Weekly News Roundup – Lumix GH5 II on its way, more manual focus lenses

It’s been another quiet week when it comes to new gear. There are only two products worth mentioning. The first is a 90mm F1.25 lens for the Leica M-mount system, and the second is a 1.8x 50mm T2.1 anamorphic lens. And then we have the GH5 mark II specs that were leaked. The announcement is likely to be next week.

TTartisan 90mm F1.25

The list of Chinese manual focus lenses keeps growing at a rapid pace. The latest addition is this super fast 90mm portrait lens. The exterior design is very similar to one of the Leica M lenses, including the markings and colours. It’s a heavy lens (1.01kg) with a wide diameter of 82mm, which is understandable given the fast aperture of F1.25. The company includes a tripod mount in the box.

TTartisan 90mm F1.25 lens on white background

Other characteristics include:

  • 11 elements in 7 groups
  • 4 high-refractive elements
  • 10 blade aperture diaphragm
  • min. focus: 1m
  • 77mm filter thread
  • reversible lens hood

The lens is being sold for $770, which is rather tempting considering the fast aperture. It is designed for M-mount cameras, but the company sells various adapters to make it work on Fujifilm, Sony, Nikon and Canon mirrorless cameras.

Vazen 50mm T2.1 1.8X Anamorphic

The 50mm 1.8x Anamorphic is a $8000 cinema lens. Yes, it’s very expensive but when put into context (it’s an anamorphic cinema lens for full frame sensors), it is actually less expensive than other options on the market. The lens gives you approximately the same horizontal angle of view as a 28mm for full frame digital cameras.

Vazen 50mm T2.1 anamorphic lens on white background

Other characteristics include:

  • compact design for such a lens (1.55kg, 13.3cm long)
  • 86mm filter thread
  • min. focus: 1.1m
  • aluminium build
  • available for EF and PL mounts (interchangeable and included in the box)

Panasonic Lumix GH5 mark II specs leaked

I rarely write about rumours, but the leaked specs of the new flagship Micro Four Thirds cameras seem very real, and a bit disappointing. We’re probably not going to see a big step forward in comparison to the original model (which was released four years ago), and that would be a first for the GH series, as each new model has brought significant updates and new features until now.

Panasonic GH5, front view with sensor cap on
The original GH5, one of the cameras I’ve enjoyed testing the most when it was released.

The GH5 II will use the same sensor, and it will have the same 4K capabilities (but with 10-bit up to 60p apparently, whereas it stops at 30p on the GH5) and AF system. I’m expecting some software tweaks for the AF, perhaps with an updated image processor as well.

We’ll know more in a week hopefully and I’ll talk more about it once we have the official information and know all the details. In the meantime, all the specs can be read on 43rumors.

Until next week!

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Mathieu Gasquet

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Mathieu Gasquet is the co-owner and editor of Mirrorless Comparison, as well as the man behind all the camera tests. Mathieu has been a professional photographer for over 15 years. Before specializing in camera reviews, he worked as an event photographer for the National Cinema Museum in Turin, and as a videomaker for renowned Italian agencies, which allowed him to collaborate with important names such as Fiat, Sky Italia, Maserati, and more. Mathieu also studied cinema in France and obtained a degree in cinematography at the A.R.F.I.S. school in Lyon.

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