June News Roundup: Final Cut Pro X, Pentax Q, & Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 Lens

The past month has seen a rash of new and interesting releases and news in the photography world. Apple with a new video editing program that’s shaking up the industry; Pentax with the smallest interchangeable lens camera ever; and Panasonic with a micro 4/3rds lens to die for. Let’s take a look in more detail…

Apple releases Final Cut Pro X

This is their “upgrade” to Final Cut Pro, and much like their switch from OS 9 to OSX, or Canon’s switch from FD to the EF lens mount, this release represents a major shift in Apple’s premiere video editing software. There are features that will make photographers happy, with the ability to create beautiful slideshows with more flexibility than Aperture. The new version is much like iMovie, with a more simple layout, contained in one window. As someone who only dabbles in video production, this is a welcome feature. Those who work in video full time professionally, seem to have a different point of view. Either way, the new price tag of $300 looks rather nice.

Pentax releases Q Mount small sensor compact

Pentax Q Mount © dpreview.com

I’m not sure why anyone would want to make an interchangeable lens camera with a small sensor (not even a 1/1.6″, but a 1/2.3″!) Anyways, this camera will probably appeal to the lomo crowd and those who don’t necessarily need the highest image quality. And the idea of a 50mm prime lens (of which they have one) on a compact camera has always been a wish of mine. If only the sensor were larger, I might have actually thought about getting one…

Panasonic releases Leica Summilux 25mm f/1.4 lens

Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4 © dpreview.com

In a great piece of news for the micr0-4/3rds crowd, Panasonic has teamed up with Leica to create this 50mm f/1.4 equivalent lens for their G, GF, and GH series. Following on the heels of the popular 20mm f/1.7, it has a fast aperture, but not quite as compact a body. After looking at some comparison samples at dpreview.com, you can get a sense of how the lenses compare to one another. I’d say the difference is there (certainly a bit shallower DOF), but not as striking as I thought. Anyways, I’ve always wondered why there is no 50mm prime equivalent for micr0-4/3rds users, and at least now we have one, so kudos to Panasonic on that front.

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