bodies.

With the next iteration we expect Olympus will unveil something truly different–perhaps a ground breaking EVF or some other feature. The OMD has proven itself as a capable little street shooter to making professional grade landscapes and portraits, and its even the perfect camera for families. With in that mind we’re absolutely ecstatic about what Olympus could possibly have cooked up.

Whatever they come up with, it will need to win over folks from the Fujifilm, Samsung and Sony circles.

Mitakon 50mm f0.95 Sample Image

After producing the über-fast Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 lens for full-frame e-Mount cameras, 43 Rumors has heard word the Mitakon is “seriously considering” producing the same lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras.

While we haven’t had the honor of using the lens ourselves (yet!), from a few image samples we’ve seen how the lens produces dreamy bokeh with the smoothness of a milky fondue. Amazingly the lens also produces incredibly sharp images even when fully wide open. We expect the lens will have the same quality but slightly less pronounced bokeh due to the 2x crop factor of Micro Four Thirds sensors.

If Mitakon decides to really follow through with bringing the lens over to cameras like the OMD EM10 and EM1 it will come into a field of serious competition. Voigtländer has produced a very close Nokton 42mm f0.95lens and SLRmagic’s 50mm f0.95 glass.

If the Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 comes at a similarly affordable price it could be a killer lens for a bargain compared to the Voigtländer and SLRmagic.

Nissin_i40_BC_L

Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds users don’t seem to get too much love when it comes to strobist items–and so they’re forced to shoot with manual flashes. But now they have the new Nissin i40 flash that was introduced back in February–and is being billed towards Four Thirds users. However, Four Thirds flashes work on Micro Four Thirds cameras too with no issues.

They’re touting this flash as being pocket-sized at under 3 1/2″ high and under 3 ounces. Additionally, it also has nine stops of output power–which mean that it doesn’t go in thirds of stops like most TTL flashes. But it has loads of other features like wireless flash capabilities, HSS at up to 1/8000, and overall retails for $269 when it becomes available.

More images are after the jump.

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Kevin Lee - The Phoblographer - Handevision 40mm f0.85 -Product Images 4

The world’s fastest mirrorless camera lens is getting ready to ship worldwide. Handevision’s insanely wide 40mm f0.85 prime lens is now officially in stock according to a press release first spotted by Mirrorless Rumors. With a maximum aperture of f0.85, the lens owns even the fastest Voigtlander glass like the 17.5mm f0.95 and 25mm f0.95 hands down.

As we all may well know, mirrorless cameras with a sensor smaller than full-frame have a larger depth of field even if they are used with lenses set to the same aperture as their full-frame equivalents. It’s for this reason that lenses made for smaller sensors need to have even larger apertures such as the Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 to resolve that sweet, creamy bokeh photographers crave.

The Handevision 40mm f0.85 is available through some German eBay shops already, and it can be had for € 1,799 or roughly US-$ 2,443. The lens is available in a variety of mounts for Fujifilm X cameras, Sony E mount, Canon’s EOS-M system, as well as Micro Four Third cameras from Olympus and Panasonic.

Check out more images of the lens past the break.

Via Mirrorless Rumors

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GX7 gservo-3417140525

Truthfully, I have never really taken Panasonic digital cameras seriously. Yet, when I was offered this review unit, my curiosity got the best of me. While I heard a lot of good things about the Panasonic GX7, I’ve always had reservations about the Micro Four Thirds. The technology has improved a lot in the recent past, though. So let’s see what Panasonic has done with this camera. [click to continue…]

Panasonic GF6

It’s not every day that you get a non-announcement, but today is such a day. According to recent reports, Panasonic may not introduce new G and GF-series cameras this year. Why is that worth noticing, you may ask? Well quite simply because so far, both Micro Four Thirds camera series have had update cycles of about a year, and the last two models–the G6 and GF6–were both introduced a year ago in April 2013. That would make about now the time for an upgrade.

But according to this report over at 43rumors, Panasonic might not upgrade either series this year, which makes a lot of sense when you think about it. For one, they recently introduced the GM-series which kind of replaces the GF-series as the small entry-level Micro Four Thirds offering. That is, apart from its higher price tag. And instead of introducing a new G7 model, Panasonic will simply continue to offer the GH3 alongside the new GH4–at a discount. Which will basically make it the mid-level model.

Furthermore, considering that Panasonic has failed to make any profits from its photography business in the past years, it makes sense that they would try to streamline their portfolio. After all, the company is serious about axing divisions that fail to make any profits by next year, and unfortunately its photography business looks like a candidate for that. By streamlining its portfolio and concentrating on the existing models instead of investing in the development of new models, Panasonic’s AV department can save money which will have a positive effect on its earnings report later on.

Let’s pray that this strategy–provided the 43rumors report is accurate–works out and there will be Panasonic cameras and lenses in the future.