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June 2, 2011
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Fuji X100 is the editor’s choice 2011. And in Stock at BHphoto!


Right now you can find the X100 in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) UPDATE: Sold out now!

After winning the TIPA Award the X100 now received Editors Choice Award 2011: “Fujifilm’s FinePix X100 is a compact digital camera featuring a new hybrid viewfinder, which combines a projected bright-frame optical viewfinder and an electronic viewfinder system with approx. 100% field of view and a 1,400,000 dot LCD panel. A magnesium alloy body with manually operated control dials, an APS-C CMOS sensor and new EXR processor deliver the highest image quality in the history of FinePix cameras, the quality of which is so high that is almost beyond the performance of DSLRs.

Let’s hope Olympus and Panasonic can learn from the success of the Fuji X100. They should not copy the idea but make it better!

P.S.: Links to the FUji X100 product search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay (Difficult to find in Stock now).

Via Photographyblog

May 29, 2011
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New PTool update helps you to hack all GH1 and GF1 cameras!

Vitaly the hacker just released a new PTool update (Version v3.55d). The unhackable GH1/GF1 are now officially history!
You can download the hack at http://www.gh1-hack.info/wiki/PToolSoftware
This is the official topic: http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/148/ptool-3.55d-topic

And those are the new “features” added with the new update (Source: Gh1-hack.info)
GH1:
Added “New body” patch for downgrading new unhackable bodies.
Added MJPEG 480p size and quality adjustment patches.
Added Video and Audio buffer patches.
Added three encoder related settings patches.
G2:
Added “New body” patch for downgrading new unhackable bodies (untested).
Fixed PAL<>NTSC patch.
Few other minor fixes.
GF1:
Added “New body” patch for downgrading new unhackable bodies (untested).
G1:
Added “Prevent Version compare” patch.
P.S.: Keep in mind that the GH1 is heavily discounted in US at Amazon and Adorama! There are instante rebats from $50 up to $100.

Thanks John M.

May 29, 2011
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a little bit of everything…

The video on top shows a GH2 car-video using the Manfrotto suction cup (click here to see them on eBay) and the Manfrotto 3D junior (click here to see them on eBay). Anyway I would be to scared to use them on my car! Is it really safe? :(

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 review at Digital Photography School.

Olympus SZ-20 review (Letsgodigital). I

Olympus TG-610 review (Letsgodigital and ePhotozine).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 review (Letsgodigital).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 versus Leica V-Lux 30 (Fotopolis).

New mirrorless lens iTunes app (Click here to see it)

May 28, 2011
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Yasuhara will make two more lenses for Micro Four Thirds!

The image on top shows a Yasuhara M-mount camera (Click hee to see camera and lenses on eBay).

Yesterday Yasuhara announced the new Nanoha macro lens for Micro Four Thirds. One of our Japanese readers wrote that nice and short history about the Yasuhara company:

The company made film camera once in ’90′s. And the employee is only one (and he is the president:-) who can be seen on the article. The price (of the macro lens) is expected to be lower than 50,000 yen (450 Euro) and will be in the mass-production on late June (now development is in the final stage). It’s included with 5 dedicated target holders that is customizable in some degree (can be seen as pictures of a black plastic frame in the article) The lens has white LED light. The image circle is for APS-C, but there is no plan for DSLR, because the lens is designed specifically for mirrorless systems (short flange focal length). In the interview, Mr. Yasuhara seems to like mirrorless system very much. Beside this “Nanoha macro”, there will be two more lenses until march ’12. One is ordinary, but one is very extraordinary.
NANOHA – (nano – hu[t]) double meaning: nano-meter and leaves of greens, esp. rape blossoms’

http://www.yasuhara.co.jp/nanoha/ (japanese website)
http://www.yasuhara.co.jp/index-e.html (english website)
http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/review/special/20110527_448563.html (lots of image samples taken with the new Nanoha macro lens)
Yasuhara products on eBay (Click here).

Thanks Ogawa

May 27, 2011
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After Panasonic also Olympus announces that it will cut jobs!

As we told you a couple of days ago Olympus financial results are pretty bad (Click here to read the article). Yesterday the new CEO from Olympus (the brit Michael Woodford) said “he will cut jobs to achieve his mid-term cost targets and reverse what he said was an unacceptable slump in earnings, but would avoid forced redundancies in Japan for cultural reasons.“…”He said that he planned to cut expenses by 30 billion yen (100 yen = RM3.75)in four years, describing this as a target that took into account Japan’s conservative culture.” (Source: btimes.com.my).
Hmmm, I think cutting jobs is the worst way to save a company. The real problem from Olympus is the camera division which is doing very bad. The rest of the company is quite healthy. That kind of news sounds like, “hey we don’t know what to do with our camera business and that’s why we will cut the expenses to save our ass”. What about making better products instead of cutting jobs???

P.S.: A month ago Panasonic announced that it will cut 35,000 (overseas) employees (Click here to read that article).

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