Panasonic H-X2550 Leica DG 25-50mm f/1.7 Lens up for Pre-order on Amazon US

Panasonic has launched H-X2550 Leica DG 25-50mm f/1.7 Lens for their micro-four third cameras in the US. It has a launch price tag of $1,799.99. This lens is now listed and available to pre-order online from Amazon US. It will be released on August 24, 2021. Check here for the current price and availability.

Panasonic H-X2550 Leica DG 25-50mm f/1.7 lens is made for Micro-four third cameras. The development of this lens was announced back in May along with Lumix DC-GH6 and DC-GH5 II camera announcements. H-X2550 offers a 25-50mm zoom with a constant F1.7 aperture through at the zoom range. In full-frame terms, it has an equivalent focal length of 50mm-100mm.

This lens has a Dust, Splash, and Freeze-resistant design, so you don’t have to worry when using it outdoors in challenging conditions. The closest focusing distance it supports is 0.28m on the wide end and 0.31m at the tele-end. It offers a maximum magnification of 0.42x at the tele-end.

Panasonic is using a step-less aperture setup and along with the micro-step drive aperture system, it ensures optimal and consistent lighting when zooming or panning. It boasts exceptional barycentric stability to minimize image shifts during zooming.

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From the manufacturer
LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 20-50mm / F1.7 ASPH. H-X2550 lens is built for mirrorless Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount cameras, enabling F1.7 aperture brightness throughout the entire 50-100mm (35mm camera equivalent) zoom range. Its exceptionally high optical performance is suitable for both professional photographers and videographers. Comprising 17 elements in 12 groups, the lens system features three aspherical lenses and four ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses that effectively suppress the axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. Spherical aberration and distortion are also corrected by the aspherical lenses for stunningly high resolution. The use of aspherical lenses and the optimum design of the lens system results in a compact size and lightweight. Compatibility with a maximum 240-fps high-speed sensor drive realizes high-speed, high-precision autofocusing. In addition to the silent operation achieved by the inner focus drive system, the stepless aperture ring and micro-step drive system in the aperture control section help the camera to smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design achieves exceptional barycentric stability to minimize image shifts during zooming. A focus ring is equipped for intuitive, precise focusing and linear/ non-linear setting can also be switched with this ring.

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Olympus M.ZUIKO 8-25MM PRO lens up for Pre-order on Amazon US

Olympus has launched M.ZUIKO 8-25MM PRO lens in the US online. It has a launch price tag of $1,099.99 USD. This Pro lens is now available to pre-order online from Amazon US. According to the listing, it will be released on July 9, 2021.

Olympus M.ZUIKO 8-25MM is a constant F4.0 aperture lens coming under the Pro line-up. It weighs 411g and offers a full-frame equivalent focal length of 16-50mm making it a great walk-around lens for a micro four-thirds camera.

This has 16 elements in 10 groups lens construction with a few special lenses inside ( 1 DSA lens, 2 Aspherical ED lenses, 1 Super ED lens, 1 ED lens, 1 Super HR lens, 1 HR lens, 1 HD lens ).

This has a 7 bladed aperture. The max aperture it can open to is F4.0 and can be stopped down to F22 if needed. The closest focusing distance this lens can achieve is 0.23m and it takes 72mm filters.

Olympus has given this lens a IPX1 rating – which we rarely see on camera lenses. When used with a Olympus splashproof Body, this lens is Dust & Drip Proof.

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Olympus M.ZUIKO 8-25MM PRO Specifications

  • Focal length: 8-25mm ( 16-50mm Full frame equivalent )
  • Lens construction: 16 elements in 10 groups
  • Special lenses: 1 DSA lens, 2 Aspherical ED lenses, 1 Super ED lens, 1 ED lens, 1 Super HR lens, 1 HR lens, 1 HD lens
  • Auto-focus: High-speed Imager AF (MSC)
  • Closest focusing distance: 0.23m ( all focal length )
  • Aperture: F4.0 – F22 ( 7 bladed aperture )
  • Filter size: 72 mm
  • Weight: 411g
  • In the box: LC-72C Lens Cap, LR-2 Lens Rear Cap, LH-76E Lens Hood, CS-53 Wrapping Cloth

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IIIs up for Pre-order on Amazon US

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IIIs is an upgraded model of the older Mark III model. It has a launch selling price of $599.99 in the US and comes with a 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 IIR Kit Lens along with the package. It is now available to pre-order online on Amazon.com ( check here for the current lowest price ).

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IIIs is available to purchase in two different colors – Black and Silver. If you look at the spec sheet of this new camera, you can find this model has the same exact specs as the older model launched a while ago. There are 2 differences though.

The first new thing in this new model is it now supports silent shooting. This can come in handy when you are out taking street photographs which people often do with small compact cameras like this. Another new feature of the new model is an Instant Film art filter mode.

Like the older model, this has a 16MP CMOS Micro-four-thirds sensor with 200-25600 ISO support. Like many other Olympus cameras, this too has 5-axis Image stabilization built-in ( IBIS ) which would let you use a faster shutter speed and lower ISO during low light scenarios. This camera supports 4K @ 30fps video recording.

You can shoot raw as well as jpeg shots. The maximum shutter speed supported is 1/4000 sec. In the Electronic shutter mode, you can have a higher 1/16000 sec shutter speed as well. It comes with a wide range of scene modes like Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait, Sports, Fireworks, Backlight HDR, Nature Macro, etc. It supports 8.6 fps continuous bursts to take quick action shots. For AF, this sensor has a 121-point contrast-detection autofocus system.

From the Manufacturer: The Olympus E-M10 mark IIIs has been specially designed for people who love photography and need the perfect system to get started. The E-M10 mark III is small and lightweight so it’s convenient to take everywhere. The new intuitive touch screen interface and shortcut button make camera settings easy. Touch AF lets you instantly focus and trip the shutter with one touch of your subject on the tilting screen. And with foolproof in-body image stabilization, you’ll easily shoot blur-free stills and smooth 4K video, all handheld, no tripod or other stabilizing gear needed. Start your photographic journey with the E-M10 mark IIIs.