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December 27, 2011
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First Olympus 12-50mm tests.

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Robin Wong (Click here) had the chance to play the new weather sealed Olympus 12-50mm lens: “For a standard zoom lens, the sharpness that this lens produces is very remarkable.

Pekka Potka (Click here) likes the lens and says his only flaws are on the very wide end when it shows visible distortion and chromatic aberration.

Also Pen&Tell (Click here) noticed the same flaws and says that the distortion goes away between 20-40mm and comes back as “pincushion” at the long end.

First stores are now accepting preorders on the lens. Check these search links to see if it’s available: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

December 23, 2011
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New Micro Four Thirds reviews roundup (GF3 gets DxOmarked).

DxOmark (Click here) tested the GF3 sensors: “We liked the GF3’s low-light ISO performance, its dimensions, and its price. This said, we were less enchanted by its ISO range, which we found limited its low-ISO scores in the Portrait and Landscape categories. (Its limited ISO also resulted in lower scores for Dynamic Range.)“. GF3 shop links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

New Panasonic GX1 review at Cnet Asia (Click here): “We have said before that the GX1 is what the GF3 should have been. Although, we wonder why they stuck with a seemingly industrial design and didn’t opt for something similar to the or the Fujifilm FinePix X10, which seems to be the trend these days“. GX1 shop links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

EosHD (Click here) released a bunch of downloadable GH2 patches. You have to hack your GH2 camera to use them!

There is a double Olympus lens review at Focus Numerique. First they tested the Olympus 45mm lens (Click here) and then the Olympus 12mm lens (Click here).

Sharpness of Lumix G 45-200mm and Lumix X 45-175mm at m43photo (Click here).

Nikon 1 V1 Vs. Olympus PEN EP-3 at Nikonrumors (Click here).

December 20, 2011
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New Micro Four Thrids reviews roundup.

Shootout in the snow – Sony A65 vs GH2 vs 600D from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12mm f/2 Review at Photographyblog (Click here): “The lens is an excellent choice for landscapes, architecture and interiors too; as long as you make sure its distortion is taken care of, either in-camera or at the raw conversion stage.” Price check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Olympus E-Pm1 review at DigitalPhotographySchool (Click here): “I’m still figuring out why Olympus has launched virtually the same camera in three different guises that this Micro Four Thirds system gear encloses. Beats me!“. There is also a german review at Orf.at (Click here) and a polish review at Optyczne (Click here). Price check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Japanese review of the 14-42mm X lens at Kakaku (Click here).

E-PM1 vs GF3 vs Nikon J1 vs  NEX-C3 image comparison at Tweakers (Click here).

The G3 is the mirrorless camera of the year at Photographyblog (Click here): “For us, the new G3 offers the best balance between the even tinier GF2, the slightly better handling G2, and the videographer-friendly GH2, adding the best still image quality of all G-series cameras, and it’s also a cheaper and for many users simply a better alternative to a full-fledged DSLR. Essential!”

December 16, 2011
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New Panasonic GX1 review and Q&A session (+Olympus 5mm review)

As you may know Imaging Resource had a Q&A session about the GX1. If you missed it you can see the history here: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/GX1/GX1A.HTM#live-qa. And Photoreview Australia (Click here) tested the new Panasonic GX1: “Our Imatest tests provided similar results to those from the G3. Raw files were well up to expectations for a 16-megapixel camera; JPEGs were slightly below expectations.”
GX1 preorder search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Photographyblog (Click here) posted a full Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review. The lens gets highly recommended: “the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 represents excellent value for money to anyone on the lookout for a fast short telephoto lens for their Micro Four Thirds camera.
Olympus 45mm portrait lens links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

December 8, 2011
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New Micro Four Thirds reviews…

Loving Lake Tahoe (SLR Magic 12mm f1.6) from JJ Labritakis on Vimeo.

Photoxels (Click here) tested the Panasonic GF3 with 14-42mm X lens: “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 [GF3X] is a real winner as an alternative to the traditional entry-level DSLR. You’ll find a camera that is easy to use for a point-and-shoot user with performance and image quality that rival the traditional entry-level DSLRs. Highly Recommended.”
GF3 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 review at Digitaljournalofphotography (Click here): “In camera JPEGs and video are very clean, but noise reduction is being applied quite heavily when compared to RAW files. And Panasonic still has a way to go with colour rendition, it’s not up to that of the rival Olympus Pens“.
G3 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 review at Camerastuffreview (Click here): “The  Panasonic 14 mm 2.5 doesn’t show signs of glare or ghosting and chromatic aberration is absent (after in-camera correction). The resolution shown by the Panasonic 14 mm 2.5 is, definitely in the center, but for a wide angle lens certainly also at the edges, very high“.
14mm price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

And Panasonic 8mm fisheye review again at Camerastuffreview (Click here): “The Panasonic 8 mm fisheye is a surprisingly compact, lightweight, but good lens. Both finish and optical performance.“.
8mm price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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