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October 18, 2012
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The Astrodesign 4K camera details…

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Back in January Astro joined the Micro Four Thirds system and said they would make a new 4K camera. The full specs of the camera are now available at astrodesign.co.jp. It is a camera made for Geometric data capturing for academic, commercial, military, etc. application Social property scrutiny and maintenance for road, tunnel, bridge, etc. Cinema and broadcasting. Definitely not a mass product and something 99,999% of the 43rumors readers will not buy. But hey, it’s a mft camera and we need to welcome the small Japanese company! :)

October 17, 2012
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New M43 work by Amos Chapple featured on Vanity Fair, Guardian, Daily Mail.


Image courtesy: Amos Chapple.

Amos Chapple is a Pro Photographer using Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses. He sent me a new mail I am posting here as it is:

Italian Vanity Fair magazine have been buying my work fairly regularly and have used four images of mine in the past four months. Two images have been used as double-page spreads. The magazine runs a tight ship; image quality is thoroughly checked before they print things, and guess what? All of it was shot with M43 kit :)
Here is a link to the proofs: http://imgur.com/a/EHdbq
All pics taken with a GH2. Most of these images have also been used in newspapers and magazines throughout Europe including the Guardian, Daily Mail etc.
I don’t think the image quality of M43 is as good as full-frame DSLRs but it’s nice to know that if you’ve got good content you can use M43 kit without worrying about the sensor size.
All the best for now, keep up the great work!

This is just to say once again that if you have talent you can achieve superb results with any camera system. No need to go Full Frame to be a PRO :)

Private note: I am back from the mountains and will live for four months in Antwerpen. Will be back in my isolated place on the Pyrenees in France by February.

October 17, 2012
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a little bit of everything…(and new 75mm lens firmware updated)

Purple Dance from Seb Farges on Vimeo.

Tonight Olympus released the new firmware update for the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens. This update fixes one issue: “Unstable exposure of still images taken while recording video while using the lens with a Panasonic camera was resolved.“. More info at Olympus Japan.

And here is the next news roundup:
Greece off the world map? Pics with the E-PL1 at Greekdiaries.
Alternative Handgriffe für die OM-D E-M5 by Pen And Tell.
LX7 underwater housing press release at Photorumors.
Lensbaby Spark Review at ePhotozine.
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH on Olympus OM-D E-M5 on Diglloyd.
E-M5 photo gallery at Outbackphoto.
New C-mount lens adapter from Metabones (Dc.watch).
Ringfoto-Messe: Neues von Panasonic, Metz und Brenner (Pen And Tell).
Autumn Colours OM-D Event With Steve Gosling (ePhotozine).
Panasonic G5 review at Digital-photography-school and Steve Digicams.
Olympus 75mm test at Lydogbilde.no
60mm macro image samples at http://footlessfish.com.
Bruno:A few weeks ago, you shared the astro-photography time lapse I made with my E-P3 for which I got many positive comments from many of your readers.  I’ve now finished processing the second part of that time lapse, where I mounted the camera on the structure of the 11m mirror of the South African Large Telescope during night time operation!  Yes, a mirrorless camera mounted on an 11m mirror!  It’s a very unique perspective and the whole thing looks like you are looking through the opened hatch of a spaceship! The video was made for outreach purposes to explain what happens in a typical night at SALT.  I’ve got about 14h of “on sky” footage with different scientific projects being done one after the other.  The resulting video starts with a minute of pictures explaining how the telescope is built and how it works, then goes to the night sky taken from a point of view of what SALT sees.  All the technical details are at the end of the video, I hope you will enjoy it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXEJRr1oBZw&hd=1
TVSmith:Tanjung Sepat, Dramatic Tone Art Filters, Kite Park, Bukit Gasing, Morib Gold Coast and many more images…Featuring the OM-D, PENs and the occasional Galaxy S3, all in one place at: http://www.tvsmith.my/

October 14, 2012
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a little bit of everything…(with readers work roundup)

‘100’ (from 0 to 100 years in 150 seconds) from Filmersblog shot on the GH2!

Got many mails and links during the Photokina time. And I am now catching up with all these news. Here is the next list of links and readers work roundup:

Reviews:
Nikon D700 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 dynamic range comparison by Lepidi.
E-M5 vs D800 at ePhotozine.
Panasonic LX7 review at Der Spiegel and Neocamera.
Panasonic G5 review at Soundimagesplus and Digital-photography-school.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Samsung EX2F Comparison Review at ePhotozine.
Olympus 75mm test at Soundimagesplus.
Olympus OM-D Events And Workshops (ePhotozine).
Olympus 75mm test at Optyczne.
Le bruit de l’Olympus OM-D E-M5 at Lepidi.
Short E-M5 review at Photocomment.

