Black Magic Cine Camera review by Philip Bloom. (and an RX1 surprise)

Video review of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

The first Micro Four Thirds camera to be announced before the Photokina show is the intriguing Black Magic Cine Camera (specs and preorders up at BHphoto). Philip Bloom posted this well made review I embedded on the post on top. The original article is available on his website: “The good news is with a M43 mount you can put on any lens with easily available adaptors for PL, M, Nikon, Canon. C mount (make sure they cover sensor). It’s a much more flexible camera lens wise and makes more sense than the EF version here.

Something else. Me and my friends form the other rumor websites are surprised about the new Sony RX1 popularity which at least according to Amazon ranking (Click here) is getting a lot of clicks and preorders. We are surprised because we didn’t believe people would spend that much for a fixed lens camera! We are talking about the reasons… but we didn’t came to a real conclusion. You have an idea?

Couldn’t agree more…enjoy the movie!

a little bit of everything and ebay madness….

Lumix G X Vario 12-35 F2.8 Lens Test from Erik Naso on Vimeo.

Time to catch up with some reviews posted the last week:

Reviews:
Panasonic 14-42mm X pancake lens (Soundimagesplus).
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens Review (ePhotozine).
Test du flash Olympus FL 600 R (partie 1 at Lepidi).
Olympus OM-D E-M5 vompared with Sony NEX-7, Fujifilm XPro1 and Canon Rebel T4i/650D at Ronmartblog.
Phil Rudin: “My review for the E-M5 and Nauticam NA-EM5 underwater housing is now available at Underwater Photography magazine, UWPMAG.com. This magazine has over 20,000 subscribers that are hard core U/W photo fans. The cover shot is also mine and was taken with the same system using the Panasonic 45 mm macro lens.
E-PL1 Pictures from a ‘panigiri’ as promised (greekdiaries).

eBay Madness:
Olympus E-P3 Pen Digital Camera Black w/M.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 45mm f/1.8ED VF-2 by Adorama on eBay (Click here).
The so called “french” Noctilux. The Cetor 35mm f1,3 on eBay (Click here).
Next cheater price. Nokton 17.5mm for OVER $6K on eBay Suisse (Click here).
Olympus E-M5 for $939 by CameraLand (Click here) Very Rare Dallmeyer Super-Six Anastigmat 1.9/2 1/2″ 63.5mm (63mm) in C-Mount on eBay Austria (Click here).
Most expensive pancake is the Boyer Paris Saphir 1.9/75 Alvar #585907 eBay Slovakia (Click here).
Fastest tele lens is the Hasselblad 1:1,3/250mm Zoomatar eBay Germany (Click here).
Fastest and most expensive 0.95 lens is the Angénieux Paris M2 35mm 0.95 Ultrafast C Mount Lens eBay France (Click here).

Precision Camera and the first 60mm macro hands-on. And a Panasonic patent

There is a first short hands-on of the upcoming new Olympus 60mm macro lens at Precision Camera (Click here): “This lens is awesome. It has a great build quality with responsive AF and very quick macro focus.” There is not a lot of info but I guess we will see a real review very soon!

One mroe little news: Egami found a new Panasonic patent showing a heating warning system. Whenever the sensor is getting hot it says you how much time is left before the camera shuts down.

A smart Olympus versus DSRL youtube video (and Italy has indeed crazy E-M5 price!)

Don’t know who made this video! Worth to be seen :)

More E-M5 news:
1) a test with the Auto-S 40mm F1.4 at DC.watch.
2) TheDigitalStory bought a third party E-M5 battery from Amazon.
3) The firmware update is back (DC.watch)
4) And I can’t explain this but indeed Italian stores are selling the E-M5 for much less than other European stores! The body only can be found for 777 Euro at ePrice.it (that’s a 22 Euro discount). And so on eBay Italy here and  here.
5) E-M5 plate at Reallyrightstuff.

Olympus 75mm test by McGilliCuddy (and first user reviews)

First Olympus 75mm User Reviews are also up at Amazon US (Click here to read them).

Damian MCGilliCuddy had the chance to test the Olympus 75mm lens and writes: “very well made, compact and light and stunning IQ – its even a good price all things considered…. any downside, on consideration yes!  Olympus a lens of this quality really should come with its matched lens hood at the point of the purchase… seriously“.

Damian is very “close” to Olympus and they may listen to him. The original hood costs $80 at Adorama or 80 Euro at Amazon Germany. On eBay (via Hong Kong) you can buy a third party standard hood for $15 (Click here) and a tele hood for $16 (Click here).

And now to the preorder options :
In USA Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here)J&R(Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Also in Europe  Amazon Germany (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon France (Click here) and Amazon Italy (Click here).
In Asia it’s already available at Amazon Japan, Digitalrev and on eBay.