a little bit of everything…(Nanoha lens unboxing and image samples)

Salton Sea shot with the hacked GH2 and Nokton 25mm and Olympus 12mm lens.

You can see the very first Nanoha macro lens unboxing and image samples at Mobile01. You can read more about the lens at Yasuhara.co.jp.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Review at Neocamera.

Building the perfect Micro 4/3 Camera kit for under $2500 (Steve Huff).

Le salon de la photo de Paris 2011, c’est parti! (Openpn).

Sharpness comparisons @ 100mm and 200mm (m43photo).

New Olympus E-PM1/E-P3 and 12mm lens reviews (+ plenty refurbished E-PL1/2 on Olympusmarket)


Image on top: The iPhone E-P3 skin (Don’t know where you can buy that)

Amy Medina (Click here) reviewed the Olympus E-PM1: “I’m excited about where the m4/3 format is going to go, and mirrorless designs in general, as I truly believe it’s the future of photography. I can imagine that not too long in the distant future the industry will go mirrorless completely, and DSLRs will become a thing of the past. Currently, in my opinion, the m4/3 format — and specifically Olympus for me — has struck the best balance between portability, functionality and image-quality, if you want the smallest kit possible.“.

Photofocus (Click here) tested the Olympus Zuiko 12mm f/2.0 Lens: “I hope that the trend of high-quality, fast primes for micro 4/3 cameras continues. I used to think this was a gimmicky format – not any more. Now that the glass has arrived in conjunction with well-designed and executed camera bodies like the EP3 I am a believer.“.

TheDigitalPhotography (Click here) tested the Olympus E-P3: “In terms of noise and artefacts the camera is useable all the way to ISO 3200, with ISO 6400 just falling over the edge. By ISO 12,800 … sayonara!

And today all(!) these new refurbished PEN auctions are ending at Olympusmarket. There are so many cameras that you can easily find a good price. Click on the camera name to see the ongoing auction:
Olympus E-PL1 double kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 double kit lens Olympus E-P2 with kit lens Olympus E-PL2 double kit lens Olympus E-PL2 double kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus E-PL1 double kit lens Olympus E-PL1 double kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 double kit lens Olympus E-PL2 double kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus E-PL1 double kit lens

Triple Panasonic lens review at ePhotozine (14mm, 20mm and 14-42mm)

Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 Lumix G Micro Four Thirds Lens Review at ePhotozine (Click here): “Those looking for standard lens with a fast maximum aperture cant go far wrong with this lens. It delivers sharp, contrasty images, focuses fast and is compact enough to make a pocketable combination with your Micro Four Thirds camera.“. Check price of the lens at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 Lumix G Lens Review at ePhotozine (Click here): “Although it can be quite prone to flare with a strong light source in the frame, this is a small negative when the excellent sharpness, low CA and good build quality are taken into account“. You can check the price of the lens at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Micro Four Thirds Zoom Lens Review at ePhotozine (Click here): “Overall the this optic perform well for one that is bundled as a kit lens and as it it priced lower than other alternatives when bought separately, it offers good value for money as a result“.

Noktor versus Olympus 12mm video comparison by Seb Farges (and review by ThePhoBlographer)

Seb Farges compared the two Olympus and Noktor 12mm lenses on a GH2. Seb writes: “The Olympus seems to be sharper, but the Noktor has a more strong “cinematic” feeling. The Noktor seems to be a little more wider than the Olympus.” I think the real highlight of the Noktor is the macro function, this is really something you don’t see often on a wide angle lens. I have been also told that Philip Bloom helped the SLRmagic company to design that lens.

And ThePhoBlographer (Click here) posted the full Noktor 12mm review: “This new lens is extremely good. It’s sharp wide open, exhibits minimal distortion, vignetting very slightly, and has an excellent construction. If anything, my only major complaints are that it may be a bit too heavy for some users and that the focusing and aperture rings turn in separate directions.“.

One more news: SLRmagic is looking for 30 volunteers who can help them by creating video footage and image samples. SLRmagic will offer them a slight discount before the official release in November/December. Contact them at sales@noktor.com.

The new Noktor is not available for preorder yet. It will start shipment in late November. The other Noktor lens, the 50mm f/0.95 is in Stock on eBay (Click here) and on the Noktor website. As you know the Noktor project is now owned by SLRmagic.

Other SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Straight Spotting Scope lens (w/ hand grip) is now available on eBay (Click here).
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here).
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here).

New Panasonic GH2 hacked video test (and US/Europe deals)

The video on to has made by Gabriel de Bourg (found via Personal-View.com): “This is a test of the noise levels of a Panasonic GH2 with Driftwood’s “GOPStoppa” (176mb GOP1) patch. With the higher bitrates the camera resolves a lot better, but this applies to noise too. While it looks sharper, it also becomes clearer. Hence I wanted to do a test on the different noise levels. It was shot with the lens cap on using Nostalgic (-2, -2, 0, -2), shutter speed at 50 and white balance at 5600K. I’ve boosted the mids in After Effects, using Magic Bullet Colorista II. The original ungraded originals are avaiable here: megaupload.com/​?d=5M4N08F1. Something I noticed is that it seems that ISO values based around 160 no longer seems to be the least noisiest, with ISO 320 performing very poorly. It surprised me, but after recording a new clip I got the same results.”

P.S.: A new Panasonic GH2 Cage at thysstd.

USA deals:
The GH2 price is slowly dropping. Third party resellers are selling the GH2 with 14-140mm lens for a “floating” price between $1370 and $1400 at Amazon (Click here). The Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens is still in Stock at Adorama (Click here). The Four Thirds (!) Leica 25mm lens is in Stock for $699 at Amazon (Click here). Something else: The Fuji X100 is now in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

Europe deals:
The Nokton 25mm f/0.95 lens is in Stock for 719 Euro on eBay (Click here).