Schneider-Kreuznach introduces AF lenses for the Micro Four Thirds mount.

The M4/3 mount is becoming an even richer ecosystem, with this new trio of AF lenses added to the lineup:

Schneider Press Release

For the first time SCHNEIDER KREUZNACH presents lenses for Micro Four Thirds system cameras . . . read more

An old friend is poised to return, Konica Minolta will (maybe) be back in the consumer lens bussiness soon.

Well, they never left the optics business completely in the first place. they're still manufacturing a lot of oem and industry related stuff.

The return to the consumer side iof things is just a rumor for the moment, sparked by this patent spotting by Egami. Yes, it is for a 43mm f1.4 micro four thirds lens. . . . read more

Tokina Reflex 300mm f/6.3 MF Macro Lens review at DSLR Magazine.com: Google translated edition.

"Throughout our testing Reflex Tokina 300mm f / 6,3 MF have learned to compensate for the idiosyncrasies taking advantage of what digital photography offers the one hand, and the special modes of the Olympus OM-D on the other: we set characteristic curve making the camera (possible in the OM-D), providing more density in the shadows and brightness and contrast in the lights. With this adjustment, the gain is very important acutance. Of course, each user will know . . . read more

Tokina 300mm f/6.3 Mirror Lens for Micro Four Thirds review at the Luminous Landscape

The ever growing lens line up of the micro four thirds family, has been expanded with a mirror tele lens:

"This is an MFT lens and thus will only work (at the moment) on cameras from Panasonic and Olympus. At the risk of pissing off Panasonic aficionados I'll simply state that this lens will work best with Olympus cameras because they have built-in image stabilization. The lens has . . . read more

Wide-Angle Micro 4/3 Imatest Results posted at Lens Rentals

Spoiler: The cheapest lens is also the sharpest. Who would have thought? This test includes every wide-angle m4/3 lens practically available:

"By f/2.8 the superiority of most of the primes over most of the zooms becomes pretty apparent. The Olympus 17mm f/2.8 is easily the weakest of the prime lenses, which isn’t really surprising. It’s an older design and a consumer-grade pancake lens. The two . . . read more

Olympus holds a pancace party, no one is invited.

Olympus recently filed  patents for 5 (!) different pancakes, 14mm, 16mm, 17mm, 18mm and 22mm, all at f2.8. There's a lot of redundancy there, and there's zero chance of all 5 lenses to see the light of the day.

Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Lumix G Vario review at ePhotozine

​I expected better test results from this super expensive, ultra wide zoom. Maybe Panasonic should let Leica have a look at the design for the successor?

"Due to the extreme wide angle of view the lens offers a petal-shaped hood is permanently fixed to the front, protecting the bulbous . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ Lens Review at ePhotozine

Apparent sharpness, appealing weather proofing, and appalling aperture at the tele end, is the very short version of this review:

"As focusing and zoom are performed internally the 52mm filter thread does not rotate during use, making this lens ideal for use with graduated and polarising filters. Focus speeds are fairly quick, although in low light conditions the lens can sometimes struggle . . . read more

Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 Macro Leica D Vario-Elmar Micro Four Thirds Lens Review at ePhotozine

"Although not up to the standard of Leica's 'M' lenses, the build quality is good, with high quality plastics used for much of the barrel's construction and metal for the lens mount. This helps to keep the overall weight down. With the lens tipping the scales at 225g, it is certainly lightweight for a 1:1 macro optic with a fast f/2.8 aperture and optical stabilisation. At only 62.5mm long, it is very compact too and balances perfectly on the Panasonic G1 used for testing. . . . read more

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm F1.4 ASPH review by Kirk Tuck

Micro four thirds users are the most pampered when it comes to sharp AF primes in the normal distance range, with no less than 6 such lenses available at this moment. Does this Leica branded lens bring some (or all) of the characteristics its $7000 non AF older and bigger 24mm sibling carries? As usual when it comes to reviews featured in The Online Photographer, many of the readers comments are very insightful and a worthy compliment to the review: . . . read more

Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye (MFT) lens Review at Micro 4/3 Photo

The Samyang 7.5mm f3.5 fisheye (also marketed as Rokinon on some markets)  is both very sharp and affordable, but are there any caveats to it? 

 

"To get the best focus accuracy, you should ideally focus manually using the largest aperture (f/3.5). When finding the focus range, you can then stop down the aperture to the desired size, and take the picture. Most system cameras handle this process . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH at PhotoSeis

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH at olympuslensreview

"The Panasonic 7-14mm lens is the first and the best ultra wide angle lens for the Micro Four Thirds format to date. You can get this lens from either Amazon (Best Price + FREE Shipping), B&H Photo Video or Adorama. Anytime you use those links, you are helping me writing more cool stuff on this site. Thanks for your help!

During the launch date, there are many excitement and buzz around this lens. The 7mm focal length is . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ review at Sound Image Plus

Optically bland, but weather sealed, video optimized and farther reaching at the tele end, this lens is a good alternative to the usual 12-42mm kit lens:

 

"If you are thinking about the possibility of this being a cheaper solution to the 12mm f/2, think again. Its not the same optically. In fact its quite soft. My copy didn't even seem quite as sharp as the 14-42mm kit lenses from both Panasonic and Olympus. However  . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 camera review at DP Review

The ultimate judge of all them cameras has its verdict ready on the GX1, and even though it is not a death sentence, it's not lenient either. 

