New Olympus/Panasonic/Slrmagic reviews

SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 Test from Bob Gundu on Vimeo.

Digital-photography-school (Click here) posted a full Olympus E-PL3 review: “very sharp pictures and excellent colour rendition.With noise and artefacts the camera is OK all the way to ISO 3200, with ISO 6400 showing trouble. By ISO 12,800 … forget it.
E-PL3 shop links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

There is also a new Olympus E-PM1 review at Digitalcamerareview (Click here): “If you’re already shooting a PEN camera you’ll be the best judge of whether the latest generation brings enough to the table to get you to move into a new body. If you’re looking to acquire your first mirrorless interchangeable lens model the field is getting more crowded with brands and models, but the PM1 offers some fairly impressive performance at a fairly bargain price“.
E-PM1 shop links: eBay.

Dark, Gritty, Noisy. Sometimes it works. Teen boxing at the AZ State Fair and the Olympus E-P3 (Steve Huff).
E-P3 shop links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Photofocus (Click here) tells you the “Two Reasons I’m Loving The Micro 4/3 Format”….Size and Weight!

Testing the SLR Magic Noktor 12mm f1.6 on the Olympus EP3 (ThePhoBlographer).

Philip Coltart: Hacked GH2 smokes the RED Epic camera!

RED Epic verus Panasonic GH2 from Philip Coltart on Vimeo.

And this is what Philip Coltart wrote as a comment on his vimeo page:
Ok I can see we’re getting to the point of this post where splitting hairs is all that’s left. I didn’t weigh the camera. We had some odds and ends on it and I can tell you it certainly felt like. 25lbs. Not a negative point. It is solidly built. Not a run and gun shooter. I left this review open for your interpretation but I will state strongly that I expected the RED to perform the same as a good 1080p cam like the GH2, only 5 times bigger. Mark my words clearly, because I was with the Epic for four days and on the phone extensively with RED, this camera is NOT sharp, pixel for pixel compared to the GH2. When you Zoom the RED raw files to 100% and you look at the GH2 at 100%, the GH2 smokes it. SMOKES IT! and I am not talking about false sharpening. I am saying the RED Is soft and creamy like a 7D with a crap lens on it. On top of that, anyone boasting 300 frames is grasping at straws because what RED doesn’t tell you is that when shooting at 300 or even 120, you Redcode goes to crap. 12:1 and that, my friends looks like junk.l at 5K and I will happily load the raw files or you to see. I’ll be blunt, now that this post has run its course, the RED was a complete disappointment to the hype. I don’t have to be a Hollywood pro to see it either. Which I think is all the more a testimony. Thank you for all of your thoughts.

P.S.: GH2 price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay (Click on shop name to visit the GH2 search page).

Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 Summilux review (Digitalrev)

The video on top shows the Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 review made by Digitalrev. The lens itself is in Stock in most part of the worlds with one single exception…USA! Looks like Panasonic has something against the states? Is the market not important enough for you? We europeans have plenty of Panasonic-Leica in Stock in many stores. This is the list I usually check to see where I can get the lens. As usual just click on the shopname to see the Panaosnic-Leica search page:

Australia: CameraPRO, Amazon, BHphoto, Digitalrev,
Austria:,, Fotomundus,
Canada:,, Olympus Canada, TheCameraStore, B&H,
China: Digitalrev,, eBay
Denmark: eBay
Finland: eBay
Germany:,, Fotomundus,
Hong Kong: Digitalrev, eBay, Amazon, B&H
Ireland:, WexUK,
Japan:, DigitalRev, eBay
Norway: eBay
Poland:, eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, eBay
Sweden: eBay
United Kingdom:, ParkCameras, Jessops, WexUK,
United States: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Micro Four Thirds versus NEX-7 and Pentax Q.

When testing “non m43 cameras” many reviewers like to compare it with the mother of all mirrorless systems, Micro Four Thirds :)

Let’s start with Pentaxforums (Click here) that posted an incredibly long and detailed Pentax Q review. They included many comparisons with the Olympus E-PL3: “The new sensor technology employed in the Q has raised the cap for the image quality possible from a small sensor, but size still matters, and the Q cannot produce the same resolution and low noise as the 8 times larger sensor of our four thirds camera, the Olympus E-PL3. We chose to compare the Q to a four thirds system camera since the price is about the same and this is the closest interchangeable lens competitor in sensor size.

Steve Huff (Click here) wrote a full NEX-7 review and compared the camera with the Olympus E-P3: “The 7 has a larger APS-C sensor, the E-P3 has a smaller 4/3 sensor. In all fairness the E-P3 is more fun to shoot and provides results that you just can not complain about. It has a cool factor and some serious mojo even with its limitations and I own it and am keeping it. BUT the NEX-7 is more serious with more potential. NEX has to win this if we are taking body to body. Lenses, Oly wins but then again“.

While I am not a big fan of the Pentax Q, I have to admit the NEX-7 looks very promising. Anyway, the limit of the NEX system are the quality, range and size of the lenses and the future NEX lens roadmap isn’t really appealing me. I hope Olympus and Panasonic will soon understand the potential of a camera like the NEX-7! It was on the bestseller list of Amazon US (Click here) for weeks until preorders have been stopped because of the terrible flood in Thailand that stopped the NEX-7 production. The Pentax is quite popular in Japan but not so in the rest of the world.

Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review (and in Stock at BHphoto).

The Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens is now in Stock for the first time at BHphoto (Click here). The lens is alreayd in Stock in Europe and Asia at Amazon Germany, France, UK and Japan.

And there is a new lens review at ePhotozine (Click here): “The low price may be a little misleading at first glance, as this lens is a very capable optic. Those looking for a fast aperture prime lens for portraits, photography in low light, or for greater control over depth of field will not be disappointed“.