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.
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.
Oh man, this isn’t good news. According to a report on 43Rumors, DxOMark is concluding that Panasonic’s newer version of their venerable 20mm f1.7 isn’t up to the performance of the older version. The overall performance scores show that this new version vignettes more and isn’t as sharp as the older lens. However, they’re saying that this is overall quite negligible. In some ways, we can probably agree due to just how good modern software is at editing and removing lens issues.
So what does this mean? Well, if you’re one of the folks that swear by the lens, you can still cuddle with it at night and whisper sweet nothings into its Aspherical elements.
Still though, it’s a bit disappointing that Panasonic did this.
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.