Bilgy_no1: I hope that Olympus and Panasonic will start sharing the AF-protocols with 3rd party lens manufacturers (under license if necessary to protect IP). At the very least, these lenses should be allowed to communicate FL, Aperture value to the body. Triggering MF magnification like the Olympus/Panasonic lenses would already help a lot.
I know that Samyang have not made any AF lenses so far, but others like Sigma will also be joining the m4/3 game. If lenses like this 7.5mm FE and the 25mm f/0.95 Nokton can provide better electronic integration and operation, it will make the whole m4/3 system even more appealing.
As for this lens, it looks great!
There were old news about the preparation of M4/3 and E-mount lenses by Sigma. I think the problem is that the manufacturers (esp. Pana) want a high profit margin on their own lenses rather than price competition like APS and FF lenses. It may need high license fee for manufacturing by 3rd party if they want to use the patented CDAF technology even other companies want to make lenses for M4/3 and E-mount.
Swordfish: Canon and Nikon are conspicuously absent. I wonder why. Nikon, I would understand. But Canon?
It is a usual practice of Canon to release new products with the latest technology after other manufacturers have demoed and released the latest technology, so you need to wait till next year if you want to see the same functionality on Canon's DSLRs.
thecamera: Just saw the price it's $699!! I am not going to pay $700(almost) for a point & shoot!
Yes, $699 is a bit overpriced, especially compared with its more reasonable rumored price of $599, as well as the price for M4/3 and NEX. Hope the final price will be more competitive while the quality is good enough to what's paid for!
policeman0077: the price tag？
This is a great camera, let's wait to see the sample images and check for its availability.Please check for the detailed interview with the Fujiguys here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj25re-1UpM