Greekdiaries:
My friend Elena who got an E-Pl1 from me keeps shooting pics and telling stories abut Greece. Latest news here: http://www.greekdiaries.me/

Readers messages:
Anonymous:A couple of weeks ago you posted a video comparison between the OMD and a 5D MkIi. The same guys have uploaded another video to Vimeo and to one of their blogs. www.modular4kc.com. Don’t know what there story is but the comparison between the cameras is pretty solid. OMD beats the 5D on image stabilization hands down.
Farrukh:I was shooting the London Paralympics with an EP3 and a 45mm f1.8. I’ve put up a few slideshows and written a short commentary of my experience here: http://implausibleblog.com/london-paralympics-2012/ I know, the EP3 is ‘old’ but it worked perfectly fine for me!
Ted:My 15-minute documentary, shot on a Panasonic GH1, is premiering at a film festival Saturday. The film is: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2170278/ and the festival is: http://www.coneyislandfilmfestival.com/programs12/program5.htm Thanks! I know you sometimes post links about things made with the GH cameras. More info here: http://documentaryphotography.blogspot.com/
Naveed:This is not a rumor, but I thought I’d share with your readers my experience riding the Cycle Oregon 2012 bike ride earlier this month. I exclusively used micro 43s cameras and lenses and produced some great images. Everyone on the ride was amazed that I was carrying an interchangeable lens camera with many lenses under my bike seat bag. The OM-D EM-5 and the lenses were a joy to use and I had a great time over the week long 450 mile ride. For those who are not familiar with Cycle Oregon, it is a one of the most popular organized bike ride. About 2200 people ride for a week along Oregon scenic country side. This years ride was in South Central Oregon visiting landmarks like Crater Lake. The challenge with such a ride is carrying camera that would allow to capture the experience without weighing you down. The typical camera on such rides would be a point and shoot. But thanks to the magic of m43, I was able to carry the OMD EM5 and an assortment of lenses in an under seat carrying bag. In addition to it being an extremely challenging ride, I was rewarded with opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful landscapes and capture them with all the flexibility afforded by an interchangeable lens camera. I carried the OMD body with the M.Zuiko 12mm, 40-150mm, 12-50mm and the Panasonic-Leica 25mm lens, 1 circular polarizer and a 10 stop ND filter. On a give ride day, I would only carry 2 or 3 lenses, using the 12mm and 40-150mm lenses for a majority of the pictures. Both these lenses are just brilliant. Everybody expects the 12mm to perform well and it does live up to its hype, but the 40-150mm lens was the true star of my kit. Its easily one of the best lenses in the system for the size, quality and price.
Here are some of the pictures I took over the week. The complete set can be found here http://www.flickr.com/photos/stopkidding/sets/72157631564076321/
Robert:Great looking news image campaign shot on a hacked GH2 with the SLR Magic 12mm. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIxrxmOnBoU. Here is the post (top of page by Greek_m43): http://personal-view.com
Kiem:I saw your post on Craig Mod and David Clapp showing the potential of the GF1 and I thought I’d share my own around the world experience with it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGnrT0F-Igs. Everything here was shot on a GF-1. More info can be found at http://kienlam.net/travel-faq.
Gregor:I’m the creator of Digital Camera Database (www.digicamdb.com). My site is brand new and offers something that no other site offers – visual comparison of actual sensor sizes and other sensor characteristics for more than 3200 digital cameras, including of course Panasonic and Olympus cameras. I hope you will find this newsworthy enough to include it in the news section.

October 11, 2012
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No joke: SVS-Vistek makes a MFT mount camera with global shutter!

The German company SVS-Vistek (Seefeld, Germany) is developing a new range of cameras with native Micro Four Thirds mount. These are CCD “Tracer” industrial cameras equipped with sensors made by Truesense Imaging (Rochester, NY). Andreas Schaarschmidt (CEO of SVS-Vistek) said the new cameras will have full electronic zoom and aperture support like zoom and aperture. There will be both a Monochrome and Color version, with Global Shutter, 5.5µm pixels and a resolution of 2,048 x 2,048 and 2,048 x 1,088, respectively.

Source: Vision systems and entner-electronics.

 

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