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September 9, 2011
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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!

 

September 7, 2011
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New Panasonic 12-35mm and 35-100mm pictures.

A reader sent me the image comparison on top to “prove” that the 12-35mm X lens could have a constant f/2.0 aperture. The theory says that if the Olympus Zuiko 14-35 with f/2.0 aperture has the same size of the Zuiko 7-14mm with f/4.0 aperture, than the Lumix 12-35mm could have the same f/2.0 aperture as it has the same size of the 7-14mm m43 lens. Easy or not? :)

Meanwhile Trustedreviews (Click here) spotted the two lens prototypes of the 12-35mm and 35-100mm pictures: “The lenses were still very much in prototype phase, with no word on aperture ranges, no lever for the powered zoom and even the focal ranges were stickers, but it was strongly suggested these would be the basic designs for future lenses in the range. The prototypes also didn’t appear to fold flat as on the 14-42mm X lens.

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 5, 2011
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Officially announced: New Samyang 7.5mm fisheye lens for 300 Euro.

Samyang just announced the full specs, price and availability of the new Samyang 7.5mm manual fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds.It will cost 300 Euro, that’s less than a half of the Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye. It’s a manual lens only but I like it more than the Panasonic lens because the Samyang is really compact! It will be available in silver and black from mid September.

Here is the press release:

Delta company, the exclusive representative and distributor of Samyang Optics in Europe, is proud to report that the lens announced in March, Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT will be available from the middle of September this year. The lens will be available in two colour versions: silver and black. Estimated retail price is EUR 299.
Panoramic photography with Samyang fish-eye lens
Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT offers an exceptionally wide angle of view, up to 180 degrees diagonally, which makes it a very useful tool for making panoramic photographs. You can enjoy the example panoramic photos in the form of a virtual tour around Krakow on our specially created website: www.samyang.pl/75mft All these panoramic photographs were taken with Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 Fish-eye UMC MFT and PEN Olympus E-P1.
Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT is an ultra-wide-angle manual lens with 7.5 millimetre focal length and 1:3.5 aperture ratio, providing 180 degree angle of view. Despite its small size, the new Samyang successfully combines the best features of the popular model with 8 mm focal length offering highest quality optics closed in a compact and visually attractive casing. Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT is the first model from the new family of lenses developed specifically for Micro Four Thirds system.

Official news: http://www.samyang.pl/article,8,news
Image smaples: http://www.samyang.pl/75mft/panoramy.html

P.S.: All Samyang lenses for Olympus can be found on eBay only and under seven different brand names (Click on it to see all Four Thirds lenses from the specific brand!):
Samyang
Walimex
Rokinon
Opteka
Falcon
Vivitar
Bower

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