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October 7, 2011
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More Noktor 12mm f/1.6 tests…

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Seb Farges shot the video on top with the new Noktor 12mm f/1.6 macro and cinematic lens: “This is, to my opinion, an incredible lens, fast and wide, and there is no visible distortion. The focus and aperture rings are very smooth. It is all made in metal. XXX There is in my test a small vignetting in the outside shots due to the use of a 62mm L.C.W variable ND filter (with a 58mm/62mm step up ring). To avoid the vignetting you’ll need a 67mm or a 72mm filter with the right step up ring, because remeber this is a wide lens!

Bert Stephanie (Click here) also shared his first impressions about the lens: “I’ll leave the pixel peeping to others but at first glance, I think the optical quality, sharpness and distortions seems to fit my needs.

The new Noktor is not available for preorder yet. It will start shipment in late November. The other Noktor lens, the 50mm f/0.95 is in Stock on eBay (Click here) and on the Noktor website. As you know the Noktor project is now owned by SLRmagic.

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 6, 2011
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New Panasonic GF2/GF3/G3 firmware. 45-175mm vs 45-200mm video comparison

panasonic lumix g x vario pz 45-175mm video test from Roderick Kar on Vimeo.

Panasonic just released the new firmware for the GF2/GF3/G3 cameras. You can download it here: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/index.html. The new version 1.1 added the function for using the new power zoom X lenses, the Panasonic 14-42mm X lens and the Panasonic 45-175mm X lens.

Our reader Roderick Kar made the video comparison you see on top and posted some image samples on Flickr (Click here). And you can see the “transparent” version of the X lenses at DC.watch (Once on the site scroll down to see the pics).

According to Panasonic both lenses should be available in October but I wouldn’t bet on that. The Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 was supposed to be available in US and European stores in August but only very few lenses have been shipped to “western” countries in late September. And are now still out of Stock at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay. Until now Panasonic cameras and lenses always have been in Stock 2-3 months after the announced availability month.

Panasonic 14-42mm X lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic 45-175mm X lens Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

October 5, 2011
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Noktor 12mm f/1.6 hands-on (Straight Spotting Scope on eBay)

There is a double hands-on review of the new 12mm f/1-6 Noktor lens:
You can read the first hands-on at ThePhoBlographer (Click here): “How does the lens feel? It’s very well built: all metal body and quite heavy for a micro four thirds lens. But it’s not overpoweringly heavy.
And the second hands-on has been written by Steve Huff (Click here): “I can see that at f/1.6 it is a little teeny bit soft at the edges but still looks VERY nice. By f/2 it sharpens up and is just about flawless. Also this lens has VERY LITTLE distortion. Oh, did I mention it also doubles as a macro lens?”.
If you are interested in getting this lens there is still NO preorder option yet. The only Noktor lens that ships right now is the Noktor 50mm f/0.95 on eBay or on their website.

Spotting Scope lens in Stock:
The other news is that the SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Straight Spotting Scope lens (w/ hand grip) is now available on eBay (Click here).

Other SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
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 4, 2011
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New Olympus 45mm review (shipping at Amazon US!)

Peter Lueck (Click here) posted a new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review. The review is in german but the conclusion is the same form other reviewers. This is a sharp lens with almost no flaws. For the price a real must have lens! Oly the body quality is not as good as the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens but it also cost a lot less!

A coupel of readers contacted me to say that Amazon.com finally shipped their Olympus 45mm lens (Click here to preorder on Amazon).

Full preorder links of the new Oly lenses (Click on store name):
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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

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, eBay.
Olympus E-PM1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic 14mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 12mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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