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October 4, 2011
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New Olympus reviews (and why DxOmark is wrong by saying Nikon1 is as good as m43!)

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As you know DxOmark tested the Nikon 1 sensors and gave it the same score as the m43 sensors. But look at that simple image comparison posted by massimo on dpreview forum. Time for DxOmark to add the resolution as a parameter in their tests otherwise their score really is misleading!

New Olympus E-PL3 Review at DCresource (Click here): “Overall, the Olympus E-PL3 is a well-appointed, relatively inexpensive interchangeable lens camera that offers a lot of bang for the buck. It produces high quality stills and videos, offers features for both beginners and enthusiasts, and has generally very snappy performance. While there’s some room for improvement, Olympus’ midrange Pen is definitely worth checking out“.

Olympus PEN E-PL3 review at Techradar (Click here): “Compared against the E-P3 it represents very good value for money indeed, although against other competitors from rival manufacturers it still looks to be a bit on the pricey side. It wouldn’t take much of a drop in the street price for that to change though. In the meantime, should you have your heart set on one you are unlikely to be disappointed.

My First Sunday Afternoon with the Olympus EPM-1. Yes, the EPM-1. I’m “Pen Ready.” (Kirk Tuck via Noisycamera).

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3 review by PDNonline (Click here): “Like I said, it’s a pity this camera isn’t more aimed at pros. While I really enjoyed my time shooting with the gorgeous Leica M9-P, I had more fun with the GF3 overall“.

Micro Four Thirds Lens Comparison: Olympus 12mm f2 vs. Panasonic 14mm f2.5 (ThePhoBlographer).

Shop links to the mentioned cameras and lenses:
Olympus E-PL3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus E-PM1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic 14mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus 12mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

October 3, 2011
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Two new Panasonic X 45-175mm lens reviews.


Video on top: 45-175mm X lens Powerzoom smoothness test

The new 45-175mm X lens will be in Stock this month (October) and so it’s time to read some reviews :)

The Clubsnap forum (Click here) tested the lens. The lens is as sharp as the 45-200mm lens, with very good color reproduction, accuracy and contrast. It has some vignetting wide open but no chromatic aberrations at all. The lens has been tested on the Olympus E-P3 so there is no auto correction like on Panasonic cameras. According to the reviewer the Power OIS is very effective (more useful than the built-in IS from Olympus!). You can read the full conclusions form the reviewer on page two of the thread.

Also ePrice (Click here) tested the same 45-175mm X lens. The review is written in Chinese and contains many image and video samples. From what I understood the reviewer liked the lens a lot! :)

You can preorder the 45-175mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
And the amazing 14-42mm X pancake preorder links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

October 2, 2011
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Olympus and Panasonic reviews…(45mm lens review by Steve Huff)

Steve Huff (Click here) posted the full Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review: “This lens gets my highest recommendation if you are a Micro 4/3 owner. Anyone who knocks this lens (don’t think there will be any) has never tried it or had a defect“.
I couldn’t agree more with Steve. This is a must have lens. Click those links to check if the lens is in Stock or not: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

More reviews:

Which One? Olympus EPM1 vs Olympus EP2 Comparison Review (ThePhoBlographer).
SLRclub (Click here) posted a very long Olympus 12mm f/2.0 review. As you know it is in korean and impossible to translate via google tool because (as usual) SLRclub posted the review as a long series of jpg images.
Teh thai website Gadget4thai (Click here to read the translation) tested the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens.
The polish website Optyczne (Click here to read the translation) tested the Panasonic GF3.

 

October 1, 2011
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Another Nokton 25mm versus Leica 25mm comparison battle.

Time for another Nokton versus Leica 25mm comparison. Peter Lueck (Click here) tested both lenses. As you know the Nokton is a manual autofocusing lens only and also 2cm longer, but is a lot faster (f/0.95 versus f/1.7) and a nice 20cm close focusing distance. The Leica is larger and cheaper and has autofocus. But what’s the difference in terms of image quality?

Peter Lueck shows you different scenes taken with both lenses. The Leica has a bit “colder” colors. But that is also the only real difference because sharpness is almost equal! Take a look for yourself!

One more thing about the Nokton price. I told you a couple of weeks ago that the price of the Nokton is falling and getting closer to the price of the Leica 25mm lens. The eBay deal Infoto offered new lenses for 599 Euro on eBay (Click here). The deal is gone now but they will soon have new Stocks of Notkon for sale at the same price. 599 Euro is what you pay for the new Leica at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay (If you are lucky to find them in Stock!).

P.S.: Check the Nokton availability on eBay (Click here).

September 30, 2011
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Olympus 45mm f/1.8 shipping and first AF test.

And finally also US citizen are receiving their pre ordered Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lenses. About time! The lens has been announced exactly three months ago! The video on top is made by Mike Kobal which shows a short AF test. And Adam compared that lens with the Canon 50mm 1.8 FD and Minolta 50mm 1.7 MD on a video you can see on youtube (Click here). A first user review is also available on Amazon (Click here).
You can check the availability of the lens by clicking those search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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