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September 4, 2015
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a bit of everything…

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1P: Product Overview with Martin Dorey

Olympus Europe is selling a new bunch of refurbished OMD and PEN cameras through their Olympusmarket eBay store (Click here).
Pre-Order the New E-M10 MkII and Receive a 5 Year Warranty (Amazon UK).
Lumix 30mm macro review at Mirrorlessons.
Olympus TOUGH TG4 review (Cameralabs).
Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro Lens (Samudranil).
LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm images smaples at Yodobashi.

Mark:Virtually everyone reviewing the E-M1 with firmware 3.1 who claims to have tested the focus tracking with legacy 4/3 lenses seems – on a reading of their reviews or looking at their videos – to be unable to use the camera correctly.
Almost all seem to be unaware of the Continious AF with Tracking setting which is designed specifically to follow moving subjects. C-AF is not the optimum setting for this sort of photography (as detailed in the instructions) yet everyone seems to persist in evaluating the camera’s performance based on this erroroneous setting choice.
Using my legacy 4/3 glass (50-200 SWD and 150/2) and C-AF+TR option, the hit rate of sharp shots on erratic movement (show-jumping, soccer, flying birds) is better than 90%.
On any OM-D press OK, tap the AF setting box and turn the front input dial until you see the C-AF+TR option – it is AFTER the C-AF/S-AF+M/C-AF+M options. When you see C-AF+TR touch the shutter and enjoy better action focus performance.

September 3, 2015
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a bit of everything…


13 days in Italy with SLR Magic Rangefinder
from Seb Farges on Vimeo.

Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH MFT Lens Video Review (ePhotozine).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 Review (Photographyblog).
The E-M5 Mark II: Dissenting Opinion (TheOnlinePhotographer)
Panasonic FZ300 First Shots posted: Let the long zoom image quality comparisons begin! (Imaging Resource).
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 Review : Introduction (ePhotozine).
Panasonic 12-35 mm f/2,8 vs Olympus 12-40 mm f/2,8 by Focus Numerique.
Shooting with gun-shaped lenses: The Noflexar lens line (TheNakedCamera).

September 2, 2015
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Lumix DMC-GH4R is coming to Europe only (V-LOG and unlimited recording for £1199)

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If you were wondering what that buzz about the GH4R was well here is the answer: The GH4 is going to be sold in Europe only for £1199. Of ocurse it has V-LOG and it also has no more that 29min limited recording time. All info can be read at Panasonic UK. And here is the official press text:

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4R: The ultimate photo/video hybrid just got better
With updated V-Log L Compatibility, the LUMIX DMC-GH4 continues to push the boundaries of photography and videography

1st September 2015 – At IFA 2015, Panasonic is showcasing the LUMIX DMC-GH4R, an advanced version of the LUMIX DMC-GH4, as well as a comprehensive software update for existing users.

Following the critically acclaimed launch of the LUMIX DMC-GH4, the LUMIX DMC-GH4R comes in response to growing demand from the film production industry. The photo/video hybrid now offers unlimited1 4K recording (Cinema 4K: 4096×2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840×2160 / up to 30 fps in MOV/MP4*) and V-Log L video capability, in addition to the high performance and functionality synonymous with Panasonic’s range of LUMIX G CSC cameras. The GH4R will be available from 7th September 2015 and will RRP at £1199.

V-Log is also available to existing LUMIX DMC-GH4 users, via a paid software upgrade. By purchasing the DMW-SFU1 Upgrade Software Key and updating the camera’s firmware to version 2.3, users of the original LUMIX DMC-GH4 can also enjoy the benefits of V-Log L functionality for a one off cost of £79.

With the updates to the LUMIX DMC-GH4, Panasonic has created a camera that’s perfectly suited to both professional and amateur videographers alike. Panasonic’s 4K technology allows all users to capture immersive video like never before, while unlimited Log recording allows greater flexibility and accuracy for professional videographers.

In addition to exceptional flexibility, Log shooting also enables wider dynamic range for colour grading in post-production. Taking full advantage of the LUMIX DMC-GH4R’s Four Thirds sensor, V-Log L boasts log characteristics with 12 stops, allowing videographers to capture the darkest scenes and avoid ‘bleaching out’ details in very bright environments.

The LUMIX DMC-GH4R is the ideal camera to support Panasonic Varicams used on TV and movie sets. This is due to the Varicam’s V-Log and the LUMIX DMC-GH4R V-Log L curve both being developed with similar characteristics to the Cineon curve, the industry standard for film digitalisation, resulting in being able to use the same LUT (Look Up Table) for reference.

The clean HDMI output from the GH4R provides a higher quality 4:2:2 10bit output with over 984 million more colour graduation, making it the perfect partner for the Atomos 4K Shogun and Ninja Assassin. In addition, when shooting in V-Log L you can utilise the 3D LUT capability of the Atomos 4K recorders to monitor your content in REC709 – or your choice of old film stock or own signature looks.

