New E-PL3 review (E-PL3 coming on September 3). Olympus 45mm lens image samples (Shipment started at BHphoto). Leica 25mm in Stock.

E-PL3

ePhotozine (Click here) posted a new Olympus E-PL3 review: “The Olympus PEN E-PL3 is an excellent upgrade to the E-PL2, with extremely fast focusing, which was one of the big problems with the PEN series, especially if you’d used another faster Micro Four Thirds camera, but now Olympus are back in the game.” Read the full review to see all tests and image samples!
And Olympus Japan confirmed the E-Pl3 worldwide shipment starts on September the 3rd. You can click those links to see if the stores do have the E_PL3 available for preorder: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Olympus 45mm f/1.8

Robin Wong (Click here) wrote the second part of his field review with the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens: “the details captured were simply amazing. Zooming in 100% reviewed tiniest amount of details and textures
We have been told by BHphoto (Click here) that they already shpped the first stoock of those lenses to the customers. Click those links to search for the lens at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4

The new Leica is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here, overpriced!) and Amazon UK (normal price).

US deals reminder

You now can get the Olympus E-P2 with 17mm or with 14-42mm lens for $499 only at Amazon (Click here).
There is a $100 Instant saving on the E-PL1 at BHphoto (Click here). It runs until September 3.
At the same time there is a $50 Instant rebate on the E-PL2 too, at BHphoto (Click here).
The Panasonic GH2 with 14-140mm lens is in Stock for $1439 at Amazon (Click here).
The Panasonic 100-300mm price dropped to $499 at Amazon (Click here).

The Olympus 45mm with superb performance (says DSLRmagazine)! + latest Olympusmarket deals.


Image on top by courtesy of DSLRmagazine.

There is a new and this time very detailed and complete review of the new Olympus 45mm lens at DSLRmagazine (Click here to read the google english translation). You can see all graph and test on their page. In short, this lens is a surprise! For 300 Euro you get a lot!
1) Resolution: The lens is surprisingly sharp! It has almost the same sharpness in the center and at the border of the image and actually there is almost no quality loss when shooting at f/1.8 aperture compared to the maximum quality aperture which DSLRmagazine found to be at f/4.0
2) Vignetting (light loss in the corners): At maximum aperture is less than 10%. That’s a very good result.
3) Distortion: There is no 🙂

Interesting_1: The same lens performs better on the E-P3 comapred to the E-PL1. This confirms there is a different sensor-processor design!
Interesting_2: The results for the distortion, resolution, chromatic aberrations and vignetting are not improved in the JPEG respect to RAW, which speaks for a good optical quality inherent in this small, lightweight, useful and friendly target.

Now take time to read the full review at DSLRmagazine! Right now you can preorder the lens at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here) and in Europe at Amazon Deutschland (Click here).

Thanks V.Sama and M.San Fruits for the nice review!

Something different: Those are the refurbished Micro Four Thirds camera auctions ending at Olympusmarket today. Click on the names to see the auction:

Olympus E-P1

E-P1 with kit 17mm pancake E-P1 with kit 17mm pancake and 14-42mm lens

Olympus E-P2

E-P2 with kit lens

Olympus E-PL1

E-PL1 with kit lens E-PL1 with double kit lens E-PL1 with double kit lens E-PL1 with kit lens E-PL1 with kit lens E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens

New Olympus 45mm review (20mm pancake for $350)

The 45mm lens is the first form the left (Image courtesy PekkaPotka)

There is a new Olympus 45mm review made by Robin Wong (Click here): “To be honest, I did not have high expectations on this particular lens, nor did Olympus claim anything extraordinary about the 45mm. Seeing it so tiny and having such light weight, one would surely doubt its performance and image quality. I was about to be proven so wrong. This tiny lens is mightier than it appears to be. Do not let the cuteness fool you.

You can search for lens preorders by clicking those links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

A hot US deal: The Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake is in Stock for $350 via third party resellers at Amazon (Click here).

P.S: PekkaPotka posted some 45mm image samples on his website

Hacked versus unhacked GH2 video comparison (GH2 for around $1.250 in US!)

Günther Machu made the very first hacked GH2 vs unhacked GH2 versus GH1 comparison. On the his vimeo page you can read the full report. In short: “The 720p60 clearly benefits the most from the hack. The hacked 1080p24 mode shows a finer noise in the dark areas with less keyframe pulsing.

The hacking is fully ongoing with continuos updateds. Keep an eye on that personal-view forum topic to see more image smaples and user reports.

I still didn’t get many rumors about the next Panasonic GH3. But one thing I noticed is that in US the GH2 is getting cheaper and cheaper. The GH2 with 14-140mm lens is now in Stock with a $250 disocunt at Newegg.com (Click here) ->(found via Noisycamera) and for $1446 on Amazon (Click here).

More links to GH2 product pages: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Mirrorless shootout at ePhotozine (and a couple of new E-P3 reviews)

There are now plenty of E-P3 comparisons to read:
ePhotozine (Click here) posted a full Olympus E-P3 vs Panasonic GF3 vs Sony NEX-5 vs Samsung NX11 comparison. Guess who won the battle? 🙂
Which One? Sony NEX C3 vs Olympus EP3 (ThePhoBlographer): “I need to give this to the Olympus EP3 and admit that this has been the most difficult comparison review I’ve done to date.
Panasonic Lumix GF3 vs Olympus PEN EP-3 vs Sony NEX-C3 – Which one to buy? (Digitalrev).
The Olympus E-P3 vs The Sony NEX-5 ISO war (Steve Huff).
The Olympus E-P3 is in Stock at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

New Pansonic GF3 tests:
The polish website Optyczne (Click here to read the google english translation) posted a full E-P3 review. The overall score is higher than the Panasonic G3 and Samsung NX100!
Panasonic GF3 review at Les Numeriques (Click here) and Imaging Resource (Click here).
The Panasoic GF3 is in Stock at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.