Panasonic is working on a new Leica-branded wide-angle lens with a focal length of 12mm that will be released sometime in the second half of 2016 for Micro Four Thirds users.
Micro Four Thirds fans were expecting a lot of new products in mid-April 2016. However, they were disappointed by Panasonic and Olympus, as they have not made any announcements in this period.
There is still one week left of April and some products might still become official, but you should not count on it. Either way, the rumor mill is now claiming that the sought-after Leica 12mm lens will be released sometime in the second part of this year, so it might be months away from its product launch event.
Panasonic set to launch new Leica 12mm lens in the second half of 2016
Trusted sources are reporting that Panasonic will reveal a new Leica-branded wide-angle lens this year. The product will consist of a prime optic with a focal length of 12mm, which will deliver a full-frame equivalent of 24mm.
This lens will be aimed at mirrorless cameras with Micro Four Thirds sensors, so it will be compatible with Panasonic, Olympus and MFT shooters made by other manufacturers. For now, the announcement date is unknown, but its release date is scheduled to take place during the second half of 2016.
Judging by the current state of things, Panasonic will likely reveal the new Leica 12mm lens around the Photokina 2016 show. There is plenty of time left until the event, which means that you should take the gossip talks and speculations with a grain of salt.
Olympus E-PL8 Micro Four Thirds camera and more coming in the first half of 2016
Olympus will not sit back and relax, while Panasonic does all the work. In fact, at least three new products are planned to be unveiled in the near future and one of them has already been leaked on the web: the PEN E-PL8 mirrorless camera.
In addition to the E-PL8, the Japan-based company will also introduce an action camera called Stylus Tracker. There are very few details about this device, but it is on its way and all mysteries will be revealed soon enough.
Finally, a new PRO-series lens will become official. It consists of the M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 PRO prime optic, which will deliver a 35mm equivalent of 50mm. Olympus is expected to hold its announcement event sometime by the end of May 2016.