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January 20, 2015
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Two first full Panasonic GF7 reviews!

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We already have two full reviews of the new GF7 announced today. Both reviewers draw a very positive conclusion:

Photographyblog writes:

So while the Panasonic Lumix GF7 mainly seems to be trying to attract the attention of the selfie crowd, its actually a feature-rich camera that takes excellent pictures and which can easily be stored in a coat pocket with the supplied 12-32mm kit lens fitted. If you need a flash or viewfinder, the Lumix GM5 is a better fit, but otherwise the new Panasonic Lumix GF7 is the best GF-series model yet, selfie or no selfie…

ePhotozine writes:

The most likely issues you may find with the GF7 are the lack of flash hot-shoe, and short battery life, making it less appealing to the more serious photographer. For the majority of people having a built in flash will be preferable, and the mode dial makes the camera easier to use for every level of photographer. Image quality is very good, with the camera delivering sharp detailed photos with good colour, and low levels of noise. The Wi-Fi implementation is very good, giving remote control and numerous shooting options straight from your smartphone or tablet. There are a few, very minor niggles, including short battery life, but we can very happily highly recommend the camera.

Preorders:
Panasonic GF7 in Black at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Panasonic GF7 in Pink at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

January 13, 2015
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New 40-150mm PRO lens review by Tyson Robichaud and Thom Hogan.

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A great 40-150mm PRO image from Tyson Robichaud.

New double review on the 40-150mm Olympus PRO lens:

Tyson Robichaud writes:

In good light, or with decent contrast, this lens is fast to focus though, so situationally, it’s pretty damn quick.  It’s sharp, contrasty and has good fidelity at lower ISO’s which is where most folks will probably be shooting this for outdoor sports, wildlife, studio or outdoor portraiture or the like, and in those situations I think it will be a great addition to any micro 4/3 system shooter’s bag.

Thom Hogan writes:

Olympus has a real winner with the 40-150mm f/2.8. A very usable focal range, excellent optics, a really nice build with no real flaws in handling, and focus performance at Olympus’ state of the art means that this should become a classic m4/3 lens. Once Olympus has completed their initial Pro line (7-14mm f/2.8?, 12-40mm f/2.8, 40-150mm f/2.8, 300mm f/4), an E-M1 owner should be able to go from 14mm to 600mm equivalent in a four lens set that delivers one heck of a lot of performance in reasonably small packages.

40-150mm PRO shop link:
In USA/Canada at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus and GetOlympus Canada.
In Europe at Wex UK, Technikdirekt and Amazon.
In Asia at Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.

 

December 27, 2014
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Panasonic DMC-CM1 review by Pier-Yves Menkhoff

Panasonic DMC-CM1 Video Test Review from Pier-Yves Menkhoff on Vimeo.

The CM1 is not a MFT camera but it’s interesting to see how Panasonic managed to fit so many great features into a small package. It’s also Panasonic answer to the shrinking compact and fixed lens camera. Will it work out? We don’t know yet but 43rumors reader and journalist Pier-Yves Menkhoff reviewed the Panasonic CM1:

Does the DMC-CM1 is a camera with a smartphone function or a smartphone with a dual Photo & Film function ? Panasonic prefers the first option. So do I…
Our smartphone costs 900 € in France. Is it expensive ? We can think it. It is not in comparison with an iPhone. It becomes in front of a Panasonic DMC-GM5, DMC-L-X100, etc. complemented by a Smartphone like the Nokia Lumia 525. Anyway !!!
With this review, we will not cover here Smartphone appearance but rather the photo and film aspects. However, it is nice to precise that the DMC-CM1 is compatible with 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. and compatible with any operator.
The DMC-CM1 is far from the iPhone universe. The appearance is almost “rustic”. It remains in the Panasonic philosophy. It impresses with its all round 200 grams for a size of 134 mm x 15.2 x 25.1 mm. The sensor is a MOS 1 inch with a resolution of 20 million pixels. Identical to the one of the Lumix FZ1000. About the lens, Panasonic continues its collaboration with Leica. It offers a focal length of 28mm with an aperture between F/2.8 and F/11. No optical zoom? Only a digital zoom 2 X. The processor is a Venus Engine type.
Those who already own a Panasonic camcorder or camera will not be disoriented. The menu is similar, in outline, to the one of the DMC-GM1, GH3, GH4, etc. Many modes are available : P, S, A, M, Scenes, and of course two automatic modes iA and iA+ called “Intelligent”. From the menu, we will find the AF/AE, Focus Peaking, Histogram, etc. modes. The Silent mode has not been forgotten.
The handling is nice. It is very “Photo” in contrast to the one proposed by Samsung, Apple, LG, etc. smartphone. We take a photo. We do not play. The DMC-CM1 offers the RAW format for the most discerning.
About Video, it is Bizance. The user has the choice between Full HD (1920 x 1080) 30p or 4K Ultra (2840 x 2160) 15p. The back of the DMC-CM1 is equipped with a 4.7-inch LCD touch screen.  For the storage, you have the choice between the embedded 16 GB or the SD or SDXC memory card within the limit of 128 GB.
The power has been entrusted to a 2600 mAh battery. In use, it is enough for a day in photo mode. It is not the same for the production of video. This is relativized by the time battery charge. Very fast.
Filming is less easy than taking a picture. The shutter is not “mixed” as with the GM1, GM5, GH4, etc. You have to press the “Record” function on the back screen. This forces to prevent shooting then restore its horizontality. Evidence that the DMC-CM1 is dedicated to the image, Panasonic has planned numerous accessories including a tripod adapter, a fisheye, a telephoto, a wide angle and a macro. We appreciate. However, experience shows that Panasonic accessories are not always easy to find in stores.
After two hours of shooting at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, this is the time of editing. The files are encapsulated MP4 only. There are some aliasings. But nothing insurmountable. The final image is appealing. It is quite close to the one I have compared with the DMC-GM1.

