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October 24, 2011
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Micro Four Thirds versus NEX-7 and Pentax Q.

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When testing “non m43 cameras” many reviewers like to compare it with the mother of all mirrorless systems, Micro Four Thirds :)

Let’s start with Pentaxforums (Click here) that posted an incredibly long and detailed Pentax Q review. They included many comparisons with the Olympus E-PL3: “The new sensor technology employed in the Q has raised the cap for the image quality possible from a small sensor, but size still matters, and the Q cannot produce the same resolution and low noise as the 8 times larger sensor of our four thirds camera, the Olympus E-PL3. We chose to compare the Q to a four thirds system camera since the price is about the same and this is the closest interchangeable lens competitor in sensor size.

Steve Huff (Click here) wrote a full NEX-7 review and compared the camera with the Olympus E-P3: “The 7 has a larger APS-C sensor, the E-P3 has a smaller 4/3 sensor. In all fairness the E-P3 is more fun to shoot and provides results that you just can not complain about. It has a cool factor and some serious mojo even with its limitations and I own it and am keeping it. BUT the NEX-7 is more serious with more potential. NEX has to win this if we are taking body to body. Lenses, Oly wins but then again“.

While I am not a big fan of the Pentax Q, I have to admit the NEX-7 looks very promising. Anyway, the limit of the NEX system are the quality, range and size of the lenses and the future NEX lens roadmap isn’t really appealing me. I hope Olympus and Panasonic will soon understand the potential of a camera like the NEX-7! It was on the bestseller list of Amazon US (Click here) for weeks until preorders have been stopped because of the terrible flood in Thailand that stopped the NEX-7 production. The Pentax is quite popular in Japan but not so in the rest of the world.

October 23, 2011
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Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review (and in Stock at BHphoto).

The Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens is now in Stock for the first time at BHphoto (Click here). The lens is alreayd in Stock in Europe and Asia at Amazon Germany, France, UK and Japan.

And there is a new lens review at ePhotozine (Click here): “The low price may be a little misleading at first glance, as this lens is a very capable optic. Those looking for a fast aperture prime lens for portraits, photography in low light, or for greater control over depth of field will not be disappointed“.

October 23, 2011
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New reviews (GF3, SLRmagic Hyperprime and 14-140mm lens)


Adorama (Click here) posted a full GF3 review: “The GF3 is a sleek little camera. Its menu structure is logical, graphically pleasing and easy to navigate, and the touch controls are easily mastered making up for the lack of external controls (there are only seven). The camera is amazingly small yet easy to hold, exhibits minimal lag time (none if you prefocus) and should fit the needs of your typical well-heeled snapshooter“. GF3 links at: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Photozone (Click here) tested the Panasonic 14-140mm lens: “it is a compact ultra zoom lens for people who don’t just want to carry around several lenses and accept the performance penalty that are associated with such lenses.” 14-140mm links at: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Steve Huff (Click here) posted the full 12mm Noktor review: “When I was asked if I wanted to review this lens I was like “great, a 12mm 1.6 lens that is going to be super soft and a pain to use”. Boy was I proved wrong. So much so that this has become a fave of mine on my E-P3. The combo of the solid build and classic rendering make this a special lens for those times when you want a classic almost cinematic look.“. The lens cannot be preordered yet.

Other SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Straight Spotting Scope lens (w/ hand grip) is now available on eBay (Click here).
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here).
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here).

October 19, 2011
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First 14-42mm X lens sharpness test and new 45-175mm X lens video.

ice skating shot with gh2 + panasonic lumix g x 45-175mm from Roderick Kar on Vimeo.

The Japanese website DSLR-check (Click here) posted a set of image comparisons between the 14-42mm pancake X zoom and other lenses. What’s really interesting with the test is that he used the lens on both Panasonic and Olympus camera. As you know Panasonic has a lens correction while the Olympus has not. You really can see the difference! At first glance I wouldn’t recommend that lens for the use on an Olympus camera if you shot JPEG’s only. Otherwise the lens performs very well on the Panasonic cameras! And keep in mind how tiny that zoom lens is, that makes the image quality of the lens look even more impressive!

You can click these links to search for 14-42mm X lens preorders: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
The Panasonic 45-175mm X lens is in Stock in some stores. Check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

October 18, 2011
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First Nanoha 5x macro lens video

Our friend Seb Farges shot this video with the new Nanoha 5x macro lens: “I’ve just receveid the Nanoha Macro 5X lens, micro 4/3 mount! It’s an amazing lens that is opening to me the very macro world. It has a lighting LED unit, you can plug it with USB cable, on your computer for example. You also have a target holder to maintain the object in front of the lens to avoid motion blur. I did not use it on this movie, except on the euro bill shot and the alone hair. Not so easy to film nano objects, the D.O.P is very short. The focusing point is 11mm from the lens top. You can adjust the point about 8mm with focusing ring. The magnification will be changed between x5 to x4 with focusing. This is a first quick test, hope you will enjoy it.

More info about the lens here: yasuhara.co.jp/​nanoha/​index-e.html. P.S.: Yasuhara is known for making M-mount lenses and cameras.

One more thing: Someone sent me the link to a mysterious Lo-fi 25mm f/1.4 M43 lens (Photojojo). To me it looks like this is a copy of the SLRmagic 26mm f/1.4 toy lens (Click here to see that lens).

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