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Apefoscope Anamorphic Adapter Project from apefos on Vimeo. More info on Personal View.

For EU readers: a list of eight(!) refurbished E-M5 camera is available on Olympusmarket (Click here). But please be ware that the lowest price for the new E-M5 is 879 Euro (Here on Slidoo eBay).

New reviews and news:
A Tale Of Three G5 Cameras at Brianbyrdsphotos.
The 28th of October E-Pl1 report on Greekdiaries.
Olympus XZ-2 Review at Photographyblog.
Olympus E-PL5 test at Photogenic Weekend.
Things move on – Olympus E10 (Soundimagesplus).
Tokina Reflex 300mm MF Macro Lens Review at ePhotozine.
Panasonic GX1 – why don’t I like using it? (Soundimagesplus).
Smart Lens cap for the LX7 at DC.watch.
60mm macro review by Smallcamerabigpicture.
Olympus body cap lens test by Fotosidan.
Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye lens for Micro 4/3 review by Steve Huff.

Readers mail:
Markus:I am afraid I don’t have any rumors but if you need a link for your next “readers roundup” it would be an honour to be mentioned with my blog www.rkushanselmann.de I am especially interested in macros. After having used  an E-510 the ZD40-150mm and a Raynox (amazing what this combination is capable of doing!) for years I now use the E-M5 (most times with the adapted ZD50mm). Lately I have done some zoo test shooting with the E-M5 and the Panasonic 100-300mm (great combination as well).”
Tan:I’m an avid user of Olympus cameras and I love reading your rumours on the development of 4/3 and m4/3 systems. I’m afraid I do not have any rumours to share but I have a blog/gallery at http://worldwitholympus.designbykl.com/ shot with different models of Olympus camera to share. It consist of some oldies from C8080 and C7070 too.
Plochmann:I just finished a blog about using the GH2 for a videography camera.   I compare it to the FS100, its stiff competition, and I also mention things in light of the GH3s immediate release.  I haven’t read anything thorough on using the GH2 for event video work, so I thought it would be worth sharing.  http://www.production1studio.com/2012/09/29/880/
Twills:Here is a set of highlights from a local BMX competition that I filmed with my GH2 + 35-100mm F2.8 @ F2.8 and my new GoPro 3 Black mounted to the hot shoe. The clicking noise in some of the clips is the GH2 taking stills while the GoPro Recorded video. I know the editing is poor in this video. I shot WAY TOO MANY things this weekend and just didn’t have time to do the editing justice. Take it for what it is. Just a bunch of samples from both cameras. I tried editing the colors on the first few clips but after that I just didn’t have time. I shot in 720p  60 FPS and F2.8 for the GH2 shots(Can you tell which one those are?). And I shot at 720p @ 120 FPS Narrow angle non-Protune, 720p @ 120 FPS Wide angle Pro-tune, 1080p @ 60 FPS Medium Angle Pro-tune, and 2.7K @ 30 FPS Pro-tune for the Go-Pro 3. Can you tell which clips are what resolution and frame rates for the GoPro? Hint, several of the clips having very bad aliasing in the fence in the background. That is eliminated by using a narrower field of view. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNqNIOm3CY0“.
HoracioFellow photographer, If you are about to travel to Argentina, I’m willing to pay you for your used equipment -if it is in good condition- the same price you would paid back home for new gear.
I apologize if its not the place to say this.  horaciux.43@gmail.com

  • Horaciux

    @Admi, thanks for spread my message.

    It is very difficult for us, Argentinian citizens, to buy overseas or import anything, among other problems.

    Have you heard? One million people went to the streets to protest peacefully against Goverment last Thursday.

    In the other hand, exchange rate is faborable to turists. You can explore Argentina with little money. There are a lot of places to see.

    So, if you are planning a visit ahead, let me know, I’m very interested in buy m43 gear no available here.

    • Miklós

      I have been to Buenos Aires in August. I must say the price level of photo equipment is shocking. At least the double of the EU level. :(

      • Horaciux

        Yes indeed Miklós, its so sad.

        As I said in an email message to other 43rumor’s member, it is so difficult to import something I prefer to buy it from a foreign tourist.

        We have a new tax on credit card purchases abroad of 15%. Customs expenses rose 50%. And worst of all is that the imported items can be stuck in Customs for several months and then charge you a tax for “storage costs” that can double the value of the item. Can you believe it?

        People here are taking a plane to travel abroad to Chile, then buy a 32″ LED TV, staying one night at hotel, paying extra cargo costs in airlines to bring it home, face an 50% tax in Customs and after that, the final price is cheaper than locally assembled LED Tv.

