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January 28, 2012
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The 50 greatest cameras of all time (by PhotographyMonthly)

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Photography Monthly published the 50 greatest camera list of all time! Here  is the list of chosen Olympus and Panasonic cameras plus the top three (from the bottom of the ranking to the top):

No. 38: Olympus OM-1 (Click here to see it on eBay)
The release of the Nikon F had made the 35mm SLR the standard choice for professionals accustomed to using Leicas and other rangefinders, but it had driven the market towards heavy and bulky cameras. The Olympus M-1 changed all that and with it began a reduction of size, weight and noise of the 35mm SLRs. It’s not fashionable but it is brilliant.”

No. 34 Panasonic DMC-LX3 (Click hee to see it on Amazon)
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, or LX3, is a high-end compact camera launched in 2008 as a successor to the LX2 and continues to be one of the best high-end compact point and shoots available.

No. 22 Olympus Pen E-P1 (Click hee to see it on Amazon)
Beautifully designed and named after Olympic’s original half-frame 35mm Pencameras launched in 1959, the E-P1 is another of the cameras leading the way in the compact system revolution.

No. 20 Olympus Trip (Click hee to see it on eBay)
The Trip 35 was introduced in 1967 and discontinued in 1984. The name referred to its intended market, people who wanted a compact camera for holidays. More than ten million were sold. This point and shoot model had a solar powered selenium light meter and just two shutter speeds. Although the Trip is coming back into fashion due to its quality and ecological credentials, you can pay as little as £10 for one.

No. 14 Olympus Pen (Click hee to see it on eBay)
The Pen half-frame, fixed-lens viewfinder cameras were made from 1959 to the start of the eighties. The original was one of the smallest cameras to use 35mm film in 135 cassettes.

No. 11 Panasonic GF1 (Click hee to see it on Amazon…new for $1500!)
Released in 2009, the Panasonic GF1 has a strong following among pro and enthusiast photographers as a compact system camera which can change the way you can create images. Great quality of build and image.

No. 3 Hasselblad 500CM (Click hee to see it on eBay)
The professional’s first choice medium-format camera for more than 40 years. The 500 was the second generation of the Hasselblad 6x6cm format film and was launched in 1957. Strong build, high-quality lenses and ease of use have made it the professional photographer’s friend, whatever they are shooting.

No. 2 Nikon D3s (Click hee to see it on Amazon)
The latest top pro offering in the Nikon range. The D3s has broken new ground with its incredibly high ISO capability and super tough build and construction. Designed to meet the needs of the most demanding of pro photographers, it deliversand then some.

No. 1 Kodak Brownie (Click hee to see it on eBay)
The Brownie, launched in 1900, popularised low-cost photography and introduced the concept of the snapshot. The original cardboard box camera took 2.25in sq pictures. The 127 modelsold millions from1952 to 1967.

Just my two cent. If I would have to pickup only one camera I would chose my Mamiya 7. It’s the camera that gives you the best image quality compared to the camera size. What’s your top camera?

January 28, 2012
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MicroOLED viewfinder surpasses eye resolution. New Fuji-Olympus partnership rumors.

The french company MicroOLED announced a new impressive Oled viewfinder technology (Source: Imaging Resource). It has 5.4 million pixel density and a 0.61 inch diagonal. Imaging Resource says that this resolution should surpass the human eye! It has a High contrast (maximum 100,000:1) and high uniformity (96 per cent). And there is a monochrome version too! Would be nice if the Olympus OM-D could be the first camera to use this but I guess that will remain a dream for now because the french company clearly said that this is aimed for the high end market (camcorders but also military stuff).

Meanwhile there is one more Fuji-Olympus partnerhsip rumor…yes..again! Here on Reuters.

 

January 28, 2012
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a little bit of everything…

JUDO from SCHAZ on Vimeo.

The Mirrorless Camera Industry and the search for the Perfect Camera at Admiringlight (Click here). Micro 4/3 vs a Full Frame Legend at Admiringlight (Click here).

