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April 24, 2013
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Panasonic G6 and Panasonic LF1 and 14-140mm MFT lens announced!


Specs and Preorders:
G6 at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and at Wex UK (Click here).
14-140mm lens at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and at Wex UK (Click here).
LF1 at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and at WexUK (Click here).

Previews and reviews:
G6 Hands-on at Dpreview, SmallCameraBigPicture, Techradar, Trustedreviews, Expertreviews, Photographyblog, Whatdigitalcamera, ePhotozine, Hybridcams (French) and official page at Panasonic.
LF1 hands-on photos at Photographyblog, Quesabesde (Spanish),

Image samples:
G6 at Panasonic website, Techradar.

First Look Preview by Whatdigitalcamera, official shooting video by Panasonic, Italian presentation, Italian unboxing,

What’s hot:
The G6 gains considerably improved movie capabilities, including full exposure control, an external mic socket and the sensor from the GH2. It also adds the NFC-aided Wi-Fi for simple remote control and image download that we first saw in the GF6. it has the same GH2 sensor, albeit without that model’s multi-aspect feature. (Source: Dpreview).
14-140mm lens is smaller, lighter, less-expensive alternative to the original G Vario HD 14-140mm F4.0-5.8 ASPH Mega OIS. The latest version features three aspheric and two ED elements and an internal focus design with linear stepper motors to make the most of the faster focus processing of the latest Micro Four Thirds bodies (Source: Dpreview).
The LF1 marries the sensor from the LX7 to a longer, slower lens (but longer zoom range) and adds an electronic viewfinder (Source: Dpreview).

Official press release:
G6 press text at Dpreview, Pocket Lint, Cnet, Fotopolis (Polish), Imaging Resource, SystemKameraForum (German), Photoscala (German), DSLRmagazine (Spanish), Quesabesde (Spanish).
LF1 press test at Dpreview, Cnet, Dpnow, Whatdigitalcamera, ePhotozineSystemKameraForum (German), Photoscala (German), DSLRmagazine (Spanish), Quesabesde (Spanish).
14-140mm press text at Dpreview, ePhotozine, Photoscala (German), DSLRmagazine (Spanish), Quesabesde (Spanish).


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April 22, 2013
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readers mail roundup…

Panasonic Australia Lumix camera GH3 Tech Tips – Videography

This will be an exciting week with Panasonic scheduled to announce the new LF1 and G6 camera on Wednesday. But before that let me catch up with some readers mails:

Russ:Here’s my latest vid, a promo for wood-fired hot tub delivered by bicycle! Shot with a GH2, 20mm 1.7, 45mm 1.8 and 50mm 1.4 Nikkor.

Matt:I just thought this was kind of an interesting project that I shot with a hacked GH2 in 720 60 for slow mo. It really ended up quite beautiful (though the ladies definitely help with that) and color corrected really well. If it’s interesting at all, feel free to share it. The video is for a kickstarter project for the swimsuits.

Anonymous:The project got funded!   I don’t see that you have published anything on the digital Bolex.  This might be a good time and to provide a link to the kick start project. 43rumors Editor’s answer. Sorry, I simply missed to read your mail. And when I found it hours before the kickstarter money collection ended I tweeted this with my 43rumors twitter account!

Vincent:I’ve shot a highway car race on the GH3. Maybe it’s interesting for the GH3 lovers!
What happens when young people start to listen to music in their cars? Well.. THIS happens!
You will probaly recognize yourself in this little short film. Young people tend to start racing when listening to music in their cars! In this film our main character starts to ‘visualize’ an entire racetrack on his way to work.
This film was pre-produced in 2 days and shot in 1 one day. The driving part was pretty dangerous as our actor had to drive like an idiot on the highway and our camera-car almost had an accident. We took the same driving route for 5 times. Between these ’rounds’ we switched angles and put people inside the cars with shakey Canon 5D’s and 550d

Marc:I thought you might be interested in my work, all taken on an Olympus E-P2, I run a photo blog and recently I’ve been contributing to Untitled Cities, a New York based online magazine about all things urban. Anyway just in case you fancy dropping me into the next readers round ups…

Lawrence: “Music Video in Hong Kong shot on the GH3 with a Voigtlander 17.5mm mainly. 50p .mov low bitrate mode. Rode Video Mic Pro. Thanks!

April 21, 2013
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Cheap Speed Booster alternative coming? The “Lens Turbo”.

Last week Metabones officially announced that the new MFT Speed Booster adapter release has been delayed til late 2013. But there could be a good news soon. The Chinese company Zhongyi Optical announced the cheap alternative of the Speed Booster named “Lens Turbo” The first adapters are made for the Sony E-mount system but the MFT version should follow soon. There are some differences with the popular Speed Boosters:
1) They have no electronic contacts (no AF and no automatic Aperture control).
2) To avoid patent disputes with Metabones the adapter has a different design and a reduction ration of 0.726 (Speed Booster is 0.71)
3) The Lens Turbo price is set at US$239 which is half the price of the Metabones Speed Boosters

Zhongyi Optical also makes the Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 lens (here on eBay). But…I am not sure Metabones lawyers will stay calm on this…

Reminder: Here are the links to the lenses you can find on eBay and that will be supported by the Speed Booster MFT adapter:
Nikon F lenses
Contax C/Y lenses
Contarex lenses
Alpa lenses
Rollei lenses
Canon EF lenses

April 19, 2013
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Chinese creativity: They may do a Sigma DP MFT mount :)

I think Sigma Foveon sensors are the technology of the future and it’s only a matter of time until they solve the few remaining issues (like low quality at high ISO). That said a Chinese company promises right now that they can modify your Sigma DP camera in an interchangeable lens camera for every mount. On the picture you see the Leica M-mount version.

Just send in your DP camera at Taobab (translation here) and ask for the mount you want. The full modification costs you round $300.

April 16, 2013
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A nice LF1 mockup made by Mike

43rumors reader Mike Bacchin made that nice LF1 rendering. Of course, expect the LF1 to be much different but I liked it so much that I wanted to share it with you readers :)

Thanks Mike!

P.S.: The G6 and the LF1 fixed lens (and with built-in EVF) compact camera will be announced soon (in 2 weeks from now).

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