A while back, sigma announced that they were revamping their lens lineup for micro 4/3 and Sony NEX cameras.  At the time, they offered 2 of the best budget lenses for either of these mirrorless systems – namely, their 19mm 2.8 and 30mm 2.8 lenses.  Now, the reboot is complete and the new versions of these lenses are hitting the market as part of Sigma’s new “Art” lens collection, and they’ll be joined by a 60mm 2.8 lens as well.  Will these new lenses be a worthy addition to your lens collections and do they warrant an upgrade over the [More]
3rd party lens manufacturer Samyang/Rokinon are releasing a new 300mm f/6.3 lens for Sony NEX, Panasonic and Olympus micro 4/3, and Samsung NX mirrorless camera systems.  The new lens will come in black or silver and retail for $299 USD.  Look for the lens to be launched in July of this year (2013).  Check out more on their Facebook Page. (via MirrorlessRumors)
Legendary lens maker Carl Zeiss are jumping into the mirrorless market with their new line of Touit Lenses for Fuji X-Mount and Sony NEX camera systems.  The Touit lens lineup is aimed at the high end user, and at a price of about $1,250 USD (for the 12mm 2.8 X-Mount lens), that’s the target market that they’ll be hitting.  But will the new Touit lenses be worth the price? The Phoblographer got their hands on the new 12mm 2.8 Touit lens for fuji X-Mount cameras and put it through it’s paces.  The following are excerpts from their first impressions… Tech [More]
The Metabones Speedbooster Adapter has been all the buzz for the last several months, and that’s no surprise considering the lofty promises of this particular piece of equipment. Unlike a standard lens adapter, which would allow you to mount say, your canon EF lenses on a Sony NEX or Micro 4/3 camera, the Metabones Speedbooster also includes a built in focal reductor – a peice of glass that takes the incoming light from the full frame lens and re-focuses it to fit onto the sensor of the host camera.  This is purported to have the effect of making the lens [More]
Legendary lens maker Carl Zeiss is now hopping on board the Mirrorless Express with the introduction of their new “Touit” lenses for Sony NEX and Fuji X-Series camera systems.  This is especially good news for Sony NEX users, who until now have been hampered with a very limited supply of high quality native lenses, or with the prospect of using adapters to mount their large legacy lenses onto tiny NEX camera bodies (can you say awkward?). Zeiss are launching the line with two lenses, a 12mm f/2.8 and a 32mm f/1.8, and the folks at CameraLabs got their hands on [More]
The mirrorless camera world will soon see the arrival of four new lenses, 2 from Carl Zeiss under the Touit Brand, and 1 each from Sigma and SLRMagic. Zeiss unveiled their “Touit” lenses back at Photokina in the fall of 2012, and the 12mm 2.8 and 32mm 1.8 lenses are expected to hit the market soon.  There are versions of each being made that will be compatible with Sony NEX and Fuji X-Series Cameras.  Zeiss explained the reasoning behind the Touit name on the Zeiss Lens blog, where the company explained that “Touit stands for good visibility, agility, mobility and [More]
By now, you’ve surely heard all about the Metabones Speedbooster Lens adapter for NEX cameras (and soon, micro 4/3 cameras as well).  Not only is it designed to adapt your full frame Canon EF lenses to E-Mount, but it’s also purported to make your lenses wider, thus effectively making your camera “full-frame” while also increasing the speed of a lens by a full stop. Although this sounds too good to be true, it apparently works by concentrating the extra light-gathering area of a full-frame lens down to the smaller E-mount sensor area, for example turning an f/2.0 lens into an [More]
In the video above, David Thorpe talks about the new Panasonic Lumix 35-100mm 2.8 Pro Zoom Lens, one of two new Panasonic Pro Spec Zoom lenses that were launched simultaneously with the Panasonic Lumix GH3 towards the end of 2012. These lenses are among the more expensive in the micro 4/3 standard, but they are professional quality through and through and are made to take the place of the “go to” lenses that most DSLR shooters are used to.  With a constant aperture of f/2.8, they’re bright and fast, and the quality of the images they produce is absolutely superb. [More]
