Panasonic G5 will arrive in next few week or at May 21st, 2012 with 75mm F1.8 lens, Panasonic XZ-2 and LX-7 is also expected to arrive soon. Still we have no confirmed news but Panasonic G5 will use the same G3 16 Mp sensor with advance image processor.
Olympus today announced 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 motor (4.2x) zoom lens, The new lens is optimized for video capture and weather-sealed, the 12-50mm also features Macro shooting capabilities. Available Mid-January 2012, Estimated Street Price: $499.99
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., December 14, 2011 – Olympus adds to its powerfully simple and growing PEN family with the first fully-compatible interchangeable Micro Four Thirds lens to incorporate an electronic motorized zoom. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ (35mm equivalent 24–100mm) delivers smooth, quiet zooming that gives you versatility, portability and maximizes the performance of the Olympus PEN® compact system cameras.
The sophisticated new lens has a zoom ratio of approximately 4.2x, allowing photographers to capture anything from detailed, wide-angle group shots to medium telephoto-range images so you can get up close and personal for intimate portraits of children and pets – even indoors. The photographer can control the zooming speed by turning the barrel – slowly for drama, quickly for performance, or at an intermediate rate. Manual zooming is also available for those looking to take full control.
In macro mode, which can be set by pushing the zoom ring forward while depressing the macro button on the side of the lens, focusing is possible between 8 and 20 inches for close-up shooting with a maximum image magnification of 0.72X (35mm camera equivalent). The L-Fn (Lens Function) button suspends the autofocusing operation temporarily to avoid unintended focusing on obstacles that appear suddenly between the camera and the subject.
Perfect for brilliant still images and high-definition (HD) video capture, the Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ has also been enhanced with a linear motor that drives smooth and quiet autofocusing for stress-free shooting.
New lens elements and glass materials ensure the clearest possible imaging performance, and the proven dust and splashproof mechanism originally featured in the Four Thirds SHG (Super High Grade) series lenses is now incorporated for the first time in a Micro Four Thirds System lens. Multiple sealing rings, fitted throughout the lens body, prevent water splashes and dust from penetrating, making the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ a versatile zoom lens for the toughest conditions.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ: Available Mid-January 2012
Estimated Street Price: $499.99
Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses (including Micro Four Thirds lenses) for Panasonic camera body users, and provides a link to the page explains the same for Olympus camera body users, together with the Panasonic camera body’s firmware updates.
New firmware Update for Panasonic Micro Four Thirds Lenses
Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm/F3.5 Lens
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F/4.0-5.6 OIS Lens
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH Lens
OLYMPUS Lenses firm update for Panasonic camera body
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Firmware update program for SIGMA’s Four-Thirds mount lenses (For Panasonic cameras)
The Rumored motorised zoom lenses finally announced today, The new lens promises to bring sharper image and as well as now being ready for “HD Video”. Plus, Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology is adopted to minimize the reflection at entire visual light range by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens. It results in the super clear picture with dramatic reduction of ghost and flare. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) which is newly integrated in the Lumix X Series of lenses with a gyro sensor, the new POWER O.I.S. suppresses large, slow movement 2x more effectively.
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 Lens for Panasonic Lumix G-Series Digital Cameras Pre order Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 Lens at Amazon
New cutting-edge interchangeable lens LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. with electric-powered zoom operation from the new premium lens brand “X” for LUMIX G Micro System that complies with Micro Four Thirds System standard.
LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-PS45175)
Pre-order LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm at Amazon
Panasonic is pleased to announce a new cutting-edge interchangeable lens LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-PS45175) with electric-powered zoom operation from the new premium lens brand “X” for LUMIX G Micro System that complies with Micro Four Thirds System standard.
New Olympus Rumors Coming above the surface, according to 43rumors.com Olympus developed a new E-50 camera and it will be on market within the next couple of months. No further specification available, we will update you soon as we get more information.
According to 43rumors[FT5] Panasonic may announce new camera and 4/3 Lenses Between Aug 26 and Sep 1, The new products will be displayed at the IFA in Berlin (the global trade show for consumer electronics). Not sure yet about the products but Panasonic may announce GF PRO and GH3, More Updates coming soon…
The E-P3 boasts one of the fastest auto focus systems available in a compact interchangeable lens camera. There’s plenty to like about this third gen Pen.
Faster, DSLR-like AF
Compact and stylish
Some AF quirks
Dense menu system
Still some LCD lag with art filters
What I hope could have been better in E-P3? Read this review at robinwong.blogspot.com and see sample images taken by the new Olympus E-P3 camera
1, Longer battery life For an advanced camera, the battery life is unacceptably short. On average, I could produce 350 shots with a single fully changed BLS-1, and that is NOT sufficient for my photography needs.
2. Tilt or Swivel Display Screen I shoot a lot of low angle and high angle shots and I really appreciate the flexibility of the dual axis swivel screen display of my E-5.
3. Larger grip for handling. Shooting whole day with the default supplied grip, I did feel strains on my wrists especially when I was handling larger lenses like the 75-300mm.
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