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December 21, 2010
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Olympus E-5 (and Panasonic 8mm) review.

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Pocket Lint posted the new Olympus E-5 review with the intriguing title: “Has Olympus saved its best Four Thirds DSLR until last?” But their virdict is a little bit strange: “That said, as the E-5 appears to be more an evolution of its existing E-3 owners might also want to consider the likes of an E-PL1 if they want an Olympus feel, less bulk, and a camera that feels a little more in line with current thinking and future development. We do like the E-5, but in a tough present climate we’re just wondering who else will.” Can you really put the E-PL1 on the same level of the E-5??? Click here to read the full review at Pocket Lint.

Photographyblog tested the Panasonic 8mm fisheye: “it is a very specialist lens that provides a unique view on the world. It delivers great image quality in a tiny package“. Build quality is excellent, focus is fast and silent, low CA, high resolution…so what’s the problem with the that lens? The high price :(

December 20, 2010
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First Olympus E-PL1s test at BCNranking (+ E-PL1 double lens kit deal)

As you know the E-PL1s will be available in Japan only and it is a slightly tweaked version of the current E-PL1. It uses the new BLS-5 battery instead of the BLS-1 and shoots up to 6.400 ISO. The japanese website BCNranking tested the new Olympus E-PL1s and the new MSC (Movie and Stills Compatible) M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm II 1:3.5-5.6. You can download and analyze a few image samples (but none of them have been taken at 6.400 ISO). P.S.: There is no plan to release the E-PL1s in Europe or America.

Olympus US is offering a new Christmas deal. You can get the E-PL1 + 14-42mm + 40-140mm lens for $549 at Amazon (Click here)!

December 20, 2010
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New Panasonic GH2 tests

There are tons of new Panasonic GH2 user reviews and I made a quick summary of the most interesting tests:

GH2 vs GF1 ISO Test at same Shutter Speed and Aperture (bmupix).
GH2 Video Features Demonstration (DVXuser forum).
GH2 Extra-Tele Slo-Mo Surfing (Vimeo).
The Path to Micro Four Thirds (Pitofknowledge).
GH1/2 Skew Comparison Test (Vimeo).
Very long user review at Amazon.

Panasonic GH2 in Stock at: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Pixmania IT, Pixmania ES.

December 17, 2010
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New Olympus E-5 review and GH2 and 14mm tests


The video shows the GH2 / 1:1 Crop Mode (from Jean-Baptiste Lefournier)

The Polish site optize.pl tested the Olympus E-5 camera with good results. The final score is 62.82/100. For comparison, the Canon 60D got 59.56 and the Sony A55 got 48.88. We’ll have to wait for the D7000 and K-5 for more direct comparison.

m43photo.blogspot.com compared the new Panasonic 14mm lens with the 14-42mm and the 14-140mm lenses.

December 17, 2010
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New Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 tests (GH2+Nokton almost as good as the Leica M9+M mount lens!)

DC.watch.impress tested the Nokton 25mm on the Olympus E-P2[/shoplink] and the combination looks really good :)
If you scroll at the bottom of the page you can download a few full size images they have taken at f/0.95 aperture.

Meanwhile 3Dkraft made new GH2+Nokton tests and releases a surprising statement: “Another strength is the extreme sharpness that the GH2[/shoplink] with it’s new 16 MP sensor can deliver through this lens which already comes close to the results that I reached when I spent some time with the Leica M9 and two excellent Leica M lenses.” Don’t tell this to your Leica friends…they spent a lot of money for for their cameras and lenses….PSSS! The Leica M9 sells for over 5.400 Euro on eBay (Click here) :(
Of course, at full aperture the lens is not sharp in the corners  but stopped down everything looks excellent. And there is a second surprise at the bottom of the post: “Another question I already saw from other users: Is it really f0.95 at fully opened aperture? I have some doubts…Click here to read more at 3Dkraft!

As you know the lens is sold out almost everywhere. Only german resellers do have one single lens in Stock from time to time. Right now Fotomundus has one Nokton in Stock on eBay and auction ends in 5 hours (Click here).

UPDATE: 2 lenses are in Stock at top-foto on eBay (Click here)!

P.S.: We europeans have the GH2 in Stock in almost every online or at local stores: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Pixmania.fr, Pixmania.it, Pixmania.pl, Pixmania.es.

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