Kai Wong, Lok C and the DigitalRevTV Crew take a peek at the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens for micro 4/3 cameras.  Not to be confused with the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens, this lens bares a much closer resemblance to other lenses from the M.Zuiko lineup than it’s pancake shaped counterpart, but does it have it where it counts?  Kai plays hard to get at first, but watch the video to find out if the M.Zuiko 17mm 1.8 lens can win him over in the end… The long and the short of it… This is an excellent lens [More]
Lenses…  They’re arguably the most important component of the image making formula. Indeed, a great lens can make a mediocre camera sing in much the same way that a mediocre lens can stifle a great camera.  But should we be quick to evaluate whether or not a lens is a gem or a dud?  Recently, two image making masters sat down and had such a discussion. While attending the WPPI show in Las Vegas, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Trail Blazer Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) sat down for coffee and conversation with wildlife photography legend Scott Bourne (PhotoFocus.com), and the two [More]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett tackles another reader question from Dave on DiscoverMirrorless.com, who requests advice about which wide angle lenses are best for micro 4/3 cameras. Here’s the Question as submitted by reader Dave… I’m shooting interiors for real estate listings. I’ve been using a DX with a 12-24 and since the fall an FX with a 24 and hopefully soon a 16-35, but I’m looking forward to getting a 4/3 camera – most likely a Lumix G,GH…. mainly for video at this point. In my searching I don’t seem to see much choice in the [More]
First, Canon announce that they’re working on a teenie, tiny little DSLR to compete with mirrorless systems, and now this…  A UK based manufacturer is making lenses under the name Dog Shi…  er…  DogSchidtOptiks – Really.  I mean, is it April Fools already? Apparently, this is no joke.  These are real lenses and they’re based on classic 58mm f/2.0 Zeiss designs from the 1960s. According to DogSchidt Shop Owner Richard Gale, “We hand machine each lens and apply various cool modifications to add extra character to your pictures or movies. The lenses are available in various styles. Please see our [More]
Metabones created quite a buzz in the industry a few months ago when they announced their new Speedbooster adapters, which are purported to adapt legacy lenses to your Sony NEX and (soon) micro 4/3 cameras…  and to make those lenses faster and brighter in the process.  So it’s no small wonder that photographers are licking their chops at the prospect of getting their hands on one of these little beauties. Also of little surprise is the latest rumor posted on SonyAlphaRumors that a copy may be in the works. SAR Report… “Metabones created an amazing adapter called the Speed Booster [which [More]
Sigma are revamping some selection of lenses from their lineup and will be releasing the updated versions this month as part of their all new “Art” Lens Collection, and two of those lenses are for micro 4/3 and NEX cameras. (via thePhoblographer) The new lenses “now have revamped optics and are part of the company’s Art lineup–which is a division of their lens branding and marketing. The updated 30mm F2.8 DN and 19mm F2.8 DN lenses, which are available for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount camera systems, will be available in late March for the street price of [More]
Kai from DigitalRevTV takes a look at the lens that has recently been rated as the worst lens in the world by DXOmark – but the Olympus 15mm Body Cap Lens really that bad, or as Kai puts it, is the DXOmark rating just “utter tripe.” My 2 Cents OK…  So this lens will never be mistaken for the Olympus 45mm 1.8 lens or any other member of the “M.Zuiko” lineup, but does that mean that there’s no room in your camera bag for the 15mm Body Cap Lens?  While it’s true that you’ll never win any awards for HD [More]
Fuji’s X-Series Cameras are among the top choices of any camera when it comes to pure image quality, and it’s no accident.  Fuji’s X-Trans Sensors and EXR processing technology are so good that they’ll rival any full frame DSLR out there, but it’s not just the sensors that make cameras like the Fuji X-Pro1 and Fuji X-E1 shine. Like Sony’s NEX lineup, the Fuji X-Series currently have few native ‘XF’ mount lenses from which to choose, but unlike the NEX line where high quality lenses are few and far between, the Fuji XF Lens lineup is stacked with gems. PhotographyBlog got their [More]
