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When Voigtlander/Cosina released the first 25mm f0.95, the Micro Four Thirds world began to drool. And today, the company has updated the lens according to 43Rumors. The new version does what the 17.5mm f0.95 did–added the option of making the lens de-clicked for video shooting. On the lens, there is another ring right above the aperture ring. This ring can be pulled back and twisted. When it is in one position, the aperture clicks for photographers. In the other position, it becomes clickless.

So for the same price, Voigtlander is trying to make this lens more viable to videographers. Though at the moment, the older version seems to be quite discounted to under $1,000.

When we reviewed the 17.5mm f0.95, we fell in love with it. Indeed, it is still my favorite lens for the Micro Four Thirds system.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer 5 Panckae article (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.2

Small lenses quite obviously help keep your camera package portable and lightweight. Since the mirrorless camera movement has been around, folks have been asking for small pancake primes to really make the system work towards its original intentions. But DSLRs also have great small pancakes, and if you’re looking for one, check out this list.


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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer SLRMagic 17mm T1.6 product images (2 of 5)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 2.8

SLRMagic has always been right up there with Rokinon on offering cine lenses at an affordable price. So when they offered us a chance to look at their 17mm T1.6 lens for Micro Four Thirds, we were naturally curious. Many of their previous lenses were quite sharp but in the recent years the company has been trying to take on a higher end audience. And when we got this lens, we were a bit confused by the results that we were getting until we realized that it is a lens that isn’t about the chart numbers.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 135mm f2 review images products (6 of 7)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Some lenses were seemingly designed for their bokeh. While we’re positive that camera and lens manufacturers try to put a huge emphasis on how this beautiful out of focus area looking, some just do it better than others. And there is often a lot of work that goes into not only creating that wonderful bokeh but also trying to find a way to balance it with some eye-popping sharpness.

We’ve tested and used loads of lenses here on staff, and here’s a round up of some of our favorites.

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Felix Esser The Phoblographer Sakar Kodak Micro Four Thirds Lenses

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.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Five Manual Focus Lenses Begging To Be Adapted To Your Mirrorless Camera (1 of 1)ISO 2001-250 sec at f - 3.2

At the time of publishing this post, there are rumors abound about a full frame Sony NEX series camera and murmurs that something similar might one day be coming from Fujifilm. But overall, folks are drooling more and more over mirrorless cameras and everything that they offer. And the more savvy amongst us as shooters are also seriously considering them if we haven’t bought one already.

Since the early days of the system, one of the biggest things to do was to adapt manual focus lenses to take advantage of the size. And if you’re still looking to do that, the Leica M mount is perfect.

Here’s a roundup of lenses that you’ll be envying.


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