First Nanoha 5x macro lens video

Our friend Seb Farges shot this video with the new Nanoha 5x macro lens: “I’ve just receveid the Nanoha Macro 5X lens, micro 4/3 mount! It’s an amazing lens that is opening to me the very macro world. It has a lighting LED unit, you can plug it with USB cable, on your computer for example. You also have a target holder to maintain the object in front of the lens to avoid motion blur. I did not use it on this movie, except on the euro bill shot and the alone hair. Not so easy to film nano objects, the D.O.P is very short. The focusing point is 11mm from the lens top. You can adjust the point about 8mm with focusing ring. The magnification will be changed between x5 to x4 with focusing. This is a first quick test, hope you will enjoy it.

More info about the lens here:​nanoha/​index-e.html. P.S.: Yasuhara is known for making M-mount lenses and cameras.

One more thing: Someone sent me the link to a mysterious Lo-fi 25mm f/1.4 M43 lens (Photojojo). To me it looks like this is a copy of the SLRmagic 26mm f/1.4 toy lens (Click here to see that lens).

Panasonic GF3 review at Popphoto and Cameralabs (and G3 and 12mm lens reviews)

Popphoto (Click here) posted the full Panasonic GF3 review: “The Olympus E-PL2, which can still be found at some retailers, matches the GF3’s performance in many ways, but is larger and doesn’t focus quite as fast. In short, the GF3 offers plenty of bang for the buck and is pretty much the camera to beat in this class“.
A second review of the GF3 has been posted by Cameralabs (Click here): “Panasonic’s repositioning of its GF range as ‘consumer’ models aimed at casual photographers looking to upgrade from a point-and-shoot has long been apparent and, in my view, they’ve succeeded admirably“.
The GF3 is in Stock at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

DigitalPhotographySchool (Click here) tested the Panasonic G3: “excellent colour capture with images as sharp as a tack
The G3 is in Stock at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

The german SystemKameraBlog (Click here) posted a full Olympus 12mm review. You have to be a member to download the review (in german).
Also ePhotozine (Click here) tested the Olympus 12mm lens: “Although this lens comes at a premium price point, you get premium build and premium optical quality. The wide aperture is very useful for taking images in low light conditions and this dinky metal lens makes a perfect companion for street photography due to its compact size and excellent performance at fast apertures.”
Click these shop links to check the price and availability of the Olympus 12mm lens: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.


Better than a rumor: “Driftwood” patch brings the GH2 quality on a new level. Rivals RED?

Tsawout Spit – Gh2 Test (driftwood 176mb gop1 hack) from mark wyatt on Vimeo.

Some news are sometimes even better than rumors! Who said you have to buy a new camera to increase the  video quality? With the latest settings from “Driftwood” (check here at personal-view) the GH2 can now record AVCHD Intra at 176Mbit. And plenty of users are now extremely happy with it. According to Perry Wilson (Click here to see his video on vimeo): “”I wish y’all could see the prores 422 HQ file, rivals RED all day long. Believe it or not this looks like crap compared to the prores“. And “This camera is changing my workflow and my company all in positive ways.” More videos have been posted on vimeo by John Justice and Orgie. And Hanadok posted an example video shot with the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens. Of course what you see on vimeo/youtube are compressed videos and do not reflect the real quality you can get with the new settings. All GH2 owners can hack the camera by using these instructions: And to see a list of all patches (including the driftwood) go here:

P.S.: As I already told you the GH2 price is dropping slowly in US and Europe. Check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay (Click on shop name to visit the GH2 search page).

Olympus 45mm hands-on at Digitalrev and in Stock Status (+refurbished 12mm lens).

That tiny, cheap and top quality lens is in Stock at Amazon, Amazon UK, Digitalrev, and eBay (Click on shop names to visit the product page and check the price).

A reminder for our european readers. Almost 600 refurbished Olympus cameras and lenses are for sale on Olympusmarket. These are the auctions ending today (Click on name to see the auction). The most interesting new entry is the 12mm f/2.0 lens!
E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens E-PL2 with double kit lens E-P2 with 17mm lens Four Thirds 12-60mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Four Thirds 35mm lens E-PL2 with double kit lens E-PL1 with double kit lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-450 with 14-42mm lens 12mm f/2.0 lens E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1body E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens E-P2 with 14-42mm lens Four Thirds 14-42mm lens E-PL2 with double kit lens E-PL1 with double kit lens E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Four Thirds 11-22mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-450 with double kit lens E-620 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Four Thirds 8mm lens Four Thirds 70-300mm lens E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens E-PL1 with double kit lens E-450 with 14-42mm lens

m43 versus Nikon V1 versus NEX-7

Today let’s check how well (or bad) the new NEX-7 and Nikon V1 are competing against our m43 cameras:

Dpreview added the Nikon V1 comparison shots to the dpreview database. m43 still has a visible advantage over the Nikon sensor but I have to admit that the Nikon processor engine does really a good job in both JPEG and RAW. If they would have used a sensor as large as the m43 sensor than they would have probably beaten the current Oly-Panasonic quality.

There is also a new NEX-7, E-P3 and X100 high ISO examples and crops comparison made by Steve Huff (Click here). The difference is easily visible. The Olympus E-P3 has more noise but also a higher per pixel sharpness.

So, what do you think about these tests? M43 has still a huge advantage when you take into consideration the full overall sensor quality + lens size + lens system quantity factors. But a new improved sensors would really bring us a step forward.

P.S.: The NEX-7 is the only non Canon/Nikon camera in Amazon’s top 20 (Click here to see the ranking). I guess I am not the only one waiting for a m43 camera with built-in viewfinder!