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  1. I've been holding onto ~$1400ish waiting to hear on the GH4, but with no new information on price or release in a number of weeks I'm starting to look at other options. If it isn't for sale until late April, fine, but tell us! I'm content to wait if I can know how much I need and when I need it by. Have I missed something? Has Panasonic said when they're announcing/what the holdup is? I've hear sometime around the 14th rumored on forums, but it just seems to be conjecture. Anyone have any insight?
  2. Noktor's website shows that its 12mm F1.6 lens is out of stock but does not have any specific dates for availability. Searching the web yields barely any results on Amazon, B&H etc. Does anyone know details of whats going on with this elusive lens? I am interested in the best wide lens for a micro four thirds camera. I already have a Panasonic 7-14 mm but want something much faster that I can use as a dedicated landscape/architecture lens. Something equivalent in quality and build to my old OM Zuiko 24mm, f2.0 (with an 85 degree angle of view), which apparently had built-in compensation for converging verticals. I have seen the new Olympus 12mm, f2.0 but am not drawn to it due to mixed reviews and its somewhat 'tinny' look and feel. So far I have three lenses on my short list that are equivalent to the old 24 mm or less, I am not interested in anything smaller or bigger, just this 12mm (or 24 mm in the old system). Any other ones that could be added to the ones below? Noktor 12mm f1.6 (angle of view?) Olympus 12m f2.0 (85 degree angle of view) Koya 12 mm f1.6 (not yet released) Also, is there an equivalent fit with an adapted lens? I have seen various experiments with surveillance camera lenses and the like.
  3. Hi all, I've been hesitating forever of even thinking about starting the long process of collecting lenses, due to the inertia that the neverending onslaught of new technology brings. There are so many promising directions this whole world could go, from the super-16 BMPC to the full-frame Canon 5D Mark III RAW, so my current thinking is that it's most sensible to go with the largest coverage format (full frame) and collect lenses from there, and then if the market settles anywhere (super 35, full frame, APS-C), you won't have obsolete glass lying around. I'm looking for as many people as possible to poke holes in the intuition or offer different plans as my current one:   I've been thinking lately about collecting Nikon AI-S lenses, since they are the final (and presumably, best?) generation of Nikon manual focus glass.   Some advantages as I see it are: adaptibility to the largest range of lens mounts long-focus throw age-related image character je ne sais quoi good build quality relatively cheap relatively compact Nikon quality (perceived? Is Canon just as good/better? Does Canon have an equivalent AI-S-era option that would work on current Canons?) Nikon-optimization, as I prefer Nikon for stills work Cheap adapters can control aperture, as opposed to Canon mount Fast   Some disadvantages that I would imagine: Breathing and every other problem inherent in stills-optimized/non-cine lenses Difficulty finding cheap super wide options that would translate to normal lenses on much smaller sensors (Super 16, M43, BMCC, 1") Futility of collecting for BMPC when you end up settling on a 5DIII and have all these useless super-wides   I'm sure a lot of people on here have thought a lot harder than I have about this quandry, or have skin in the game already, so if anyone has some personal experience or insight on how the filmmaking community is currently addressing this issue, please contribute any and all wisdom! What are general lens collection strategies to maximize utility and minimize cost? Is it presumed that lenses will hold value, so you can just sell them off with minimal long-term losses? Are there lenses that better meet ones needs? Would Canon make more sense, since a follow focus will allow for long focus throws anyway? Are there cheaper options (Contax (Zeiss), for example?)   One caveat:   I shoot stills as well. Is it ridiculous to think that shooting manual focus on all my various stills cameras (NEX-7, GH2, frequent Nikon rentals) is possible, and that I'd need to invest in a second set of AF stills camera (obviously this is a nuanced question, as different photography genres have different needs, but my work does include street photography).
