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November 8, 2010
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Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 lens preview by Mike Kobal

Mike Kobal made that very nice video with the GH1 and the Nokton 25mm (Source: mikekobal.com): “The aperture was set to 1.4 for all clips, ISO to 100. I like the results, the Nokton lives up to the hype, it is very sharp at 1.4 (except for the extreme corners).” He also posted one more “night” video taken with aperture set at f/0.95(Click here).

He also posted a nice set of images on flickr:

My impression of this lens so far:
@0.95 slightly soft in the center and in the corners, but sharpens up nicely in ps, extreme corners are very soft, very usable overall.
@1.4 very sharp in the center and in the corners, extreme corners are still soft.
@2.0 extremely sharp in the center and in the corners, extreme corners are still soft.

The built quality is excellent, the focusing ring is fantastic, very well dampened and it is very easy to pull focus during video takes.

Thanks Mike for your nice work!!!

If you have some luck you can find the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 on eBay (Click here to see current auctions).

November 8, 2010
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Panasonic GH2/GF2 news and previews…

The video on top shows the first Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic GH1 (and vs Panasonic TM750) comparison. Skip the first two minutes of the video to see the comparison only. It’s very difficoult to judge the images on youtube and without knowing the image processing work they have done.
Still no news about the GH2 availability. Adorama is accepting preorders, BHphoto says the GH2 will be in Stock in December and Amazon removed the preorder option.

Engadget posted a Panasonic Lumix GF2 preview: “Panasonic has ticked the major boxes of reducing bulk and including HD video (at 60fps, no less) while seemingly sacrificing little of what made the GF1 such a richly appealing camera in the first place. Our biggest complaint, therefore, has to do with the GF2′s January release date — it’s too far away, dammit!” They also made a GF2-GF1 size comparison.

The GF2 is listed on Amazon but without any price indication.

November 7, 2010
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New GH2 very nice short film and GF2, E-5, and 14mm image samples

The Boxer: A short film made with the Panasonic Lumix GH2 from UniquePhoto on Vimeo.
GH2 preorders at: Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK, Amazon France.

New Panasonic GF2 image samples on Flickr and Photographyblog. And a GF2 Hands-on on Flickr.

Panasonic 14mm 2.5 lens review (Ueberlicht). Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon Japan.

At Lucifer-doom you can read a new Olympus E-5 review from a E-3 user perspective. An Olympus E-5 ISO test can be found at DCfever.
Olympus E-5 preorders: Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Deutschland.

November 5, 2010
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Panasonic GH2 sensor test at DxOmark

DxOmark tested the GH2 sensor and the results are somewhat surprising! The Overall score (60 points) is less high than the GH1 sensor (64 points). Click here to see the comparison: GH2 vs GH1 vs 7D at DxO

After the first reviews I thought the GH2 has much better resolution and high-ISO results. What DxOmark states here goes against all other previews we have seen so far!

P.S.: According to DxOmark the Pentax K-5 is better than the Canon 5D. Something must be wrong with their conclusions!

P.S.: Amazon links to the tested cameras specs and price:
Panasonic GH1
Panasonic GH2 (no more listed!)
Pentax K-5
Canon 5D mark II
Canon 7D

November 5, 2010
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Salon de la photo in Paris: GF2 video test + GH2 +Voigtländer lens video!

Seb Farges shot this video at le Salon de la photo in Paris where the Panasonic GF2 has been presented. He also interviewed Luc Saint-Elie from Panasonic (a very nice person!).

Panasonic GF2 + 20mm f/1.7 lens NTSC 29,97 fps 1080i (NTSC caused problems with the french light)
GH2+ 14-140mm PAL 25 fps 1080i
GH1+ C-mount Fujian 35mm 1.7 + Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 NTSC 60 fps 720P
Canon 7D + 50mm 1.4 PAL 23,976 fps 1080i
No CC
Edited on Adobe Premiere CS5

P.S.: Click here to order theVoigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 on eBay!

Via Elementsdeclencheurs

Thanks Seb Farges!

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