SLR Magic 8mm f/4 For MFT

SLR Magic announced a new 8mm f/4 lens for Micro Four Thirds today (check pricing and availability).

Additional pictures, press release and technical specifications:

SLR Magic 8mm f/4 lens: SLR Magic expands its micro four thirds lineup with new ultra wide angle lens

Hong Kong, China (Feburary 25, 2017) – SLR Magic expands the micro four thirds lens lineup with the new SLR Magic 8mm F4 ultra wide angle lens. The product will be officially introduced during upcoming BVE 2017 fair in Excel London.

The field of view corresponds to a 16mm lens in 35mm format and this fast wide angle of view opens up many new creative composition opportunities, particularly in the fields of interior, architectural and landscape cinematography and photography. Additionally, light weight and compact size of the SLR Magic 8mm F4 ideal for aerial photography as well as multi-camera setup 360 VR.

We place our highest priority in the development on our lenses to fulfill the demands of professional cinematographers and photographers. The design and build of the SLR Magic 8mm F4 is solid and reliable.

The SLR Magic 8mm F4 (MSRP: $349 US) will be available from authorized SLR Magic dealers starting March 2017.

The SLR Magic 8mm F4 will be first presented at the BVE 2017 show. The SLR Magic stand would be in (S1-8 G30 Holdan Ltd.) during the BVE show which are to be held in Excel London from Feburary 28th to March 2nd 2017.

Technical Data:

  • SLR Magic 8mm F4
  • Lens Type: Ultra wide-angle lens
  • Compatible Cameras: All micro four thirds mount cameras
  • Optical Design: 9 elements in 8 groups
  • Distance range: 0.10m to ∞
  • Aperture: Manually controlled diaphragm, 7 aperture blades , Lowest value 16
  • Angle of view: 140 degrees
  • Bayonet: micro four thirds
  • Filter Mount: Internal thread for 43mm filters; filter mount rotates while focusing. Filter adapter (included) for 52mm filters
  • Surface Finish: Black anodized
  • Dimensions – Length to bayonet mount: approx. 41.4mm (approx. 1.63in)
  • Largest diameter: approx. 46.1mm (approx. 1.81in)
  • Weight: approx. 110g (approx. 3.9oz)

Via Photorumors

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Kowa Prominar 90mm f/2.5 Macro Lens for MFT on Display at CP+

The new Kowa Prominar 90mm f/2.5 Macro lens made an appearance at CP+ this year.


You can also find it in the latest m43 catalog here.

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Pictures Via OptyczneDSLRmagazine

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Olympus Invests Heavily in Hamburg

Olympus invests heavily in Hamburg: medical technology manufacturer is building a new building in the City Süd and is expanding the development and production location in Jenfel

15.02.2017 • Hamburg – Olympus is on a growth course and is expanding its location in Hamburg massively. In the district of Hammerbrook the company is building a new building for marketing and sales of its products in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Olympus Deutschland GmbH. In Jenfeld, it is expanding its European development and production center for medical technology. It is one of the largest building investments of a company in Hamburg in recent years. The new building in the City South is expected to be completed by 2020. Responsible for the design is the Hamburg architectural office of Gerkan, Marg and Partner (gmp).

More space, an inspiring work environment, modern architecture: the new company center will offer employees of today and tomorrow a highly modern work environment. From open space to retreats to cafes and sports facilities, the offices meet the needs of the “new work”.

With the new building, Olympus reacts to its targeted growth. “We are planning a strategic global growth of six percent by 2021, according to the trend in recent years. The new building takes this development into account and will provide our employees with a modern and inspiring work environment”. “At the same time, with the buildings in Hammerbrook and Jenfeld, we are clearly the biggest Japanese employer in the Hansestadt.”

Another good news for Hamburg: Olympus is planning and planning up to five per cent more jobs annually in the fields of marketing, sales and service, research and development as well as production – especially in medical technology. The additional jobs were taken into account in the expansion plans. “We are pleased that Olympus is investing further in the location as a major employer in Hamburg,” says Prof. Jörn Walter, Director of the City of Hamburg. “The new building is not only an architecturally successful addition to the Heidenkampweg, but also an important milestone in the development of the district of Hammerbrook – in the long term, a mixed area consisting of commercial and complementary residential use is to be created here.”

New company center in Wendenstrasse
The new company center is built on the site between Heidenkampsweg, Wendenstraße and Sachsenstraße. It covers a total area of 55,000 square meters. The new headquarters will demolish all currently used buildings, since their modernization would involve too much effort. The employees are temporarily moving to the Poseidonhaus on the Amsinckstrasse – also in Hammerbrook, where Olympus already signed a contract for renting 23,800 square meters of space last year.

