Toyo Optics 12.5-75mm review.

We are all waiting for the day that Olympus will introduce their famous f/2.0 zooms in native Micro Four Thirds mount. But maybe you were not aware that there is already a cheaper and faster zoom lens out there. It is the Toyo Optics 12.5-75mm. A reader sent me this link to an one year old review of the lens tested on the GH2. Anyway, while this may be a good solution for a few of you I still hope that Olympus will do some f/2.0 zooms too. Does it make sense for the MFT system? I think the answer is yes!

Some Toyo lenses can be found on eBay (Click here).

The two superb Zuiko f/2.0 zooms:
14-35mm f/2.0 on eBay (Click here) and via Slidoo eBay.
35-100mm f/2.0 on eBay (Click here) and via Slidoo eBay.

The new Panasonic GH3 videos and tests roundup!

Barcelona 2012 test Panasonic gh3 from The Windcharger on Vimeo.

For now only European can find the GH3 in Stock and shipping. For example at Wex UK and Wex DE or on eBay (via Slidoo). Amazon Japan should have the camera in Stock for the first time tomorrow. US and Canadian readers have to wait a bit before the camera will arrive massively in their stores. Some auctions can be found one Bay (via Slidoo) while GH3 accessories like battery grip and mic are alreayd in Stock on eBay (via Slidoo) .Let’s check some of the latest video mostly shot by regular 43rumors readers that were lucky enough to get the camera before Christmas. Enjoy!

A GH3 Codec Test on Vimeo.
A first GH3 audio test by FrugalFilmmakers on Vimeo.
GH3 vs Hacked GH2 vs Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera vs 5DMKIII shootout on Vimeo. And you have to guess which camera is which!
Another GH3 flies on an Cinestar 6 multirotor (Vimeo).
A first GH3 test by Jon Bryant on Vimeo.
Nice video of Bragg Creek on Vimeo.
GH3 and snow on Vimeo.
GH3 50p slow motion test on Vimeo.

Panasonic GH3 in Stock status and price check: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

New GH3 news and reviews roundup.

Fall from Caleb Roberts on Vimeo.

Time to catch up with some GH3 videos and test:
The GH3: It Sounds Real Good (Frugalfilmmakers).
User report at Redsharknews.
Panasonic Australia GH3 Tech Tips on Youtube.
Panasonic GH3 – remote control with Android phone on youtube.
The GH3 shipment may be delayed but one Bay you can find the battery grips (Click here) and original Panasonic batteries (Click here).

GH3 store links and in Stock status check:
12-35mm GH3 kit: Wex UK, Wex DE, Photoexpress UK, FotoHansKeuzekamp (NL),
14-140mm GH3 kit: Wex UK, Amazon UK, Photoexpress UK, Wex DE, Amazon FR,
Body only: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Panasonic store, Samys, Henry, Vistek, Wex UK, FotoHansKeuzekamp (NL), Amazon FR, Webdistirbution FR.

GH3 videos roundup (First Quadcopter flight and astronomy shots).

Panasonic GH3 aboard the Cinestar 6 multirotor. from GravityShots.com on Vimeo.

More and more GH3 videos and user test are being posted. Here is the next roundup that may help you to get an imrpesion about the potential of that nice camera:

GH3 skateboarding documentary by EosHD.
Panasonic GH3 Field Notes: Monterey Pier Video (Outbackphoto).
Panasonic GH3 – Review and User Experience – Part 1 – This IS different (Soundimagesplus).
Silkypix now supports the GH3.

Twills:Here are some sample Astro Photographs I took with the GH3. I was able to capture 15 objects in a single night. All of these images were out of the camera jpgs. Most were single exposure shots with no post processing at all.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UehRwMBEQR4
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3351947
However, some were in camera HDR shots. That mode works extremely well if you select the +-2 stop option and then shoot a 15 second ISO 3200 base image. The camera then will combine that image with a 60 second and a 4second image to give you an image that compresses the scenes dynamic range by 4 stops.
This works very well on Orion’s Nebula. However, I would like to find a way to use the bulb function with HDR so that we could use longer shutter durations. Also it would be nice to be able to do RAW HDR shots. The camera already can do unlimited in camera RAW stacking. However, it can’t align those shots like the HDR mode does.
Looks like the GH3 needs to be hacked after all. However, this time it is more for stills than video. The video is essentially perfect for what the sensor is capable of in my opinion.

Where can you find the GH3 in Stock right now? Some bodies are available in Canada on eBay (via Slidoo) and in UK (via eBay again), Wex UK and Wex DE.