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November 28, 2010
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Panasonic GH2 video quality much better than Canon 60D and 5D (says EosHD)


Panasonic GH2 1:1 crop mode MACRO from Andrew Reid.

Andrew Reid from EosHD posted the first part of the Canon 60D versus Panasonic GH2 Review. He pays a particular attention to the crop mode: “1:1 crop mode enables you to change between a portrait field of view and extreme telephoto at the press of a button, and the telephoto view comes without sacrificing detail (quite the opposite!) and maintains the aperture of the lens, so a Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 for example becomes a Zeiss 400mm F1.4 yet for $500 and the size of a beer can.”

Andrew finds the video quality of the GH2 better than the 60D: “What is frustrating for Canon now, is that the GH2 is going to go pretty much unchallenged on the market for a good few months. Even the Canon 5D Mark II has a sensor which is really crippled by poor image processing relative to the GH2, so you will get a much higher resolved and more detailed image from the GH2 than on the 5D Mark II. And it’s not just detail – dynamic range, colour – everything suffers if the image processing is not up to snuff.

Thanks Andrew for posting the review but your conclusion makes us even more crazy that we can’t buy the GH2 yet! Right now you can only buy the japanese GH2 on eBay (Click here). And there is one more bad news for US readers: Amazon changed the Panasonic 100-300mm availaibility status to “This item will be released on January 1, 2011“. I hope that’s just a mistake because european stores like Amazon Deutschland and Amazon UK already do have the lens in Stock and even eBay has some of them on auction.

Via EosHD

November 28, 2010
Posted in reviews, Rumors

Philip Bloom tested a new external mic for the Panasonic GH2!


GH2: Movember Gala Party from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Philip Bloom tested the new secret external mic for the GH2: “I took the UK pre-production GH2 with me along with the Voigtlander 25mm f.95 and a brand new DSLR mic which I can’t say exactly what it is just yet, except it’s bloody awesome as you will hear. It was plugged straight into the GH2 (there are meters on the LCD for audio levels and manual control but no headphone jack) and I recorded most of the vox pops in the noisiest part of the club and you can still hear them. Amazing! As soon as I can blog about this new mic I will. It is going to be a DSLR must have.

Philip hopes Panasonic will add 25p on the european GH2 model. And for him one of the most amazing features is the 1080p 1:1 cropping mode. And I could not agree more!

Hurry! Fotomundus has one single Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 Nokton in Stock on eBay and shipping worldwide (Click here).

Panasonic GH2 direct shop links:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK, Amazon France.
You can get the japanese GH2 on eBay (Click here).

Thanks Anthony B.

November 27, 2010
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The need for fast video lenses: Cosmicar/Canon/Tokina 12.5-75mm f/1.8


This is the only GH1 + 12.5-75mm lens I found on vimeo :)

We have still to wait a little bit before to get our GH2. To kill the time I searched for some exotic fast zoom lenses that we (and I) might could use on the GH2. There is one particular interesting lens I found on eBay (Click here). The Cosmicar-Canon-Tokina 12.5-75mm f/1.8 C-mount lens! The focal lenght and constant fast aperture is very interesting and but sadly I found only one video taken with the GH1. The Karaoke part is terrible :)
A few pictures can be seen at Flickr. The japanese website geocities.jp tested the Canon version of the 12.5-75mm lens.

That lens is deifnitely not a professional solution but we have to wait a few months before Panaosnic releases the already announced fast wide and normal zooms!

Click here to see all current 12.5-75mm F71.8 lens auctions on eBay.

November 26, 2010
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Panasonic 100-300mm test at Omuser

Omuser.com posted a series of image samples at any focal length an aperture (Click here to read the google english translation). Image quality and build quality of the Panasonic 100-300mm are very good. The AF is quick and quiet. The only “issue” is that the lens is big and heavy. But damn that is a 200-600mm FF equivalent! And if you compare it to other lenses the Panasonic is really very small and very cheap:

Sigma 150-500mm for $999

Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 for $6,999.00

The Panasonic 100-300mm lens is already in Stock in Europe at Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK
In US you can only preorder the lens at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto.

You can also buy all new Panasonic lenses on eBay:
Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 eBay acutions
Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 eBay acutions
Panasonic 3D 12.5mm f/12 eBay acutions

November 25, 2010
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Olympus 14-150mm lens review (+ new Voigtländer in Stock on eBay)

Photographyblog heavily tested the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 lens.  The lens performance is verz good: “It has left us with a favourable overall impression.“…”you can safely use it wide open or stopped down by one f-stop“…”Chromatic aberrations can be a bit of an issue at longer focal lengths, but they can usually be dealt with in post processing.”

That lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) with a $120 discount.

There are also a few new tests with the Voigtländer:
Mike Kobal tested the Lensbaby Composer and Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 on the Panasonic GH1. And he also posted a Super Slow Motion test.
TheBlackStar posted a few image samples on Flickr and Dreesman at Dpreview forum.

If you want to buy the lens there is one single Voigtländer Nokton in Stock on eBay (Click here) sold via german resellers (UPDATE: Lens sold)

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