User2609209159: Can you adjust the focus point on the M1 while looking through the viewfinder?
Yes, this can be done simply by using the 4-way controller
HomoSapiensWannaBe: Why no US pricing?
Because the press release came from Panasonic UK. We'll add US pricing when we get it.
RichRMA: The body doesn't appear too bad (S-1) and the lens and body both have metal mounts, unlike recent crummy DSLR and mirror-less kit lenses from various well-know suppliers.
The lenses have plastic mounts, but the body has a metal mount.
Cal22: The Pixpro S-1 is for the 4/3-system, they say, and that's an information on sensor size. We may assume, that the camera has the same lens mount Olympus and Panasonic use - but may we be certain?
Yes, you can be certain that the camera has the same lens mount as Olympus and Panasonic. That's what being part of Micro Four Thirds *means*. Kodak lenses will work on Olympus and Panasonic cameras; equally Olympus, Panasonic and Sigma Micro Four Thirds lenses will all work on the Kodak S-1.
jtr27: Is this lens in addition to, or instead of, the 10mm F2.8 which was announced some time ago? To my knowledge that lens can still not actually be found, and nobody has seen one, much less tested or reviewed it.
We do love announcements Samyang, but we love actual availability of lenses even more! =)
@menark: The point is that the much shorter backfocus distance allowed by mirrorless mounts makes wide angle lenses much easier to design.
new boyz: Is that hood detachable?
Yes, it is.
peevee1: What about news about their 10/2.8, 24/1.4 and 35/1.4 for m43?Also, do any of them have electronics (for EXIF and IBIS to work automatically)?
From Samyang, only the Nikon F 'AE' lenses have chips. For IBIS you have to set the focal length manually.
gerard boulanger: Ok, one more in Fuji mount. AF still out of the picture, why?
Fully manual lenses are much simpler and cheaper for Samyang to make.
The 10mm F2.8 was only *officially* announced [in December](http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/12/06/samyang-announces-10mm-f2-8-manual-focus-wideangle-prime), but Samyang has clearly had more problems that usual with the design, after first showing it at Photokina 2012. More generally, Samyang has delivered all the lenses it's promised in pretty good time.
This new 12mm F2 for mirrorless is clearly a very different lens to a 10mm F2.8 for APS-C SLRs, and crucially a rather less ambitious project.
axelpix: Isn't it on the E-M10 and it's called Live Composite? It basically stacks a couple of exposures like Live Time but uses a blending technique similliar to the Photoshop Lighten blending.
No, this is distinctly different. The E-M10's 'Live Composite' compares multiple 'correct' exposures, and adds in new data to the final composite image based on a 'lighten' rule. This is more like 'Live Bulb', where you watch a long exposure build up and stop it when it's 'right'. But the difference in the new patent is that different areas of the image can be exposed for longer or shorter times in a user-definable fashion, which would allow you to cope much better with extreme dynamic range scenes.
Steven Wandy: Very interesting - but what is the difference in this patent's abilities and what they implemented in the EM10? Sounds like the same thing.
The E-M10's 'Live Composite' is distinctly different, it compares multiple 'correct' exposures and adds in new data based on a 'lighten' rule. This is more like 'Live Bulb', where, you watch a long exposure build up and stop it when it's 'right'. But the difference in the new patent is that different areas of the image can be exposed for longer or shorter times in a user-definable fashion.
GRUBERND: i think the point the author and most of the commenters are missing:
this camera was not built for you.
not for your use-cases, not for your demographic, not for your culture, not even for your country. drop some expectations and biases how a camera is supposedly to work or be used and we all might be in for a treat.
Actually, that's precisely the point of the article. Exactly who is this camera for (and, indeed, the 1 system generally)? It *looks* like it's supposed to be an enthusiast model, but misses that target. Do you have any better idea who it's for?
thx1138: What are the specs on that upcoming 35-100?
Panasonic has told me that the comment about this lens being F2.8 was simply a mistake.
I've asked Panasonic for clarification, but the size looks much more in keeping with a variable aperture slow zoom (~F4.5-5.6).
Jan Chelminski: Actually, there doesn't have to be a quad-copter photo....
Lucky, as there isn't one!
So far 35-100mm is all we've got. And Micro Four Thirds mount, of course.
SynLyn: Please Compare this with the upcoming SIGMA 50 1.4 too ! That would be really useful.
We'll try to make that comparison when we get our hands on the new Sigma, but it seems that won't happen for a month or two.
km25: It looks OK for a zoom, 10mm is just too wide for me, I use my 14mm F2.8 and 23mm F1.4 primes. Never liked zooms.
This is 1.5x APS-C, rather than 2x Micro Four Thirds, so the 10-24mm compares to 15-36mm on FF.
Francis Carver: Kowa Prominar 8.5mm F2.8 MFT
Focal length: 8.5mmMax aperture: F2.8 / T3.0TV distortion: 0.12%Angle of view: 93.5° x 11.7°Minimum focus: 0.2m
Something is wrong with the posted specs of this lens. If one of the angles of view is 93.5°, how the heck can the other corresponding angle of view be only a minuscule 11.7°?
I can see it being 71.7 degree, but for the life of me cannot see how a lens can give you angular fields of view of 93.5° x 11.7°.
Quick, someone solve this, pls.
This is now corrected; thanks for bringing it to our attention.
(We actually like to add in small errors occasionally, to give our more-vocal commenters something to talk about.)
km25: Why did they not just use the 35mm f/2.0 from the RX1? The camera's sells are going to crash and burning any ways. Sony drops the ball again. Where is their road map of lens, this would at least show what lens are forth coming. Something tells me they have little or no idea. They are depending on a third party for their lens, an excellent lens maker that is not noted for putting out new lens with any speed.
The RX1's lens has a huge rear element placed very close to the sensor, which means the design simply can't be translated into an interchangeable E-mount lens.