New Olympus E-P3, Panasonic G3 reviews and another Toy lens review

There is a new full Olympus E-P3 review at Engadget (Click here): “For those dead-set on this category, though, the E-P3 doesn’t innovate enough from an image quality standpoint to justify an upgrade, and for newcomers, that $900 price point is awfully hard to swallow. Here’s hoping the E-P4 will hit with an MSRP that doesn’t give us so much pause.“. Get the E-P3 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Quesabesde (Click here to read the translation) posted a full Panasonic G3 review: “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 deserves to rank among the best options for those who walk looking for a compact camera with affordable price“. Get the G3 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Steve Huff (Click here) tested the 11mm f/2.4 Toy lens: “The lens is small, light, has a metal mount, and focuses quickly and easily. If you buy this lens, do not expect perfection, straight lines, or super sharp images. Instead, expect some cool “SLR Magic” funkiness and you will be quite happy“. You can check the Toy lens price on eBay (Click here)

New Oympus E-PL3/E-P3 and Panasonic GF3 reviews

Image on top: The new GF3 with 14-42mm X lens kit.

Photographyblog (Click here) posted a full Olympus E-PL3 review. Their final comment is a bit harsh: “The E-PL3 is an impressive and funky compact system camera, but third time around we were hoping, perhaps naively, for consolidation of past glories rather than throwing us, in a couple of key respects, something of a curveball.“. Get the E-PL3 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Imaging Resource (Click here) tested the Panasonic GF3: “The GF3’s quick autofocus means the camera’s more often ready to catch the action. Meanwhile, the gorgeous 3-inch LCD screen provides a crisp live preview and sharp playback of images. Love or hate the stripped down design of this camera, there’s no denying the Panasonic GF3 is one of the better CSC models on the market“. Get the GF3 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

ThePhoBlographer tested the Olympus E-P3 RAW image quality: “The Dynamic Range and Color Depth are indeed really, really good. The High ISO output is also better than it was previously. However, the camera still cannot match even the Canon 7D with straight out of camera noise reduction“. Get the E-P3 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

More reviews:
E-P3 at the ducth magazine Pixelmania.
E-PL2 review at davidleetong.
GF3 versus G3 at Nikkei.

New Panasonic lens and kit preorders links:
Black 14-42mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Silver 14-42mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Black 45-175mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Silver 45-175mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Black GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
Red GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
White GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).

New Panasonic-Leica 25mm reviews. In Stock in Europe!

I found a couple of new reviews around the web:

A detailed review has been posted by 3D-Kraft (Click here). Many different mini tests canbe found at Soundimagesplus (Click here). Than there is a short review with nic epictures at Gakuranman (Click here). And new Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 Sample Photos at ePhotozine (Click here).

The good news is that the lens is in Stock in Europe at Amazon Germany (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), eBay (UK reseller) and very overpriced at Amazon US (Click here).

P.S.:There is a new Nokton 25mm review at Openpn (Click hee to read the google english translation). Image samples can be found here. There are plenty of lenses in Stock on eBay (Click here).

Sony NEX versus E-P3 battle.

Steve Huff (Click here) compared the Sony NEX-C3 and Olympus E-P3 jpeg quality. In Steve opinions Olympus colors are better than Sony.
And EosHD (Click here) compared the high ISO results of the new Sony NEX-5n against the E-P3. The NEX-5n is undoubtedly better. And also better than the Canon 5D markII.
Also Soundimagesplus (Click here) tested the E-P3 ISO results: “To be honest they are not as bad as I feared, though I can’t really think of much use for the ISO 12,800 setting.
You can check the E-P3 price and availability by clicking those direct search links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Olympus 12mm f/2.0 review at Soundimagesplus (Click here): “This has been a very long (10 parts!) series of posts about one lens. The reason is that its probably the most useful lens I’ve bought in a long time.
Check the 12mm lens price at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Olympus 12mm f/2.0 review at Photozone. SLRmagic 11mm f/1.4 test at ThePhoBlographer.

Image courtesy: Photozone (Click here)

Photozone (Click here) posted their detailed Olympus 12mm f/2.0 review: “The mechanical implementation is fantastic and matches e.g. the Zeiss ZM or Voigtländer VM series. The optical quality of the M.Zuiko is quite impressive but we actually hoped for a little more here. The lens is very sharp in the center zone whereas the border/corner resolution is “only” good-to-very good and not breathtaking“. In summary: “Although the M.Zuiko 12mm f/2 ED may not be perfect there’s much to like about this new little Olympus lens. However, the pricing is a little too steep in our opinion.“. See the full very detailed review at Photozone. Click those shop names to check the Olympus lens price: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) tested the new SLRmagic 11mm f/1.4 lens: “Overall, is this an impressive lens? Sure is! In fact, it’s nearly perfect with the exception of the vignetting. If I switch aspect ratios, then the problem goes away“. You can get that lens on eBay (Click here to check the price).

P.S.: A couple of Olympus 45mm f/1.8 image samples have been posted on Optyczne.pl.