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June 24, 2010
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The new Olympus 14-150mm gets tested by dpreview

DPreview tested the lens and it performed very well (if you consider the very wide zoom range). Like other Olympus MicroFourThirds lenses it suffers from average Chromatic Aberration which in any case is easy to correct in post-production. I bet Olympus is working to add CA correction via firmware update.

Read the review: http://dpreview.com/lensreviews/olympus_m_14-150_4-5p6_o20/
Reminder: Also SLRgear reviewed the lens 10 days ago!

You can preorder the lens at Amazon / Adorama / BH

June 22, 2010
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Panasonic G2 roundup


Panasonic G2: The Directors Cut

Today we found some Panasonic G2 related news:

1) Dkamera.de compared the Panasonic G2 with the older G1 sister: Take a look to the image quality, resolution and color comparison

2) AF test on Fotoactualidad

3) Image samples on Ganref

4) Panasonic G2 in Stock status:
Amazon US: Black and Blue G2 in Stock
BHphoto: Blue G2 in Stock
Amazon Deutschland -> In Stock
Amazon UK -> In Stock
Amazon France -> In Stock
Amazon: In Stock

5) Reviews:
Pocket-link
trustedreviews
DCwatch
DCresource
Imaging Resource
CNET
Ascii.jp (google english translation)
Quesabesde

June 21, 2010
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Manual focus (and cheap) lens review

“Travis” (one of our long-time 43rumors readers) made a video review for low cost manual focus lenses. These are many of the inexpensive legacy manual focus lenses available for interchangeable lens cameras.

Lens used (click on those links to see the availability and price of the lens on eBay):
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if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>c-mount lens if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>c-mount lens if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>c-mount lens if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>c-mount lens if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>c-mount lens if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>c-mount lens if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>c-mount lens if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>c-mount lens if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>c-mount lens if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?> if ($sel != '1')
{?>c-mount lens

- $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 30mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 30mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 30mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 30mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 30mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 30mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 30mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 30mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 30mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 30mm F1.4 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Nikon 30mm F1.4

- $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 35-70mm if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 35-70mm if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 35-70mm if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 35-70mm if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 35-70mm if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 35-70mm if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 35-70mm if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 35-70mm if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 35-70mm if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 35-70mm if ($sel != '1')
{?>Canon 35-70mm

- $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 50mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 50mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 50mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 50mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 50mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 50mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 50mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 50mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 50mm F1.4 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 50mm F1.4 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Canon 50mm F1.4

- $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 55mm F1.2 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 55mm F1.2 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 55mm F1.2 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 55mm F1.2 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 55mm F1.2 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 55mm F1.2 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 55mm F1.2 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 55mm F1.2 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 55mm F1.2 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Canon 55mm F1.2 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Canon 55mm F1.2

- $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 50mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 50mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 50mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 50mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 50mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 50mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 50mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 50mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 50mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 50mm F1.8 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Nikon 50mm F1.8

- $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 85mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 85mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 85mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 85mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 85mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 85mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 85mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 85mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 85mm F1.8 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Nikon 85mm F1.8 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Nikon 85mm F1.8

- $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 400mm F5.0 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 400mm F5.0 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 400mm F5.0 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 400mm F5.0 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 400mm F5.0 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 400mm F5.0 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 400mm F5.0 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 400mm F5.0 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 400mm F5.0 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 400mm F5.0 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Olympus 400mm F5.0

Thanks Travis!

June 16, 2010
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Panasonic GF1 + LensBaby photgraphy (by Tyson Robichaud)

Tyson Robichaud has been playing around with a $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Lensbaby Composer if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Lensbaby Composer if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Lensbaby Composer if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Lensbaby Composer if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Lensbaby Composer if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Lensbaby Composer if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Lensbaby Composer if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
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{ $sel = "1"; ?>Lensbaby Composer if ($loc == 'CA')
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{?>Lensbaby Composer. He used the Canon-mount 50mm f/2 lens (there is no dedicated micro 4/3 mount yet). Read the article: http://tysonrobichaudphotography.wordpress.com

LensBaby lenses are available on their website (http://www.lensbaby.com/) and of course $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>on eBay if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>on eBay if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>on eBay if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>on eBay if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>on eBay if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>on eBay if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>on eBay if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>on eBay if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>on eBay if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>on eBay if ($sel != '1')
{?>on eBay

June 14, 2010
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UPDATED: Also the GF1 has been hacked! It can do 1080p -> GF1 video samples (32Mbit)!!!

UPDATE: The GH1 hack also works for the $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'US')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'JA' OR $loc == 'JP')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Panasonic GF1!!! The video above has been shot with:
1920x1080p
29,970fps
32Mbit
lens:
Panasonic 20mm f/1.7
Panasonic 45-200mm

[Thanks J.]

—-
And one more $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'JA' OR $loc == 'JP')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'US')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Panasonic GH1 video sample has been posted on vimeo:

Tester13′s Firmware Hack test, before – after comparison from Gunther Machu on Vimeo.

Shot with kitlens at f8, 1/160 shutter, iso 100, manual in creative movie mode at 5300K. For MJPEG, the settings of Pappas (see thread MJPEG 70Mbits+ 1080p settings) were used, for AVCHD the “safe” settings indicated at the end were used (from jobless, see thread AVCHD high bitrate tests, mud free footage).

I tried to keep the pans at the same pace, but thats difficult. What is incredible, the MJPEG clearly shows a better resolution (I used just the 1440x1080p settings as my card is only class6), plus the AVCHD shows no mud and increased resolution (before, on low contrast scenes islands of unsharp areas could be seen), as can be clearly seen in the comparison (e.g. look at the shadow area right to the gardenhouse).

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