Oh yes Olympus MFT system is dead….long live Olympus!

There are rumors saying Olympus will sell their Imaging Business within 8 months.

To find profound confirmation of this highly reliable news I performed the Ayahuasca ritual to talk directly to the holy ghost. They confirmed Olympus Micro Four Thirds will be killed struck by a giant meteorite on their headquarter along an invasion of ants genetically modified to eat up all  MFT gear available on planet earth. There might be even alien involved in this plot.

And today on the street panicking  people screaming all around and asking me for a word of hope…So I spoke: There is nothing you can do. What’s written on rumor sites is inevitably true and impossible to stop. You shall all live in pain by switching over to the Sony APS-C system.

These are my final holy words!

I bet Olympus will outlive some of those rumor websites :)

Dpreview: “It looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer before we see an EOS R model aimed at sports and action shooters”

DPreview interviewed some Canon managers and DP clearly stated:

“It looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer before we see an EOS R model aimed at sports and action shooters”

And a Canon manager explained why they didn’t make a mirrorless version of the 1DX:

Of course some professional photographers are asking for a mirrorless solution. But as of now, we also see a lot of demand from photographers asking for DSLRs, specifically [because of] the benefits of an OVF. So this time around we decided to go for a DSLR. Of course we understand that there are huge benefits to mirrorless, and we implemented, or combined as much of that [technology] as we could into the [EOS-1D X Mark III].

So it looks like the Sony A9II will not get a competitions from Canon in the near future…

Capture One leaps into 2020 with new software version, Capture One 20

You can buy Capture One PRO 12 today (Click here) and you will get the new Capture One PRO 20 software as a free update when it’s released!

This is what Phase One says about the new software:

Capture One 20 is more powerful than ever and will deliver the next generation of photo editing tools. So with a new decade taking off in 2020, we decided to mark a new era of photography and image processing with Capture One.

Leica 2019 – State of Play (Most diverse camera range on the market?)

Matt Granger:

I sat down with Stefan Daniel (Head of Photo for Leica) to discuss the state of play for Leica in 2019. We discuss the upcoming S3, the new SL2, the M line up including future Monochroms, as well as their increasingly diverse product range.

Indeed  it’s impressive to see how many different camera lineups Leica has. Wish some of the other bigger companies would have such fantasies too :)

Sigma announced the new 24-70mm f/2.8 lens for L and E-mount

Preorders will open in mid November at BHphoto. The product page can be found here and this is the press text:

Sigma Announces New 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art Zoom Lens for Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras; Available in Sony E-mount and L-mount

Sigma Corporation today made the following announcement:

Launch of the 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art Zoom lens for full frame mirrorless cameras, leveraging the top-level Art zoom performance, featuring:

  • Best-in-class optical performance
  • Compatibility with the latest full-frame mirrorless camera bodies
  • Flexibility for various uses and photographic environments

Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art Lens

This second newly-designed Art zoom lens from Sigma is a large-aperture standard zoom for full-frame mirrorless camera systems and is available in Sony E-mount and L-mount. The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 offers best-in-class performance due to a sophisticated optical design that delivers high resolution throughout the entire zoom range. This new Art zoom lens from Sigma follows the debut of the lauded 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art zoom for mirrorless cameras.

The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art lens exerts superiority in mirrorless camera-dedicated designs, resulting in a reduced lens size and weight while achieving uniformity and high resolution from the center to the periphery throughout the zoom range. Compatibility with the latest mirrorless camera bodies and functions assists in various photographic environments and meets the high demands of both professional and advanced amateur photographers.

Key features include:

  1. Best-in-class optical performance. The F2.8 Art flagship zoom lens series is developed to achieve superior optical performance. By employing three aspheric lenses, this zoom lens thoroughly subdues aberrations such as axial chromatic aberration or sagittal coma aberrations, which are difficult to correct in post-processing, tailors the resolution and achieves uniformity and superior optical performance from the center to the periphery throughout the zoom range. In addition to Super Multi-Layer Coating, Sigma’s proprietary Nano Porous Coating is employed to achieve high-contrast and clear image quality. This lens is designed to be less affected by strong incident light such as flare.
  2. Ensuring compatibility with the latest full-frame mirrorless camera bodies. The Sigma 24–70mm F2.8 DG DN ensures compatibility with various types of the latest full-frame mirrorless camera bodies for Sony E-mount and L-mount, (including the new Sigma fp camera), capable of exerting the best performance under any photographic circumstances.
  3. Flexibility for various uses and photographic environments. Featuring a dust and splash-proof body and zoom lock mechanism for preventing the lens barrel from extending unexpectedly, the 24-70mm F2.8 meets a wide range of needs for a variety of photographic environments. The maximum magnifications are 1:2.9 at the wide-angle end and 1:4.5 at the telephoto end, which provides a wider range of expression for close-up photography. The minimum focusing distance is 18 cm at the wide-angle end.

Additional features:

  • Zoom lock switch
  • Lens hood with a lock
  • Mount with dust- and splash-proof structure
  • Compatible with the Lens Aberration Correction
  • Available Mount conversion service
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Evaluation with Sigma’s own MTF measuring system: A1
  • 11-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, rugged brass bayonet mount
  • “Made in Japan” craftsmanship

The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art will be available in L-mount and Sony E-mount in mid-November 2019 through authorized US dealers. Pricing will be announced at a later date.

For full product details and technical specifications as well as press imagery, please refer to the official press release here.

More details are available at: http://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/cas/concept.