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.
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Olympus PEN Lite (E-PL3) review @ LGD

"The Olympus PEN system camera series is known for its creative filters. There are six artistic filters integrated into the Olympus PEN Lite: pop-art, soft-focus, grainy film, pinhole, diorama and dramatic. I personally used Pinhole most often, as this is applicable in most circumstances. Pop-Art and Dramatic also give fun effects. Diorama was a bit of a disappointment. The Art filters are a very fun addition to the camera. " . . . read more

Do Panasonic and Olympus Know About Each Other? @ Sansmirror

Well, maybe they have a hint or two about each others existence. FTA:
""One thing that struck me once again while unboxing some new m4/3 lenses is that Panasonic sure seems to not mention the word "Olympus" in their m4/3 materials. Other than acknowledgement of Olympus' trademark of the Four Third and Micro Four Third names . . . read more

Olympus PEN Mini (E-PM1) review @ LGD

"By looking at the menu, it quickly becomes clear that the Olympus PEN Mini is ideal is for beginner, enthusiastic photographers. For each menu item, if desired, there is an extra explanation available. You can easily read all photo tips and the Live Guide menu gives direct access to important settings, such as aperture and depth of field. The camera itself . . . read more

Panasonic DMC-GX1 review @ Cnet.Asia

"We were impressed by how fast the GX1 was able to acquire and lock focus on static and moving subjects--with our hit rates also increasing thanks to its AF tracking capabilities. 

Without prefocusing, time-to-first-shot (time taken to capture the first shot upon powering on) was clocked at 1.1 seconds and shot-to-shot time (how long it takes to shoot one frame

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

"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

2011 Mirrorless camera roundup @ Dpreview

FTA: "Several factors have combined to make the Beginners' class the most competitive of the Mirrorless camera market. The main one is the camera makers' belief that there is an un-tapped market of buyers who would like to get better pictures than their compact camera . . . read more

Panasonic DMC-GX1 review @ Dcresource.com

The GX1 may look a lot like the GF1, but there's a wholly different beast under the hood. From the Review:   "The DMC-GX1 records Full HD video at 60i (though sensor output is 30p), with stereo sound and continuous autofocus.

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

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

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 Review @ Photography blog

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-P2 camera body, focusing is essentially silent and surprisingly quick too, thanks to a solution whereby only one compact and lightweight lens element moves on focus. The use of this solution also earned the lens the 'MSC' - Movie & Still Compatible - designation. . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/2.8 Review @ Photography blog

The 17-20mm lens for m43 mount group is pretty crowded, with a total of 5 lenses competing for our interest (and money) so far.

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-P2 camera body, focusing is fairly quick but by no means instantaneous. As long as you are photographing still or slowly moving subjects, you will find the focusing speed entirely adequate. Note: given that Micro Four Thirds cameras use contrast-detect autofocus, whose speed also depends on their sensors' read-out speed, the lens may perform better on

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Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 Review @ Photography blog

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-PL2 camera body, focusing is fairly quick but by no means instantaneous. As long as you are photographing still or slowly moving subjects, you will find the focusing speed entirely adequate. Switch your camera's autofocus system to C-AF and try to photograph something more demanding – like birds in flight –, and you may find the AF speed lacking. Note: . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G 14mm F2.5 ASPH Review @ Photography blog

Hard choice, this, or the 20mm f1.7?

"The LUMIX G 14mm F2.5 ASPH lens offers virtually silent focusing which is internal, so the lens never changes length. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-G2, and it should be potentially even faster on the DMC-GH2.

Manual focusing is possible in a focus-by-wire fashion. This should not put you off using it as it feels pretty natural in use, and actually enables the camera to display a magnified view of the subject automatically, i.e. without your having to press

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4.0 ASPH Review @ Photography blog

Probably the best wide-angle zoom lens available for any mirrorless mount. It also costs as much or more than the best mirrorless cameras.

"The LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4.0 ASPH lens offers virtually silent focusing. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-GH2, though not quite as zippy as the GH2 and 14-140mm lens combo.
Manual focusing is possible in a focus-by-wire fashion. This should not put you off using it as it feels pretty natural in use, . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm F3.5 Review @ Photography blog

"The LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm F3.5 lens offers virtually silent focusing which is internal, so the lens never changes length. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-GH2, though not quite as zippy as the GH2 and 14-140mm lens combo. Manual focusing is possible in a focus-by-wire fashion. This should not put you off using it as it feels pretty natural in use, and actually enables the camera to display a magnified view of the subject automatically, i.e. without . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. Review @ Photography blog

100-300mm translates to 200-600mm in 35mm equivalent terms. Thats some serious zoom reach.

