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March 26, 2011
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A must read! Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 tested at Photozone.

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That is going to be a must read review for everyone! Photozone (Click here) just published the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 review. We are talking about a Micro Four Thirds lens that is highly requested and sadly almost nowhere available. Those are the key conclusions of the review:
– “Technically the lens is capable of delivering a sharp image center at very large apertures but the borders are fairly soft here.”
– “The quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is generally impressive although you can push it into producing some less than pleasing highlight artifacts at f/0.95″
– ” Bokeh fringing is visible at large apertures but this is true for the vast majority of ultra-large aperture lenses. Lateral CAs are minimal and there isn’t really any significant amount of distortion to worry about either.”
– “The mechanical quality is outstanding thanks to an all-metal lens body and a dampened focus ring. Only a weather sealing is missing here.”

He tested the lens on the Panasonic GF1. Read the full review at www.photozone.de

Reminder: The lens is sold out in most worldwide shops. The next Stock of lenses will be shipped in late April only. You can get the lens at eBay (Click here) where there are a dozen auctions ongoing right now.

You can read the 43rumors user reviews of the lens here at http://www.43rumors.com/cameras/voigtlander-nokton-25mm-f0-95/#submitownreview

Thanks darrask

March 26, 2011
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Very detailed Olympus XZ-1 review at Digitalcamerainfo

Digitalcamerainfo (Click here) tested the popular Olympus XZ-1 camera. It’s a 15 page long detailed article and that’s the conclusion: “The Olympus XZ-1 is a spectacular addition to the high-end compact camera family. We’re happy to see Olympus re-entering this market, especially with this 11-megapixel sensor and gorgeous new Zuiko lens. The hardware lets the camera churn out great photos, despite having such a portable form factor. For manual control enthusiasts, the XZ-1 has even more to offer: a slick control ring around the lens, full manual exposure options, and an accessory port that you can use for Olympus’ optional EVF. Most cameras in this price range have at least one weakness, but we’re not really sure what the XZ-1’s weakness is.

The XZ-1 is not a Micro Four Thirds camera but it shows us that Olympus can make very good cameras. I do hope the next PEN cameras will be at least as successful as the XZ-1. You can get the XZ-1 in black or white at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

March 25, 2011
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Panasonic LX5/GH2, Olympus E-PL2 and Fuji X100 reviews (XZ-1 wins red dot award)

Photographyblog (Click here) compared the Panasonic GH2 and Fuji X100 noise performance. Due the recent Japanese catastrophy the Fuji X100 shipment has been delayed until late April (Source: Quesabesde). The only place where you can get the X100 now is eBay (but what a price!).
Check the Panasonic GH2 price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

ePhotozine (Click here) tested the Panasonic LX5: “The Panasonic Lumix LX5 is a great camera for anyone looking to develop their photography without the bulk, weight, and potential expense of a ILC system or DSLR system. The camera provides an abundance of options and controls, and more importantly expansion potential. You can use the flash hotshoe to drive slave flashes, add an optical or electronic viewfinder, and more. Image quality is excellent for a compact camera, thanks to an impressive wide angle 24mm Leica f/2.0 lens. The body of the camera is built to a very high standard, and the ergonomics of the camera are excellent.
Check the Panasonic LX5 price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Crunchgear (Click here) posted a short Olympus E-PL2 review: “Again, I’m a big fan of what Olympus has done here and if you’re in the market for a mid-level portable camera with some great features, the E-PL2 is waiting for your call. Even with the caveats I mention above, the move towards micro 4/3s is exciting and potentially game-changing, especially when it comes to more casual prosumer shooting.
Check the Olympus E-PL2 price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

The Olympus XZ-1 wins the red dot design award (Source: Photographyblog).
Check the Olympus XZ-1 price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

March 23, 2011
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Dpreview posts the Panasonic GH2 in depth review (+in Stock at Adorama)

Hurry! Read the whole Panasonic GH2 review at Dpreview (Click here): “The GH2 might not be a revolutionary development (in all essential points it is very closely related to its predecessor, the GH1) but we’re confident in saying that it is the best mirrorless system camera that we’ve ever tested, bar none. With the GH2 Panasonic has finally demonstrated that it is able to compete with the APS-C format competition when it comes both to resolution and critical image quality. Although the GH2’s Micro Four Thirds sensor is smaller than those found in cameras like the Canon EOS 60D and Nikon D7000, it runs them both pretty close. Up to ISO 3200 in fact, we’d stick our necks out and say that the GH2 can hold its own against any of the current crop of APS-C format cameras on the market, which is high praise indeed.

The GH2 earned an overall score of 79% (which is pretty high!). It has the highest movie quality of all cameras ever tested on Dpreview. Only the Nikon D7000 has one little point more (80%).

You can get the Panasonic GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay (Just click on shop name to directly visit the GH2 page). And for our US readers, it is in Stock at Adorama (Click here)!

March 23, 2011
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New Olympus E-PL2, 9-18mm and Panasonic GH2 reviews.

Photographyblog (Click here) reviewed the Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6 lens: “Its sharpness is pretty good for its class throughout most of its zoom range, with only the extreme borders being somewhat soft for our tastes at the shortest focal length of 9mm. The essential absence of corner shading / vignetting at all focal lengths is impressive, and the close-up performance is also surprisingly good for a lens this wide. All is not rosy though, with chromatic aberrations in particular being too high, even by ultra-wide standards.”
Click here to read what our readers think about the lens.
And click those direct links to check the 9-18mm price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Lori Grunin from CNET (Click here) testet the Olympus 9-18mm lens: “A great interchangeable-lens model if you’re looking for better photo quality and/or a more advanced feature set than your current point-and-shoot offers, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 still doesn’t satisfy for photographing active kids and pets.
Click here to read what our readers think about that lens.
And click those direct links to check the 9-18mm price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Neocamera (Click here) posted a short Panasonic GH2 review: “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is a full-featured Micro Four-Thirds SLD which delivers good image quality and a generally solid performance. Image quality is characterized by low noise, good retention of details, excellent metering and nice colors. White-balance performance is the main weakness of the GH2, although the custom white-balance feature gets around this with some discipline. The camera is quite responsive and stands out by its relatively fast contrast-detect autofocus system.”
Click here to read what our readers think about the GH2.
And click those direct links to check the Panasonic GH2 price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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