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.

April 23, 2014
Posted in reviews

Focus on stills: Panasonic GH4 image samples and tests.

Image courtesy: Imaging Resource

We talked a lot about the GH4 amazing 4K video quality. But now let’s focus on the brand new stills test:
Imaging Resource added the GH4 to their comparometer.
Photograhyblog posted a set of full size image samples and a short ISO test.
ePhotozine also posted image samples, ISO samples and White balance test. You can also download the RAW files.

Would be nice to hear your opinion about the GH4 stills quality. As far as I can tell there is small improvement over the GH3 and also a different kind of handling noise.

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North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998

Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.
Spain: Fotoboom.

April 23, 2014
Posted in news

Lytro Illum announcement: This is what a future Panasonic Light Field camera could do!

Last week I reported about a Panasonic patent disclosing a Light Field sensor with high-resolution (original article can be read here). Well to get a glimps of how such a Panasonic camera could work check out the newly announced Lyto Illum camera at lytro.com. It has an astonishing 30-250mm f/2.0 constant aperture lens for a 40 Megarays 1 inch sensor! 40 megarays is around 4-5 megapixel in 2D resolution. Such a compact and fast lens is possible to make for a Light Field camera because you don’t need glass to correct aberrations (A Light Field Sensor captures all light directions).

Now imagine Panasonic making a MFT camera with such a sensor. I think it could become a killer camera!

P.S.: Play with that image to learn in three seconds what a Ligh Field Camera can do:

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