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January 26, 2011
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New Olympus E-5 and E-PL2 reviews (+ XZ-1 image samples)

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Trustedreviews tested the Olympus E-5. It’s a eight page long review and conclusions are on page four: “Ultimately, though, if this is the company’s last DSLR outing, at least it has saved the best until last. It’s well built, easy to use and can produce some great results. Unfortunately, that’s the bare minimum for a high-end DSLR and while there are still plenty of lenses and attachments for the Four Thirds system, we couldn’t in all conscience recommend the E-5 as a system camera you might want to get into from scratch
E-5 direct shop links: Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR.

Ephotozine publsihed the new Olympus E-PL2 review: “On the one hand we have a small and rather fiddly camera that needs some considerable care in operation. On the other hand we have a very compact unit that can deliver the very highest quality of results, and this must in the end be what counts
E-PL2 direct shop links: Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon FR

Focus Numerique tested the ISO performance of the new Olympus XZ-1: “Conventionally, images are crisp 100 to 400 ISO. In this speed range, the pictures are well detailed and grain virtually invisible, even at 100% on screen. Overall, the images lack a little contrast, but nothing dramatic. We may also regret a little dynamic range compared to some competitors, including the LX5.
XZ-1 direct shop links: Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon UK

January 25, 2011
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(UPDATED) First image samples taken with the Fuji X100


I have a Fuji X100 update which is worth a new post. First image samples taken with a pre production camera are available at Akam.no.
Let us know what you think about it!

UPDATE: Images have been removed from the official website but they are still available at google chache (Click here). Thanks John for providing the link!

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January 25, 2011
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Fuji X100 Hands-on at Dpreview!

Dpreview posted a new Fuji X100 hands-on! And they were very impressed by the camera. They body quality of the working prototype is “absolutely superb“. But the most impressive thing about the X100 is “the way Fujifilm has managed to build a high quality EVF into a relatively compact body“. The hybrid EVF/OVF viewfinder gives “the best of both worlds“.
The X100 should be available in march for $1.200. Sadly both both Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) do not accept preorders anymore! You can still sign up at Amazon (Click here) to be notified when it becomes available for preorder.

UPDATE
: There is one more hands-on at Akam.no!

There are three reasons why we talk about that camera on 43rumors:
1) Fuji is part of the Four Thirds product
2) We were told by an anonymous source that Fuji is getting help from one of the current Micro Four Thirds members (which is making some part of the cameras).
3) Because many 43rumors readers do like innovative concepts and well made cameras and I hope Panasonic/Olympus will take notice of our interest to make a DMC-LC1 or Olympus 35RC version fo the X100 (of course with interchangeable lenses!) :)

January 25, 2011
Posted in deals, reviews

Olympus E-PL2 in Stock in Europe (+ Kirk’s Definitive Opinion about the E-PL2)

Olympus is much faster than Panasonic in making announced products available in stores. Three weeks after the announcement many european stores do have the E-PL2 in Stock! Click the shop links to visit the shop links:
Germany -> Amazon.de, eBay.de
France -> Amazon.fr (available next week), Pixmania.fr (available next week), eBay.fr
UK -> Amazon.uk (available next week), eBay.uk
Italy -> Pixmania.it, eBay.it
Austria -> Amazon.de, eBay.at

Feel free to comment this post to add your shop links.

Kirk Tuck posted his final view over the new Olympus E-PL2: “While I like the EP2 I find that the real reason to want the EPL2 is its sheer stealth. The matte black finish is less showy and more businesslike. The lines of the design serve to visually reduce it’s profile. It fits in my hand with very little to spare around the edges and when I wear it against my chest on a black sweat shirt its aspect nearly vanishes. I can barely feel its weight on the strap. Little more than the premium compacts in size and weight and price but a huge step up in performance. At $599 it’s hard to make a case against it.” Please visit his website to read the very long article!

January 22, 2011
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New AG-AF101 video by Philip Bloom (with cool new audio text)


Turin Brakes: Ascension Day from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Turin Brakes: Ascension day commentary by PhilipBloom

Philip Bloom posted a new AG-AF100 video he has taken with 3 awesome and expensive lenses and the cheap SLR Magic Toy Lens. But he also added this nice audio track you can listen. I embedded both inside that post but I also suggest you to visit his website to read the full article and see some backstage pictures.

Lens used for that video (Click on name to check price and availability):
Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (eBay)
SLRmagic 26mm f/1.4(eBay)
Olympus Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 (Amazon)
Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 (Amazon)

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