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photokina 2012

Ahead of Photokina, we reported about an upcoming German-made 15mm shift lens for Micro Four Thirds. We also showed you some pictures of the first prototype that was shown on photokina. The lens was based on the 15mm f4.5 Super Wide-Heliar from Voigtländer, and was fitted with a custom-made shift mechanism and Micro Four Thirds mount. However, the German blog “Pen and Tell” now reports that the project has been put on hold — allegedly because the manufacturer found that the 15mm Voigtländer didn’t work as expected.

Upon a personal call with B.I.G. Photo this information was confirmed. I was told that they are currently looking for other solutions to make the lens work, but as of now they cannot say when and in which form it will be realised. Which means that we’ll have to wait. Until then, no wide-angle shift lens for Micro Four Thirds, sadly — unless you adapt something like the huge and expensive Canon 17mm f4 TS-E, which, frankly, does not seem to make much sense at all.


Now that Photokina 2012 has come to an end and The Phoblographer team can finally take a breather from covering every exciting piece of news we would. Of course, to keep things easy and simple for you guys, let’s head on over to the complete Photokina 2012 News Roundup that puts everything you’ll want to see in one place.

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First a Ferrari, and now beer. What on earth does this have to do with photokina? Well, every day at 3 p.m. the guys from Peak Design (read more on their awesome products below) were giving out Freibier. This was their PR strategy, and you can bet it was well received!

This is part six of our photokina 2012 report, with a main focus on SLR Magic, the small lens maker from Hong Kong that has come up with a lot of amazing products in the last two years. Beside an exhaustive report on SLR Magic’s new lenses, the following companies and/or products are featured in this post: Alpa, B.I.G. Photo, Fotoman, the Impossible Project, Lensbaby, Peak Design, the Plustek 120 film scanner, Rollei, and SanDisk.

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Wait, what? A Ferrari? What does this have to do with photokina? Well, nothing, except that Hasselblad had one at their stand. Yup, a real, proper Ferrari.

First off, let me apologize. This post was meant to be up yesterday. However, since my laptop decided to break down, I couldn’t work on it. So it comes one day late. So without further ado, this is part five of or photokina 2012 report. Featured today: the new Leica M and Leica M-E, the Leica X2 Paul Smith edition and à la carte, the Hasselblad Lunatic Lunar and the Voigtländer 21mm f1.8 lens for Leica M.

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This is part four of our photokina 2012 report, featuring impressions from the Pentax, Schneider-Kreuznach and Zeiss stands. In this article: the Pentax K-5 II(s), the Pentax Q10 and Q lenses, the new Schneider-Kreuznach Micro Four Thirds lenses and the new Carl Zeiss mirrorless and DSLR lenses.

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The Panasonic GH3 with the X 12-35mm f2.8 lens.

Today we publish part three of our photokina 2012 report. This time: the stands of Olympus and Panasonic. Both companies had announced a number of new lenses and camera for the Micro Four Thirds system, which I had a closer look at during photokina. In this article: the Olympus E-PL5 and E-PM2 cameras, the 17mm f1.8 lens, the 60mm f2.8 macro lens, the 15mm f8 body cap lens, and the Panasonic GH3 with the 12-35mm f2.8 lens.

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