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August 21, 2011
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New Olympus 45mm review (20mm pancake for $350)

The 45mm lens is the first form the left (Image courtesy PekkaPotka)

There is a new Olympus 45mm review made by Robin Wong (Click here): “To be honest, I did not have high expectations on this particular lens, nor did Olympus claim anything extraordinary about the 45mm. Seeing it so tiny and having such light weight, one would surely doubt its performance and image quality. I was about to be proven so wrong. This tiny lens is mightier than it appears to be. Do not let the cuteness fool you.

You can search for lens preorders by clicking those links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

A hot US deal: The Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake is in Stock for $350 via third party resellers at Amazon (Click here).

P.S: PekkaPotka posted some 45mm image samples on his website

August 20, 2011
Posted in deals, reviews

Hacked versus unhacked GH2 video comparison (GH2 for around $1.250 in US!)

Günther Machu made the very first hacked GH2 vs unhacked GH2 versus GH1 comparison. On the his vimeo page you can read the full report. In short: “The 720p60 clearly benefits the most from the hack. The hacked 1080p24 mode shows a finer noise in the dark areas with less keyframe pulsing.

The hacking is fully ongoing with continuos updateds. Keep an eye on that personal-view forum topic to see more image smaples and user reports.

I still didn’t get many rumors about the next Panasonic GH3. But one thing I noticed is that in US the GH2 is getting cheaper and cheaper. The GH2 with 14-140mm lens is now in Stock with a $250 disocunt at (Click here) ->(found via Noisycamera) and for $1446 on Amazon (Click here).

More links to GH2 product pages: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

August 20, 2011
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Mirrorless shootout at ePhotozine (and a couple of new E-P3 reviews)

There are now plenty of E-P3 comparisons to read:
ePhotozine (Click here) posted a full Olympus E-P3 vs Panasonic GF3 vs Sony NEX-5 vs Samsung NX11 comparison. Guess who won the battle? :)
Which One? Sony NEX C3 vs Olympus EP3 (ThePhoBlographer): “I need to give this to the Olympus EP3 and admit that this has been the most difficult comparison review I’ve done to date.
Panasonic Lumix GF3 vs Olympus PEN EP-3 vs Sony NEX-C3 – Which one to buy? (Digitalrev).
The Olympus E-P3 vs The Sony NEX-5 ISO war (Steve Huff).
The Olympus E-P3 is in Stock at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

New Pansonic GF3 tests:
The polish website Optyczne (Click here to read the google english translation) posted a full E-P3 review. The overall score is higher than the Panasonic G3 and Samsung NX100!
Panasonic GF3 review at Les Numeriques (Click here) and Imaging Resource (Click here).
The Panasoic GF3 is in Stock at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

August 19, 2011
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First GH2 video with over 100mbit/s! (+SLRmagic 26mm review)

The video on top shows a 110mb AVCHD GH2 Hacked video sample! There have been a lot of activity around the GH2 hacke. Check here at There is a long list of videos you can check to see the new hack at work :)

GH2 on the roof of the world on Youtube.
Hacked Panasonic GH2 Quant = 4 42 mb/se on Vimeo.
Hacked Panasonic GH2 300% playback speed Moon video on Vimeo.

GH2 links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

ePhotozine (Click here) tested the SLRmagic lens: “Fun to use, with artistic results, but the price tag is madness.” You can get the lens on eBay (Click here).

UPDATE: Slrmagic sent me an official statement about the ePhotozine review: “The editor mentioned many lens in the “far east” has this lens for like 20 pounds. One thing the editor did not mention is the comparisons of both a CCTV lens along with our lens before making the comment. As you can see here some people bought these cheap ones and have their lens stuck on the camera permanently! We know about the cheap ones on eBay. It is the reject parts of factories in China. Some does not focus to infinity. Some are over tight. As you know our mount is smooth unlike what people experience here:

1) cctv lens has no reflective treatment. (silver inside and on the bottom)
2) cctv lens has much stronger vignette effect
3) some cctv have fixed iris
4) some cctv can be removed if over rotated and as you see our lens is not like this.

Our lens is similar to many CS mount CCTV with 12.9mm rear flange distance but our Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 is a c mount lens with 17.5 rear flange distance that is designed to adapt to digital camera. The rear flange distance design is different. The CCTV lens your editor refer to has 10 variations in China. I have attached a video of one we bought to show people who has one. Some even twist off when rotated to the every end!”

August 17, 2011
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Olympus E-P3 in depth review at Dpreview (E-P3 and X100 in Stock at Amazon)

The link is here: They liked the new features a lot and almost a perfect PEN. Handling and autofocus are superb. The only real “problem” is the aging sensor. It doesn’t bring any real improvement over the Olympus E-PL2. The camera earns a Silver Award and an overalls core of 74%.

I am just reading the review and will update this post soon :)

In Stock status:
The Black E-P3 with 17mm lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).
The Silver E-P3 with 17mm lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon (Click here).
The White E-P3 with 14-42mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
Not a Micro Four Thirds camera but a camera many hear do like. The Fuji X100 is now in Stock at Amazon (Click here)…with 12 months financing option :) (found via Noisycamera).


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