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March 23, 2011
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New Olympus E-PL2, 9-18mm and Panasonic GH2 reviews.

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Photographyblog (Click here) reviewed the Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6 lens: “Its sharpness is pretty good for its class throughout most of its zoom range, with only the extreme borders being somewhat soft for our tastes at the shortest focal length of 9mm. The essential absence of corner shading / vignetting at all focal lengths is impressive, and the close-up performance is also surprisingly good for a lens this wide. All is not rosy though, with chromatic aberrations in particular being too high, even by ultra-wide standards.”
Click here to read what our readers think about the lens.
And click those direct links to check the 9-18mm price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Lori Grunin from CNET (Click here) testet the Olympus 9-18mm lens: “A great interchangeable-lens model if you’re looking for better photo quality and/or a more advanced feature set than your current point-and-shoot offers, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 still doesn’t satisfy for photographing active kids and pets.
Click here to read what our readers think about that lens.
And click those direct links to check the 9-18mm price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Neocamera (Click here) posted a short Panasonic GH2 review: “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is a full-featured Micro Four-Thirds SLD which delivers good image quality and a generally solid performance. Image quality is characterized by low noise, good retention of details, excellent metering and nice colors. White-balance performance is the main weakness of the GH2, although the custom white-balance feature gets around this with some discipline. The camera is quite responsive and stands out by its relatively fast contrast-detect autofocus system.”
Click here to read what our readers think about the GH2.
And click those direct links to check the Panasonic GH2 price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 22, 2011
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New Voigtländer Nokton and Panasonic GF2/GH2/14mm reviews.


Partial Solar Eclipse (GH2 + Voigtländer 0.95) from Seb Farges on Vimeo.

SLRclub (Click here) posted a very detailed Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 review. There is only one little issue…everything has been written in Korean and posted as an image (which google translate cannot translate). But at least you can take a look to all images, videos and graph.
You can also read the 43rumors readers review of the Nokton lens at http://www.43rumors.com/cameras/voigtlander-nokton-25mm-f0-95/#submitownreview. And if you want to buy the lens than you have to look for current auctions on eBay (Click here). It’s the only place were you can be sure to find some lenses.

Digitalcamera-hq (Click here) tested the Panasonic GF2: “While the GF2 may be a disappointment to a small, specific subset of enthusiasts (who also happen to be the most vocal commenters on the Internet), the majority will find it to be a full-featured, intuitive, and very useful photographic tool. In most senses it improves on the GF1, with a newer and more sensitive imaging sensor, higher-spec video recording, and reduced size and weight. It produces great stills and video — certainly on par with all but the highest-end Micro Four Thirds cameras and close to equaling the output of previous-generation APS-C dSLRs.
Read the 43rumors readers reviews and ratings at http://www.43rumors.com/cameras/panasonic-gf2/#ratingandreviews.
Direct GF2 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake lens review at EosHD (Click here): “The 14mm pancake is highly recommended. It continues Panasonic’s approach to quality kit lenses, and I’ve enjoyed all of Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds optics so far, apart from the rather high price of the fisheye, ultra wide and 100-300mm, and the slightly soft 55-200mm. But quality wise they’re mostly absolutely superb. Build too, although the rubber grip on the zoom ring of the 14-140mm had a pathetic habit of falling off after 3 months.
Read the 43rumors readers reviews and ratings at http://www.43rumors.com/cameras/panasonic-14mm-f2-5/#submitownreview.
Direct Panasonic 14mm links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

The Norwegian website Akam (Click here) posted a short Panasonic GH2 review.
Read the 43rumors readers reviews and ratings at http://www.43rumors.com/cameras/panasonic-gh2/#submitownreview
Direct Panasonic GH2 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

A different review:
Dpreview tested the Apple iPad 2 for Photographers

March 21, 2011
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Olympus E-P2 vs Fuji X100 image comparison.

ePhotozine (Click here) compared the Olympus E-P2 and Fuji X100 image quality at ISO 100. What do you think? The X100 shows a very sharp and detailed image!

You can get the Fuji X100 at Adorama, Amazon UK and eBay.

Olympus E-P2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 21, 2011
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Gianni Galassi thoughts about the E-P2 and E-PL2


Gianni Galassi (Click here) is a well known italian photographer and he started to use the E-P2 instead of the GF1: “The main reason of this purchase is the poor definition of my Panasonic GF1 electronic viewfinder. I tend to use bigger focal lengths lately, so I can’t risk to get motion-blurred photographs by holding the camera with my arms stretched out -which is a good way to frame with wide angles, on the other hand-. I need a “real” eyepiece so that I can push the unit onto my face and fine-tune my framing with no shake. And, most of all, with the capability to reliably manual-focus, when required.

He likes the Olympus cameras a lot but there are some complains:

-Why in the hell the live view system of the E-P2 cannot visualize the EV alterations set by the photographer? No matter how I tweak aperture values in manual mode, or exposure compensation in any mode, the displayed image remains the same and, worst of all, even the histogram doesn’t show any change (which makes the histogram display totally senseless). This function is implemented in most (and cheaper) compact cameras. Why E-P2 users aren’t entitled to it, whereas E-PL2 (fortunately) are?
-Why in the hell the endless E-P2 and E-PL2 menus don’t allow users to configure live-view screen according to their needs? For example, I can not have the histogram and the grid shown in the same view, nor I can move the histogram wherever I’d like it to be. No, I’m obliged to toggle between different modes by countlessly pushing the “display” button: it’s crazy.
-Why in the hell the E-P2 histogram is so big it hides most of the framed image, whereas the E-PL2 one is so poorly outlined that I have to guess what it says?
-Why in the hell the button layout of the E-PL2 is so totally (and crazily) different from the E-P2? Do those cameras belong to different lineups? Perhaps Olympus designers have fun every time I mistake the “menu” button for the “info” button, or the “playback” button for the “trash can” button. Or maybe Olympus R&D department is outsourced (an euphemism for “subcontracted”) to anonymous (and different) external camera makers, with no coordination or briefing coming out of the brand’s management?
-Why in the hell the “Fn” button configurability is restricted to such a few options?
-Why in the hell the VF-2 electronic viewfinder, notwithstanding its price, has got to be so flimsy and poorly built?
-Why in the hell the two cameras don’t share the same battery (and charger) notwithstanding their identical battery size?

Read the full article at Gianni Galassi’s website (Click here).

What do you think?

Links to the discussed Micro Four Thirds products:
VF-2 electronic viewfinder at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus E-P2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus E-PL2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic GF1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 19, 2011
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New XZ-1 review at Digitalrev and Rollei 50mm lens test.

What a nice Olympus XZ-1 review. I like that guy and I like the narrative style. In that video he compared the Olympux XZ-1 with the Canon S95. See the video to hear the conclusion!
You can get the XZ-1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay (Click on shop name to visit the direct product page).
For comparison. That’s the price of the Canon S95 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

For the first time I saw a Rollei lens tested ona Micro Four Thirds camera. You might be interested to see the results at DC.watch (Click here). They tested the Rollei Planar 50mm f/1.4 on the new Olympus E-PL2. That’s what I like most of Micro Four Thirds, the fact that you use almost any existing lens. Canon seems to not understand that (See MirrorlessRumors.com).

See the Rollei 50mm Planar lens on eBay (Click here).
Olympus E-PL2 price checks at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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