The Olympus E-M1X is now available either body only or in a variety of kits: With 12-100mm lens, with 300mm lens, 12-40mm lens or with 40-150mm lens.
AS CP+ is underway in Japan, scoops, rumors, and product teases are everywhere. Here’s a brief summary of what’s getting attention:
Nikon Rumors reports on a new Nikon Z camera coming for the consumer market. Additionally, Nikon demonstrated improved eye autofocus coming in a future firmware upgrade for Nikon Z cameras. Check the video below.
Also on display: New Nikon lenses and Techart showed off the new TZE Nikon Z-mount to Sony E-mount adapter.
Meanwhile, News Shooter published more info on the Nikon Z 58mm F/0.95 S Noct lens. See the video below for more info.
Finally, in the L-mount arena, check out this video about the Leica, Sigma, Panasonic partnership:
Voigtländer announced three lenses today: the Nokton 21mm f1.4 Aspherical, the Nokton 50mm f1.2 Aspherical for Sony’s e-mount, and the Nokton Vintage Line 75mm f/1.5 Aspherical VM lens for Leica M-mount.
Additionally, Voigtländer announced six mirrorless lens adapter for using m-mount lenses and e-mount lenses on various mirrorless cameras. The adapters include standard mount adapters that mate lenses to bodies and close focus adapters that include a helicoid that shortens the focusing distance of the lens on the mounted body. The new adapters are similar to Voigtländer’s close focusing adapter for M-mount to Sony-E mount. There new adapters are as follows:
- VM-Z adapter
- VM-Z close focusing lens adapter
- EZ adapter
- VM-RF lens adapter
- VM-RF close focusing adapter
- VM-X close focusing lens adapter
For more info on Voigtländer’s offerings, check out their site here.
Both Sony and Prograde Digital announced CFExpress Type B memory cards today. The new cards use the PCIe, Gen 3 interconnect with NVMe host controller interface and perform at read speeds of 1,600MPB/s. Prograde also announced that sample cards and readers are available for “qualified partners.” Prograde will offer two lines of the cards. The CFExpress Cobalt will perform at the full 1,600MB/s read speed and have burst write capability of 1400MB/s. The CF Express Gold feature a burst write speed of 600-1000MB/s. Read Prograde’s news release for more info.
Sony announced their own CFExpress Type B cards. The “Tough” cards. Sony claims performance of 1700MB/s read speeds and 1480MB/s write speeds. The “Tough” label highlights Sony’s tripling of the CFexpress standard to withstand force at 70N bending force and “five times greater reliability to endure falls from up to 5m high.” Read Sony’s press release here.
If all this XQD, CFast, CFExpress jargon has you perplexed, read this article by SLR Lounge. It does a decent job of clearing it up.
Leica announced the a new wide angle lens for the L-mount, a shared mount between Leica, Sigma, and Panasonic. The lens has 13 elements in 11 groups with multi-coating. Additionally, the lens’s Dual Syncro Drive autofocus motor can traverse its entire focal range in 240 milliseconds. It joins the 75mm APO-Summicron-SL and the 90mm APO-Summicron-SL in Leica’s lineup. The lens will ship April 5th for $4595 US. Read Leica’s press release here.
The SD Association announced microSD Express. The new memory format features PCIe and NVMe interfaces and is capable of 985MB/s transfer speeds. However, there are no micro SD Express cards currently available for purchase. Check out Videomaker’s article here.
Sony announced the 135mm F1.8G Master Lens. The lens joins a growing lineup of G Master lenses. Sony claims the lens design maximizes the appearance of pleasing bokeh. The company built the lens with Super ED and ED elements that include “extreme aspherica (XA)” elements and four XD linear motors. An 11-blade aperture controls the roundness of out-of-focus highlights, allegedly even at F4. DPReview published an article on the lens and also has a sample gallery. Check it out here.
The new remote commander (model RMT-P1BT) features Bluetooth technology and precise camera control. According to Sony’s press release, the remote responds within 0.05 seconds. Both the lens and the remote will ship in April and can be ordered today.