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January 1, 2011
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First SLR Magic Toy Lens test (+ Panasonic 100-300mm and 14mm price drops)

Nikkorexf posted a first set of image sampels on flickr (Click here) taken with the new 26mm f/1.4 lens from SLRmagic. I would say that those samples are not so bad as I would have expectedform a lens with that price Click here to see the lens on eBay.

But if you are looking for real good quality lenses you should take a look at the two new Panasonic lenses, They are getting the first price drops!
The Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 is now in Stock at Amazon (Click here) for $565.57 only. That’s -$35!
And also the Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5 has a $22 discount and is now in Stock for $378 at Amazon (Click here).
Hot deal reminder: Panasonic GF1 body only is in Stock for $299 at Amazon (Click here)!

December 23, 2010
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Panasonic GF2 review at Hardwarezone (GF1 discontinued at BHphoto!)

Hardwarezone tested the new Panasonic GF2: “There’s a lot to like about the Panasonic Lumix GF2. It’s amazing how Panasonic has squeezed more features like a touch-screen and full HD video recording into a smaller camera, no doubt helped by the removal of the Mode dial and the use of a smaller battery. With the GF2, Panasonic comes closer to the goal of a compact camera with a large sensor.

There is also a short GF2 test at DCfever.

In the meanwhile the Panasonic GF1+20mm kit is discontinued at BHphoto (Click here)! Amazon is still selling the same kit (Click here) but it is out of Stock right now. But you can find the GF1+20mm in Stock at Adorama (Click here)!

December 22, 2010
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New Olympus E-5 review at Photographyblog!

There is a new Olympus E-5 review at Photographyblog. It’s a real pleasure to read the first phrase of their final conclusions: “The Olympus E-5 is an exceptionally well-built and rugged digital SLR camera that is a joy to use and produces remarkably crisp images with great colours, and resolution that defies its pixel count.” The camera gets “Highly Recommended“. As you will have noticed almost all E-5 reviews do mention the same (many) strengths but also the same only major weakness….the high price.
There is one more czech review at digimanie.cz (google tranlsated). And if you want to read more E-5 news and reviews click here to read all our E-5 related posts on 43rumors.

E-5 preorder links:
Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR.

P.S.: There are a few Olympus deals at BHphoto (Click here)!

December 21, 2010
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Olympus E-5 (and Panasonic 8mm) review.

Pocket Lint posted the new Olympus E-5 review with the intriguing title: “Has Olympus saved its best Four Thirds DSLR until last?” But their virdict is a little bit strange: “That said, as the E-5 appears to be more an evolution of its existing E-3 owners might also want to consider the likes of an E-PL1 if they want an Olympus feel, less bulk, and a camera that feels a little more in line with current thinking and future development. We do like the E-5, but in a tough present climate we’re just wondering who else will.” Can you really put the E-PL1 on the same level of the E-5??? Click here to read the full review at Pocket Lint.

Photographyblog tested the Panasonic 8mm fisheye: “it is a very specialist lens that provides a unique view on the world. It delivers great image quality in a tiny package“. Build quality is excellent, focus is fast and silent, low CA, high resolution…so what’s the problem with the that lens? The high price :(

December 20, 2010
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First Olympus E-PL1s test at BCNranking (+ E-PL1 double lens kit deal)

As you know the E-PL1s will be available in Japan only and it is a slightly tweaked version of the current E-PL1. It uses the new BLS-5 battery instead of the BLS-1 and shoots up to 6.400 ISO. The japanese website BCNranking tested the new Olympus E-PL1s and the new MSC (Movie and Stills Compatible) M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm II 1:3.5-5.6. You can download and analyze a few image samples (but none of them have been taken at 6.400 ISO). P.S.: There is no plan to release the E-PL1s in Europe or America.

Olympus US is offering a new Christmas deal. You can get the E-PL1 + 14-42mm + 40-140mm lens for $549 at Amazon (Click here)!

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