Andrew Reid (Click here) compared the Panasonic Gh2 and RED video quality: “Straight off the camera the GH2 can look great, but the Scarlet holds up far better in post, where you are able to change pretty much any aspect of the image to a massive extent. This simply isn’t possible with DSLR footage.

Tyson Robichaud (Click here) dared to make a comparison between the Panasonic G3 and Canon 5DII: “I am very impressed with the G3 files when seeing them side by side.  Noisier, yes, but they do a good job at retaining definition and color.

E-P3 versus GX1 ISO comparison at DCfever (Click here).

Olympus 12-50mm lens tested at Digitalcamerareview (Click here): “Pretty impressive when you realize this lens basically fits in the palm of your hand.

Olympus E-P3 review at Imaging Resource (Click here).

Big Prints From 4/3-Format Sensors. How Big Can You Go? (The Online Photographer).

And take a look here ot see how to cover the PEN in a cold arctic winter: Penowiec.com

DxO Optics Pro v7.2 brings Panasonic G support.

Again plenty of new refurbished Olympus cameras and lenses at Olympusmarket! Here is a short selection of what you find for the weekend:
Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit
Black Olympus E-P2 with 17mm pancake
Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Olympus 300mm f/2.8 Four Thirds lens (damn expensive!)
Olympus E-5 body
Black Olympus E-P2 with kit lens and external EVF
Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit
Olympus 9-18mm lens
Olympus 12mm lens
Black Olympus E-P3 with 14-42mm lens
Silver Olympus E-P2 body
Black Olympus E-P2 body with external EVF

January 27, 2012
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Place your bet: Who made the Olympus OM-D sensor?

Image on top: The 16 Megapixel APS-C sensor from Aptina.

The only thing we now about the new Olympus OM-D sensor is that it has 16 megapixel, an increased dynamic range compared to the previous cameras and superb video quality. But the big question is …who made the sensor? I am having hard times to think that this is a Panasonic sensor. Panasonic wouldn’t give the newest sensor to Olympus before to use it on their own cameras. It could be Fuji but I don’t know if they want to cannibalize their newly launch X PRO 1. It could be a Sony, but again why ship sensors to a direct competitor? It could be Samsung that we know proposed their sensor tech to Oly. And it could be Aptina that is already selling their sensors for Nikon. Just for fun, I want you to place your bet:

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My bet goes to Aptina. It’s just my “feeling”, not a rumor :(

 

January 26, 2012
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Astrodesign, Kenko and Tamron join the Micro Four Thirds group!

The 4K camera from Astrodesign with the Panasonic 14-140mm lens.

Olympus Global (Click here) announced that Astrodesign, Kenko and Tamron joined the Micro Four Thirds group! Here is the company description:

ASTRODESIGN, Inc.

A Japanese company established in 1977 that designs and develops professional video equipment and measurement/analysis-related equipment. Well known for developing the world’s first programmable signal generator and the Ultra HDTV image processor devices used at Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan.
ASTRODESIGN, Inc. Website
http://www.astrodesign.co.jp/english/
Editor’s note: It’s the very first time I hear about that company. And I am really wondering what kind of m43 related product they could release!!!

Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd.

A Japanese company established in 1957 that designs and develops a wide variety of photographic supplies and optical products. It is Japan’s largest manufacturer/seller of lens filters.
Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. Website
http://www.kenkoglobal.com/
Editor’s note: Kenko has experience in camera and lens manufacturing. They made the KF-1N (Click here to see it on eBay) which is F-mount camera. And they make well known adapters and extensions tube (mostly for Canon and Nikon).

Tamron Co., Ltd.

A Japanese company established in 1950 that designs and develops interchangeable SLR camera lenses, lens units for surveillance, as well as ultra-precision optical components based on the integration of advanced optical, electronic and precision machinery engineering technologies.
Tamron Co., Ltd. Website
http://www.tamron.co.jp/en/
Editor’s note: That’s certainly the biggest new entry. And it’s interesting to notice that they already did lenses for the OM system in the past (Click here to see them on eBay).

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