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March 26, 2012
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Olympus E-M5 does more fashion…

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It’s time for a short E-m5 recap!

1) Damian MacGillycuddy (Click here) started a new Olympus competition and posted a new E-M5 nude picture.

2) Federico Cabrera (Click here) posted some fashion photos taken with the E-M5. Nice!

3) Full resolution OM-D E-M5 samples compared to Pen E-P3, Lumix GH2 and Sony Alpha 55 at Four Thirds User (Click here).

So, when will our postman deliver us the E-M5? BHphoto (Click here) still says it’s coming on April 16th. Amazon UK (Click here) says the E-M5 will now ship within 1-3 months. Amazon Japan and Digitalrev will ship the camera from March 31th. Amazon US (CLick here) doesn’t share any info and the first eBay preorders (Click here) are up via Malaysian store :)
I don’t believe Olympus will be able to ship all the E-M5 preorders. The requests are really high and the E-M5 Olympus camera keeps staying on the Amazon US top seller list (Click here).

Here are all full store search linsk I check from time to time to see if the E-M5 shipment/preorder status changes:

Australia: Amazon, BHphoto, Digitalrev, eBay.au
Austria: Amazon.at, eBay.at
Belgium: Amazon.co.uk, eBay.be
Canada: Adorama, B&H, eBay.ca
China: Amazon.cn, Digitalrev, eBay
Denmark: eBay
Finland: eBay
France: Amazon.fr, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon.de, eBay.de
Hong Kong: Digitalrev, eBay, Amazon, B&H
Ireland: Amazon.uk, eBay.ie
Italy: Amazon.it, eBay.it
Japan: Amazon.jp, DigitalRev, eBay
Netherlands: Amazon.co.uk, eBay.nl
Norway: eBay
Poland: Redcoon.pl, eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, eBay
Spain: Amazon.es, Redcoon.es, eBay.es
Sweden: eBay
Switzerland: Amazon.de, eBay.ch
United Kingdom: Amazon.uk, eBay.uk
United States: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

March 25, 2012
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UPDATED: SLRmagic versus Leica 50mm f/0.95 battle (Seb Farges).

The Shires from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

UPDATE: Andrew from SLRmagic told us that Seb got a very early lens prototype that very likely has an issue. This means the video on top very likely doen’t show the full potential of the Hyperprime lens! A more represenative video has been shot by EosHD (Click here).

Seb Farges (Click here) tested the two lenses on the hacked Panasonic GH2 and writes: “My opinion ? mmmm the Noctilux is an extraordinary lens, good rendering at f/0.95, smooth focus ring. This lens is a little smaller and lighter than the SLR Magic lens. It’s in M mount (Leica). The problem : the Noctilux is too expensive for me, 8000€ (10600$)!!! Please note that the SLR Magic I’ve used here is a prototype lens. It’s be available in september in M mount, it’s price is not fixed yet, but it will be around 2300€ (3000$), 3.5X less cheaper than the Leica. The SLR has more color aberration (purple fringing), mostly when the focus is not perfect.”

P.S.: The Leica Noctilux crazy price check on eBay (Click here). Speaking of our m43 0.95 lenses here are the links to:
1) Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 on eBay (Click here).
2) Voigtländer Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 on eBay (Click here).
3) SLRmagic 50mm f/0.95 on eBay (Click here).

March 24, 2012
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Sigma 30mm review and 19mm test (cute pic on the E-M5)

Looking at the picture on top made by DSLRmagazine the new Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens doesn’t look bad at all. But the naked truth is that the lens specifications aren’t appealing at the first look. But we are ready to get over this if the lens performance is top notch. So let’s read the latest review from Valentin at DSLRmagazine (Click here to read the translation). In short, the lens has no flaws. It performs well in every aspect with just a slightly Chromatic Aberration you can easily correct in post production. Overall this is not a bad lens you get for $200 at Hphoto.

Laoburi (Click here) posted a set of image samples taken with the other new Sigma 19mm f/2.8 lens. I haven’t yet found any preorder option of that lens.

Rankings: Silver E-M5 kits are still selling more than the black ones and than more than the Fuji X PRO 1 according to Amazon US rankings (Click here).

E-M5 preorders (Click on the names of the stores to see the product page):
Black E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, and Amazon Japan.
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto , Digitalrev and J&R.
Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland , Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.

 

March 24, 2012
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EosHD video test: Panasonic GH2 versus new 5DmarkIII (support Vitaly NAB coverage)


I know you guys are all waiting to hear more about the future GH3. But look at the hacked GH2 versus the super new 5DmarkII video resolution comparison posted at EosHD (Click here). The new super featured $3499 Canon 5D markIII (here on Amazon) is just marginally better than the $860 hacked GH2 camera. Of course the 5DmarkIII is vastly superior when it comes to still image quality but It has to be said that Panasonic does a great job when it comes to deliver a high quality video performance. It really makes me wonder what kind of surprise we should expect from the GH3!

Speaking of the hacker Vitaly, I kindly ask you to support him for the NAB show coverage (Click here). The NABshow is the biggest broadcast video event of the year (Click here to see the official website)

P.S.: From time to time the Gh2 gets some super deal like it was with the now ended GH2 with 14-140mm for $899 on eBay (Click here). Drop me a message if you find more deals like that so that I can share it with other 43rumors readers! Thanks!
Here are some GH2 search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

March 23, 2012
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New E-M5 review and X PRO 1 comparison.

The Singapore website Hardwarezone (Click here) published a full Olympus E-M5 review. The camera earns nine points out of ten: “We could list its specs: 16MP image sensor, 5-axis image stabilization, weather-resistant body. We could tell you how well the camera handles with the twin control dials, quick AF speed and easy AF point selection. We could wax lyrical about its gorgeous, retro-inspired look. We could look at its images’ beautiful colors and remarkable high ISO performance. But it’s when these elements are brought together that something altogether new is born: Charm. Any photographer would be hard-pressed not to have fun shooting with the E-M5. The mostly well-placed controls let you give it swift commands which are promptly obeyed. Its quick and accurate auto-focus, together with the excellent image stabilization and image quality at higher ISO speeds, conspire to help you catch the most fleeting of moments.

Ok, we already know the E-M5 is a great camera but how does the image quality compare with the best of its class, the Fuji X PRO 1? Yesterday I published a probably not so fair E-M5 versus X PRO 1 image comparison at MirrorlessRumors (Click here). You can click that link to see the image of the full ISO comparison: http://i.minus.com/igOc5QWXHZSII.jpg. It’s not so fair because the E-M5 shots were taken with the kit zoom lens while the X PRO 1 used the very likely much better 18mm f/2.0 prime lens. So don’t care too much about the sharpness while noise will not be so effected by the lens quality. What do you think?

 

E-M5 preorders (Click on the names of the stores to see the product page):
Black E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, and Amazon Japan.
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto , Digitalrev and J&R.
Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland , Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.

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