Micro Four-thirds at PhotoPlus Expo
PhotoPlus Expo took place in New York City last week and I wanted to cover some of the Micro Four-thirds product announcements.
First and most fun is the Lomography Experimental lens kit. The kit includes 3 lenses; a fisheye lens for 160° shots, a wide-angle 12mm lens and standard 24mm lens. The lenses have built in shutters and all three are only $89.00.
Last week I wrote about the new Panasonic Lumix GM-1 tiny MFT camera. PhotoPlus was the first USA showing of the GM-1 that included a launch party at a hip times Square bowling alley. Panasonic also announced a Leica DG SUMMILUX 15mm f/1.7 lens and a small 35-100mm zoom that are being developed for release in 2014 and showed the first view of the upcoming 42.5mm f/1.2 lens.
Olympus was also showing their beautiful new OMD-E-M1, a camera aimed at professional photographers when combined with the new Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8. Both the Olympus and Panasonic booths we packed all three days.
From walking around the show and working in the Panasonic booth it’s clear that mirrorless cameras have finally made it. Photographers have finally realized the joy of carrying a small camera as opposed to a heavy digital SLR. The Sony full frame mirrorless camera caused a lot of interest along with the Fuji APS sensor mirrorless cameras. I still think Micro Four-thirds is the best bang for your buck with great bodies from Panasonic and Olympus and the largest selection of lenses of any mirrorless system.
Mark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his web site at www.marktoalphotography.com. Mark can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org