One of the things we like best about micro 4/3 camera systems is that there’s an abundance of high quality, yet relatively inexpensive lenses from which to choose.  Panasonic and Olympus have led the charge by producing some stellar quality glass like Panasonic’s new Pro Spec Zoom Lenses (12-35 2.8 and 35-100 2.8) and Olympus’ M.Zuiko Lenses (the 45mm 1.8 and 75mm 1.8 are “must have” primes), and now more and more 3rd party manufacturers are jumping into the M43 fray. One such manufacturer is Chinese lens maker Jackar, who recently released a 34mm 1.8 Prime Lens for both MFT and [More]
Here’s a couple of great videos that are chock full of outstanding information about lens types and how to use them. The first video (above) is from pentaxian1 on YouTube, professional travel photographer, Kerrick James talks about virtually every kind of camera lens, what they do, and how to pick a lens that is right for your photography and vision.   Although the video is technically about Pentax Lenses only, the information James conveys can apply to lenses from all manufacturers. In the video below, from photographer Mike Browne on YouTube, Mike explains that “the best ‘zoom’ lens is your [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) tests out the new, inexpensive, “toy” bodycap lens from Olympus, the 15mm BCL-15. Olympus BCL-15mm press release… “Is It a Body Cap or a Lens? It’s Both. Olympus also introduces an intriguing new lens for its Micro Four Thirds line. The BCL-15 f8.0 Body Cap Lens serves as a body cap when carrying the camera around without its interchangeable lens, and transforms to become a pan-focus snapshot lens to capture images. The lens is so thin — just 9mm thick — that it can easily be mistaken for a camera-mount body cap. With three glass [More]
Here’s a great video from Kenny Lee (via 43Rumors) comparing the Jackar 34mm 1.8 lens and what should be it’s closest competitors, the SLR Magic 35mm 1.7 and a 35mm 1.7 Closed Circuit TV lens.  These are all manual focus lenses that will work with micro 4/3 and Sony NEX Cameras (although you’ll need an adapter to use the CCTV lens with either). The Jackar Snapshooter is the new lens in town.  It has solid metal construction and it definitely wins the packaging award as it comes in a cool, tricked out package, complete with a leather case and lens [More]
(via 43Rumors) The Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm 2.8 macro is another excellent addition to Olympus’ micro 4/3 lens lineup, and Photozone have written an in depth review on the new lens. Verdict… The Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 ED macro may not be the best macro lens that we’ve ever tested but it is certainly an impressive one. The center performance is great and the outer image region is also very sharp at medium apertures. The corners could be better at large apertures though. Both distortions as well as vignetting are nothing to worry about. However, the amount of lateral CAs is [More]
Paul Gero is a good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com.  He’s an extraordinarily talented photographer who’s been shooting professionally since 1983.  As such, he’s seen a lot of technology come and go in the world of photography, and he’s used just about every photographic tool that you can imagine.  Paul has photographed weddings, portraits, sports, famous people and regular people alike.  Heck, he’s even photographed Princesses and Presidents (No kidding – Check out his archives >>Here<<!).  So he won’t use just any camera equipment. Lately, Paul has been trying out the new Panasonic Pro Spec Zoom Lenses on [More]
The Phoblographer got their hands on a Sony 35mm f1.8 E-Mount Lens (for NEX Cameras) and took it out to put it through it’s paces on the front of an NEX 5R. Highlights of Their First Impressions… Ergonomics The Sony 35mm f1.8 OSS is not a Zeiss branded lens, but it ought to be–at least in terms of looks. A slippery smooth black exterior covers this lens with very little to it at all. Most of the lens’s small body is dominated by a large manual focus ring. Like Sony’s other NEX primes, it is very simplistic. Build Quality The [More]
Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews stops by the Panasonic Booth at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan and does a side by side comparison of the old and new Lumix 14-42mm f3.5 to f5.6 lenses. Out with the Old, In with the New It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of the old 14-42mm G Vario Kit lens that went out with many Panasonic Cameras over the last couple of years.  It feels cheap in the hand and it’s performance is generally in the mediocre range.  If I had to describe it, I would say that it’s “OK” – meaning that [More]