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March 8, 2011
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A not so popular lens gets tested at SLRgear: The Olympus 40-150mm for m43 (+ Geometric distortion correction for Panasonic lenses)

There are some lenses that are tested and reviewed by many websites and there are lenses nobody ever talks about. That is the case of the Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED M.Zuiko which has been recently tested by SLRgear (Click here): “The Olympus 40-150mm ƒ/4-5.6 M.Zuiko fared well in our tests, offering excellent performance up to 100mm, and above-average performance at 150mm. For the PEN system user looking for a portable telephoto option to supplement the 14-42mm kit lens, they should look no further.

That is the very first test or article we found about that lens. Just a coincidence or nobody really cares about that lens? Who are the target buyers? The biggest plus point for that lens is the price in US. With $209 at Amazon (Click here) the lens is the cheapest Micro Four Thirds zoom. Sadly the price is almost double as high in Europe (244 Euro at Amazon.de). Would love to know what you think about the 40-150mm M.Zuiko!
P.S.: Check the price of the 40-150mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

M43photo.blogspot.com posted a very interesting article about the geometric distortion correction of current Panasonic lenses: “Many Micro Four Thirds lenses feature in-camera geometric distortion correction. Two examples are the Panasonic pancakes, Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 and Lumix G 20mm f/1.7. Both have pretty similar distortion corretion needs. When converting the sensor output to the out of camera JPEG image, around 10% of the pixels in the border area are lost. This is somewhat controversial. Some feel that a quality lens should not require further software correction. In fact, the lack of geometric distortion is a traditional sign of a high quality lens.” Read the article to see the comparison of the uncorrected and corrected images for some lenses!

March 7, 2011
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Need for speed? Look what a f/0.75 lens can do on your Panasonic GF2 (terrible!)

There are not many videos out there which have been shot with a f/0.75 aperture lens(!) and a Micro Four Thirds camera. The maker of the video is seelling that Kowa 44mm f/0.75 on eBay: “This is a very unique and beautiful lens that produces a soft blur due to its fast aperture.I tried it also with the HD video mode on my Panasonic GF2 and the result was stunning. This lens can be adapted to almost any camera as far as you buy the right adapter for it, I previously used it on my Canon 50D and on a Sony NEX 5. I can say that due to the sensor size and distance from the back of the lens, you will get better results with the NEX but any mirrorless camera (EVIL camera) is good to use with that ultra fast lens.”

Click here to see the Kowa 44mm f/0.75 auction on eBay. That lens is very cheap compared to the De Oude Delft 50mm f/.075 which usually sells for over $2000 on eBay. You can’t find anything faster than that (there was once a Zeiss f/0.7 but that’s impossible to find).

P.S.: Panasonic GF2 is in Stock at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

March 7, 2011
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New Olympus E-PL2 review (+ converter test at DC.watch)


There is a new Olympus E-PL2 review at CNET (Click here): “A great interchangeable-lens model if you’re looking for better photo quality and/or a more advanced feature set than your current point-and-shoot offers, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 still doesn’t satisfy for photographing active kids and pets.”

Also Enticingthelight (Click here) tested the E-PL2: “Olympus have built a beautiful-image maker with this E-PL2; if you like shooting JPEGs, you’ll love this camera. It is also a camera that is simple to operate, yet can be customised in hundreds of ways, thus appealing to both the newbie and the experienced shooter.”

The Japanese website DC.watch.impress (Click here) tested the three new E-PL2 converters. There are many full size image samples you can analyze!

Click those links to visit the E-PL2 product page: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Reminder:
The new Olympus E-PL2 accessories are on auction at eBay and in Stock in some stores:
- MAL-1 Led Light at eBay, Amazon US, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon France.
- PenPal bluetooth module at eBay, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon France.

March 6, 2011
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Panasonic GF2 review at Cameralabs (E-PL2 slightly better)


There is a new Panasonic GF2 review at Cameralabs (Click here): “Ultimately though the Lumix GF2 is a desirable and welcome new addition to Micro Four Thirds camp and one that will undoubtedly find favour with enthusiasts and ambitious novice photographers alike. It’s a lovely camera to use and one that’s also physically very desirable, but the issues discussed on this page – or perhaps more fairly, the benefits of its rivals – means it just falls short of our top rating in direct comparison. It still earns a hearty Recommended though.

Where does it fall short? “Overall we’d say the Olympus E-PL2 has a slight edge over the GF2. The GF2 crops look less contrasty and softer than those from the E-PL2“. Interesting: “With a larger sized sensor you might expect the Sony NEX-3 to produce superior result to the micro Four Thirds cameras, and it does, but the differences aren’t that marked at least at this lowest sensitivity

Panasonic GF2 direct links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus E-PL2 direct links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 4, 2011
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New Olympus E-PL2 and XZ-1 reviews!

DCresource (Click here) posted their Olympus XZ-1 review: “The XZ-1 is Olympus’ best compact camera in many years. It offers a good design, super-fast lens, beautiful OLED display, manual controls, and plenty of point-and-shoot toys. It does have its share of annoyances — perhaps more so than its competition (at least those cameras that I’ve used) — though I have to cut Olympus some slack, as this is their first generation model. The XZ-1 is absolutely worth your consideration — just be sure to check out the other models in its class before you buy.
Click those links to visit the XZ-1 product page: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Trustedreviews (Click here) posted their Olympus E-PL2 review: “Taking everything into account, we’d still be hard pressed to choose between this and the GF2, which only falls down in comparison because unlike the E-PL2 it doesn’t feature body integral anti shake, but is otherwise we feel more streamlined and slightly easier to use. The Olympus counters with its impressive and fun Art Filters, so ultimately a personal hands on is going to be the best way for you to make this particular purchase decision.”
Click those links to visit the E-PL2 product page: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Reminder:
The new Olympus E-PL2 accessories are on auction at eBay and in Stock in some stores:
- MAL-1 Led Light at eBay, Amazon US, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon France.
- PenPal bluetooth module at eBay, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon France.

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