Update on the B.I.G. Photo 15mm Shift Lens for Micro Four Thirds

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.


Photokina 2012 Report — Part 6: SLR Magic and the Rest

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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Photokina 2012 Report — Part 5: Leica, Hasselblad and Voigtländer

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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Photokina 2012 Report — Part 3: Olympus and Panasonic

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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Photokina 2012 Report — Part 2: Fujifilm and Samsung

The new Fujifilm XF1 retro compact comes with three distinctively colored leatherings.

As promised, here’s part two of our multi-part Photokina 2012 report. In today’s issue: the Fujifilm XF1 and X-E1, thoughts on the focusing speed of the new X series firmware with the X 35mm f1.4 lens, the new 18-55mm f2.8-4 X series lens and the Samsung Galaxy camera.

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Photokina 2012 Report — Part 1: Canon and Nikon

Photokina 2012 — at the Canon stand

This is Part 1 of our Photokina 2012 report, featuring impressions from the Canon and Nikon stands. I decided to make the show report a multi-parter, since there is so much to write about and so many pictures to show that cramming it all into one or even two posts would be too much information at once. Part 2 is coming tomorrow and will feature Fujifilm and Samsung. In this article: the Canon G15, EOS 6D and EOS cinema camcorder as well as the Nikon D600 and 1 series 18.5mm f1.8 lens.

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