Let's see how many times Panny need to cover 14mm:
While they are at it, maybe they can bring out some 14/2.0, 14/2.8, 14/3.5, 14/4.0 just to cover all the grounds? /rant
What a boring data sheet. I want to see MTF curves and such.
No bokeh information either.
Owning the 14-140mm and the 14-45mm, I'm completely indifferent to this one, even though I like to see good primes in general. Much more interested in the stabilized 100-300mm, but looking at the price for the Olympus long zoom I have a feeling that the Panny one will be out of my range for an occasional-use lens.
I would like to see a 7mm f/2, 9mm f/2, 10.5mm f/2, 12mm f/2, etc.
NO zoomz. Leave that to Olympus.
No more zoomz after the 100-300mm, I promise My Telyt 250 is too heavy to shlepp it around with the GH1 all the time...
I need to cover the distance like...
12 f1.4 13 f1.7 14 f1.7 15 f1.2 16.f2.0...17 & 20 I have but seriously need an upgrade for them also...
I'm unsure about the 18 & 19 as this will be to many in my pocket at one time...afterall, I'm a streetshooter and must be prepared...
I'll sound in too I suppose...
I'd like nothing but primes for my G1...
I have the 17mm now, so a 14mm is welcome, so would be a 25/2.5. typical 3 lens with a fov of 28/35/50...I have a 50mm Zeiss I use as an outstanding fast medium Tele.
Although, I'd prefer a 12/2.5, the 14 is OK too.
If I got a zoom.... 14-45 f/3.5 ASPH constant $700.00
Now to introduce a 3 lens Kit...... 14/18/25, all f/2.5.... at a boxed set price of $1,200.00 would work too... But the Build and IQ must be outstanding, NO Consumer grade compromise over Build/IQ, but a good cut above... All ASPH designs. All Metal mount and casing. (you can purchase seperatly at $450.00 each). Just saying,
Since when Pana start making lenses for GF! only?
Anyway, I'm extremely happy with this release and wishing they keep this strategy for a long long time.
I am not privy to any market data (not that I care about it) and have no interest in the GF or Ex type cams as I am not a contortionist- I do like to use the portrait orientation, not only at eye level, for actual photos.
Once a high end mirrorless cam with swivel LCD (Canon?) hits the market, it will truly get exciting.
I suppose I haven't truly committed to the MFT format just yet since I don't own a bunch of system lenses aside from the two kit lenses and the 20/1.7 which I picked up for cheap. I'm committed to some sort of system with a small flange distance that allows me to fit all the MF lenses I've acquired, and I sure like my GH1 for what it does, but I'm waiting to see what else comes out before I commit to one system or another.
To me this lens doesn't do much, certainly not enough to warrant my spending $500 for it when it comes out. The only lens I really need for this system right now is the 7-14 because I can't get good UWA shots right now with my current setup (can get to 10 with my WA conversion on the 14-140 in 16:9 mode, but that's about it, and it's not perfect). Still haven't decided if I want to invest the $1000 for that one. An UWA prime that's not a fisheye and doesn't cost $1000 would be great - something in the 7/2.8 or 8/2 range would be awesome, even if they're a bit larger.
Panasonic GH1/G1, Canon FTb(n)/F-1, Mamiya C330F/RB67 Pro SD, Chamonix 45N-2, Nikon F5 + Assorted Lenses
By the way, there was a promotion on adorama, M.Zuiko 9-18 for $529 total, the lens was on backorder and so I am still waiting for it to ship.
I totally agree with the last two posts. I'm happy with the GH1, it's kit lens, the 20/1.7, and a bunch of legacy lenses. I have always been more interested in longer lengths(that's why I'm interested in the 100-300, just to have that option) than in wide angle shooting, so there is a limit to what I want to spend on a super wide or even a wide angle lens. I have the same WA converter as Dragos and the little 12.5mm Computar, those two cover most of my needs for now until something affordable and 12mm or shorter comes along. What I am hoping for most is a smaller camera that I can use for my c-mount lenses, I just don't really like the external viewfinders and want to see what the next few weeks bring. I dont really care who makes it, but a small camera with a viewfinder that performs on GH1 level and let's me use my small 10/1.6 Switar will definitely get my vote (and money).
Nikon is rumored to come up with a tinier format liveview cam.
Canon may up the ante with an APS-C sensor that can also be used for smaller circle lenses.
Thanks to Pana, now everyone is jumping into this.
- Vivek and I were typing at the same time I also heard about that Canon concept but wasn't that from a very unreliable source? It would definitely be a very interesting concept.
The Canon is practically the same sensor size. Interesting indeed.
But what can one do with rumors? When asking about the smallest sensor size you find acceptable I was thinking of your Switar 10mm lens. How big is a decent image circle from that lens? 8mm film I guess?
I would very much like this lens, but wish it was a f2.0. I have the 20mm and the 14-45mm, but would prefer a pancake wideangle over the 14-45mm. I prefer not to put zooms on my GF1 as it is my P&S.
Haven't seen the 14-42mm anywhere, though - only the 14-45mm is available here, or maybe it's only availble in a kit?