When the Gf1 its predecessor originally entered the market back in 2009 it pretty much had the playing field al by it self. Now, Sony has the NEX range lined-up with 2 formidable cameras, the current Olympus offerings have also smartened up quite a bit, not to mention the imminent release of the OM-D, a camera that has stirred up very strong feelings in the micro four thirds community;and elsewhere. . . . read more

Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye (MFT) lens Review at Photo Zone

Here's a rarity. It is a new Fisheye lens, it is very cheap, and also exceptional. Samyang, the Korean masters of manual focusing wide lenses, strikes again:

 

"The Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 UMC Fisheye is certainly a more than welcome addition to the Micro-Four-Thirds system. The near-stereographic projection doesn't look quite as extreme as in conventional fisheye lenses despite the similar field-of-view so its applications are in fact broader  . . . read more

Olymous announces M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro & M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 lenses

 

Olympus Press Release
 
Olympus to expand high-grade Micro Four Thirds lens system

Voigtländer Nokton 17.5mm F0.95 for micro four thirds mount.

The main difference with the 25mm version announced a while ago is the aperture ring can be switched from “Click stops” to “Clickless stops” using the ring in front of the aperture ring. Just what videographers need. This, and the amazing bokeh that comes with a f0.95 lens. . . . read more

Voigtländer Nokton 25mm ƒ/0.95 for Micro 4/3 lens test @ TOP

Why would someone pay 1.200 bucks for a manual lens with "smeary" or "horrible at wide open" characteristics? Surely, there must be a reason.

Btw, Voigtländer is a Cosina brand, the makers, of among other things, the current Carl Zeiss lenses.

  . . . read more

Astrodesign, Kenko Tokina and Tamron join the Micro Four Thirds group

Wow, we've got what, 6 lens companies in the micro four thirds camp now?  Surely good news for the customers.

OLYMPUS PRESS RELEASE

  . . . read more

Olympus 12mm f/2 Lens Review @ SansMirror

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0

800 $/e with just a cap and no hood? It better be the best darn 12mm lens on the market:

"Sharpness for a wide angle is good wide open, but the corners have at least twice the blur circle as the central area, and thus have a touch of softness to them. Stopping down to f/4 makes this an edge-to-edge winner, though: decently sharp across the frame. In between, f/2.8, is very usable for me, even into the corners, but again, you'd need to get to f/4 to pull everything up to the highest level this lens is capable of. Overall I expected a sharp lens, and that's basically . . . read more

Panasonic Introduces Four New Conversion Lenses for the LUMIX G Series (m4/3)

Panasonic Press Release

Panasonic Introduces Four New Conversation Lenses for the LUMIX G Series of Compact System Cameras
 
Panasonic today announces four new conversion lenses that are compatible with the H-PS14042 (LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S.) and H-H014* (LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH.) Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses, which are part of the LUMIX G Series and compatible with the company’s compact system cameras (CSC). 

SIGMA 19mm F2.8 EX DN lens for m4/3 and E-System mount

Price and availability TBA. Sigma Press Release: . . . read more

SIGMA 30mm F2.8 EX DN lens for m4/3 and E-system

Price and availability TBA. Sigma Press Release: . . . read more

Sigma announces "DN" line of lenses for m4/3 and E-system mounts

DN = Digital Neo.  Sigma Press Release:

New lenses and product line designed for Micro Four Thirds, E-mount systems

LAS VEGAS, NV, Jan. 9, 2012 – Sigma Corporation of America today announced the launch of its

new line of Micro Four Thirds system and E-mount lenses for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.
. . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12mm f/2 Review at PhotographyBlog

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Silver

"The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2 may not boast a lot of features, but it does have something interesting up its sleeve. At first sight you see nothing special except for a few depth-of-field marks that seem rather pointless as there appears to be no distance scale on the lens. However, a closer look reveals that you can pull the focus ring back toward the mount, a move that exposes a nicely engraved distance scale that – together with the afore-mentioned DoF markings – allows you to use the time-honoured technique of zone focusing, . . . read more

New Micro Four Thirds 'Lo-fi' lens from Photojojo @ TR

"The new lens is focused manually, and features soft bokeh, vignetting, lens flares and low contrast for a 'lo-fi' feel. It also offers a very shallow depth of field for tilt-shift-like photo effects.  . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Micro Four Thirds review at photodo

"Although this lens isn't the most compact on offer for Micro Four Thirds system compatible cameras, it is still relatively compact and lightweight at only 130g. The build quality is excellent, with a retro metal finish and it makes a perfect companion for the Panasonic Lumix G3 used for testing.

This lens sports Olympus' Snapshot focus mechanism, which allows the photographer to change between . . . read more

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Review @ Photography blog

Panasonic Lumix G Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH

This lens is really one of the reasons a seasoned street photographer should look into the mirrorless movement:

"The Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH lens offers almost silent focusing, and in use, we have found the system very quick on the new DMC-G3. The 46mm filter thread does not rotate on focus, which is good news for users of polarisers and graduated neutral density filters. . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD Review @ Photography blog

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-5 camera body, focusing is extremely fast and, thanks to the Supersonic Wave Drive auto-focus motor built into the lens, essentially silent too. . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6 Review @ Photography blog

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-P2 camera body, focusing is very quick and essentially silent, courtesy of the new Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) design. This applies to S-AF only, though. Once you switch to C-AF, the limitations of the contrast-detect auto focus system employed by Micro Four Thirds cameras become obvious. To wit, a contrast-detect AF system has no way of knowing if the . . . read more

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