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May 2, 2011
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Digiscoping with the Panasonic GH2 (Luminous Landscape)

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If you ever thought a long time ago what would happen if you attach a telescope or a spotting scope to a Digital Camera? Well I can tell you its still been done today and if you got the will to do it then all you need is £150 to start you off! Take for example the Panasonic GH2. It can be attached to a 75x Telescope for zoom ranges up to 5500mm. Yes thats a huge zoom. Its not the same quality as dedicated zoom lense but if your ok with that then just keep reading. You can buy a starter kit for the Panasonic GH2 with telescope + adaptors and all you need to get you started.
Take a look at that super-Tele Lens 1200mm-3600mm on eBay (Click here).

If you want to learn more about the use of telescopes on the Panasonic GH2 read the review on Luminous Landscape (Click here). They used the $1600 Vortex Razor HD spotting scope.As you can see the image quality s very good. So if you need a lens to spy a bit around like Jeff did in “Rear Window” from Hitchcock you might get one of those lenses ;)

Links to the Vortex Razor lens at Amazon, BHphoto and eBay
And the links to the GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

May 1, 2011
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Olympus E-5 review and Panasonic 14mm vs 20mm bokeh comparison.

Bob Atkins posted the Olympus E-5 review on Photo.net (Click here): “In this price class (under $1700) it goes up against cameras like the Canon EOS 7D, which has a larger sensor, more pixels, 1080HD video, a faster frame rate and ISO setting up to 12800. The E-5 is more expensive then either the EOS 60D or Nikon D7000, both of which also have larger sensors, more pixels and higher ISOsettings (with lower noise), along with a much wider range of available lenses (including extensive 3rd party support). Of course there’s much. much more to a camera than counting pixels or even sensor size, but those cameras would still have to be strong contenders in this price class (perhaps along with the Pentax K-5) for those who are not current Four-Thirds system users.”
Get the E-5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

M43photo.blogspot (Click here) compared the Panasonic 14mm and 20mm bokeh performance: “The 20mm pancake lens shows the most non-circular highlights…the 14mm pancake has the most consistent appearance.
Direct links to the 20mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Direct links to the 14mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

April 29, 2011
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Panasonic 14mm review at Photozone.

Image courtesy: Photozone

How good is that tiny Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake lens? Combined witht the Panasonic GF2 it makes the smallest digital mirrorless package of the world (The NEX camera itself is smaller but the 24mm Sony lens is huge compared to the Panasonic lens).

Photozone tested the Panasonic pancake and the conclusion is: “Such tiny and light-weight pancake lenses like the Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH turn micro-four-thirds cameras into almost pocketable combo. This is surely the primary appeal of the lens because performance-wise it does not stand out. The resolution capabilities are only decent but not stellar for a fixed focal wide angle lens. The center quality is very fine whereas the border and extreme corners are generally on a good level except at f/2.5 where the corners are somewhat soft. The amount of vignetting is a bit on the high side at f/2.5 and you need to stop down a few stops to resolve the issue. Distortions and Lateral CAs are very well controlled and not relevant in the field – that’s at least true for the auto-corrected image files. The build quality of the lens is excellent despite the low weight of merely 55g. The focus-by-wire approach (manual focusing) may be odd at first but you should be able to used to it in no time. The AF performance is very good and AF accuracy is nothing to worry about either.
Read the full review at Photozone (Click here)

Click on those links to see the lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Thanks Joachim

April 28, 2011
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New Panasonic GH2 firmware for hackers? (+ new review)


“Someone” just sent me a link to what appears to be a new Panasonic GH2 firmware. I didn’t try it on my camera because I don’t want to break it.
UPDATE: An anonymous soruce sent me a Panasonic GH2 firmware with the following text: “It is original Panasonic firmware for hackers. Without it you cannot modify anything in GH2 cameras. It’s latest 1.0D version.
Sounds like we have the firmware that italy the hacker was looking for! You can download the firmware at:  http://depositfiles.com/files/dbrd1rb3d. I repeat DO NOT INSTALL the firmware unlike you are a hacker!

Meanwhile ePhotozine (Click here) posted a new Panasonic GH2 review: “Someone looking for a more compact Digital SLR should look very seriously at the Panasonic Lumix GH2, as the size is great. The camera makes photography a lot of fun, and the system is arguably one of the best mirrorless cameras available with excellent usability. On top of this, image quality is very good, and the camera has the best HD video quality of any current camera. What more could you want? Highly Recommended!

Sadly the Panasonic GH2 is again out of Stock in US stores: Amazon, Adorama, B&H and J&R.

Maybe should took a look on the GH1 deals instead:
1) Panasonic GH1 with 14mm lens for $699 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $364. and if you would buy it separately with the GH1 it would cost you a total of $764. With that deal you save $64!
2) Panasonic GH1 with 20mm lens for $699 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $399. You save $99!
3) Panasonic GH1 with 45-200mm lens for $649 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $349. You save $100!
4) Panasonic GH1 with 14-45mm lens for $649 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $359. You save $90!
5) Panasonic GH1 with 14-42mm lens for $499 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $199. You save $100!
6) Panasonic GH1 body only costs $399 at Amazon (Click here).

April 28, 2011
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New C-mount wide angle test by Seb Farges

It’s always interesting to see how C-mount lenses do work on the Panasonic GH2 with 1:1 crop mode. Seb Farges tested three lenses:
This is a movie shot with three lenses, from 6mm to 3.5mm, which is 15mm to 9mm for micro 4/3 sensor (24X36 : 31mm to 18mm). 1st part with the 6mm (more info: vimeo.com/​20766631), some shot with polaroid variable ND filter. Second part, same lens but with a Pixco 0.45X lens converter, found for 16€ on ebay, it’s 40.5mm screw mount filter size lens is perfect for the Pentax. The third part is shot with a new lens I’ve found on Ebay for 46€, a C-mount Rainbow 3.5mm 1.6, perfect for the crop function ! It’s very wide, little fish eye effect, but I have a little focus problem with my copy, so I have to closed the aperture, but not too much because it seems I have problem of intern dirts, that can be viewed in more closed apertures.
I like this 3.5mm Rainbow C-mount lens, it’s fun and very wide. I hope you’ll enjoy the shots.

Links
C-mount Pentax 6mm 1.2 on eBay (Click here).
C-mount Rainbow 3.5mm 1.6 on eBay (Click here).
Pixco wide angle lens converter 0.45X on eBay (Click here).

Thanks Seb Farges!

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