Panasonic CM1 is listed at Panasonic Germany, Panasonic Austria, Panasonic France.

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December 23, 2014
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Atomos now shipping the Shogun (new test roundup).

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The new Atomos Shogung 4K recorder preorders for your Panasonic GH4 are now shipping at BHphoto (Click here).

Atomos Shogun Review – Part 1 (EosHD).
There is already a first firmware update at atomos.com/support/

December 21, 2014
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Landscape photography with µFT cameras (

by Andreas Wonisch)

The following is a guest post by Andrea Wonisch. Feel free to contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com if you want to write an article for 43rumors. Thanks!

Landscape photography with µFT cameras
by Andreas Wonisch (www.andreas-wonisch.com)

If you think of landscape photography you usually think of photographers armed full with heavy backpacks, carrying large lenses and even larger cameras. You would think that having a professional full frame camera is the only way to go. Think again: During the last six years I almost exclusively used micro four thirds cameras and lenses to photograph landscapes all over the world.

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Sunrise on the Rocks, Olympus OM-D E-M5, M. Zuiko 9-18 mm

Before starting to write about why I use cameras other photographers sometimes call “toy cameras”, let me talk a little bit about my philosophy when being out in nature. My aim when doing photography is finding special places and moments in nature that I can enjoy and admire. I aim for these magical moments that may be only visible for a few fleeting minutes at best. I want to preserve and depict these moments and share them with other people so they can enjoy them as well. My camera, my lenses, my computer at home and my image processing software are all just tools that I use to better capture and represent these moments. I’m not doing photography for the sake of photography but because I enjoy nature and I’m again and again amazed by what I find there.  Photography is my way to share these findings with other people.

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Farewell Sun, Panasonic GH1, Panasonic Lumix 14-45 mm

That’s why I do not aim for having the most advanced camera, the sharpest lens or the largest sensor. I feel that I need the best tool that let me create the landscapes I admire. And in the past this worked best for me when using µFT cameras. I think there are several advantages in using compact, lightweight mirrorless cameras. One is obvious: You don’t need to carry so much stuff around. This can be especially of advantage when doing hiking tours in the mountains. Just a few kilograms less can make or break a shoot since you arrive less exhausted at your location and can concentrate on the important things: the landscape around you. I remember once doing a tour in the Alps with another landscape photographer and he had to carry more than 20 kg because of his heavy gear and lenses. I was below 10 kg and still was able to do the same kind of photography.

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The Pinnacle, Olympus OM-D E-M5, Lumix 7-14 mm

The second advantage is that with mirrorless cameras it’s really “what you see is what you get”. This is very helpful when photographing landscapes because what you see through the viewfinder of a traditional DSLR is not what your sensor will capture. This leads to the awkward technique of first looking through your viewfinder, then quickly putting the camera down and looking at your screen to find out what you captured. Often then you have to change settings again until you will be finally able to take the photo you want. With µFT cameras or mirrorless cameras in general you already see through the (electronic) viewfinder what the final photo will look like. This can significantly speed you up. This might seem counterintuitive when doing landscape photography but since the best light is usually only there for a few minutes at best you will be glad for every second you save hassling with your gear and be able to take photos instead.

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One of a Kind, Olympus OM-D E-M5, M. Zuiko 9-18 mm

The third advantage for µFT cameras is that they are so easy to carry around. If you are a hobby photographer like me you won’t be able to carry your full gear with you everywhere. Especially not if you travel with your significant other or family. In these case syou can still bring a µFT camera with you, especially the new ultra-compact cameras like the Panasonic GM1 or GM5. I was surprised on how many good photos I took with my GM1 when being just on a leisure trip. Often you are getting great light at a moment you would least expect it. And in that moment most of the time you won’t have your heavy DSLR with you. But you can still carry a compact µFT camera almost everywhere.

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Castle in the forest, Panasonic GM1, Lumix 14-32 mm

But what about the picture quality? No doubt: Full format cameras have an advantage here. And so do medium format cameras. Or even large format cameras. You will always find a camera that will do better in picture quality. But the question is: What sensor / camera size combination is the best for your photography? And here I think µFT really shines in most situations. It’s not that I do not own any other camera (for pre-planned shootings I sometimes also use a full format camera) it’s just that I like my µFT gear the most. And if you have any doubt that you are hampered in your photography efforts because you don’t own the latest, great camera forget about it. Your camera is just a device to help you share your view of the world. In my opinion the best camera is the one you don’t even notice when being surrounded by beautiful nature.

More about Andreas Wonisch’s landscape photography can be found at his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/andreas.wonisch.photography?ref=bookmarks

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