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April 3, 2011
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Luminous Landscape: Fuji X100 love and frustration (+ comparison with the Panasonic GF1)

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Luminous Landscape (Click here) posted a Fuji X100 Field Test review. And the tester is quite frustrated: “In reviewing what I’ve written above, you’ll have noted that I am overtly critical of some aspects of the X100’s user interface. Indeed it is because the camera is otherwise so good, and the image quality so exceptional, that its UI flaws are all the more glaring. But – let me be clear about this. My UI complaints are based on a personal bias in favour of cameras having smooth and seamless control interfaces. I hate anything that gets in the way of my being able to change a camera’s settings quickly and transparently when the situations demands. If I’m using a technical or view camera I have endless patience for slow setting controls. But not on a camera designed for street or documentary style shooting. Even one extra button press, or needing to scroll down a menu to find a needed setting can cause the shot to be lost, and that’s unacceptable. I suppose that it’s my background as a photojournalist that brings out this frustration.”

Michael Carpentier (Click here) compared the Fuji X100 with the Panasonic GF1. The article is in french and the conclusion is “the X100 may offer a better IQ than the GF1 in SOME cases, but the m4/3 gives it a serious run for it’s money and is faster and generally more usable.

You can preorder the Fuji X100 at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK. And if you want it NOW than the you have to place your bid on eBay (Click here). Good luck!

P.S.: To bad the GF1 is now discontinued. Only a few stores do have it in Stock now: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

April 3, 2011
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Big size samples of the new SLRmagic 11mm f/1.4 lens

Last week SLRmagic announced the new 11mm f/1.4 manual lens for Micro Four Thirds. The images you see on top are the very first full size samples posted by the company. CLick on the thumbnails to enlarge the image. The focal length and aperture are very appealing but the image quality is less impressive.
You can get the lens on eBay (Click here).

April 2, 2011
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Olympus E-5 reviews (The E-5 beats the Panasonic GH2?)

Four-Thirds-User (Click here) made a very intriguing test. They compared the best Panasonic camera (the GH2) against the best Olympus camera (The E-5): “In our tests the results clearly show that the E-5 and GH2 can significantly out-resolve Olympus’ E-3 and E-30 DSLRs. The E-5 also out-resolves the GH2 at low and high ISO settings, although the GH2 rallies in mid-range ISO sensitivities.
UPDATE: Take the test with a grain of salt. As our readers have noticed the test method and results are at least “questionable”. See the comparison made by DxOmark (Click here) to see a more scientific test:

Techradar (Click here) posted a new Olympus E-5 review: “There’s plenty about the Olympus E-5 to keep the enthusiast photographer happy; however, it’s one of those cameras that has lots of ‘buts’ about it. For a start many photographers, apart from those already committed to the Four Thirds standard, are still like to be put off by the fact that it has a smaller than average sensor with no obvious weight, cost or size advantage. Although there’s no denying the high quality of the results the camera can produce at low sensitivity settings, a pixel count of 12 million is also decidedly last season and this may discourage some photographers more than it should.

Olympus E-5 direct links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 29, 2011
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Nokton 25mm, Olympus E-PL2, XZ-1 and Fuji X100 reviews (Black GH2 in Stock at BH)


Short US deal update: You can now get the black GH2 at BHphoto (Click here)

EosHD (Click here) posted a new Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95: “All in all this is currently THE best investment you can make in the Micro Four Thirds system and it will be in your possession long after the GH2 has been consigned to history. It is the best all-round lens you can buy for Micro Four Thirds and it is unique.”
The only place where you can get the lens is on eBay (Click here).

Focus Numerique (Click here) posted the full E-PL2 review: “When asked the E-PL2 is it a worthy successor to the E-PL1 we answer yes!
Get the E-PL2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Pocket Lint (CLick here) posted a Fuji X100 review: “For the niche market it’s aimed at, the Fujifilm FinePix X100 delivers in droves. Those aspiring to own a Leica camera may consider, and not just for the sake of their bank balance, to give the X100 a whirl. Indeed, in almost all areas, the X100 is a far better offering than the mighty-similar Leica X1 for example.”
Get the X100 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Thedigitalstory (Click here) posted an Olympus XZ-1 poadcast.
Get the XZ-1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 28, 2011
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New Panasonic GH2 and Olympus XZ-1 reviews (GH2 in Stock at Amazon & BH)

Short UPDATE: The Silver GH2 is in Stock at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and J&R (Click here).

Digital-photography-school (Click here) tested the Panasonic GH2: “This is a very sophisticated camera, with a bevy of external controls and a big pile of finder menu options. It would suit those with previous experience of DSLR useage. One sour note: you may, as I did, grow increasingly annoyed at the rear control buttons which are nearly flush with the camera body surface and hard to activate with certainty.”
Click those direct links to check the GH2 price: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Digitaltrends (Click here) tested the Olympus XZ-1: “When you’re ready to move past the temporary pocket digicams but not quite ready to lug around a big-bodied DSLR, it’s difficult to justify the purchase of an “in-between” camera. But in this case, it’s an easy decision. Once you’ve outgrown pocket cams that either fall apart or are outdated in a year, it’s time to invest in a machine that you can discreetly use and won’t need annual replacing. The XZ-1 is such an investment, and yes, at nearly $500 it’s a solid one – but it will keep users of various skill levels interested all while delivering impressive quality photos.
Also PCmag (Click here) tested the Olympus camera: “There’s no denying the fact that the Olympus XZ-1 is a fast camera that produces top-notch pictures. But it’s big, and at $500, it’s pricey for a compact-class camera. On performance alone, though, it edges out our Editors’ Choice Canon PowerShot S95, which is much smaller and less-expensive. The problem is that that the XZ-1 is too big and expensive to compete with compact cameras, and lacks the features and performance to measure up to D-SLRs or interchangeable-lens cameras.”
Click those direct links to check the GH2 price: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

 

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