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October 14, 2011
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Hacked Panasonic GH2 with AVCHD Intra at 176Mbit (+G3 and GF3 firmware update)

Driftwood 176mbit GOP1 GH2VK from Perry Wilson on Vimeo.

The GH2 hacking improvements are now reaching new dimensions! Thanks to the latest contribute from “Driftwood” user (check here at personal-view) the Gh2 can now record AVCHD Intra at 176Mbit. As EosHD writes: “This is a codec that uses i-frames only unlike consumer AVCHD. Every frame from the sensor is stored. Standard AVCHD is a Long-GOP compression format and works by estimating and guessing at frames in-between ‘real’ images but Intra doesn’t.” That’s really the best video quality you can get from any DSLR or Mirrorless camera and the amazing thing is that the GH2 tri core has the power to manage all that data! It really shows how good the Panasonic GH2 hardware is! The video on top can be downloaded at http://vimeo.com/29763704 to see the full quality potential fo the new coding!

One more thing. The Gh2 price is dropping slowly in US and Europe. So you may take your chance! Check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

P.S.: The new G3 and GF3 1.2 firmware is now available: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/index2.html (it fixes an issue with the X lens support).

October 10, 2011
Posted in news, Rumors

(FT5) This is the new 30mm f/2.8 Sigma lens for Micro Four Thirds!

43rumors reader “Fabrys” discovered the prototype of the first Sigma Micro Four Thirds lens! it is the 30mm f/2.8. See Fabrys photo-stream on Flickr (Click here).That lens has been displayed months ago but it was marked as Sony E-mount lens only. Now it seems like Sigma has chosen to “adapt” it for Micro Four Thirds too! If I remember it right this is actually a macro lens!
There are no other info about price and availability.

Just a reminder. Sigma is part of the Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds coalition and already offers a nice amount of Four Thirds lenses:
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8
Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6
Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6
Sigma 24mm f/1.8
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3
Sigma 55-500mm f/4-5.6
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
Sigma 105mm f/2.8
Sigma 135-400mm f/4-5.6
Sigma 150mm f/2.8
Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6

October 6, 2011
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An obvious news: Fujiguy do confirm that Fuji will not join m43.

Fujiguys tweeted (found via Noisycamera) that they will not join the m43 for now. Just read the screenshot on top :(

This doesn’t mean that Fuji will never join m43 as the new X system is clearly targeted for the “premium” high-end market with a larger sized sensor (fullframe?). But I will bury my hopes for now. Now it’s up to Panasonic and Olympus to invent something as exciting as the Fuji announcement! Will Olympus-Panasonic ever create a new larger sensor system? I would welcome that and you?

 

October 6, 2011
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Steve Jobs lesson…

As you all know, Steve Jobs passed away. I have to say I am not a huge Apple fan, there are things I like about Apple and things I do not like. But I don’t want to talk about that right now. What I will miss from Steve Jobs is the ability and the courage to create something “new”. He didn’t fear to create something unexpected, unexplored and most of the times something very simple and easy.

And this is what I sometimes miss in the camera industry. Micro Four Thirds was one of those (few) great inventions that moved me to create that website. But I still see to much fear in the eyes of  Panasonic and Olympus (but also other camera makers). It looks like they are all taking boring “calculative” decisions. That’s the wrong way to become successful. Apple was almost dead as company back in the nineties, with no vision and almost no hope. A couple of right decisions, with very clean and revolutionary ideas brought them back to live and success. So please camera makers, there is so much you can do right now! Do not fear, just do dream a bit more!

P.S.: Here are just a couple of things I think you should work on:
- Social integrated cameras (for low-end consumer)
- Easy and simple menus with less complicated options and expandable via a sort of APP store
- Software (APP store) and hardware (modular) expandeable cameras
- Large sensor mirrorless system (See Fuji X)

And so on…

October 5, 2011
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a little bit of everything…(Subal housing for GF2/GF3/PM1 and E-PL3).

Our friend Seb farges made the new video yous ee on top: “I’ve found on Ebay for 41€ a Berthiot anamorphic 2X lens. I have attached it to a C-mount Fujian 35mm 1.7 with a ring and scotch tape (The lens is in Stock here on eBay ). The result is, at my opinion, very sharp, event @ the 1.7 Fujian aperture I’ve always have on this movie. When I put it on the Fujian, the picture goes wider, maybe going from 35mm to 16mm. I do not use ETC at all, and there’s a very light light vignetting. I’ve streched it with Premiere in post production with the “transformation effect” with 50 scale height, it seems to be the good ratio (2x lens = 2.66:1 format). This ratio is like this because it’s a 2X on a 16/9 720P. I’ll try on the 4/3 VGA Anamorphic hacked GH1 next time, the ratio will be look more like a regular 2.66.

New Waterproof housing for the E-Pm1 and E-PL3 at DC.watch.

Subal housings for Panasonic GF2 and GF3 at Wetpixel.

Shana Tova by Megapixel.co.il (happy new year in Hebrew). P.S.: Shana Tova to all our jewish readers!

Have you heard about the 4/3 to m4/3 adapter by Viltrox? Me not! But one of our readers sent us the link to those adapters: http://www.viltrox.com/index.php?c=msg&id=148

pt4pano developed a special adapter for MFT-Cams to take full spheric panoramas. Look here, here and here.

Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 : Promo Lollipops! (Openpn).

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