Micro Four-thirds – Six New Lenses Announced
Special Guest Post by Mark Toal
It’s not often that six new Micro four-thirds lenses are announced in a week but it just happened! These new product introductions show that manufactures are taking the MFT format seriously. At the recent CP+ show in Japan the following lenses were announced:
Voightlander 42.5mm f/0.95 lens. Voigtlander had already released two other fast lenses, the Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 (35mm equivalent) and Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (50mm equivalent). These lenses are all manual focus and exposure but the shallow depth of field, sharpness and low light capability make them well worth their high prices.
Olympus M. ZUIKO ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II lens. This is an equivalent 150-600mm and is the second version of this lens and adds better coating and a design to better match the O-MD-M5 camera.
Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III VC. (equivalent 28-300mm). This is an exciting announcement because everybody’s been waiting for Tamron to introduce a MFT lens for the past year or more. Tamron is known for it’s popular lenses for Canon and Nikon cameras and Joe told me that Tamron promised him a lens for review. Look for his review of the Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III VC here sometime in the future.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. (equivalent 28-84mm). This is Panasonic’s second version of a kit lens that is sold with most Lumix G series cameras. The lens is smaller in size to match the compact G series camera bodies, has a metal mount and is metal clad. It’s also been re-designed to be sharper and quieter than it’s predecessor.
Sigma like Panasonic and Olympus has introduced new version of its 19mm f/2.8 (38mm equivalent) and 30mm f/2.8 (60mm equivalent) MFT Art lenses. They also introduced a new 60mm f/2.8 (120mm equivalent) lens.
Speaking of lenses, I talked to the folks at BORROWLENSES.COM last week at Imaging USA in Atlanta. You can rent lenses for Micro Four-thirds cameras from them on-line so that you can try a particular lens before you buy it. I’ve found that they are a great company to work with.
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 photo blog at www.mtoal.wordpress.com or at www.mtoallumiximages.wordpress.com. Mark can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org