Venus Optics will launch the new 12mm f/2.8 E-mount lens on July 30!


Sony E-mount folks will get a new lens before the end of this month. Venus Optics will launch a new 12mm f/2.8 E-mount lens on July 30.

The lens specs will be:
Image circle: 24×36
Field of view: 121.96°
Optical formula: 16 elements, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 elements made of glass with anomalous dispersion, in 10 groups
Number of aperture blades : 7
Aperture range: f/2.8 – f/22
Manual focus
Minimum focusing distance: 0.18m
Maximum magnification: 0.2x
Maximum diameter: 74.8mm
Length: 82.2mm
Weight: circa 570g.

UPDATE: The lens will be available in Canon / Nikon / Sony A / Pentax K / Sony FE mount.

Panasonic MFT camera announcement in late August. Olympus in early September.


MFT folks will just have to wait one month to get their next MFT camera:

  1. Panasonic will announce a new entry level MFT camera by end of August (no GH5!)
  2. Olympus will announce the E-PL8 in early September.

It is still unclear if the GH5 and E-M1II will be both introduced at Photokina. If I would take a guess the GH5 will be announced a couple of months after Photokina and the E-M1II will still be announced at Photokina but ship in early 2017.

Nikon, Sony and Canon will increase the prices in Europe by up to 20%!

Different store owners from different EU countries told us all the same story: In August Canon, Nikon and Sony will increase the price on cameras and lenses by up to 20%! The increase is caused by the weak Pound and Euro compared to the YEN.



Note: Interesting that all three top companies increase the prices at the same time….

Fuji says: “We’re keeping our eye on the FF and MF market”


It’s quite a solid rumor that Fuji is working on a new Medium Format system camera. In an interview with Dpreview Fuji managers somehow confirmed this:

Q: Hasselblad just released the X1D – a relatively compact medium format camera. Do you think there is an opportunity for Fujfilm in this market in the future?
A: We’re keeping our eye on that market, and the full-frame market too, but we’re still focusing on our APS-C range. […] The question of sensor size depends on what the user wants, as an output. If you’re using a medium format camera and you definitely need that for the work you’re doing, maybe APS-C is too small. But for general use, I think our [current] APS-C sensor is comparable to full-frame image quality. I think we can satisfy most people. But in future our goal is to satisfy everyone.

Satisfy “everyone”? Does it mean my Fuji Medium Format camera will cost just $1,000? :)