 

"The LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. lens offers virtually silent focusing. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-GH2, though not quite as zippy as the GH2 and 14-140mm lens combo. With the focus mode on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 set to AFC, the lens tracked moving subjects well. . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 Review @ Photography blog

"The M.ZUIKO Digital 14-150mm lens offers virtually silent focusing thanks to a solution whereby only two of the fifteen lens elements move. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the E-P2, certainly faster than the first version of the 14-42mm kit zoom, though still not quite as zippy as the GH2+14-140mm lens combo we tried out at Photokina. With the focus mode on the Olympus E-P2 set to “C-AF+TR” (AF tracking), the lens unfortunately did not track the subjects well, even though they were not moving very fast. . . . read more

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm 1:4-5.6 review @ DPreview

"The M Zuiko Digital 14-150mm F4-5.6 is Olympus's fourth lens for its Pen series cameras, and the first to venture into the telephoto region. Its 10.7x zoom ratio places it firmly in 'superzoom' territory, covering a very useful 28-300mm equivalent range, and making it ideal for general purpose 'walkaround' or travel use. (Indeed Olympus says that with it on your camera 'you will never miss a photo opportunity', perhaps begging the question as to why the company still makes other lenses.)

Like all superzooms the 14-150mm uses a complex optical formula, with 15 elements in 11 groups including 3 aspheric

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS @ DPreview

"A fundamental component of the Micro Four Thirds system design is the use of software to correct certain lens aberrations. For most users this is completely transparent - the camera corrects both the viewfinder image 'on the fly', and the JPEG files it records. Also, both the SilkyPix software supplied with G-series cameras and industry-standard alternatives such as Adobe Camera Raw convert raw files . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Lens Review @ DPreview

"The Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH was announced earlier this month as the natural companion to the compact Lumix DMC-GF1 Micro Four Thirds camera, alongside a Leica-branded 45mm F2.8 Macro (the camera is also available with a 14-45mm kit zoom). The H-H020, as Panasonic curiously likes to call it, is a large maximum aperture 'normal' prime in a very compact 'pancake' type body. It gathers a stop and a half more light than Olympus's M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 pancake (which is only marginally smaller), and is therefore sure to be of interest to E-P1 owners who want to . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm f2 Macro Review @ Photography blog

"Macro lenses tend to autofocus in a relatively lazy fashion, and the Zuiko Digital ED 50mm f/2 is no exception to this rule. Your camera does matter a lot in this case though - AF speeds will be noticeably better with the lens mounted to an Olympus E-30 or E-3 than any other compatible body. Autofocus accuracy is quite good, but when the system does miss the target, hunting will occur. This is when the aforementioned omission of a focus limiter strikes back - it takes quite a bit . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake @ DPreview

"The M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 Pancake gives acceptable results in our studio tests, but again its extreme portability comes at the cost of some optical compromises. Image quality at the centre of the frame is high, but it's less impressive towards the edges due to a combination of (relative) softness and chromatic aberration. Compared to the kit zoom, there's no hugely compelling optical advantageto the 17mm (although it's faster and more portable), and overall its performance leaves us feeling just a little 'flat'." . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm F4-5.8 OIS @ DP review

"With all this software correction of lens aberrations going on, it's perhaps inevitable that some people will look upon Panasonic's approach as 'cheating'. After all, the argument runs, film camera lenses were always properly corrected optically, so surely the use of software to achieve the same effect is simply cost-cutting, and therefore somehow 'cheating'. We think this is fundamentally the wrong way to look at it. In photography, what ultimately counts is the final image - the means to get there is relatively unimportant. As we've s . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm F2.0 SWD Review @ Photography blog

"The SWD abbreviation in the name of the lens stands for Supersonic Wave Drive. This is similar to Canon's USM, Nikon's AF-S, Pentax's SDM, Sony's (originally Minolta's) SSM and Sigma's HSM in that it means the lens has its own "supersonic" focus motor to move the glass elements for focusing. This results in quick and whisper-quiet AF operation. On our test sample, focusing speeds were generally fast. Low-light auto-focus was, at times, slower, occasionally taking up to 3 small adjustments in rapid succession before focus lock - but the lens always acquired focus, down to and including -1 EV with . . . read more

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6 review @ DP review

"The M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4-5.6 is Olympus's third lens for the Micro Four Thirds system to reach the market, covering the wideangle end of the spectrum. It was first announced at the same time as the E-P2 in November 2009 (alongside a forthcoming 14-150mm superzoom), with more details appearing coincident with the E-PL1's launch in February 2010. Its headline feature is undoubtedly its miniscule size - it adopts the same collapsing design as Olympus's Micro Four Thirds 14-42mm kit zoom to realize dimensions of just 2.2" x 1.9" (57 x 50 mm) when retracted, and an extremely light . . . read more

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