Compact, rugged and lightweight, the LUMIX DMC-GH4R retains all of the LUMIX DMC-GH4’s specifications, making it the ideal tool for photographers and videographers who want to capture stunning imagery on the move.

V-Log L Activation Procedure Outline for LUMIX DMC-GH4 owners

  1. Purchase Upgrade Software key DMW-SFU1.
  2. Update the GH4 firmware to Ver.2.3
  3. Export the serial number of GH4 to the SD Memory Card as “SERIAL.LST” file.
  4. Upload the “SERIAL.LST” file together with the purchased Upgrade Software Key to the designated URL to get an activation code as “ACTIVE.LST” file.
  5. Write the “ACTIVE.LST” on the SD Memory Card to import it to GH4.
  6. Confirm that V-Log L is available in Photo Style on GH4.
September 2, 2015
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a bit of everything…(EM5 Mark II Hands On Review by Spyros Heniadis)


Olympus OMD-EM5 Mark II Hands On Review by Spyros Heniadis

Free Olympus MMF-3 with selected FT lenses at Amazon Germany.
Up to £120 Cashback on Selected Olympus Lenses and Cameras at Amazon UK.
Huge savings on the Panasonic 7-14mm sold by eBay Dutch store (Click here).
The Panasonic LX100 – 5 reasons it is one of the best cameras for vlogging (Mirrorlesons).
Panasonic DVX 200 Review Part 1: Camera overview, ergonomics and build (Newsshooter).
Panasonic dvx 200 review part 2- v-log l, scene profiles and colour science (Newsshooter).
Makroschnecke und Helioret 4,5/50 mm (Heise.de).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 sample gallery (Dpreview).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 Sample Images (Photographyblog).

September 1, 2015
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Announced and on preorder now: New 25mm f/1.7 + 14-42mm Lenses new 45-150mm matte lens and V-LOG on preorder!

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Panasonic announced two new lenses, new 45-150mm matte lens versions and the V-LOG update! Here are the preorder links:
Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens at Amazon. BHphoto. Panasonic Store.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens at BHphoto.
45-150mm MATTE version at BHphoto.
14-140mm MATTE version at BHphoto.
Panasonic V-Log L Function Activation Code for Lumix DMC-GH4 at BHphoto, Panasonic Store.

More info on the new stuff:

Panasonic 45mm f/1.7 lens:

A fast, normal prime designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras, the Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens from Panasonic is a 50mm equivalent lens featuring a bright f/1.7 maximum aperture for enhanced low-light shooting and depth of field control. One UHR (Ultra-High Refractive Index) element pairs with two aspherical elements to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions for consistent edge-to-edge sharpness and illumination. The optical construction also helps to realize a compact overall form factor, measuring just 2″-long and weighing 4.4 oz. Benefitting both stills and video capture, this lens also incorporates a stepping motor for smooth, quiet autofocus performance that is compatible with Lumix cameras’ high-speed contrast-detection focusing systems.

Designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras, this lens provides a 50mm equivalent focal length to represent a normal perspective.
Fast f/1.7 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also enables extensive control over focus placement for selective focus applications.
One UHR element helps to achieve even illumination and sharpness for consistent performance throughout the aperture range.
A pair of aspherical elements reduces chromatic and spherical aberrations for increased sharpness and clarity.
Stepping motor delivers fast, smooth, and near-silent autofocus performance to benefit both still photograph and movie recording applications.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm produces a smooth out-of-focus quality when working with shallow depth of field techniques.

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Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens

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Featuring a slim, lightweight design, the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens is a standard zoom, offering a 28-84mm equivalent focal length range, for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. The lens construction incorporates a pair of aspherical elements, which help to reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations throughout the zoom range for increased clarity and sharpness. This updated model also features MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. This system is also compatible with Lumix cameras featuring the Dual I.S. feature that pairs in-body and lens-based stabilization methods for comprehensive shake compensation to support stills shooting and movie recording in low-light and other challenging conditions.
Designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras, this lens provides a 28-84mm equivalent focal length range to cover wide-angle to short telephoto perspectives.
Two aspherical elements work to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range and also contribute to a more compact, lighter-weight design.
MEGA O.I.S. compensates for camera shake in order to realize sharper photos and videos when shooting handheld.
Image stabilization system is compatible with Lumix camera featuring the Dual I.S. feature that blends both in-camera and lens-based stabilization methods.
Compact design measures just 1.9″ long and weighs 3.9 oz to maintain a sleek overall profile.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm produces a smooth out-of-focus quality when working with shallow depth of field techniques.

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Panasonic 45-150mm and 14-140mm MATTE Black

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Same as the “old” lens versions but in new “Matte” finish.

Panasonic V-Log L Function Activation Code for Lumix DMC-GH4

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Product Highlights
Adds V-Log L Gamma Profile to GH4
Wide Dynamic Range of up to 12 Stops
Improved Color Matching with Varicam
Similar Characteristics to Cineon
Same LUT and Curve as Standard V-Log

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