Better than a rumor: “Driftwood” patch brings the GH2 quality on a new level. Rivals RED?

Tsawout Spit – Gh2 Test (driftwood 176mb gop1 hack) from mark wyatt on Vimeo.

Some news are sometimes even better than rumors! Who said you have to buy a new camera to increase the  video quality? With the latest settings from “Driftwood” (check here at personal-view) the GH2 can now record AVCHD Intra at 176Mbit. And plenty of users are now extremely happy with it. According to Perry Wilson (Click here to see his video on vimeo): “”I wish y’all could see the prores 422 HQ file, rivals RED all day long. Believe it or not this looks like crap compared to the prores“. And “This camera is changing my workflow and my company all in positive ways.” More videos have been posted on vimeo by John Justice and Orgie. And Hanadok posted an example video shot with the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens. Of course what you see on vimeo/youtube are compressed videos and do not reflect the real quality you can get with the new settings. All GH2 owners can hack the camera by using these instructions: http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/332/ptool-3.60d-topic. And to see a list of all patches (including the driftwood) go here: http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/953/gh2-patch-vault-most-popular-patches-in-one-place

P.S.: As I already told you the GH2 price is dropping slowly in US and Europe. Check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay (Click on shop name to visit the GH2 search page).

Olympus 45mm hands-on at Digitalrev and in Stock Status (+refurbished 12mm lens).

That tiny, cheap and top quality lens is in Stock at Amazon, Amazon UK, Digitalrev, and eBay (Click on shop names to visit the product page and check the price).

A reminder for our european readers. Almost 600 refurbished Olympus cameras and lenses are for sale on Olympusmarket. These are the auctions ending today (Click on name to see the auction). The most interesting new entry is the 12mm f/2.0 lens!
E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens E-PL2 with double kit lens E-P2 with 17mm lens Four Thirds 12-60mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Four Thirds 35mm lens E-PL2 with double kit lens E-PL1 with double kit lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-450 with 14-42mm lens 12mm f/2.0 lens E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1body E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens E-P2 with 14-42mm lens Four Thirds 14-42mm lens E-PL2 with double kit lens E-PL1 with double kit lens E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Four Thirds 11-22mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-450 with double kit lens E-620 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Four Thirds 8mm lens Four Thirds 70-300mm lens E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with double kit lens E-450 with 14-42mm lens

m43 versus Nikon V1 versus NEX-7

Today let’s check how well (or bad) the new NEX-7 and Nikon V1 are competing against our m43 cameras:

Dpreview added the Nikon V1 comparison shots to the dpreview database. m43 still has a visible advantage over the Nikon sensor but I have to admit that the Nikon processor engine does really a good job in both JPEG and RAW. If they would have used a sensor as large as the m43 sensor than they would have probably beaten the current Oly-Panasonic quality.

There is also a new NEX-7, E-P3 and X100 high ISO examples and crops comparison made by Steve Huff (Click here). The difference is easily visible. The Olympus E-P3 has more noise but also a higher per pixel sharpness.

So, what do you think about these tests? M43 has still a huge advantage when you take into consideration the full overall sensor quality + lens size + lens system quantity factors. But a new improved sensors would really bring us a step forward.

P.S.: The NEX-7 is the only non Canon/Nikon camera in Amazon’s top 20 (Click here to see the ranking). I guess I am not the only one waiting for a m43 camera with built-in viewfinder!

 

 

New 45mm, E-PL3, AF100 reviews and Noktor 12mm hands-on.

EosHD (Click here) tested the Noktor 12mm f/1.6 lens: “So far I love the lens but one area for improvement that I can see at this early point is to reduce the amount of distortion which can be quite noticeable on very straight horizontal lines right across the frame. But given how wide the lens is that is pretty much to be expected.

Cnet (Click here / via noisycamera) reviewed the Olympus E-PL3: “The E-PL3 isn’t the best at anything in its class. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is faster, smaller, and cheaper; the Sony Alpha NEX-5N has better photo and video quality. But I like the E-PL3 for its balance of features, performance, photo quality, and design that makes many of the tradeoffs worth it for the enthusiast.

Monumentphoto (Click here) tested the new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens: “From my quick and dirty review, this lens is a must have for any M43 user.  In my opinion if you have M43 and you don’t have this lens, you are not maximizing the system’s potential.  I would have to agree with many who have reviewed this lens that indeed it is one of the best lenses in the M43 lineup at this time.

Travis (dpreview forum) tested both new Leica 25mm f/1.4 and Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lenses: “I think they did just fine for both video and stills. However, I did have issues with getting the 45mm to focus for both stills and video at one point. Restarting the GH2 resolved those issues.

Philip Bloom (Click here) shot a documentary with the Panasonic AG-AF100: “We also used the AF100 for all the handheld work? Why? Well because the handheld work was actuality following people around so a good zoom lens was needed with nice range. I didn’t have one for the F3 or the Epic so we used the AF100 as Kessler have the rather lovely Olympus 14-35 F2 lens. Perfect for handheld work. Using a Zacuto rig at first then a new Shape rig which I was just sent to try out Preston shot the actuality stuff beautifully with this camera.

Shoplinks to mentioned cameras and lenses:
Olympus E-PL3 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus Zuiko 14-35mm Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic AG-AF100 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

a little bit of everything…(Nanoha lens unboxing and image samples)

Salton Sea shot with the hacked GH2 and Nokton 25mm and Olympus 12mm lens.

You can see the very first Nanoha macro lens unboxing and image samples at Mobile01. You can read more about the lens at Yasuhara.co.jp.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Review at Neocamera.

Building the perfect Micro 4/3 Camera kit for under $2500 (Steve Huff).

Le salon de la photo de Paris 2011, c’est parti! (Openpn).

Sharpness comparisons @ 100mm and 200mm (m43photo).