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May 3, 2011
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a little bit of everything…(GH2 vs X100, GH2 Noise reduction issues?)

The dpreview forum user “Morepix” found something really interesting about the GH2:”
1) The NR +2 shot had less noise and slightly less fine detail than the NR 0 shot.
2) I ran Topaz DeNoise on the NR 0 shot and compared the NR +2 image OOC. By comparison, the NR 0 shot with Topaz processing was better in every respect than the one with in-camera NR.
3) For some reason, the NR +2 shot showed chroma noise (blue) which the NR 0 shot did not.
4) My conclusion: Don’t use in-camera NR on RAW images. But if you want to clean up noise at higher ISO, Topaz does the best job I know of.

ISO Test GH2 vs X100 (Dpreview forum)
Panasonic GF2 review at Blog.Paran.
PL-Mount and otherwise, cine-style lenses are proliferating (ProVideoCoalition).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18 / FH5 review (CameraLabs).

There are three refurbished E-PL1 cameras you can now get on Olympusmarket: First black E-PL1 on eBay (Click here), Second black E-PL1 on eBay (Click here) and a silver E-PL1 on eBay (Click here).

Links to:
GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
GF2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Fuji X100 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

May 2, 2011
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Olympus sales declined. But future looks good?

Olympus has revised it’s business results forecasts for the fiscal year that ended on March 31. The net sales are 2,1% lower than expected and the net income has fallen by 50%. Olympus said the decline of digital camera sales is caused by intensifying market competition and by the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Yesterday I had a talk with three of my best sources. All do confirm that Olympus and Panasonic will soon go back to 100% full production capability. There are only minor problems with external suppliers that could delay the way back to the “normality”. Olympus and Panasonic plants were not particularly damaged by the Tsunami disaster. They don’t have to face the huge problems Nikon Canon and Sony do have. I don’t want to sound cynical (that’s just a pure marketing and business information) but Olympus and Panasonic could take advantage of the situation because it looks like Canon-Nikon-Sony too will not be able to produce enough cameras to avoid a price increase on their cameras. Is that a chance for Oly and Pana to increase their market share?

P.S.: I expect new product announcements next week by Panasonic and in June by Olympus. So stay tuned!


Via Olympus

May 1, 2011
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Goyo’s new 4/3inch f/2.0 lenses with C-mount!

Goyo (Click here) made five new C-mount primes lenses that do cover the whole 4/3 sensor! Those are 12-16-25-35-50mm f/2.0 primes! To bad they don’t have a native m43 mount because otherwise this would be an amazing news. You will need to buy the C-mount adapter (You can get them here on eBay for $8-$20) to use those lenses.
On their website you can find sketches of the optics (no real pictures). They look pretty big. But finally we have some new lenses we can play with :)
There are no info about availability and price. And I didn’t fin any Goyo Lens on eBay (only…”Toyo”! Is it the same?). That’s the list of the new lenses you can find on Goyo’s website:

C-mount adapter on eBay (Click here).
Goyo and Toyo lenses on eBay (Click here).

Thanks Carmelo

April 30, 2011
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a little bit of everything…

Low light comparison between the FS100, F3, Panasonic AF101 and Canon 5DmkII

The website 3Dkraft created 3D pictures using two Panasonic GH2 cameras and the 14-42mm kit lens. Take a look at the results on 3Dkraft (Click here).

For our polish readers. There is a new PEN blog you might want to bookmark:

Definitive Answer on the affect of NR on RAW for the GH2 (Dpreview forum).

Olympus XZ-1 per se and compared to Samsung EX1 (Seriouscompacts).

The new Capture One 6.2 adds support for the Panasonic GH2 and GF2.

Videos readers sent to me:
Dulche con leche (GH13+Nokton video) on vimeo.
Panasonic GH2 Slow Motion video on vimeo.


April 28, 2011
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Panasonic to cut 35,000 (overseas) employees! And Panasonic loosing money with Digital cameras.

Panasonic announced that they will reduce nine percent of the global workforce due to restructuring efforts. 35,000 people will loose their job. Engadget said: “The cuts will come over two years. The news comes as Panasonic reported a ¥40.7 billion ($499 million) loss for quarter, largely on account of a ¥61 billion ($748 million) restructuring cost. Panny says that its bottom line was also affected by a strong Yen, stiff competition in television sales, and the recent earthquake and tsunami.

That’s a terrible news for all the workers and maybe for Panasonic too. If you have to cut 9% of your employees means that something isn’t working very well inside your company. A wonder what kind of influence this will have on the Digital Imaging division and the future Micro Four Thirds products strategy.

UPDATE: Photoscala published the financial results from Panasonic. The bad news is that Panasonic had a 10% turnover drop on digital camera sales. The last quarter had the worst result since two years. See the image below (Image courtesy: Photoscala)

Doesn’t look good at all.

Via DCwatch

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