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April 25, 2011
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New Olympus 40-150mm review and E-PL2 and GF2 shootout

Photographyblog (Click here) tested the cheapest of all Micro Four Thirds zoom lenses, the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6: “The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6 is a tiny, lightweight and attractively priced telezoom lens that delivers a much better optical performance than its all-plastic exterior and wallet-friendly price tag would suggest.
To see the price of the lens click those links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Pixiq (Click here) made an Olympus E-PL2 vs. Lumix DMC-GF2 Shootout: “There’s no obvious “winner” in this shootout since both cameras have their own pros and cons. The one that’s likely to be right for you depends on your experience level and the types of subjects you often shoot. I preferred the Olympus camera’s controls/operation and its high ISO quality but found that the Lumix contender was faster and provided more pleasing JPEGs without overrides.”
The 43rumors readers already expressed their vote on which of the two cameras is better. The E-PL2 won!
Check the E-PL2 price: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Check the GF2 price: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

April 24, 2011
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New Voigtländer Nokton review (in Stock for the normal price on eBay!!!)

It’s still quite difficult to find the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 lens in Stock. Request have been much higher than Cosina expected and there are still consistent supply shortages. Also eBay resellers do often sell the lens without having them in Stock (and when they are in Stock they are usually very expensive). But there are two exceptions:
The german shop Deutscher Digitalhandel is selling five Nokton lenses (Click here) for the normal European price (899 Euro). They are all in Stock (“sofort lieferbar”). They ship worldwide.
The less known thai shop Rangefinder2008 (from where the picture on top comes from) is selling four Nokton lenses for the same price as the German shop (Click here).

We posted many Nokton reviews on 43rumors but today we can add a new one, the first Spanish review made by DSLRmagazine (Click here to read the google english translation). They posted many graphs showing the Center and Border Resolution, Vignetting, Chromatic Aberration and Distortion. The conclusions is not different from the one made by other reviewers: “it is one of the best options in this range, especially if we consider the peculiar aesthetics of the image – more than interesting for pure photographic purpose – or their value standard for video and optical for its luminosity and comprehensive manual focus.”

April 19, 2011
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New Olympus E-PL2, XZ-1 and Panasonic GF2 reviews

Imaging Resource (Click here) tested the Olympus XZ-1: “Olympus has entered the flagship digicam fight with a winner. It’s learned from its competitors, avoiding the brick in favor of an almost too svelte box, adding a manual control with the lens ring, including a pop-up flash and a hot shoe, avoiding the noise of a 14-megapixel sensor for the sanity of a 10-megapixel sensor, delivering a versatile zoom range that starts wide enough, and concentrating on optical performance.
Also the polish website Optyczne (Click here to read the google english translation) posted an XZ-1 review
ThePhoBlographer (Click here) is continuing the Olympus XZ-1 field review: “The camera’s focus never failed at all, which leads me to conclude that even in the normal focusing mode, it will be able to capture most things that users will want to take photos of.
Check price and availability of the XZ-1 by clicking those direct links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Photoreview Australia (Click here) tested the Olympus E-PL2: “Overall performance for the review camera was similar to the E-PL1 we reviewed just over a year ago. The review camera’s metering was still biased to favour shadows over highlights. Highlight clipping wasn’t as bad as we found with the E-PL1, although it was quite important to meter on a mid-tone area in subjects to avoid over- or under-exposure.”
Check price and availability of the E-PL2 by clicking those direct links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Blog.Paran (Click here) compared the Panasonic GF2 and Samsung NX100 image quality.
Check price and availability of the GF2 by clicking those direct links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

April 16, 2011
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New Olympus E-PL2 and Four Thirds lens reviews


ePhotozine (Click here) is one the very few website still reviewing Four Thirds lenses. Tehy just posted their Olympus 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD lens test: “Very few lenses give as solid a performance in all areas as this lens. As it is sharp from wide open, it allows the relatively bright maximum aperture to be used to great advantage. Although the price may be higher than other alternatives, this is a premium lens that provides premium performance and if quality matters, it may well be worth the extra money.
Check out the 50-200mm lens price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Techradar (Click here) tested the Olympus E-PL2: “The E-PL2′s Live Guide also doesn’t explain how the camera settings are changed, it merely indicates their impact. This means that novices photographers aren’t encouraged to progress on to more advanced shooting mode such as aperture or shutter priority and to explore more of the control available to them. This is a shame as the E-PL2 provides plenty of control and opportunity for customisation. While it cannot quite match the image quality from an APS-C format DSLR all round, the E-PL2 produces high quality images. The level of detail present in low sensitivity images is high and noise control at the higher settings is impressive.

Also Photoreview Australia (Click here) posted an E-PL2 review: “Overall performance for the review camera was similar to the E-PL1 we reviewed just over a year ago. The review camera’s metering was still biased to favour shadows over highlights. Highlight clipping wasn’t as bad as we found with the E-PL1, although it was quite important to meter on a mid-tone area in subjects to avoid over- or under-exposure. Autofocusing was noticeably faster than we found with the E-PL1 and accurate in most conditions, although it slowed markedly in very low light levels.
Check out the E-PL1 price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

April 15, 2011
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New GF2, 14mm lens and XZ-1 reviews


Our friends over at Quesabesde just published the full Panasonic GF2 review (Click here to read the google english translation). The review starts with an almost undeniable truth (attention google translated text!): “keep one thing very clear: the miniaturization has also affected the philosophy of the model, now more oriented to new users that experienced photographers.“..”A simpler and smaller camera is not what many expected, but we must recognize that their potentially commercially speaking, can be mostly targeted at all those users making the transition from a compact and want something of higher quality but much larger .“…”Moreover, during the time we spent with this camera has proved an excellent and inseparable companion for those days when simply too lazy to carry all the equipment.”
Quesabesde also tested the new Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens: “Made the relevant warnings, the performance of this light fixed lens (the official price is around 400 euros) is correct, but not great or as good as expected from a fixed lens. Although we have no complaints in terms of contrast, resolution and control of aberrations, distortion and vignetting especially when we use the maximum aperture are somewhat excessive.”
Direct links to the Panasonic GF2: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Direct links to the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Geek.com (Click here) tested the Olympus XZ-1: “overall, the Olympus XZ-1 is a fantastic camera if you are looking for a serious compact. It’s fun to use and takes fantastic images. That noted, the video needs work and if you want something this size you should seriously be considering Micro Four Thirds. If you want to stick with a fixed lens I’d recommended the XZ-1 over the Canon G12 or the LX-5. The S95 has a size and price advantage so that will come down to user preference.
Click those direct links to check out the XZ-1 price and availability: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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