October 4, 2015
Posted in news

Weekly 43rumors readers pictures roundup.


Miguel Ortiz
Composición del tránsito completo del eclipse lunar, lunes 28 de setiembre de 2015.
Todas hechas con la E-M1. Paisaje con el 12-40. Lunas con el 75-300, reducidas al 50%.

1) You can share your pics by using the message box on our 43rumors Facebook page (Click here).
2) All 43rumors readers pictures can be seen here: facebook.com/43rumors/photos. Like the pictures you like and chat with the authors if you want to know how they took the shot!
3) The most liked pictures and some pics selected by myself will be posted weekly on 43rumors

This is the weekly selection:
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October 3, 2015
Posted in deals

Super deal: E-PL6 with two MFT lenses, SD card and $80 gift card(!) for $399

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That’s a hell of a deal: E-PL6 with two lenses, 8GB SD card and $80 Visa Gift Card for $399 at BuyDig eBay (Click here). All things considered you get the camera for free :)


October 3, 2015
Posted in reviews

First Mitakon 25mm f/0.95 review at Mirrorlessons


Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 for Micro Four Thirds – Shot in 4K with the Panasonic GX8

Mirrorlessons posted the very first review of the new Mitakon 25mm f/0.95 lens:

In order to enjoy using a lens like this, you have to be willing to accept some compromises. In exchange for a very decent 0.95 aperture that delivers even at close range and good overall sharpness, you have to deal with issues such as flare, hot spots, chromatic aberration, and mild distortion.
Thankfully, a couple of these issues can easily be resolved in post production, but there are a few that you’ll either have to accept (a bokeh that can sometimes be nervous) or try to avoid (positioning yourself so flares don’t appear). While ZY Optics has vowed to improve the flare issue by the time the lens reaches mass production, I believe the more pressing issue is the dreaded “hot spot” which, unlike standard flares, appears in certain conditions even if you shade the lens with your hand.
Given that most 0.95 lenses cost at least $1000, you could easily call the Mitakon a “steal” at $399. But the fact that it is relatively more affordable than other 0.95 lenses doesn’t stop it from taking a large chunk out of your bank account.

The Mitakon can be purchased for $399 at Zyoptics (Click here) or on eBay (Click here).

October 2, 2015
Posted in reviews

Panasonic 30mm macro tested at DxOmark: “very good overall optical”


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DxO (Click here) tested the Panasonic 30mm macro lens:

Overall optical performance of the Panasonic is very good, with the somewhat low-ish DxOMark score attributable to the lack of higher-resolution camera models available for testing. Be that as it may, the Panasonic 30mm f2.8 Macro looks promising. Given the build quality and specs, the slight premium isn’t at odds with rival offerings. While it’s a welcome addition to the lineup and an attractive option to the starter-type kit zooms and high-speed normal models, lenses like this remain a somewhat niche market today.

Store links:
Panasonic MACRO 30mm f/2.8 MEGA O.I.S. Lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK or RedcoonDE.

October 2, 2015
Posted in news

Painting Camera Lenses with Rubberized Truck-bed Undercoating (Talking Tree Photo)


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Talking Tree Photo sent me his tutorial of how to paint you MFT lenses ith Rubberized Truck-bed Undercoating:

The only reservation I had about my mirrorless gear is the fact that some of my lenses felt pretty plasticky including the cheap lens hoods that came with some primes.  After thinking long and hard about it, I felt like things should have some extra protection implemented. So I took the liberty of painting my lenses in rubberized undercoating to toughen them up a bit and it really works like a charm!

The best recommendation that I can give is to use Evercoat Automotive Premium Rubberized Undercoating (here on Amazon for $12) for a real heavy duty job. This is by far the toughest paint for protecting expensive lenses if you want to go down this route and give it a try.

All I used was electrical black tape to cover up areas that I didn’t want exposed to rubberized undercoating and it takes about an hour to dry and 24 hours to completely set before the smell starts to fade after the paint job is completed. Sometime I put a second coat on to be extra safe but be careful not to over-do it!

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The end result is this; It will also make cheaper plastic lenses feel much more durable and weather resistant. It seems to help my equipment hold up much better under heavier usage and stay new longer.

Thanks Talking Tree Photo for the great tip!


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