April 25, 2014
Posted in news

Again everybody wins the Tipa Award :)

Panasonic’s headline on the Tipa Award prize.

Tipa published the list of the Tipa Award winners (Click here). And like any year…guess what…almost everybody wins a prize :)

There are so many categories that actually six mirrorless cameras won a prize:

- The Panasonic GH4 wins in the Best Hybrid Photo/Video Camera category
- The Olympus E-M10 wins in the Best CSC Entry Level category.
- The Samsung NX30 wins in the Best CSC Advanced category (Seriously…the NX30?).
- The Fuji X-T1 wins in the Best CSC Expert category
- The Sony A7r wins in the Best CSC Professional category.
- The Sigma DP Quattro wins in the Best Design category.

Every year big photo sites and camera manufacturers report the Tipa Ward news with plenty of glamour (See Panasonic’s headline on top). By creating so many categories it almost looks like Tipa let’s win almost everyone for purpose (but I may be wrong on that). And with respect for the Tipa organization…every year I will try to play down a bit these kind of ward :)

April 25, 2014
Posted in news

Firmware update for the Panasonic GM1.

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Panasonic released a new firmware updated for the GM1 that fixes the connection problem with Apple iOS devices via Wi-Fi. You can download the file here: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/dl/gm1.html

GM1 store list:
In US at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at Amazon Germany, Wex Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Cyberphoto Sweden and Wex UK.
GM1 Gariz leather case in Black or Brown on eBay (Click here).

April 24, 2014
Posted in deals

US deals: Olympus camera and Panasonic lens savings list.

Panasonic Lens savings:
$80.00 off on the Black Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (and 4% reward), Bhphoto (and 4% reward) and Panasonic US (Click here).
$80.00 off on the Silver Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (and 4% reward), Bhphoto (and 4% reward) and Panasonic US (Click here).
$200.00 off on the Panasonic 12-35mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (and 4% reward), Bhphoto (and 4% reward) and Panasonic US (Click here).
$50.00 off on the X Vario PZ 45-175mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (and 4% reward) and Bhphoto (and 4% reward).
$50.00 off on the X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (and 4% reward) and Panasonic US (Click here).

Olympus camera savings:
$100 off on the E-M1 at Amazon (Click here), GetOlympus (Click here), Adorama (Click here with 4% reward) and Bhphoto (Click here with 2% reward). The refurbished body sells for $1039 only at Amazon (Click here), GetOlympus (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

April 24, 2014
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Schneider Kreuznach MFT lenses coming late 2014. To be displayed at Photokina.

I got some more confirmation that Schneider will (finally!) release the new MFT lenses this summer. The final production version lenses will be displayed at Photokina in September. The lens release have been delayed because of production capability issues. Schneider wanted to first produce enough of their highly requested Cine lenses. The three new MFT lenses are confirmed to have AF support. What I don’t know if in the meantime Schneider changes some of the originally unveiled lens specs which are 14mm f/2.0, 30mm f/1.4 and the Macro 60mm f/2.4.

Let’s see…

Current Schneider lenses (non MFT mount):
Xenon 16mm f/1.2 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 25mm f/0.95 (Click here to see on eBay).
Curtagon 35mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Componon 50mm f/1.4 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 50mm f/1.9 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 50mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 75mm f/3.5 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenotar 80mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 180mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).

April 23, 2014
Posted in deals, reviews

First GH4 review by ePhotozine: “dream camera”. Five in Stock now at Kenmore!

The Gh4 is now in Stock and shipping at KenmoreCamera via eBay US (Click here).

And ePhotozine posted the first full GH4 review and calls it a “dream camera”:

The Panasonic Lumix GH4 introduces a completely new, cutting edge technology, namely 4K video recording. This is at a price point less than the RRP of the previous model, and is priced without it seeming like it’s been marked up at all, despite being one of the first cameras to offer 4K as well as stills photography.
This would make an excellent choice for those that want high image quality, but want a DSLR styled camera, with the improved (electronic) viewfinder making the camera enjoyable to use in a variety of conditions.
The Panasonic Lumix GH4 is a dream camera for the videographer and photographer alike.

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