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October 25, 2010
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Panasonic LX5 news and reviews

Cameralabs posted a long Panasonic LX5 review: “So ultimately a great camera has become even better, but the biggest problem facing the Lumix LX5 is the availability of compacts boasting considerably larger sensors and the flexibility of interchangeable lenses.” And how does the LX5 compare with the Micro Four Thirds sensor? A dpreview forum user tried to find the answer by comparing the LX5 with the E-PL1.
Amateur Photograher says about the LX5: “Yet the new sensor design does go some way towards improving both the dynamic range and noise beyond what we have seen from the last generation of compact cameras. Overall, I am very impressed with the LX5.
Also Digitalcamerareview and Infosync tested the LX5.

And as you know there is a Leica clone of the LX5 which of course is much more expensive. But ThePhoBlographer gives you 4 Reasons why You Should Get the Leica D-LUX 5 vs Panasonic LX-5.

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US:
Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

Europe:
Pixmania Deutschland, Pixmania Belgium, Pixmania France, Pixmania Austria, Pixmania UK, Pixmania Nederland, Pixmania Poland, Pixmania España,Pixmania Italia

October 24, 2010
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First Panasonic 100-300mm lens review!


The czech website Fotografovani just posted a detailled Panasonic 100-300mm review. They have taken many image samples at different apertures and focal lenghts (including vignetting test). In summary they”were surprised by the high quality of the optical output“. And those are the pros and cons:

Advantages:

  • Excellent resolution by stopping down to medium apertures
  • Very low levels of chromatic aberration
  • Quiet and quick AF Focus
  • Effective optical stabilization system
  • Good contrast
  • Compact size and weight
  • High zoom performance (200 to 600mm on 135 format)
  • Good price
  • Lens Hood for the price

Potential drawbacks:

  • Plastic body (except the lens mount)
  • Focal length markings are not painted entirely accurate (about 2mm difference at some focal lengths)
  • No distance scale for manual focusing
  • Initial aperture begins at the value of F4

Amazon UK says that: “This item is due to be released on November 8, 2010.

Click ont store name to visit the product page and check price and availabilty or to preorder the lens:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan

Thanks Ivo

October 23, 2010
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Olympus E-5 tested at Digitalcamerareview (+ more E-5 news)

Digitalcamerareview posted a 6 page long E-5 FULL! review. You can read their conclusion at page 5 (Click here): “E-3 owners and Olympus fans will be glad to know that the E-5 is a highly capable and rugged imaging tool. Others may be put off by some of the limits of the comparitively smaller and lower-resolution sensor.“.

First lucky user got the E-5 and posted some image samples inside the dpreview forum here here and here.

Olympus E-5 preorder links:
Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon Japan

October 23, 2010
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The need for speed: Canon 25-100mm f/1.8 (a cheap zoom lens for the GH2 and AG-AF100)

It’s hard to find good, fast and cheap prime lenses and it is even harder to find zoom lenses! The Canon 25-100mm f/1.8 is one of the few cheap and fast zoom lenses. You can find some image samples at 406club.dyndns.org. They used the Panasonic G1 to take the pictures.
Advent (DVXuser forum user) tested that lens on Micro Four Thirds cameras and said that it is “extremely fast zooming and very sharp
A cameraporn pictures can be found here at getdpi (Canon 25-100mm on the GH1).

The lens is available at eBay (Click here to see current auctions and price).

P.S.: A high-quality alternative is the Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 Zuiko Lens for E Series DSLR Cameras but it is 10 times more expensive.

October 21, 2010
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Panasonic GH2 image samples, comparison and availability update

Philippe posted some image sample of the new GH2 on Flickr

David Long made that nice GH1 vs GH2 comparison graph based on the latest Diwa-award test. DR= Dynamic range SNR= Signal to noise ratio. Click on pictures to enlarge!

Ananonymous source told us that “the 100-300 lens will be available in mid-November, and the GH2 is scheduled to arrive in the US on Nov. 28 or 29.

PanasonicGH2 preorders:
You can preorder the GH2 at Amazon US but unlike BHphoto they don’t have the body only option :(
In Europe Amazon UK and Amazon France do accept preorders!

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