Panasonic Leica DG VARIO ELMARIT 8-18 mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH. and DC-TZ 90 Specs Leak

LEICA DG VARIO – ELMARIT 8-18 mm / F 2.8 – 4.0 ASPH.

  • Lens composition: 15 groups of 10 lenses (3 aspheric lenses, 1 aspheric ED lens, 2 ED lenses and 1 UHR lens)
  • Shortest shooting distance: 0.23 m
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.12 times (converted to 35 mm format 0.24 times)
  • Filter diameter: 67 mm
  • Maximum diameter x length: 73.4 mm x 88 mm
  • Weight: Approx 315 g
  • Nano surface coating
  • Dustproof / drip-proof specification, low temperature (-10 ° C) compatible
  • Metallic exterior
  • Expected release date: May 25, 2017
  • Suggested retail price: 158,000 yen + tax
  • Mass store sales price: around 136,500 yen (including tax)


  • Number of effective pixels 20.3 million pixels High sensitivity MOS sensor (total number of pixels: 21.1 million pixels)
  • Wide angle 24 mm Optical 30 times Leica DC lens
  • Touch panel type monitor with 180 degree tilt
  • Built-in viewfinder equivalent to about 117,000 dots
  • “4K Photo” “4K Selphie” “Focus Select & Focus Composite”
  • Size: 112.0 × 67.3 × 41.2 mm
  • Weight: Approximately 322 g (including battery and memory card), about 280 g (body only)
  • Color: Black · Silver
  • Expected release date: June 15, 2017
  • Mass store sales price: around 53,800 yen (including tax)

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Leica DG VARIO ELMARIT 8-18 mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH. Coming April 19th

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LEICA DG VARIO – ELMARIT 8-18 mm / F 2.8 – 4.0 ASPH. and LUMIX DC-TZ90 (Black / Silver) on April 19.

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Panasonic GH5 Official Autofocus Controversy Statement

Panasonic released an official statement about the Panasonic GH5 autofocus controversy.

“We recommend to select 1-area AF in 30p or 60p frame rate for more comfortable Auto Focus speed. When you select 24p, 1-area AF is recommended.

If you are still experiencing slower than desired AF, Panasonic suggests to override AF by pressing the shutter button halfway down.

Panasonic pledges to further improve the AF quality.”

Panasonic GH5: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic GH5 Film Maker Kit: B&H Photo

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DPReview Olympus CP+ 2017 Interview

DPReview sat down with Mr. Masamichi Handa, head of Olympus’s Imaging Business Division, at CP+ 2017 this year. Below are some excerpts from their interview

  • When asked about being criticized about the price of the Olympus OM-D EM1 Mark II, Olympus said they have a target group of customers and APS-C competitors. Cameras in the $1,799+ price point aren’t aimed at price conscious shoppers. (WOW what APS-C camera would that be…)
  • Olympus is a still photography company first.
  • The OM-D EM1 Mark II is primarily selling to Olympus fans at this time and they shoot stills.
  • “35 manufacturers have now joined the Four Thirds standard. This is a very good thing for users.”
  • Their R&D team can always do more and they can do bette AF tracking and speed at this time, but ultimately they would like their image stabilization technology to become so good that you no longer need a tripod.
  • Olympus isn’t planning on supporting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
  • Men tend to shoot Olympus PEN and Women tend to shoots E-PL.
  • Panasonic and Olympus are essentially competitors, but they work together to ensure the standard remains compatible.
  • Canon and Nikon users may not be ready to switch yet, but many own a second camera system.
  • When demand slows for the OM-D they will start a touch and try program, because right now in Japan they have a rental program and almost every rental ends in a purchase.
  • The decreasing size of the camera market is restricting Olympus’ R&D budget so they have to pick and choose which technology to develop further.

You can read the full interview here.

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Boxfish 360 5K Spherical Video Camera

Just released, the Boxfish 360 underwater camera allows professional content creators to capture sharper, more colourful and more exciting perspectives of the underwater world.

Auckland, New Zealand – 06 April 2017: Boxfish Research has today announced the release of their professional underwater virtual reality camera, the Boxfish 360. By utilising Micro Four Thirds sensors and specially calibrated lenses, the videos and photos captured by the Boxfish 360 offer higher clarity and better colour rendition than rigs based on action cameras. First unveiled at CES 2017, the Boxfish 360 has since undergone extensive user testing and the company is now taking orders. Read More »

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The Art of Photography Received a GH5 and is Trying to Solve The Autofocus Controversy

I have been following Ted Forbes at The Art of Photography pretty much since he started the channel and he’s a great resource on youtube for general photography knowledge. His AF fix is an obvious one and pretty funny, but doesn’t really address the issue for everyone. If you have a passion for photography he’s worth a follow.

Panasonic GH5: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic GH5 Film Maker Kit: B&H Photo

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