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May 14, 2013
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Interview with Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty.

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Granty Petty Interview NAB 2013 (Part 1) from Rick Young on Vimeo. Here is part two.

At least for me the most exciting MFT news of the last few months is the new BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera (preorder and specs here at BHphoto). For documentary shooters like me this is a hell of camera I can use in condition where I have to travel light or be as unnoticeable as possible. The video on top is the first part of the interview with Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty. The second part can be seen here.

I preordered the camera, becuase we need it at work :)

Full new MFT stuff preorder list:
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and in Europe at Technikdirekt.
Panasonic GF6 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Technikdirekt, Wex UK,
Panasonic G6 at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and at Wex UK (Click here).
Panasonic 14-140mm lens at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and at Wex UK (Click here).
Panasonic LF1 at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here)Adorama (Click here) and at WexUK (Click here).
E-P5 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 White at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Silver at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Black with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 White with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Black with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and Wex UK.
E-P5 White with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
17mm f/1.8 Black at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
45mm f/1.8 Black at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany.
75mm f/1.8 Black at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
VF-4 viewfinder at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.

May 14, 2013
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Panasonic 14-140mm to ship from May 30. And company promises to go back to profit within the year.

Panasonic Japan announced that the new 14-140mm MFT lens will ship from May 30. This is a nice lens, lighter, faster, cheaper than the previous 14-140mm lens. You can preorder the new lens at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and at Wex UK (Click here).

Panasonic financial report:
And now let’s talk about the latest financial report issued by Panasonic. First the bad news: Panasonic reported a near-record net loss of 754bn yen ($7.5 bn) for the fiscal year through March due to restructuring costs and falling sales. And now the good news: Panasonic forecast a return to profitability this year as it cuts unprofitable businesses. This means that they pull away from consumer electronics and this likely includes the compact camera business. And now guess what business is doing best at Panasonic…come on guess…here it is: “washing machines and refrigerators, and the division it dubs “eco solutions”, which makes light fixtures, toilets, ceiling fans and other household fittings” (Source AJ).

In short, last year at Photokina Panasonic clearly stated that they want to go focus on the camera “high end” market. And it is a goal it shares with many other companies including Olympus.

 

 

May 14, 2013
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New Panasonic 12-35mm firmware update (version 1.2)

Image via DSLRmagaizne.

Panasonic (Click here) issued a new firmware 1.2 update for the 12-35mm X lens. It improves the stability of O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) in Motion Picture recording.

Lens Price check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

found via Personal View.

May 14, 2013
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a little bit of everything…

The Bailiff // De Dijkgraaf from Hugo Goudswaard shot on the GH3 with the Kowa 8Z anamorphic.

GH3 review by NeoCamera.
Olympus XZ-10 review at Photographyblog.
No AA filter on the OMD? Says Pekka Potka.
Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro vs Fuji 60mm f/2.4 Macro at Admiringlight.
60mm lens info at Sigma Germany.
The World’s Great Lens Makers (TheOnlinePhotographer).
Lesnumeriques (translation here) posted the full GF6 review.
Olympus 75mm f/1.8 tested at Digitalcamerareview.
GH2 shot sci-fi Upstream Color breaks $300,000 mark at the US box office (EosHD).
Panasonic Proposes Another Version of 3D Color Imager (Image Sensor World).
What is your equipment relationship type? (J.Shin at PR).
New Olympus body caps (ThePhoBlographer).

Michael: “Just sharing a mini-documentary I made while travelling in Japan, filmed on the GH2 with the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4, SLR magic 12mm t1.6 and Canon FD 50mm f1.4. https://vimeo.com/64920048

Frank:I saw this last night – a little photography of the solar eclipse with the omd http://footlessfish.com/2013/05/10/arcs-circles-orange-black-a-partial-solar-eclipse

May 13, 2013
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New E-P5 (and E-PL6) news roundup…


E-P5 stills review by Blunty

The main discussion around the new E-P5 was and still is the price. Robin Wong (Click here) posted a report about the Touch and Try Session with the Olympus E-P5 and wrote: “I have been monitoring the overall feedback and comments on the Olympus PEN E-P5, and many mentioned that they were taken aback with the rather high pricing. After all the E-P5 is a “Premium” camera, and it does have almost all the important features of OM-D E-M5.  Nonetheless, Olympus Malaysia did have special offers for the E-P5 pre-orders, with MASSIVE discounts given for bundling with the amazing Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 and the new electronic viewfinder VF-4!!

Indeed the Black E-P5 superkit is now the most ordered MFt camera according to Amazon ranking (Click here to see the list).

More E-P5 news: Federico Cabrera (the OM-D photographer) is doing something artistic around the PEN E-P5 on facebook.com. The full shipping info of lenses and accessories has been posted at Olympus-global.com. E-PL6 vs E-PL5 specs comparison at Olympusimage.com. UK Preview event list at Photographyblog. First look and image samples at Photoreview.

Specs, Price and Preorders:
Full dedicated pages to the new Oly stuff at Adorama, Bhphoto.
E-P5 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 White at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Silver at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Black with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 White with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Black with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and Wex UK.
E-P5 White with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
17mm f/1.8 Black at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
45mm f/1.8 Black at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany.
75mm f/1.8 Black at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
VF-4 viewfinder at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.

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