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December 1, 2010
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UPDATED: New Panasonic GH2 review at Letsgodigital (and first HDMI captured video!)


The video has been made with the GH2 using the Blackmagic HDMI capture.

Letsgodigital reviewed the Panasonic GH2: “Panasonic is creating a point of reference with the GH2 with which the competition can measure itself. Panasonic’s years of video experience are clearly visible and is very effectively integrated into an existing concept.” The camera gains the “Excellent” rating with 84%.

P.S.: You can download a few RAW image samples at megaupload (dpreview forum)

P.P.S.: A 43rumors readers is selling his Apollo High Speed Lens 25mm F/0.85 lens on eBay.

November 30, 2010
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Voigtländer Nokton preview at Luminous Landscape

Image courtesy: Leonard Goh/CNET Asia

Luminous Landscape(LL) had the chance to play a little bit with the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95. That is what LL says about the Build Quality: “Simply put, this is a $900 lens that could easily go to a masked ball as a $3,000 Leica product, at least when it comes to visible and tactile fit and finish.” And LL doesn’t have any problem with the fact that the Nokton has no AF: “Because it takes about the same amount of time and effort to focus the Nokton on an MFT camera as it does to use AF technology properly“.

About the image quality: “Indeed in every shot that I took with the Nokton wide open I unfailing was impressed with its ability to not let me down and turn into glowing mush.” And there is also room for a surprise. At f/1.4 aperture the Nokton has slightly more contrast and is slightly more shaper than the Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens!

The only minor issue is: “If your shots have any light sources, like all ultra-fast lenses the Nokton will show some considerable glow.

Conclusion: “If you’ve gotten the impression that I really like the Voigtlander Nokton f/0.95, you’re right. It creates a quite unique way of viewing and recording the world that can really get one’s creative juices going.”

You can get the Nokton at Cameraquest or on eBay (via german and asian resellers).

Thanks Luminous Landscape for your nice work!

November 28, 2010
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Panasonic GH2 video quality much better than Canon 60D and 5D (says EosHD)


Panasonic GH2 1:1 crop mode MACRO from Andrew Reid.

Andrew Reid from EosHD posted the first part of the Canon 60D versus Panasonic GH2 Review. He pays a particular attention to the crop mode: “1:1 crop mode enables you to change between a portrait field of view and extreme telephoto at the press of a button, and the telephoto view comes without sacrificing detail (quite the opposite!) and maintains the aperture of the lens, so a Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 for example becomes a Zeiss 400mm F1.4 yet for $500 and the size of a beer can.”

Andrew finds the video quality of the GH2 better than the 60D: “What is frustrating for Canon now, is that the GH2 is going to go pretty much unchallenged on the market for a good few months. Even the Canon 5D Mark II has a sensor which is really crippled by poor image processing relative to the GH2, so you will get a much higher resolved and more detailed image from the GH2 than on the 5D Mark II. And it’s not just detail – dynamic range, colour – everything suffers if the image processing is not up to snuff.

Thanks Andrew for posting the review but your conclusion makes us even more crazy that we can’t buy the GH2 yet! Right now you can only buy the japanese GH2 on eBay (Click here). And there is one more bad news for US readers: Amazon changed the Panasonic 100-300mm availaibility status to “This item will be released on January 1, 2011“. I hope that’s just a mistake because european stores like Amazon Deutschland and Amazon UK already do have the lens in Stock and even eBay has some of them on auction.

Via EosHD

November 28, 2010
Posted in reviews, Rumors

Philip Bloom tested a new external mic for the Panasonic GH2!


GH2: Movember Gala Party from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Philip Bloom tested the new secret external mic for the GH2: “I took the UK pre-production GH2 with me along with the Voigtlander 25mm f.95 and a brand new DSLR mic which I can’t say exactly what it is just yet, except it’s bloody awesome as you will hear. It was plugged straight into the GH2 (there are meters on the LCD for audio levels and manual control but no headphone jack) and I recorded most of the vox pops in the noisiest part of the club and you can still hear them. Amazing! As soon as I can blog about this new mic I will. It is going to be a DSLR must have.

Philip hopes Panasonic will add 25p on the european GH2 model. And for him one of the most amazing features is the 1080p 1:1 cropping mode. And I could not agree more!

Hurry! Fotomundus has one single Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 Nokton in Stock on eBay and shipping worldwide (Click here).

Panasonic GH2 direct shop links:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK, Amazon France.
You can get the japanese GH2 on eBay (Click here).

Thanks Anthony B.

November 27, 2010
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The need for fast video lenses: Cosmicar/Canon/Tokina 12.5-75mm f/1.8


This is the only GH1 + 12.5-75mm lens I found on vimeo :)

We have still to wait a little bit before to get our GH2. To kill the time I searched for some exotic fast zoom lenses that we (and I) might could use on the GH2. There is one particular interesting lens I found on eBay (Click here). The Cosmicar-Canon-Tokina 12.5-75mm f/1.8 C-mount lens! The focal lenght and constant fast aperture is very interesting and but sadly I found only one video taken with the GH1. The Karaoke part is terrible :)
A few pictures can be seen at Flickr. The japanese website geocities.jp tested the Canon version of the 12.5-75mm lens.

That lens is deifnitely not a professional solution but we have to wait a few months before Panaosnic releases the already announced fast wide and normal zooms!

Click here to see all current 12.5-75mm F71.8 lens auctions on eBay.

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