        In photography mirrorless systems doesn’t exist at all. Everybody here thinks big is better, and you can find only canikon gear. I only see a V1 – or J1 I don’t remember exactly- in an official Nikon place, priced more than U$D2100.

        Do the maths. If you want the system would be cheaper to pay a ticket for an American to bring it here. Believe or not, tourist are free to bring their things, returning Argentinian citizens don’t. Imports, practically forbidden.

        Sorry for the long catharsis post.

        • Anonymous

          Wow, I can totally understand your frustration and the reason of this attempt. Really puts into perspective against gear heads who just enjoy arguing the tiniest technical details of different cameras that doesn’t affect actual usage.

          • Horaciux

            About “the tiniest technical details”. Someone ask me via email what camera I was expecting. I thought “the first one that came to my hands” I have a 6Mp P&S from 2006, any obsolete MFT camera is better than that, isn’t it?

            If I could choose, an used or refurbished E-PL3, kit zoom and one o two primes lenses like 14mm f2.5, 20mm f1.7, 25mm f1.4 or 45mm f1.8 would be great. And maybe 15mm f8 would be fun too, it is the perfect excuse to leave the camera in my pocket all day.

            So, if anyone is planning to visit Argentina, let me know to my gmail account: Horaciux.43[at former server]

            Thank you

  • avds

    Not a videographer here, but I’m curious why people using high density digital cameras would need an anamorphic lens instead of just cropping the picture to whatever aspect ratio needed (letterboxing)? I thought it would mostly be useful for film where losing some film area would lead to the loss of resolution, but this is not the case with multi-megapixel digital sensors which easily exceed even the 4K requirements, or is it?

  • Agent00soul
    • Esrhan

      The one thing I’ve understood from using these anamorphic contraptions, is that you get those horizontal flares from light sources.

  • Agent00soul
    • Those are nice shots with that body cap lens. He’s an excellent shooter and knows how to take advantage of deep depth-of-field.

  • Rob

    I don’t really understand what this Apefoscope Anamorphic video is all about. Can someone please explain it?

  • Agent00soul

    Here he has tested the bodycap lens. At 90 lp/mm in the center, he finds it sharper than the Summicron 35/2!

  • marco

    @admin: just FYI, you can buy the E-M5 (body only) for as low as 800€:


    (not sure if they can send outside Italy).

  • avds

    @Markus: Incredible zoo pics! And I new my 100-300mm was too good for me, I just didn’t think it was *that* good :)

    (I think the ZD70-300 looks a little bit sharper beyond 250mm, but its background blur is very unfortunate…)

    PS just bought a Raynox 250 too, out of curiousity. Aside from intimidating looks of the smart filter thread adapter and ridiculous DOF, the thing does seem to rock indeed, but I need time and ideas for actually shooting with it. At 300mm it almost turns my camera into a microscope as it captures just 6-8cm across the frame!

    • avds

      Oops, I meant 6-8 millimeters of course!

      • First of all: thanks for posting the link to my blog – I really appreciate it and hope that some of you guys have fun looking at the pics!

        @avds: Thanks a lot!

        Handling the 100-300mm correctly is just some practice. I like doing that in the zoo because the animals don’t flee imediately ;-)
        Besides, you can choose days with bright sunlight wich makes things easier as well.
        The Raynox needs even more practice, but it is a great and cheap alternative – especially if you are not sure how much money you are willing to spend in macro equipment. If you want to have some tips feel free to contact me by mail (m @ *my-website*.de).

        Best wishes

  • Thanks for having my website rkushanselmann.de in your blog, I really appreciate it and hope that many of you have some fun with my photos!

    @avds: Thank you very much!
    The 100-300mm is an excellent lens – you just need some practice in handling it correctely. Zoos are very good for that because animals are not very shy there and andditionally you can choose days with bright sunlight (which makes things much easier). I am really looking forward for winter and wildlife bird photography!
    The Raynox is a great item as well – especially if you don’t want to spend to much money in your macro equipment. It’s handling needs even more practice then the 100-300mm. Using it at 300mm is rather difficult, I would recommend 100-150mm for the start. If you need some tipps I would be happy to share some of my experiences with you – feel free to contact me ( m @ *my-website*.de)

    Best wishes to all of you

    PS: This is my second attempt for a reply – sorry if there will be some double-posting…

  • Thank you admin for reading my mail and sharing my site too. It’s great to know you go through every email your readers sent you.

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