While the micro-four-third (m43) format presents challenges for wide angle photography, it excels at telephoto reach. Panasonic’s new 100-400mm lens is equivalent to 200-800mm focal length in 35mm format terms. Wild life photographers and videographers will really appreciate the possibilities this lens opens up:
Sony states they designed the GM series lenses with resolution and bokeh in mind, unlike the resolution and contrast that the Sony Zeiss lenses were made for. How much of this is just marketing speak we’re not sure yet but judge for yourself:
The Lomography Petzval is a remake of an old lens known for its unique bokeh. The 85mm version currently sells for $599. This model will sell for $749 with a planned delivery of May 2016.
Some reviews have been negative in that they claim these are expensive for speciality lenses, but we would rather have the option of expensive speciality lenses than no speciality lenses at all. The following video shows the bokeh effects:
The Olympus 300mm lens will sell for $2499 (hopefully a lower street price) this year and is claiming 6 stops of image stabilization when combined with in-body image stabilization.
It’s nice that m43 Cameras are finally getting some decent telephoto options. Panasonic will be releasing their 100-400mm lens as well ($1799).
This video was shot on the Panasonic GX8 body. The image stabilization looks good considering the focal length.
You do have to stop down for best performance, and 6K is a lot more demanding than 4K in terms of lens performance. Yet these lenses hold up stopped down showing once again they are a great value.
The SLR Magic APO HyperPrime 50mm T2.1 Cine Lens is expected to be cheaper than the competition but hold its own. It’s advertised as rated for 4K and 6K sensors. You can read more at the SLR Magic’s website.
The Panasonic G7 was a steal at recent Black Friday prices for what it offers. If you need a cheap but decent 4K camera to hold you over until the Panasonic GH5 the G7 certainly fits the bill. It’s no raw camera or dynamic range monster, but exposed properly and in the hands of a competent videographer it can produce impressive results.
This nice short video shows some of the visuals you can obtain with cheap, old lenses.