Mirrorless news roundup…(Understanding DSLR vs. Mirrorless Cameras by Sony)


Understanding DSLR vs. Mirrorless Cameras (Sony)

X-Pro2 sample-round-up with Acros-photos on Flickr.
The Ultimate Guide to Lomography at Explora
d-pixx.de posted a pen-f review and 16 full-size pictures.
The Olympus PEN-F Review at Atmtxphoto.
Is it Time to go Full Frame? Weight These Pros and Cons Before You Decide (Digital-photography-school)
Frozen Landscape Photography with Sony a7ii (SonyAlphaForum).
Hands-On Review: The Sony FS7 and Sony’s FE PZ 28-135mm Variable Speed Zoom Lens (Explora).
Interchangeable Lenses versus Built-in Zoom: What Filmmakers need to Know (Explora).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100: Product Overview with Marcin Lewandowski (Adorama Learning Center).
The Olympus Pen D3 – emulsive half-baked half-frame tour begins (35mmc).


Sony plans to “WOW” E-mount lovers with the world’s fastest new 28-70mm f/2.0 lens?


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Sony E-mount owners still lack the possibility to buy some f/2.8 zoom. Sony managers stated months ago that they acknowledge they have to “do something” in that regard. Well, there may be a chance that Sony goes to “wow” us with a crazy lens: The Japanese site Egami found a brand new Sony patent describing what would be the world’s fastest Full Frame zoom yet…a new 28-70mm f/2.0 FE zoom!

Of course this is only a patent yet and we may never see such a lens in a real store. But the fact they patented it means engineers seriously are considering to make it. Here are the patent details:

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-14841
    • Published 2016.1.28
    • Filing date 2014.7.3
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 28.84 45.32 66.50mm
    • Fno. 2.06
    • Half angle of view ω = 36.87 25.52 18.02 °

Damn would it be cool to have such a lens! But it probably would weight and cost a lot too :)


Those are the 2015 Japanese camera sales info via BCNranking: Olympus wins, Sony and Panasonic loose shares.



BCNranking posted the full detailed Japanese market share info based on the 2015 sales. Here are the top three of each category with comparison with last years share:

DSLR cameras:
Canon 56.2% (54,7% in 2014)
Nikon 36.7% (39,1% in 2014)
Ricoh 6.7% (4,5% in 2014)

Mirrorless cameras:
Olympus 34.5% (22,3% in 2014)
Sony 24.8% (34,3% in 2014)
Canon 13.6% (no info on 2014. Last year Panasonic was third with 11,9%)

Fixed lens cameras:
Canon 30.5% (28,7% in 2014)
Nikon 21.0% (15,3% in 2014)
Casio 14.8% (15,2% in 2014)

Lens sales:
Canon 24.1% (21,2% in 2014)
Nikon 15.2% (15,3% in 2014)
Sigma 13.5% (13,3% in 2014)

What’s interesting from a mirrorless point of view:
Olympus made a huge jump forward and Sony a huge jump backwards in 2015. This is really surprising!
And Panasonic “lost” the third place to Canon despite Canon certainly not having “pushed” the mirrorless system so far (just look at the poor lens line up).

What are your thoughts on those trends?

Thansk rrccad for the info.


Olympus PEN-F is now officially announced!


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Olympus just announced the new PEN-F and some other accessories. Here are the preorder links and reviews:

PEN-F Preorder links:
Silver PEN-F in USA/Canada at Bhphoto, Amazon, Adorama, GetOlympus, GetOlympus Canada.
Black PEN-F in USA/Canada at Bhphoto, Amazon, Adorama, GetOlympus, GetOlympus Canada.
Silver PEN-F in EU at Amazon Deutschland, WexUk, ParkCameras.
Black PEN-F in EU at Amazon Deutschland, WexUK, ParkCameras.
Olympus E-M10 Mark II Limited at BHphoto.
Olympus CBG-11 PR Premium Leather Camera Bag for PEN-F (Brown/Black) at BHphoto.
Olympus CS-48 PR Premium Leather Wrapping Cloth for PEN-F (Brown/Black) at BHphoto.
Olympus ECG-4 External Metal Grip for PEN-F (Black) at BHphoto.
Olympus CSS-S120L PR Premium Leather Shoulder Strap for PEN-F (Brown/Black) at BHphoto.
Olympus CS-47B Leather Body Jacket for PEN-F (Black) at BHphoto.

Reviews and Hands-on:
Dpreview (first impression). Robin Wong (part one review). Mirrorlessons. Ming Thein. Cameras.reviewedPen And Tell (German). Park Cameras. Dpreview (hands-on). TheVerge. Engadget.

Image samples:

Olympus Pen-F Hands-On Review by Park Cameras on Youtube. Olympus PEN-F by Olympus on Youtube. Adorama hands-on on Youtube. Olympus concept video on Youtube. Olympus intorduction video on Youtube. Introduction by Jamie McDonald on Youtube. Steve Digicams on Youtube.

Press text:
Full Press text on 43rumors.