  4. Hi all,   Sadly, its time for me to part with my SLR Magic 12mm f/1.6 Hyperprime Micro Four Thirds Lens. I simply haven't had the time to get the use out of this that I would like: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/171063978961   My hope is that it goes to a good home :)   Let me know if you have any questions,   Adam  
  5. When I first saw the SLR magic lenses I was still in the Canon world of 5dMarkII and paid not too much atention to them at that point. But now in the light of Digital Bolex with and the discovery of c mount along with it. I came across with all sorts of c mount lenses of wich most prominently sold are the Chinese CCTV lenses. From them the most notable are the 25mm and 35mm lenses. I bought them to be used with my NIkon V1.. and boy do those 16-20 euro Fujians deliver in price performance.   So today I went back checking out SLR magic and their products. Only to find out that the most of them seem to be different kinds of CCTV lenses. So with no chainges execpt the SLR magic name on them or with different coloured rubberbands and custom lettered chinese made mount convertes. I have to Glarify out that I havent used the SLR magic lenses my self! This thread is purely about observations that I made by comparing product photos and reading product descriptions.   THE SLR magic 26mm toy lens Seems to be exactly the same lens as the Fujian 25mm f.1.4 (there could be a difference.. if they have made a custom order with more round aperture blade set inside)   Here you have SLR magic edition with a 3$ C mount to micro four thirds adapter probably glued on it. Extra cost for blue rubber pieces is abouts 58 pounds / euros what have you. http://www.ukdigital.co.uk/slr-magic-toy-26mm-f14-lens-mft.html For compasiron the 25mm f1.4 Fujian CCTV lens c mount lens (search in ebay if the ebay link below is dead) http://www.ebay.com/itm/25mm-f-1-4-C-Mount-CCTV-Lens-for-Nikon-J1-V1-J2-Canon-EOS-M-Pentax-Q-Olympus-LF7-/251249312401?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a7fa04291     35mm 1.7  SLR magic http://www.ukdigital.co.uk/slr-magic-35mm-f17-lens-mft.html Fujian  35mm 1.7 http://www.ebay.com/itm/35mm-f-1-7-C-Mount-CCTV-Lens-2-Macro-Ring-for-Nikon-J1-V1-V2-Panaosnic-G5-LF8-/150983551305?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2327522949 now the 50mm F.095 SLR magic lens really is a good quality lens. and it's by no means free lens as CCTV lens. http://www.ukdigital.co.uk/slr-magic-50mm-f095-hyperprime-lens-mft.html When you look up Navitar 50mm f/0.95 for c mount it certainly looks the same to me.   EOSHD is about discoveries and I bet this might have been discovered before. It is just cheap in my book and I think you deserve to hear my observations.   They even write like vignetting of the 26mm SLR magic toy lens is a feature.   "Furthermore, it offers strong vignetting in the corners." straight from their page.    I say its not a feature it's a c mount lens with a micro four thirds adapter .. off course it vignettes just as it does on every ebay sellers sample image who are selling the chinese Fujians it with the adapter.
  6. ...I hope everything is ok and this has nothing to do with the MFT Speedbooster getting delayed, but I just noticed the Twitter accound for Metabones is not there.  Weird.    ... thoughts?
  7. I've spent the last week reading as much as I could about micro four thirds cameras, and it looks like many people are trumpeting MFT as the "death of DSLR" or at least a viable option. Since I'm on the prowl for a new SLR, the MFT cameras - GH2 in particular - is making me think twice about going with a Canon/Nikon. But is MFT really that great? I have some issues/questions:[list] [*]The cameras appear to be smaller and made of plastic, i.e., cheaper. Yet they don't cost consumers any less. [*]MFT sensors are about half the size of the new consumer level Nikon D3200 (full frame). How can this NOT be inferior? - at least for stills? [*]Lens focal length and aperture are double that of 35mm film cameras, so a 45mm f/1.8 is effectively a 90mm f/3.6. To get 2.8 aperture, you need to buy an f/1.4. [*]Lenses are smaller and plastic and look like toys. The optics are WAY smaller. So they're probably a lot cheaper to manufacture. Yet the price is not cheaper. For example, the Olympus 85mm 1.8 is more than twice the price of a Nikon 85mm 1.8D. Not a fair comparison, you might think - well, there isn't a 42mm 1.4, so the closest I could find is a Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 for $600. Doesn't anyone else have misgivings about laying down $400 for a little plastic prime lens? For just over $100 you can get a killer Nikon 50mm 1.8. [*]Optical viewfinders are rare on MFTs (and they'd be rangefinders), and electronic viewfinders will always suffer latency - perhaps not an issue for video, but would be for still photography. [/list] So the words that sum up the physical characteristics of a MFT system are[list] [*]Small [*]Plastic [*]Toylike [*]Expensive [/list] Smaller lens diameters and smaller sensors would seem to be more susceptible to dust and imperfections. I don't know - just hypothesizing. I've read that, for video, the GH2 has some magic that makes it on par with high end DSLRs. But still photographs are almost but not quite as good - from what I've read. Has anyone ditched their DSLR for MFT? These are the questions and concerns I have about micro four thirds. This isn't a list of gripes - just some things I've read. I haven't even SEEN a GH2 with my own eyes, but I've seen some of the other mirrorless cameras. So all this is just a synopsis of what I've read on the web. I'd like to hear from you people who know more than what the Oracle can provide. Thanks! - and I hope the above doesn't rile anyone. Just looking for opinions. B
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