Part of the new building in the City Süd will also be a highly modern training center. The demand for advanced training, in particular, is increasing as a result of Olympus’ advance in surgical devices. In the future, employees from all over EMEA will be trained at the new headquarters.

The Hamburg architectural office of Gerkan, Marg and Partner (gmp) is responsible for the new construction of the company center. The international office is renowned for its architectural achievements in all architectural and urban development disciplines. As part of the appraisal procedure, gmp was able to compete with three other offices. They provided the most convincing architectural design. The proposals were evaluated by a commission of municipal representatives, the Olympus board as well as the project manager of Olympus.

European development and production center in Kuehnstrasse
The European development and production center in Kuehnstrasse will be expanded by 20,000 square meters by the summer of 2018. “Here tomorrow’s medical technology will be designed and built for the world market,” says Kaufmann. “At the Hamburg location, we are strengthening our development and manufacturing competences for rigid endoscopy, bipolar high-frequency surgery, system integration and instrument processing, thereby contributing to our global growth in medical technology.”


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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Reviews and UHS-II Card Speed

Mirrorless Lessons completed their review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and they are very impressed with the camera, but of course price came up. The biggest problem with the price of the Olympus at this time is that the Fujifilm X-T2 and Sony a6500 both out perform it for less money, while the Panasonic GH5 matches it price wise, but has video performance in a class of it’s own. The Olympus has a few photography features that other cameras lack, but most photographers do not believe they justify the big price tag. I for one will be very interested In this camera when the price is closers to the Fujifilm and Sony competitors. Below you can see how it compares to the Sony a6500 for video.

Below you can also see how the Olympus benefits form UHS-II cards. At 18 frames per second the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with Lexar 2000X will shoot 84 frames JPEG compared to 68 with a normal UHS-I card. When shooting RAW the number drops to 74 frames with the Lexar 2000x and 54 with a normal UHS-I card. At 10 frames per second the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with Lexar 2000X will shoot 274 frames RAW compared to 66 with a normal UHS-I card.

Lexar 2000x B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Smartphone Multi-Angle Attachment For Olympus Air

DMM made this multi-angle attachment for the Olympus Air. It looks very useful for attaching the Olympus Air to your smart phone while shooting. You can order one here.

Olympus Air B&H Photo/Amazon


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DXO Optics Now Supports The New Olympus and Panasonic Cameras

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 / ZS60 / TZ81 and Lumix DMC-FZ2000 / FZ2500 are now supported by DXO Optic.

Press Release:

DxO OpticsPro v11.4 supports seven additional cameras
PARIS & SAN FRANCISCO — February 15, 2017 — DxO, a pioneer in digital imaging technology, announces that version 11.4 of DxO OpticsPro, its multiple award-winning image processing software, is now available for purchase. This latest update means DxO OpticsPro v11.4 now supports seven additional cameras: the Nikon D5600, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 / ZS60 / TZ81 and Lumix DMC-FZ2000 / FZ2500, as well as the Sony RX100 Mark V, A99 II, and A6500. DxO FilmPack v5.5.12 and DxO ViewPoint v3.1, which are now available as well, also support these cameras.

Essential tools for every photographer
DxO OpticsPro 11 sets the standard when it comes to image quality and offers many innovative features, including DxO PRIME, the industry’s leading denoising technology; Spot Weighted mode, which uses facial recognition to reveal even the subtlest nuances; automatic tools such as micro-contrast mode, which improves image content with a single click, and red-eye correction, which uses automatic eye and facial recognition to offer highly effective batch processing. No matter the shooting conditions, DxO OpticsPro 11 helps photographers make their images even more beautiful.

Even more cameras supported
Thanks to its thorough knowledge of each lens and camera model, DxO OpticsPro automatically corrects all optical flaws with an unparalleled level of quality. With this latest version, DxO OpticsPro 11 adds 1,132 new camera/lens combinations to its library of DxO Optics Modules, bringing the number of available combinations to over 34,000!

Price and availability
DxO OpticsPro 11.4, DxO FilmPack 5.5.12, and DxO ViewPoint 3.1 are available for download on the DxO website ( and at specialized retailers at the following prices:

  • DxO OpticsPro 11 ESSENTIAL Edition :   $129 / £99
  • DxO OpticsPro 11 ELITE Edition :             $199 / £159
  • DxO FilmPack 5 ESSENTIAL Edition :        $79 / £59
  • DxO FilmPack 5 ELITE Edition :                $129 / £99
  • DxO ViewPoint 3 :                                        $79 / £59

Fully-functional, one-month trial versions for the three applications are available on the DxO website:

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