Kipon EF-MFT AF II Firmware 2.91 Released

KIPON released new V2.91 firmware for autofocus adapters for Panasonic m4/3 cameras,mainly solved the issue when using Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 lens on  Panasonic G9,GH5 cameras, couldn’t enable IBIS function of camera body.

Download link:
For MAC system: http://www.kipon.com/KiponM43toEF_V2_9_1_20190415_mac.app.rar
For Windows system: http://www.kipon.com/KiponM43toEF_V2_9_1_20190404.exe

For Baveyes EF-MFT AF 0.7x ,because there have aperture value changes after using adapter,became more high speed, for setting correct iris value,need to install a tool as below,

For MAC system: http://www.kipon.com/KiponM43toEF_Expert_Tools_V1_2_0_20190415_mac.app.rar
For Windows system: http://www.kipon.com/KiponM43toEF_Expert_Tools_V1_2_0_20190409.exe

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DPR: Olympus CP+ Interview


DPReview interviewed Olympus at CP+ 2019. You can view excerpts below:

  • Olympus E-M1X preorders met expectations
  • Customers like the camera a lot when they get it in their hands
  • Those that take issue with the camera often change their mind when they get to handle the camera
  • The E-M1S is targeted at Professional photographers, high-level amateur, and enthusiasts
  • Almost all photographers can enjoy m43
  • m43 is attractive because it is small
  • Many photographers buy m43 as their second camera and then use it as their primary
  • The X line will be where Olympus will innovate
  • Olympus started with 3 subjects that are hard to track on your own
  • They only started with 3 but hope to do more hardware permitting
  • Human face and eye tracking is the most important
  • It’s possible that cameras could be designed to track specific subjects in the future
  • Olympus plans to launch more lenses even through m43 is pretty comprehensive
  • Olympus is focused on compact high-resolution lenses
  • Olympus plans to launch several lenses every year
  • 150-400mm PRO launches in 2020
  • The demand for video is increasing every year
  • Videographers like their superior IBIS
  • Olympus is working on unique video capabilities that compliment their photography-centric cameras over just going after the professional video market
  • Olympus will continue making small light cameras and the Olympus E-M5 line is very important to them
  • Olympus ILC has been about compact since the start and that’s not changing
  • Olympus has an upgrade path that doesn’t require a significant investment in new lenses
  • Everyone can benefit from a smaller kit that’s capable of high resolution
  • Olympus has three business domains Medical, Scientific Solutions, Imaging, and the Imaging business helps people live a fuller life so it goes well with the others.
  • The imaging business is a technology driver regardless of it’s size for advanced digital technology and low-cost production and design technologies that extend to mobile technologies.

You can read the full interview at DPReview

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Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 and Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 Coming to MFT


Fujifilm is releasing an official MFT mount Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 and Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 that should ship soon. Previously the best way to use these lenses on MFT was to send your lens into ducloslenses for mount conversion or to get there kit. It looks like Fujifilm is trying to get the most out of the research and development dollars.

MK18-55mm T2.9 MFT: B&H Photo
MK50-135mm T2.9 MFT: B&H Photo


via FujiAddict

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Save Big on Select Memory and Storage Products From Sandisk, G-Technology and Western Digital


Amazon has a lot of Sandisk, G-Technology and Western Digital products discounted today, which you can view here.

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Sharp 8k Low Light Testing and More

Sharps new 8k camera is looking like a solid performer with useful ISO up to 3200 ISO or even 6400 ISO if you don’t mind some noise and this is on a prototype camera. A price point around $2,000 would be amazing and give the Panasonic GH5/GH6 a good competitor. 8k 30/25/25p 4:2:0 h.265 internally will certainly require a fast SD card with 10-bit coming soon. It’s kind of surprising that Sharp developed a 33MP sensor just for this camera with very little jello effect and helps demonstrate how seriously they are taking this camera, let us hope that they take the time get it right.

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TowerJazz Announces Signing Three-Year Agreement Extension with Panasonic Semiconductor Solutions


TowerJazz Announces Signing Three-Year Agreement Extension with Panasonic Semiconductor Solutions

Panasonic will continue to utilize TPSCo three manufacturing facilities in Japan; 

TowerJazz to further ramp its leading technology solutions and foundry business

MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel and TPSCo, Uozu, Japan, March 26, 2019 – TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, and TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Company (TPSCo), today announced they have signed a three-year agreement, extending its previous business partnership with Panasonic Semiconductor Solutions (PSCS) through 2022. Under the agreement, PSCS will continue to utilize TPSCo three manufacturing facilities in Japan for its semiconductor business. Wafer loading level from PSCS to TPSCo fabs is expected to remain similar, with a new pricing structure, resulting in revenue reductions of approximately 20 million USD per quarter, with revenue and margins targeted to be compensated through presently implemented efficiencies and cost reduction activities, as well as third party revenue growth, including the present strong 300mm utilization ramp.

Russell Ellwanger, TowerJazz CEO and TPSCo Chairman commented, “The TPSCo partnership has brought together two leaders – Panasonic, an acknowledged analog components and systems leader, and TowerJazz, a recognized analog foundry leader- having created a company that serves and continues to grow the analog foundry space as no other existing single foundry can. During the past five years, we have continued to grow in respect for the technical capability and appreciation for the business acumen and can-do attitude of our Panasonic partner. Our TPSCo employee base has strong technical expertise and pristine operational execution, with over 180 foundry customers have been introduced into TPSCo, which is presently realizing a strong ramp in 300mm state of the art RF, power management and CMOS imaging flows. This has been and continues to be a winning equation for all involved – TowerJazz, PSCS, TPSCo and our very important customers.”

Through TPSCo, TowerJazz offers its customers advanced 300mm analog technology manufacturing platforms such as state-of-the-art 65nm CMOS image sensor solutions, RF SOI 65nm, and 65nm Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) power management platform.

TowerJazz to maintain its 51% holding of TPSCo shares, with PSCS as a 49% shareholder.

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