First GH2 video with over 100mbit/s! (+SLRmagic 26mm review)

The video on top shows a 110mb AVCHD GH2 Hacked video sample! There have been a lot of activity around the GH2 hacke. Check here at There is a long list of videos you can check to see the new hack at work 🙂

GH2 on the roof of the world on Youtube.
Hacked Panasonic GH2 Quant = 4 42 mb/se on Vimeo.
Hacked Panasonic GH2 300% playback speed Moon video on Vimeo.

GH2 links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

ePhotozine (Click here) tested the SLRmagic lens: “Fun to use, with artistic results, but the price tag is madness.” You can get the lens on eBay (Click here).

UPDATE: Slrmagic sent me an official statement about the ePhotozine review: “The editor mentioned many lens in the “far east” has this lens for like 20 pounds. One thing the editor did not mention is the comparisons of both a CCTV lens along with our lens before making the comment. As you can see here some people bought these cheap ones and have their lens stuck on the camera permanently! We know about the cheap ones on eBay. It is the reject parts of factories in China. Some does not focus to infinity. Some are over tight. As you know our mount is smooth unlike what people experience here:

1) cctv lens has no reflective treatment. (silver inside and on the bottom)
2) cctv lens has much stronger vignette effect
3) some cctv have fixed iris
4) some cctv can be removed if over rotated and as you see our lens is not like this.

Our lens is similar to many CS mount CCTV with 12.9mm rear flange distance but our Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 is a c mount lens with 17.5 rear flange distance that is designed to adapt to digital camera. The rear flange distance design is different. The CCTV lens your editor refer to has 10 variations in China. I have attached a video of one we bought to show people who has one. Some even twist off when rotated to the every end!”

Olympus E-P3 in depth review at Dpreview (E-P3 and X100 in Stock at Amazon)

The link is here: They liked the new features a lot and almost a perfect PEN. Handling and autofocus are superb. The only real “problem” is the aging sensor. It doesn’t bring any real improvement over the Olympus E-PL2. The camera earns a Silver Award and an overalls core of 74%.

I am just reading the review and will update this post soon 🙂

In Stock status:
The Black E-P3 with 17mm lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).
The Silver E-P3 with 17mm lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon (Click here).
The White E-P3 with 14-42mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
Not a Micro Four Thirds camera but a camera many hear do like. The Fuji X100 is now in Stock at Amazon (Click here)…with 12 months financing option 🙂 (found via Noisycamera).


New Panasonic GF3 and GF2 reviews (GF1 body only for 228!)

There is a new Panasonic GF3 review at ePhotozine (Click here): “The camera features a  full manual controls, and the small size makes it easy to take on a casual day out, when you normally wouldn’t want to carry a large camera with you. The enhanced hand grip on the front of the camera, and solid build quality make it easy to hold, however we wish it was still as feature packed as the GF2. At least the camera is still capable of delivering excellent image quality.” The camera gets Highly Recommended. Click those links to check the GF3 price: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

ePhotozine didn’t only test the GF3, but also the “older” GF2 (Click here): “The Panasonic Lumix GF2 is a bit of a bargain at the moment, offering a compact, controllable camera with great image quality, high speed focusing and continuous shooting, and full HD video with stereo sound for around £400 with kit lens“. it also gets Highly Recommended.
The GF2 gets also tested by Neocamera (Click here): “This compact SLD turns in a very well balanced performance, with low image noise, good color, excellent white-balance, great metering and relatively fast speed. There is really no area where the Lumix GF2 has issues with photography. Despite the absence of a dedicated mode which causes some frustrations, the GF2 captures full HD videos in high-quality.“. Overall score is “Good“. Click those links to check the GF2 price: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Neither the GF3 neither the GF2 managed it to become as popular as the first GF camera, the GF1. That camera now sales for $1499 at Amazon (Click here)!!! But I found a terrific good deal in Europa. You can get a new(!) GF1 body only for 228 Euro at Softwings on eBay (Click here). They do only sell two cameras! If you want to get the GF2 look at the deals on Amazon (Click here) and the $100 instant savings you get at BHphoto (Click here). You can find the kit options for $520 and the body only for $359.

That said I am still working on the GF7 rumor. I didn’t post a lot because there have been some changes in the Panasonic roadmap. So I had to recheck everything 🙁


Plenty of new Olympus E-P3 reviews.

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There are many new Olympus E-P3 reviews:

Let’s start with ePhotozine (Click here): “The Olympus PEN E-P3 is a welcome upgrade to the E-P2, 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. The addition of a built in flash, AF illuminator and several new art filters and effects that can be applied to the art filters, is a very welcome addition“. The camera gets “Highly Recommended!

The next test has been made by Photographyblog (Click here): “While with the exception of it missing a built-in flash we were perfectly happy with the E-P2 until the E-P3 came along, this new model is enough of a change, and indeed a larger one than that separating the E-P1 and E-P2, to suggest Olympus has played its hand well. ” Also for them the E-P3 deserves a “Highly Recommended!

The german website Photoscala (Click here to read the translation) wrote: “The e-P3 delivers crisp immediately, directly zoomable photos. Resolution, sharpness and tonal reproduction follow the ‘visual complacency’- so the photos will look as good as possible from a standing – and align themselves to the amateur. Nevertheless, most values ​​for noise, compression, resolution, vignetting and distortion are pretty good and well suited for most purposes.

The french Focus Numerique (Click here for the translation) finalized their very detailed and interetsing review: “The new Pen E-P3 is definitely the best Micro 4 / 3 Olympus and deserves recommended.

REMINDER: Those are the direct search links to all the new Pana/Oly stuff:
Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

First Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review by Pekka Potka


The two new Oly lenses, the 45mm and 12mm (Clubsnap)

You can read a new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review made by Pekka Potka (Click here and than click on the 45mm link under “latest”): “The sweet point is from 2.8 to 5.6. Contrast and sharpness are very good. Shooting JPEGs I didn´t notice any need to worry about distortion, vignetting or chromatic aberrations. Lens has problems with flare only with sun hitting front lens against or nearly against the light. It is optically a lot better lens than its price tag says“.

The lens will start shipping in very late September and there are only a few places now where you can preorder it:

Adorama (Click here), J&R (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and on eBay (Click here).

Reminder: Clubsnap (Click here) has been the very first to post some 45mm f/1.8 image samples.