Panasonic Unveils New 8mm Fisheye Lens Today

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Bokeh Diem, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. Bokeh Diem

    Bokeh Diem Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    Micro Four Thirds Lenses | PRODUCTS | LUMIX | Digital Camera | Panasonic Global

    * Distinctive perspective and unique deformation effect with a diagonal angle of view of 180 degree
    * The world's smallest and lightest digital interchangeable fisheye lens
    * An ED lens for superb optical performance
    * The inner focus drive system for long working distance
    * The closest focusing distance 10cm / 0.33ft
    * Contrast AF system support
    * Circular aperture diaphragm
    * Multi-coated lens elements minimize ghosts and flare
    * Durable metal mount
    * Sheet filter support

    Model No. H-F008
    Lens Construction 10 elements in 9 groups (1 ED lens)
    Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
    Optical Image Stabilizer -
    Focal Length f=8mm (35mm camera equivalent 16mm)
    Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
    Aperture F3.5
    Minimum Aperture F22
    Closest Focusing Distance 0.1m / 0.33ft
    Maximum Magnification Approx. 0.20x / 0.40x (35mm camera equivalent)
    Diagonal Angle of View 180°
    Projection System Equisolid angle projection
    Filter Size Front: Mounting not possible
    Rear: Sheet filter holder 22mm / 0.86inch x 22mm / 0.86inch
    Max.Diameter φ60.7mm / 2.39inch
    Overall Length Approx. 51.7mm / 2.04inch (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
    Weight Approx. 165g / 5.82oz
    Standard Accessories Lens cap, Lens rear cap, Lens storage bag

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  2. Krang

    Krang Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 19, 2010
  3. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 9, 2010
    Paris, France
    Where's *MY* 14 ??? :biggrin:
  4. Bokeh Diem

    Bokeh Diem Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    It isn't coming, at least that's what I am told.

    I had reported a couple of months ago that a local Pany rep in Toronto, while giving me the heads up on the 8mm, also told me the 14mm was scrapped. I don't think many noticed as there was no feedback on that post that I recall.

    Bokeh Diem
  5. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 14, 2010
    Tura Beach, Australia
    The Panny 14mm f/2.8 was redesigned to be a 14mm f/2.5 and is due for release later this year. The release keeps getting put back. It was June-July before the change in specification, then the northern hemisphere autumn, and now summer.
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  6. richie15

    richie15 Guest

    Crazy money for what it is, I am gong to pass on this.
  7. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    i am disgusted by the greed of both panasonic and olympus when it comes to the price of lenses for the micro 4\3 system

    the early press releases from the micro 43 makers promised smaller lighter and less expensive lenses for both telephoto and wide angle optics
    to date any lenses offered have been offensively overpriced ,this slow fisheye at
    1070.00 dollars [converted from GBP] is the latest insult
    the 6 ounces of plastic and glass of the panny fisheye can be contrasted with the nikon
    10.5 mm f2.8 about 10 ounces of metal and glass that sell for 659.00 dollars at B&H in new york

    the normalish decently fast 20 1.7 is the m4\3 equiv to a fast normal for apsc or 35mm the panny is 400 dollars... but glass with optic to do the same thing for nikon or canon full frame is about 130 dollars, bear in mind that a full frame must be built with optics
    to cover about 4 times the area of m4\3 sensor

    the 9-18 micro 4\3 is 35% more expensive than the regular 4\3 offering a larger
    more robust and larger optical surfaced lens

    from wikipedia:....

    "The system, unlike Four Thirds, does not postulate telecentricity as a key design rule This, combined with the much shorter flange-sensor distance enabled by the removal of the mirror, allows normal and wideangle lenses to be made significantly smaller and cheaper because they do not have to use strongly retrofocal designs......Shorter flange-focal distance means that practically all manual lenses can be adapted for use...........Smaller sensor size allows for cheaper, smaller and lighter telephoto lenses
    Shorter flange-focal distance allows for cheaper, smaller and lighter normal and wide lenses"

    enough is enough
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  8. jd950

    jd950 Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 23, 2010
    For whatever reason, the micro four thirds lens market seems to be settling into lenses from Panasonic that tend to be wider aperture, faster focusing, slightly to somewhat better optically and more expensive while Olympus has chosen to offer similar focal lengths that are lighter, smaller and cheaper.

    We can fuss about the prices, but Oly and Panasonic have the market to themselves at this point and that tends to breed higher prices. A few of us "enthusiasts" may hunt down older lenses and four thirds lenses that can be used with adapters in a somewhat limited capacity, but the wider market will not do so.

    This lens offers great potential for underwater and some other uses and I suspect Panasonic knows that. The prices of these lenses have little to do with the cost of raw materials, it is supply and demand. You want a micro four thirds mount fisheye? Buy this or go without (at the moment).
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  9. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    i hope no one buys this lens for the first months it is offered so we may see its real price
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  10. grum

    grum Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 2, 2010
    Apart from the kit lenses the other Panasonic Lenses are crazily overpriced. Makes me think I will stop buying native lenses and stick with what I've got plus legacy lenses.

    Might pick up an SLR at some point (which will cost me about the same as one of these lenses) with better options at the longer and wider ends.
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  11. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    I agree that the len's prices are too high and is better suited with legacy lenses like I do.

    1,000 dollars for a fisheye is really too much.

    Buy the Samyang.
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  12. matmcdermott

    matmcdermott Mu-43 Regular

    It is expensive for what it is and compared to other lenses in the lineup but it's not $1000.

    Amazon is taking pre-orders at $799 -- which based on some quick calcs minus VAT off the EU price plus an average sales tax in the US is about exact same thing as the € price at current exchange rates.
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  13. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    well mat that would be alot better, but i still think these lenses are overpriced for what they offer

    thats 150 dollars more than the nikon or canon , with optics designed for a larger image circle and better speed [nikons is 180degrees fov and f2.8!]

    730 gbp =n 1070 us dollars........... that alot of tax! also when i speak of prices in the usa its before tax......... i guess in the uk its after vat [ wince!]
  14. igi

    igi Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    I also didn't expect this kind of price for a lens that does not see much general use

    Now I'm also thinking of just getting the Samyang... or wait and have fun with legacy glass
  15. Krang

    Krang Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 19, 2010
    I kind of knew that it would be very expensive. It always seems that the lens companies are ripping off the small market for fisheyes. I have always made do with the cheaper russian/asian/not-famous manual lenses. Since huge DOF of fisheyes doesn't really need AF.

    Now the only thing I would buy the Panasonic is the small size of the lens. All other fisheyes are huge on micro 4/3s.

    But all this doesn't stop me from craving this lens :D
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  16. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    729 pound to Au dollars = $1286

  17. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    thats what i said!!!
  18. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Personally, I am not interested in an 8mm and certainly not at that price!

    I like many others am waiting for the ever more elusive 14mm f2.5/2.8? and would also love a nice fast 45mm prime (not the expensive 45 Macro).

    I am concerned that Panasonic appear to be capitalising on the success of the micro 4/3rd system and instead of continuing to make quality affordable lenses they are now stepping into the realms of the big boys with very high prices, people purchased the system as a small affordable quality system and bringing out these super expensive lenses could be their downfall as people will not pay the premium price - if they could afford that much they would buy DSLR's / Leica's with high quality glass.

    Come on Olympus/Panasonic - don't cut off your nose to spite your face it could lead to your downfall in the growing challenge from new comers - fast primes at affordable prices with a balance of good zooms that are affordable is what we want (well I do and I suspect many others).
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  19. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    You got the point. If they want too much then maybe they will finish with nothing.:bravo-009:
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