Along with the new PEN E-P7, Olympus has also announced a new ultra-wide zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm f/4 PRO is the new autofocus lens with the equivalent focal length range of 16-50mm. If you’re planning to add a wide-angle zoom to your gear bag, let’s see what this new Olympus lens has to offer.
The Panasonic GH5 Mark II is expected to see similar autofocus performance to Panasonic’s full-frame S series mirrorless cameras. This is welcome news to Panasonic Micro Four Thirds users frustrated with the GH5’s lack of autofocus performance. But to be able to take advantage of the new autofocus system, your lenses are going to need an update.
Panasonic has released a flurry of firmware updates for a dozen of their Lumix G and Leica DG lens lineup to make them compatible with the upcoming camera’s autofocus system and they’re available to download and update now for you to prepare.
Swiss website, Digitec recently interviewed OM Digital’s Vice President of Sales and Product Management for EMEA, USA and Canada, Sandro Rymann. In the interview, they cover topics such as the transition from Olympus to OM Digital, the struggles of starting a new company in the middle of a global pandemic, cooperation with Panasonic and new gear.
And in a rather amusingly worded answer, Mr Rymann did indeed confirm that there is a new camera coming in the next few weeks, and it won’t be the only one to come during this fiscal year. I wouldn’t get excited just yet, though. He didn’t say what type of camera it would be. It might simply be an update to the company’s Tough line of cameras.
OM Digital really seems to have taken the initiative since taking over from Olympus. Along with the recent joint live stream chat with Panasonic, they’ve relaunched the official Micro Four Thirds website with a completely new redesign. The new website, they say, has been designed to enhance the overall user experience and now offers search and mobile-friendly features.
The idea seems to be that the Micro Four Thirds ecosystem has grown so large now that it needed better organisation for its users to be able to find what they need, including products from the 56 companies they say support the Micro Four Thirds camera system.
Well, there’s been talk around the rumoursphere lately about OM Digital possibly joining up in the L Mount alliance with some full-frame “Olympus” goodness, but that’s definitely not happening according to the joint Panasonic & OM Digital YouTube event this week. OMD’s official stance is “I will not do full size” and they won’t be joining the L Mount alliance.
The company also confirmed that they are developing new products that we can expect to hear more about soon, and Panasonic also says they’re thinking about both Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses.
A few days ago, OM Digital tweeted out a little teaser that something was coming this week. The tweet doesn’t really give any hints as to what it’s going to be, but then a live stream popped up on the Olympus Live YouTube channel, set for Friday, April 2nd at 10am UK time (that’s 5am for US East Coast if all your clocks have gone forward).
It doesn’t sound like they’ll be announcing any new gear, although perhaps we’ll hear at least something about the new camera OM Digital registered a few days ago. Instead, it seems that the stream will be a discussion of the future of Micro Four Thirds between OM Digital and Panasonic.
Alice Camera, the AI-powered computational photography camera that hooks up to your smartphone has just launched for pre-order through Indiegogo. Alice’s goal is to make it easy for creators to create, by essentially bolting a Micro Four Thirds lens mount and sensor to your smartphone.
You can shoot photos or 4K video footage, taking advantage of the display and computational photography power of your smartphone. From there you can quickly and easily share to your social media following.
Yongnuo has announced a new 25mm f/1.7M autofocus lens for Micro Four Thirds. Shockingly, it appears to actually be an original design and not a copy of somebody else’s (like just about all of their DSLR lenses). Other than the it-had-so-much-potential Yongnuo YN450M, Yongnuo hasn’t released much since joining the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group in February last year.
The new lens is nothing special, of course, being the MFT equivalent of a cheap nifty fifty. And Panasonic’s had an inexpensive 25mm f/1.7 for years. But Yongnuo is perhaps starting to take the system more seriously now. Interestingly, the photos on the Yongnuo product page show it attached to a Panasonic camera, and not their own YN450M.
Olympus Japan has announced that the release of the new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO has been delayed. The lens was originally scheduled to be released on January 22nd. Now, that date has passed and there’s no lens. Now, the 150-400mm is not expected to start shipping until at least spring.
The initial announcement was posted to Nikon Japan’s website in November, with the original January date, but it has since been updated to state that its release will be delayed. The cause of this delay, they say, is the high demand from customers.
Despite rumours, Panasonic has said they aren’t quite ready to abandon the Micro Four Thirds mount just yet, and it seems that promise is coming true. Panasonic is preparing to announce a new video-focused BGH1 video camera. It has a 10.28-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor and while it does offer basic stills capability, it’s most definitely designed for video and Panasonic seems to be aiming it a rather specific type of customer.
Thanks to serial leakers Nokishita, we now have the complete specs and photos of BGH1 that’s expected to be announced very soon!