October 31, 2014
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Olympus quits the XZ line and will make the TRIP-D instead?


A trusted source told me that Olympus has no plan to launch another XZ camera. Just like Panasonic (with the LX100) Olympus will focus on large sensor fixed lens compact. Previous rumors I got suggested Olympus is working on a sort of digital Olympus Trip 35 camera (here on eBay).

The source didn’t unveil any details about such a future large-sensor compact camera. But Olympus better be hurry because that kind of market-segment is getting saturated soon…

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October 31, 2014
Posted in reviews

LX100 shooting report at Dpreview and review at Digitalversus.

DPreview (Click here) added the LX100 shooter experience report:

The LX100 let me shoot at ISO 12,800 and come away with results that impressed me. I’m not suggesting the LX100’s images are as good as those of a Nikon D810, or even the best APS-C camera: it uses a sensor area half that size. The corners can be a bit soft at some focal lengths and there doesn’t seem to be quite as much processing latitude (Raw dynamic range) as the latest sensors from Sony, but the LX100 has let me achieve more than I’d expect to do with any other compact.

Digitalversus (Click here) posted the full LX100 review and writes:

The Lumix LX100 hits where it counts. It boasts picture quality, speed, a generally bright lens, 4K video, an aperture ring, a shutter speed dial and an EVF, all in a relatively small body. However, between classic sobriety and geeky frills, don’t ask us whether it overdoes things or underdoes them… After all, it’s part-Panasonic, part-Leica. And there are worse things a camera can be.

Panasonic LX100 store links at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUKWex Germany. In Asia at Digitalrev.

October 30, 2014
Posted in deals

Special BHphoto rebates on Sigma and Lensbaby stuff!

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BHphoto sent me that image promoting a special “hidden” deal on Sigma and Lensbaby stuff. To get the rebate you have to follow those steps:

1) Click on the links below:
Up to $350 off on Sigma Lenses and Flashes (Click here).
Up to $150 off on Lensbaby (Click here).
Bot links link to ALL lenses also non Panasonic/Olympus mount lenses. So pelase scroll to find what your are looking for!

2) Use promo code “BHPPE14″ in cart to see the rebate!

You should see the savings by then! And the same “trick” works on other stuff too:
Lumiquest photoaccessoires (Click here).
Tiffen IRND (Click here).
Cinetics Axis (Click here).
Zacuto Camera Rigs (Click here).
imac 27 (Click here).
my passport pro(Click here).
Data Color (Click here).
X-rite (Click here).
Adobe Creative cloud (Click here).

UPDATE: ALL PhotoPLus specials can be found on that BHphoto page (Click here).

October 30, 2014
Posted in reviews

First “Brezel shot” with the amazing Nokton 10,5mm lens :)


This is one of the few image samples taken with the great new 10,5mm f/0.95 Voigtlander Nokton lens (listed here at BH). That brezel-shot is very useful to check the bokek quality. Looks very good to me or not? Damn, I am hungry now for both the Nokton and the Brezel:)

A few more image samples can be seen at Voigtlander Facebook page.


These are the other three Nokton f/0.95 lenses:
Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).


October 30, 2014
Posted in reviews

Full Olympus 40-150mm PRO lens review at Mobile01.

Image courtesy: Mobile01.

Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens preorders at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK, Technikdirekt and Amazon. In Asia at Digitalrev.

Mobile01 posted the full Olympus 40-150mm PRO lens review. You can find plenty of image samples you can download to review for yourself. Here are the reviewers conclusions:

1) Image quality is very high straight from maximum aperture (bets sharpness at f/4.0). 40mm shaprness test image here. 150mm sharpness test image here.
2) Bokeh is very natural and soft
3) purple fringing is only present at 40mm in extreme conditions. At 150mm there is no purple fringing
4) Anti flare performance is good althaugh not exceptional
5) There is almost zero distortion
6) Very fast autofocusing

There is no doubt this is a very high quality lens from Olympus!

Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens preorders at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK, Technikdirekt and Amazon. In Asia at Digitalrev.

P.S.: More image samples can be seen on Flickr (by Terakopian). And here is a curious image of the Silver E-m1 with teleconverter attached:



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