New reviews (GF3, SLRmagic Hyperprime and 14-140mm lens)

Adorama (Click here) posted a full GF3 review: “The GF3 is a sleek little camera. Its menu structure is logical, graphically pleasing and easy to navigate, and the touch controls are easily mastered making up for the lack of external controls (there are only seven). The camera is amazingly small yet easy to hold, exhibits minimal lag time (none if you prefocus) and should fit the needs of your typical well-heeled snapshooter“. GF3 links at: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Photozone (Click here) tested the Panasonic 14-140mm lens: “it is a compact ultra zoom lens for people who don’t just want to carry around several lenses and accept the performance penalty that are associated with such lenses.” 14-140mm links at: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Steve Huff (Click here) posted the full 12mm Noktor review: “When I was asked if I wanted to review this lens I was like “great, a 12mm 1.6 lens that is going to be super soft and a pain to use”. Boy was I proved wrong. So much so that this has become a fave of mine on my E-P3. The combo of the solid build and classic rendering make this a special lens for those times when you want a classic almost cinematic look.“. The lens cannot be preordered yet.

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).

First 14-42mm X lens sharpness test and new 45-175mm X lens video.

ice skating shot with gh2 + panasonic lumix g x 45-175mm from Roderick Kar on Vimeo.

The Japanese website DSLR-check (Click here) posted a set of image comparisons between the 14-42mm pancake X zoom and other lenses. What’s really interesting with the test is that he used the lens on both Panasonic and Olympus camera. As you know Panasonic has a lens correction while the Olympus has not. You really can see the difference! At first glance I wouldn’t recommend that lens for the use on an Olympus camera if you shot JPEG’s only. Otherwise the lens performs very well on the Panasonic cameras! And keep in mind how tiny that zoom lens is, that makes the image quality of the lens look even more impressive!

You can click these links to search for 14-42mm X lens preorders: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay The Panasonic 45-175mm X lens is in Stock in some stores. Check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

First Nanoha 5x macro lens video

Our friend Seb Farges shot this video with the new Nanoha 5x macro lens: “I’ve just receveid the Nanoha Macro 5X lens, micro 4/3 mount! It’s an amazing lens that is opening to me the very macro world. It has a lighting LED unit, you can plug it with USB cable, on your computer for example. You also have a target holder to maintain the object in front of the lens to avoid motion blur. I did not use it on this movie, except on the euro bill shot and the alone hair. Not so easy to film nano objects, the D.O.P is very short. The focusing point is 11mm from the lens top. You can adjust the point about 8mm with focusing ring. The magnification will be changed between x5 to x4 with focusing. This is a first quick test, hope you will enjoy it.

More info about the lens here:​nanoha/​index-e.html. P.S.: Yasuhara is known for making M-mount lenses and cameras.

One more thing: Someone sent me the link to a mysterious Lo-fi 25mm f/1.4 M43 lens (Photojojo). To me it looks like this is a copy of the SLRmagic 26mm f/1.4 toy lens (Click here to see that lens).

Panasonic GF3 review at Popphoto and Cameralabs (and G3 and 12mm lens reviews)

Popphoto (Click here) posted the full Panasonic GF3 review: “The Olympus E-PL2, which can still be found at some retailers, matches the GF3’s performance in many ways, but is larger and doesn’t focus quite as fast. In short, the GF3 offers plenty of bang for the buck and is pretty much the camera to beat in this class“.
A second review of the GF3 has been posted by Cameralabs (Click here): “Panasonic’s repositioning of its GF range as ‘consumer’ models aimed at casual photographers looking to upgrade from a point-and-shoot has long been apparent and, in my view, they’ve succeeded admirably“.
The GF3 is in Stock at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

DigitalPhotographySchool (Click here) tested the Panasonic G3: “excellent colour capture with images as sharp as a tack
The G3 is in Stock at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

The german SystemKameraBlog (Click here) posted a full Olympus 12mm review. You have to be a member to download the review (in german).
Also ePhotozine (Click here) tested the Olympus 12mm lens: “Although this lens comes at a premium price point, you get premium build and premium optical quality. The wide aperture is very useful for taking images in low light conditions and this dinky metal lens makes a perfect companion for street photography due to its compact size and excellent performance at fast apertures.”
Click these shop links to check the price and availability of the Olympus 12mm lens: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.


Better than a rumor: “Driftwood” patch brings the GH2 quality on a new level. Rivals RED?

Tsawout Spit – Gh2 Test (driftwood 176mb gop1 hack) from mark wyatt on Vimeo.

Some news are sometimes even better than rumors! Who said you have to buy a new camera to increase the  video quality? With the latest settings from “Driftwood” (check here at personal-view) the GH2 can now record AVCHD Intra at 176Mbit. And plenty of users are now extremely happy with it. According to Perry Wilson (Click here to see his video on vimeo): “”I wish y’all could see the prores 422 HQ file, rivals RED all day long. Believe it or not this looks like crap compared to the prores“. And “This camera is changing my workflow and my company all in positive ways.” More videos have been posted on vimeo by John Justice and Orgie. And Hanadok posted an example video shot with the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens. Of course what you see on vimeo/youtube are compressed videos and do not reflect the real quality you can get with the new settings. All GH2 owners can hack the camera by using these instructions: And to see a list of all patches (including the driftwood) go here:

P.S.: As I already told you the GH2 price is dropping slowly in US and Europe. Check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay (Click on shop name to visit the GH2 search page).