(High credibility rumor) Zeiss to announce new Loxia and Otus lenses between October 12 and 16.


(High credibility rumor):


Prepare your credit card if you want to buy some new high quality glass! We have just been told Zeiss plans an announcement someday between the week of October 12-16. What we can almost certainly expect to be announced are:

  1. New Loxia FE 21mm f/2.8 lens. Based on the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Biogon ZM lens design (listed here on eBay).
  2. New Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 lens for Canon and Nikon mount.

I have no info yet about possible other lenses.


Mirrorless news roundup.


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Sony A7R II VS Panasonic GH4 (S-log 2 VS V-Log) Which one is better? (SonyAlphaCameras).
With the EOS M3, Canon finally has a worthy mirrorless camera (Engadget).
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The £1,000 Amazon.co.uk Gift Cards Prize Draw (Amazon UK).
Review of the Olympus Tough TG-4 in Olympus Housing (Divephotoguide).
GX8 vs Olympus E-M5 II stabilization at DC.Fever.
Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide-Angled 1:1 Macro by Dierk Topp.
Canon 5DS R & 20mm f/2.8 USM versus Sony A7R II & LEICA 21mm f/3.4 (Ken Rockwell).
Impressions of the Sony a7R II (ProLost).


Ricoh launches the GR-II Premium Kit.


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Ricoh Japan announced the launch of a special GR-II Premium Kit to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the digital-format GR series. Nice case and package!

Full press text here:


A special limited-quantity package commemorating the 10th anniversary of the digital-format GR series

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the GR II Premium Kit, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the first digital version of the top-of-the-line GR compact camera. The special package features a selection of exclusive items including an aluminum trunk case, a camera case and a commemorative pin badge. It will be marketed in the limited quantity of 1,200 units worldwide.

GR II Premium Kit Contents

・GR II camera body*
・O-AT146 Aluminum trunk case
・GV-1 External viewfinder
・GW-3 Wide-angle conversion lens
・GH-3 Hood and adapter
・Three ring caps (green, gold and gunmetal)
・GC-6 Jacket (orange)
・GS-3 Neck strap (orange)
・GR DIGITAL 10th Anniversary pin badge

The package also includes the following standard camera accessories: rechargeable battery, USB power adapter, USB cable, hand strap, CD-ROM software.




Transcend announces new Waterproof, Freezeproof, X-Ray airport check proof, antishock and electrostatic resistant UHS-II U3 SD cards!



Today Transcend announced new SD cards that will be very useful for all photographers who want to be sure to not lose their images! The UHS-II U3 4K ready SD card has the following characteristics:
– waterproof. Resists for 30minute in water in-depth up to 1m (IS IPX7 equivalent test)
– freeze proof down to -25 Celsius
– hot proof up to 85 Celsius
– Electrostatic immunity (complies with the EMC IEC61000-4-2, and has resistance to static electricity.)
– Resistance and X-ray (ISO7816-1 compliant, will not be affected by the X-ray inspection of the airport!)
And shock resistance

The price in Japan is ¥10,800 for the 64GB and ¥6,180 for the 32GB card.


Olympus and Panasonic new massive telephoto lenses will be announced in Spring.


The official Olympus 300mm lens description. But unlike their announcement the lens will ship in 2016 only.

So what about Micro Four Thirds folks? What’s coming next? Well, for sure we know that you can expect to spend your hard-earned dollar on new huge telephoto lenses:

  1. Olympus 300mm f/4.0 PRO lens.
  2. Panasonic-Leica 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3.

The two new lenses will have three things in common:
1) Both lenses will ship in Spring
2) Both are rumored to have a price tag close to $2,000.
3) Both will have in lens stabilization.

Which one are you going to buy?

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