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Olympus PEN E-P2 black-on-black kit debuts alongside new zoom lenses

Olympus PEN E-P2 black-on-black kit debuts alongside new zoom lenses

The tipped Olympus PEN E-P2 black-on-black kit has made its official debut, a black-clad P2 Micro Four Thirds camera complete with matching M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 17mm pancake lens and FL-14 flash, priced at $999.99 when it drops in October 2010.  Meanwhile a second version - which switches the black FL-14 flash for a black VF-2 electronic viewfinder - will also be launched, at €1,079.  There are also two new lenses to choose between.

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Sony compact Alpha DSLR concept test-bed for new snap-on lens system?

Sony compact Alpha DSLR concept test-bed for new snap-on lens system?

Sony's new concept "interchangeable lens compact camera" for PMA 2010 this week may be catching glances for its small body size and possible indication that the company are planning a jump into the Micro Four Thirds market, but according to Amateur Photographer the really interesting part might be the lens mount itself.  They were closely watching Masashi Imamura, Sony's President of Personal Imaging and Sound Business Group at the company's press launch, and he removed the re-attached the concept Alpha DSLR's lens with none of the usual twisting.

Pentax K-7 DSLR launches: 14.6MP & HD video for $1.3k [Video]

Pentax K-7 DSLR launches: 14.6MP & HD video for $1.3k [Video]

As promised, Pentax have unleashed their latest DSLR, the 14.6-megapixel K-7.  Pairing the new CMOS with the PRIME II imaging engine, the K-7 is also the first of the company's DSLRs to support high-definition video recording.  Where many rivals top out at 720p, the Pentax can climb all the way to 1,536 x 1,024 at 30fps (3:2 aspect; 16:9 720p is also supported), and has an HDMI output for easy viewing.

 

Video demo after the cut

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Tamron intros fast aperture Macro lens – SP AF 60mm ƒ/2 Di II LD (IF) Macro 1:1

Tamron intros fast aperture Macro lens – SP AF 60mm ƒ/2 Di II LD (IF) Macro 1:1

Typical macro lenses -- normal to telephoto focus length range – usually have maximum aperture at F2.8 or slower, with the exception of Olympus Zuiko Digital 50mm F2.0 ( Four Thirds lens) at one stop faster. Tamron has today announced the development of SP AF 60mm ƒ/2 Di II LD (IF) Macro 1:1. Like the Olympus, it’s a digitally optimized Macro lens featuring a bright maximum aperture of ƒ/2.0.

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