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September 13, 2011
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Panasonic firmware update for four m43 lenses!

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Panasonic Japan announced a new firmware upgrde for the following lenses:
LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm / F4.0 ASPH. (H-F007014)
LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm / F3.5 (H-F008)
LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH. (H-H014)
LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014042)
LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014045)
LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS045200)
LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300)

The update improves the tracking focusing for video recording, the silent auto focus, and the exposure control. The stability of the optical image stabilizer is also enhanced for video recording.

Doanload the firmare at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/index.html (via Slashgear).

September 12, 2011
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Patent: new Olympus Four Thirds to M43 adapter.

It is not a secret that sooner or later Olympus will make a Micro Four Thirds camera that will be on par with the best Olympus Four Thirds camera (which currently is the E-5). But what will happen with Four Thirds lenses? They do not focus as fast on m43 camera as the new m43 lenses. The answer is coming from a new Olympus patent. It discloses an adapter that has built-in lenses. Those lenses will help Four Thirds lenses to have a much faster contrast autofocus. You can read a google translation of the Japanese patent at Egami (Click here).

It’s quite a complex design and It is up to our expert readers to understand the tiny technical details. My work now is to try to get some info about the Olympus PRO m43 camera that will replace the E-5…maybe next year? ;)

September 11, 2011
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New Rayqual adapters with built-in tripod mount.

 

Rayqual announced new Micro Four Thirds adapters with built-in tripod mount! The adapters are made for Nikon F, M42, Leica R, Olympus OM, Canon FD and Pentax K mount. Rayqual is a Japanese company and the only place where I found their adapters is on eBay (Click here). What you see on eBay are their “normal” adapters. I don’t know yet when those adapters will be on sale on eBay, but the Japanese website Rayqual.com says the lens will cost around 200 Euro /Dollars (converted from yen).

Via DC.watch.Impress

September 9, 2011
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a little bit of everything…

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 (Dcresource).

Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.8 now supports the E-P3, G3 and GF3 (Download ad Apple).

Are smartphones killing compact cameras? (Amateur Photographer).

E-PM1 instruction manual is available in French, English and Spanish via OpenPn.

Olympus E-P3 review at zonetenphotography (part one, part two and part three).

P.S.: Panasonic powerzoom lenses are available for preorder at:
Black 14-42mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here) and Amazon Germany (Click here).
Silver 14-42mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here) and Amazon Germany (Click here).
Black 45-175mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here) and Amazon Germany (Click here).
Silver 45-175mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Black GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
Red GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
White GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).

September 8, 2011
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Overheating issues with the Olympus FL-300R flash

Olympus Japan (Click here) reports that under certain circumstances the Olympus FL-300R flash can have overheating issues on one of the corners of the flash. Olympus said to NOT use that flash anymore and to send it in to the nearest Olympus service center to get it repaired!

 

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