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Patent News: New M4/3 Lens Patents

Many new Lens patents Surfaced over the web from different brands, take a look at the details below.

Olympus Lens Patent
Olympus 15mm F2 and 17mm F1.8, 17mm F2.8 (pancake) for M4/3 format

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-130669 (Translated by Google)
    • Publication date 2013.7.4
    • Filing date 2012.12.21
  • Olympus patents
    • 4-unit construction of positive and negative positive negative
    • Inner focus (the third lens group)
    • Designed to increase the focus back

Patent of 100 mm F4.5 Macro Patent for M4/3 system,
The lens have two AF mode, one is high speed and other for macro mode, take a look at the more details below

Description and self-interpretation of the patent literature

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-152279
    • Publication date 2013.8.8
    • Filing date 2012.1.24
  • Olympus patents
    • I and a second shooting mode and the first photography mode
    • First photography mode
      • Inner Focus (Group 4)
      • Focus group with one piece, can be high-speed AF
    • Second shooting mode
      • (Third group and the second group approaches) inner focus
      • Focus is more than one group, and corresponds to the macro

Patent KonicaMinolta 8-17mm F2.8 (4/3 “)

Konica Minolta ultra-wide 8-17mm F2.8 lens for M4/3 format surfaced over the web, take a look at the image and translated details below


  • Patent Publication No. 2013-156477
    • Publication date 2013.8.15
    • Filing date 2012.1.31
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 2.12
    • Focal length f = 8.22 – 11.99 – 17.42mm
    • Angle of view 2ω = 105.45 – 84.01 – 63.60 °
    • BF 15.01mm
    • 95.84 – – 99.05mm 100.08 total length
    • Fno. 2.9
    • Image height Y = 10.90mm
    • 16 images in 11 groups Lens Construction
    • Three 5-sided aspherical
    • Two ED glass


Panasonic G5 Coming Soon

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.

Read previous Panasonic rumorsPanasonic GH3 at Photokina 2012

src – 43rumors

Olympus launches 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ power zoom

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

Press release
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

Firmware Update - Joint update service for Four Thirds lenses

panasonic ulympus sigma logoJoint 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
    • Visit website for more details
  • Firmware update program for SIGMA’s Four-Thirds mount lenses (For Panasonic cameras)
    • 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

Visit this webpage to Download the firmware Update

Panasonic new X-series Micro Four Thirds Retractable Zoom Lenses

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.

Olympus Developed New E-50 Camera

New Olympus Rumors Coming above the surface, according to 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.

Panasonic New Product Announcement Between Aug 26 and Sep 1

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…