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July 26, 2011
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New E-P3 news and reviews roundup!

Olympus E-P3 commercial in Malayasia.

Pekkapotka (Click here) posted a new E-P3 vs. E-P2 RAW comparison: “My conclusions (from these and other images): Images from these cameras are close to each other with E-P3 having better resolution and sharpness. Noise is equal or slightly lower in E-P3. E-P3 images show better surface texture in objects. That would suggest that filters in front of sensor are of a better quality in E-P3.

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) wrote an article about “Shooting Street Photography with the Olympus E-P3“: “The Olympus EP3 is a small camera; and as we’ve stated before, small cameras seem to be best for street photography. Though I used the white version of the camera (which is the sexiest and stands out the most) people would often just look out of curiosity but not be intimidated by it. Instead, they’d actually just be a bit mesmerized by how gorgeous and simple it was. Not intimidating your subjects is a big part of being able to capture a candid moment. If you combine this with reading one’s body language you’ll have a winning combination for getting the photo that you want.

Lori Grunin from CNET Asia (Click here) also posted the E-P3 test: “For what it delivers, the E-P3 is quite expensive–especially since the new models expected in the fall are supposed to have the same performance and sensor. Even if they’re not as fast, they’ll probably be fast enough. Once I get raw software and if Olympus possibly tweaks the defaults I may boost the image rating and the camera might rise in my estimation. But if you’re looking for a sleek model that delivers superb image quality, spend the extra $200 on a Fujifilm X100

And also Techradar (Click here) posted the final E-P3 review: “Olympus has been able to keep the price of the P3 down and maintain its rectangular, compact camera-like form. Provided the sensitivity is kept below ISO 3200, the P3 produces superb images, that are well exposed, have lots of sharp detail and pleasant colours.


REMINDER: Those are the direct search links to all the new Pana/Oly stuff:
Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

July 25, 2011
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Leica 25mm worldwide shipment started (review at Clubsnap).

The new Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 is finally shipping worldwide. As usual japanese shops like are the first to have them in Stock. The guys over at Clubnsap (Click here) were very fast in reviewing one of he first production samples. What are there conclusions? Read here (but please visit their website to see the full image samples!):
Only one comment, Sweet ! Besides of Nokton f0.95, this is m4/3 largest aperture AF lens. f1.4 allow good indoor shot. (indoor/lowlight field test in next thread)
Optical Quality:
Very sharp. I have not shot with Leica Summilux/summicron mounted on m4/3 cam before, but up to date, this is the sharpens m4/3 fens I have used. It is certainly a mile ahead of Panny 20mm f1.7
Corner Sharpness:
Have not done pixel mapping or MTF chart. But based on eye ball judgment, the corner performance has held up pretty well. Only at the 3-5% corner, you would see some softening.
Very well controlled and hardly noticed. In extreme conditions, there is only small amount of purple fringe.
Though mounted on first m4/3 camera EP1, the focusing is pretty fast. I have also tested this lens on GF3 and EP3, the AF is almost instant. Hardly imagine how could the AF can further improved. However, similar to Lumix 20mm f1.7, it has some unpleasant motor sound when the apertures move during focusing.

Check the preorder status at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay! Click on shop names to visit the search page (Some websites may not do list the lens!).

One more thing: The Panasonic GF3 and G3 are still not in Stock in US stores? Are we experiencing the usual US supply problems?
Panasonic GF3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic G3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

July 21, 2011
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Next G3/GF3 news and reviews roundup!

Panasonic GF3 Hands-on Review by Digitalrev.

Pocket-Lint (Click here) tested the GF3: “Whilst the GF3 might not include everything we would have put on our wish list, for those making the step up from a point and shoot camera for the first time, this GF series Lumix is its most accessible yet. Plus, for any new users what it doesn’t offer in comparison to its predecessors won’t be missed”.

Cnet Asia (Click here) tested the new Panasonic G3: “Panasonic has impressed us with the G3’s sleek downsized chassis, but the touchscreen interface could have been more responsive“…”Though the G3 does have its quirks, the new camera offers good image quality and improved noise performance at higher ISO settings.

The polish website with the so complicated name “Optyczne” (Click here) posted their G3 review: “After the test we have mixed feelings. On one hand, the camera offers very good image quality and low noise over a wide range of sensitivity, on the other hand, however, falls quite poorly in terms of tonal range. (google translation from polish)

Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

P.s.: One of our readers told to us the Panasonic DMC-G3 kit with 14-42mm zoom lens is now available at retail in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

July 20, 2011
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Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 gets reviewed at Photographyblog!

There is the next Panasonic-Leica 25mm review at Photographyblog (Click here). The lens gets Highly Recommended by the reviewer: “£548.99 / $599.99 is undoubtedly expensive for a 50mm lens for any system, but given the excellent results, creamy bokeh and snappy performance, we feel that it’s just about justified and a good investment for Micro Four Thirds who have patiently waited for a fast standard prime.”

The lens worldwide shipment starts on July 22th.And those are my affiliate search links if you want to check if it is available for preorder in your country!

Australia: Amazon, BHphoto, Digitalrev,
Canada: Adorama, B&H,
China:, Digitalrev, eBay
Denmark:, eBay
Finland:, eBay
Hong Kong: Digitalrev, eBay, Amazon, B&H
Japan:, eBay
Norway:, eBay
Poland:,, eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, eBay
Sweden:, eBay
United Kingdom:,,
United States: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay


P.S.: Feel free to add your link if you find the lens somewhere else!!!

July 20, 2011
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E-P3 in Stock at Amazon US and J&R. New studio comparison at Dpreview.

Dpreview posted the Olympus PEN E-P3 studio raw comparison files. But what’s even more important is that unlike Panasonic Olympus is very fast in delivering the new products! The E-P3 is now in Stock for the very first time at Amazon (Click here) and J&R (Click here). And the new top Olympus 12mm lens is also in Stock at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon (Click here).

One thing I noticed is that usually Panasonic stuff is first in Stock in Asia, than in Europe and than in US while Olympus stuff is first in Stock in Asia, than in US and than in Europe. So it looks like Olympus preference is for the US market instead for the European market.

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