A while back, Olympus took a bunch of journalists on a trip to Whistler, CA and allowed them to play with two new lenses: the 7-14mm f2.8 PRO and 8mm f1.8 fisheye for its Micro Four Thirds system. Both of these options are on the wider end of the spectrum and when you consider the 2x crop factor then you get 14-28mm and 16mm accordingly. We don’t exactly consider 16mm to be a fisheye these days, but in the right situations it surely did perform like a fisheye lens.
Please note that these images were taken with prototype lenses, and that they weren’t the final production, though they were darn close.
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Fujifilm is announcing their new 16mm f1.4 lens today; and it’s quite the shocker. For starters, the Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 is the company’s first weather sealed prime lens–which we’ve been waiting for for a while now. This 24mm equivalent lens is not only weather sealed, but features the push/pull focusing ring for quick access to manual focusing mode and a working depth of field scale.
The new Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 R WR can focus as closely as 6 inches, the newest auto focusing motors which the company claims allow it to focus within 0.11 seconds and can work in temperatures down to 14°F. As far as construction goes, the new lens has 13 elements in 11 groups, including two aspherical lens elements to control spherical aberration and distortion, and 2 ED glass lens elements to reduce lateral and axial chromatic aberration. The elements also have a nano-GI coating that reduces ghosting.
Best of all, it is said to have nine aperture blades–which also means that even though this is a very wide angle lens, it should have really nice bokeh at the right distance and aperture setting.
The FUJINON XF16mmF1.4 R WR will be available in May 2015 for USD $999.95 and CAD $1149.99.
While Fujifilm has stated before that they’re not going to get into the full frame game, that doesn’t mean that they won’t try to get higher end. As it stands, the X Pro 1 has yet to have a full upgrade. But a report on 43Rumors is saying that the company will be coming out with a camera shaped like the Olympus OMD series and that it will be weather sealed. Of course then, it also means that some sort of weather sealed lenses will have to come out sooner or later. Fujifilm hasn’t described any of these in the roadmap yet.
If Fujifilm produces something like that, then it will conflict heavily with the OMD EM1 or EM5. At the same time though, I believe what everyone wants to see is a full frame X Trans Sensor that will probably wipe the floor with everyone else as Fujifilm’s sensors are right now the best in the APS-C sector.
However, this was also on a rumor site. And it probably isn’t true. But CES in January seems like an accurate time for the company to make the announcement.
Editor’s Note: Be sure to see our first impressions as well
Yup, all the rumors you read were true. Today, Olympus announces the OM-D E-M1, the high-end Micro Four Thirds camera, and along with it the M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens. Both items are marketed at the high-end crowd, i.e. the professional photographer as well as the seriously serious amateur/hobbyist. But more than that, the E-M1 is also Olympus’ answer to the call for a worthy successor to the E-5, the company’s last Four Thirds DSLR. Sporting a hybrid phase-detection/contrast autofocus, the E-M1 can focus both Four Thirds (via adapter) as well as Micro Four Thirds lenses quickly and accurately. Apart from that, Olympus packed a whole lot of other innovations into the E-M1. Details after the break.
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Olympus has been on a roll with their latest batch of Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lenses. They kicked off this run with the 12mm F2 and followed it up with the 45mm f1.8 and the 75mm f1.8. Their newest offering is something different, their first MFT macro lens. The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 Macro is Olympus’ newest offering and we’ve got our hands on it. Here’s our initial thoughts…