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June 28, 2014
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a little bit of everything…

Fashion Filming With Emily Decoteau in 4K. from ruban Cam on Vimeo.

Panasonic Leica 15mm f/1.7 DG Summilux review at Admiringlight.
A Total Immersion Week with the Panasonic GH4. Or, Kirk Does the Math (VisualScienceLab).
FIRST LOOK: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 (Photoreview).
Panasonic FZ-1000 manual download at http://we.tl/4yA2aLy1w1
Black E-M5 for 589 Euro only on eBay France.
OM-D EM5 with 12-50 for AU$649 at Ozbargain.

Chris:Just wanted to share a short I did with a mix of GH2 (Flowmotion) + Nikon V1 raw footage! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmNxRs4nWRI

Kees:I am a amateur and i made video’s with the em-1; In my experience the IBIS does a great job, the af is sometimes not quick enough, See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MULtKuWl9Oc

Cem:GH4 time laps function problem:
When the “daylight saving” option is selected at the time of setting the camera date&time, the previously set “camera time” is shifted according to the selected time zone. In this case, when the “start time” parameter of the “time Lapse function” is entered a specific start time, the camera wakes up at a later (or earlier depending on the time zone shift) time than specified by the start time.
In other words, it seems that the wake up module for “Time Lapse” function does not take the time zone shift into account and there is no word about this in the electronic manual.
When “daylight saving” option is not selected at the time of setting the “camera date&time”, the “time lapse” function “start time” parameter wakes up the camera at the specified time.

June 26, 2014
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You didn’t see that coming: WSJ praises Olympus and blames Nikon strategy.

Today Nikon announced one of the most unexciting new cameras to date. A little updated D810 DSLR. But why should we care about that? Well read that:

WSJ is blaming Nikon’s strategy and praising Olympus! Here is what they write:

The market shows growth in just one category: “mirrorless” cameras. Nikon was among the last of major Japanese makers to release a mirrorless camera, and still offers only a handful of models. The company likely fears cannibalization of its high-end DSLRs, but its strategy seems not to be working. Nikon’s camera division, more than two-thirds of the company, posted a 9% revenue decline for the year through March.
Incoming chief executive Kazuo Ushida said the company plans to dive into medical equipment, in which it has no expertise…while rival Olympus is already a global leader in medical imaging, as well as in mirrorless cameras.

As we told you before Olympus “hopes” to reach a break even for the current fiscal year. The recent mirrorless worldwide market growth could help them to realize their goal.

 

June 25, 2014
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a little bit of everything…


Funny video about “College Festival Magic” in Japan all filmed with the @OlympusUK OM-D E-M1!

An image stabilization patent from Olympus (Freepatentsonline).
Olympus SH-1 Review (Photographyblog).
Best lenses for the Olympus OM-D EM-10: Wide-angle primes and telephoto zooms (DxOmark).
Olympus Stylus SP-100EE Review (ePhotozine).
1st album of photos using the Panasonic FZ1000 online on Flickr.
Should you buy the YAGH for the Panasonic GH4? (Suggestionofmotion).

Collin:I am sending you a link to an image I made early this morning, with the now ancient E-M5, of noctilucent clouds. I hope you enjoy! http://collinorthner.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/noctilucent-clouds/

Heather:We recently wrote an article called ‘Mirrorless Cameras for Professional Work: Where they prevail & where they fail’. Mathieu investigates a number of points we feel all professionals should carefully consider before dropping the DSLR for a mirrorless system. http://www.bestmirrorlesscamerareviews.com/2014/06/24/mirrorless-cameras-for-professional-work-where-they-prevail-where-they-fail/

June 25, 2014
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Kodak PixPro S-1 image samples, manual download and price info ($499).

The Kodak S-1. Image courtesy: Soomal.

We have plenty of more news about the Kodak PixPro S-1 Micro Four Thirds camera:

1) The price for the camera is $499 (Source: Kodakcamera).
2) This is the manual (pdf download here).
3) Soomal (Click here) posted the first image samples taken with the Kodak camera.

Overall the $499 price is much higher than expected! For $300 you can buy the Olympus E-PM2 with lens at Amazon US (Click here). Are the extra $200 worth it? Dont think so…

June 24, 2014
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Blackmagic releases new firmware update on their MFT cameras

Blackmagic released the Camera Utility 1.8 which brings following improvements on their Micro Four Thirds cameras:

Blackmagic Cinema Camera (here at BH)

  • Updated user interface
  • Adds autofocus support for compatible EF lenses
  • Improved debayering when shooting to ProRes or DNxHD
  • Improved focus peaking display
  • Improved ISO handling when shooting at ISO 1600
  • Improved general audio performance
  • Iris setting is retained when switching between camera recording and clip playback

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (here at BH)

  • Updated user interface
  • Improved performance when recording using internal microphones
  • Improved instances where a grid-like pattern may occur in some flare highlights
  • General improvements in autofocus with active MFT lenses
  • Adds supports for stabilization in MFT lenses without physical O.I.S switches
  • Improved support for Sigma MFT lenses
  • Improved support for Lumix 12-42mm PZ lens
  • Improved support for Olympus 60mm f/2.8 MFT lens
  • Iris setting is retained when switching between camera recording and clip playback

Blackmagic Studio Camera (here at BH)

  • Improved phantom power compatibility
  • Addresses an issue with interlace video being output as progressive video

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