Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye tested at Photozone

Image courtesy Photozone.

Those guys from Samyang are my favorites! They have a history of extremely well made lenses for a very low price. And I was pretty sure that their first Micro Four Thirds lens, the 7.5mm f/3.5 would have a decent image quality. While I am by no mean a Fisheye fan at least they really designed that lens for the m43 sensor! Unlike Sigma that in order to save costs designed the 30mm f/2.8 for m43 and NEX and the result is a big and slow lens :(

So it that lens really good? There is now a full review at Photozone (Click here): “the dwarfish and very light-weight Samyang is not only a pretty good lens it is also a very affordable one and as such we can recommend it to all ultra-wide angle enthusiasts out there!“. And the lens gets “highly recommended” which doesn’t happen very often! Go Samyang! Make more lenses like this! ;)

Now to buy this lens you have to keep in mind that the name changes depending from the country:
In USA it’s named Rokinon 7.5mm and you find it on eBay (Click here), Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
In Europe it’s named Samyang 7.5mm and you find it on eBay (Click here), Amazon (Click here),
In UK it’s named Walimex and you find it on eBay (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

Same non sense goes with all very nice Four Thirds lenses. Just click on the name to see Olympus four thirds lenses: Samyang , Walimex , Rokinon , Opteka , Falcon , Vivitar andBower .

(UPDATED) First full size image smaples and FullHD video made with the E-M5 (+ Olympus livestream)

The video on top is actually the first FullHD video shot with the E-M5 and posted on youtube. It’s actually not a real good video example :(  Much more useful are the new full size image samples posted at ePrice (Click here). There are plenty of images and ISO samples. Hurry you pixel peepers!
UPDATE:There are many other images samples at Omuser (Click here).

P.S.: For all of you speaking Japanese Olympus is having a livestream event at Fotopus (Click here) from 11AM Feb 9, Thur, in Japan Standard Time (UTC+9) -> 2 AM Feb, 9 in GMT.

Updated Preorder list:
Black E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Jessops (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Jessops (Click here).
FL-600R wireless flash at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
MMF-3 Four Thirds adapter at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here)
HLD-6 power battery holder at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here)

Panasonic GX1 multiple reviews. (most expensive Oly lens for sale at Olymarket)

There are plenty of new Panasonic GX1 reviews:
ePhotozine (Click here): “The Panasonic Lumix GX1 is designed to satisfy the needs of advanced photographers and those wanting a premium compact camera with higher resolution sensor and high quality video. The camera looks great with the new compact 14-42mm X lens that compacts to the size of a pancake lens when off making it very pocketable for a mirrorless camera.
Engadget (Click here): “All things considered, we’re quite thrilled with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1. Micro Four Thirds early adopters who fell for the GF1’s sleek, retro design two years ago finally have a successor worth considering, and we may even go so far as to say that Panasonic has undone the wrong caused by the misdirected marketing strategy adopted by the GF2 and GF3.
Trustedreviews (Click here): “Build quality is excellent and image quality rarely disappoints. Overall, it’s a camera we have no hesitation in heartily recommending.

Check the in Stock status by clicking these search links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

For european readers:
One refurbished Olympus 300mm f/2.8 is on acution at eBay (Click here). Usually it sells for almost 6.000 Euro new and I am curious to see how high the final bet will be. Plus you can fin at least twenty refurbished PEN cameras (Click here) and one E-5 (Click here).

New Micro Four Thirds reviews roundup (with Seb Farges and Tyson Robichaud)

WOMANHATTAN teaser, a creative documentary about New York, past loves and technological obsessions from Seb Farges on Vimeo.

I have to catch up on the reviews front and here is the post that contains them all :)

A special mention goes to my friend Tyson that  wrote a couple of “must-read” articles:
Lumix G3 vs the mighty might GF1, or why I chose to upgrade my MILC (tysonrobichaud): “the G3 provides enough of an argument to not be ignored.  It ends up, in my mind, as the poor man’s NEX7 or GH2, and I’m happy I saved my money.“. And there are two more articles from Tyson you have to read. One is about the “Holy Trinity” of m43 (Click here) and the second is a GX1 vs GF1 sensor comparison (Click here).

More reviews:
My final thoughts on the Panasonic GX1 vs E-P3 (Steve Huff).
Field Test of the Panasonic Lumix GX1 at The Digital Story (Click here): “Overall I’m very satisfied with the GX1. It feels great in the hand, has lots of external controls, an intuitive menu system, and excellent RAW image quality (albeit JPG just so-so). Overall I’d rate it at least 4.5 stars (out of 5).
Olympus E-Pm1 tested at Diwa (Click here). Lots of charts for experts!
Panasonic 14-42mm kit lens test at Camerastuffreview (Click here): “Few users will be dissatisfied with the optical qualities of this lens. You can already take surprisingly good shots in terms of image quality with this lens. Simple instructions for the Panasonic 14-42 mm: put the lens on aperture choice, choose aperture 5.6 and try to avoid the highest focal length.
Panasonic 100-300mm kit lens test at Camerastuffreview (Click here): “The Panasonic 100-300 mm surprises with high optical performance almost over the entire zoom range. At focal lengths above 250 mm (500 mm @ full frame) optical performance rapidly becomes less.
Olympus 12-50mm review at Fengniao (Click here).
Olympus 12mm review at Sansmirror (Click here): “Absolute pixel peepers will have some problems with the corners wide open, but as fast wide angle primes go, the 12mm f/2 is actually a very good lens.

P.S.: There is a new 12mm f/1.6 SLR magic lens is now on auction on eBay (Click here).

Panasonic GX1 gets DxOmarked. The same quality as the G3.

The new Panasonic GX1 just got DxOmarked! The results aren’t that much different from the G3 which has the same GX1 sensor. There are only minor differences as you can see from the image on top. Hope the new year will bring us some kind of major improvement on the Panasonic sensor quality!

Click here to play with the DxOmark camera comparison tool!

Panasonic GX1 preorder links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.