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November 10, 2010
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New Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 review and image samples.

Mike Kobal posted a new set of image samples taken at f/0.95 aperture only! (http://www.mikekobal.com/blog/?p=869). Those are very nice and sharp images! It has much better results than my Noktor 50mm f/0.95 :)

Soundimageplus posted the first part of his Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 review and those are some of their key findings:
- I was concerned that I may have problems focusing at f/0.95 but these fears proved unfounded.
- This lens focuses to just over 6″ or 17 CM. This is INCREDIBLY useful.
- The Bokeh is “Incredible“.
- I’ve detected very little CA and fringing

I just checked eBay again and there are Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 three shops from Hong Kong and Germany selling the lens (Click here)[/shoplink]. Worldwide shipment!

November 10, 2010
Posted in deals, reviews

Panasonic 14mm lens in Stock in Europe and on eBay!

Finally non-japanese stores do have some of the new Panasonic stuff in Stock :)
Amazon Deutschland has the new Panasonic 14mm lens in Stock right now!. And so Amazon UK.
That leads us to hope that also Amazon US, Adorama and BHphoto will have it in Stock soon!

I don’t advice you to buy the japanese GH2 (which are currently in auction on eBay) because you have to deal with the japanese menu. But you don’t have that problem when you buy a lens! Japanese resellers are currently selling some of these lenses on eBay (Click here).

P.S: ThePublicEye posted a few Panasonic 14mm image samples.

November 8, 2010
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Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 lens preview by Mike Kobal

Mike Kobal made that very nice video with the GH1 and the Nokton 25mm (Source: mikekobal.com): “The aperture was set to 1.4 for all clips, ISO to 100. I like the results, the Nokton lives up to the hype, it is very sharp at 1.4 (except for the extreme corners).” He also posted one more “night” video taken with aperture set at f/0.95(Click here).

He also posted a nice set of images on flickr:

My impression of this lens so far:
@0.95 slightly soft in the center and in the corners, but sharpens up nicely in ps, extreme corners are very soft, very usable overall.
@1.4 very sharp in the center and in the corners, extreme corners are still soft.
@2.0 extremely sharp in the center and in the corners, extreme corners are still soft.

The built quality is excellent, the focusing ring is fantastic, very well dampened and it is very easy to pull focus during video takes.

Thanks Mike for your nice work!!!

If you have some luck you can find the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 on eBay (Click here to see current auctions).

November 8, 2010
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Panasonic GH2/GF2 news and previews…

The video on top shows the first Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic GH1 (and vs Panasonic TM750) comparison. Skip the first two minutes of the video to see the comparison only. It’s very difficoult to judge the images on youtube and without knowing the image processing work they have done.
Still no news about the GH2 availability. Adorama is accepting preorders, BHphoto says the GH2 will be in Stock in December and Amazon removed the preorder option.

Engadget posted a Panasonic Lumix GF2 preview: “Panasonic has ticked the major boxes of reducing bulk and including HD video (at 60fps, no less) while seemingly sacrificing little of what made the GF1 such a richly appealing camera in the first place. Our biggest complaint, therefore, has to do with the GF2′s January release date — it’s too far away, dammit!” They also made a GF2-GF1 size comparison.

The GF2 is listed on Amazon but without any price indication.

November 7, 2010
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New GH2 very nice short film and GF2, E-5, and 14mm image samples

The Boxer: A short film made with the Panasonic Lumix GH2 from UniquePhoto on Vimeo.
GH2 preorders at: Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK, Amazon France.

New Panasonic GF2 image samples on Flickr and Photographyblog. And a GF2 Hands-on on Flickr.

Panasonic 14mm 2.5 lens review (Ueberlicht). Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon Japan.

At Lucifer-doom you can read a new Olympus E-5 review from a E-3 user perspective. An Olympus E-5 ISO test can be found at DCfever.
Olympus E-5 preorders: Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Deutschland.

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