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.
DSLR News Shooter recently had the chance to check out some new lens offerings from Kowa. The company is announcing new cine lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Amongst them are an 8.5mm f2.8, 16mm T1.9, 12mm T1.9, 25mm, 35mm, and a 50mm. From the video, they all seem to be T1.9 with the exception of the 8.5mm. They’re all concept products that are being shown off at the moment though.
The lenses were originally industrial lenses modified to work for cinema. The optical quality is said to be the same but the modifications have to do with the functionality such as the rings for focusing and aperture control. At the moment, the apertures are clicked, but that may change later on.
Kowa wants the lenses to be officially introduced at Photokina next year; and they’re not sure about the prices but the company wants them to be affordable. Check out their interview with Kowa after the jump for even more.
Now this is something that we didn’t see coming. While roaming the floors of the Photo Plus Expo 2013, we came across the Sakar/Vivitar/Polaroid booth–those are the people that bought the rights to put the Kodak brand on new photographic items. Perusing through the neatly lined-up items at their stand, three tiny lenses hidden in a corner caught our glimpse. Upon closer inspection, not only did we notice a Kodak branding, but also some intriguing specifications. We were looking at a 25mm f0.95 lens, a 50mm f1.1 lens as well as an 8mm f3 fisheye lens, all three for the Micro Four Thirds mount. We were quite surprised, to say the least.