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July 21, 2015
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Photozone reviews the 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens: “it is highly desirable lens with one bug”.

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Photozone posted the full Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens review and writes:

The Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO is, mostly, a highly desirable lens – except for one bug. On the positive side, it is very good if not excellent in the primary image quality metrics. It is very sharp across the focal length range including some greatness in the middle portion. Vignetting and distortions are very low. One the downside, the quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) can be disappointing – not in all scenes but busy backgrounds are clearly not the lens’ best friends.
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO is directly competing with Panasonic’s Lumix G X 35-100mm f/2.8 Power OIS. Obviously the Olympus has the bigger range (and as such also a bigger size/weight) and is somewhat sharper whereas the Panasonic has clearly the better bokeh plus an image stabilizer. Both are very good really.

40-150mm PRO shop link:
In USA/Canada at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus and GetOlympus Canada.
In Europe at Wex UK, Technikdirekt and Amazon.
In Asia at Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.

July 18, 2015
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First Olympus AIR hands-on reports…

Olympus released the AIR to the US market (preorders at Amazon, Adorama, GetOlympus, BHphoto). To see how it works watch the new video I posted above. There are also first hands-on reports:

Adorama writes: “For $499.99 (including standard kit lens) you can turn your smart phone into a full-functioning, feature-rich Micro Four Thirds interchangeable-lens camera. It’s a great option for travelers who want the flexibility and quality of a “real” camera but the convenience and sharing capabilities of a smart phone. For those who already own one or more Olympus or Panasonic MFT cameras, the Air gives you even more options with your current collection of lenses

ThePhoBlographer writes: “Pretty much everything that you’d expect with an Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera is transferred to the phone when they let their powers combine.

Imaging Resource writes: “The Olympus AIR is without question one of the most fun cameras I’ve used in years!

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July 17, 2015
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New GX8 reviews roundup. Is Post Focus feature “impracticable”?

As you know the GX8 will feature a new “Post Focus” tech which will be added via future firmware upgrade. Panasonic says that “By combining high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology and the 4K Photo burst images in 4K resolution are shot at 30 fps while shifting the lens to set focus on approx. 501 areas (*TBC).“.

I wondered if that feature is really something useful or just a gimmick nobody will ever use. Diyphotography says the Post Focus feature is “impracticable” because:

1) It becomes impractical to use for much else besides still life or landscape photography. The types of photos where this technology could be really handy, such as child photography, action/sports, macro photography of insects, etc., all happen in fractions of seconds. Sure, you can still use the feature and settle for a change in perspective for each recorded point of focus, but why not just use AI Servo and shoot in burst mode?
2) If I’m shooting still life or landscape photography, I’ll just take my time to select the damn focus point I want the first time around. Besides, how many of us can hold a camera truly still for a 2-second exposure?

I guess we have to try this for real to see if it’s really something meaningful to use.

Some more GX8 tests and image samples:
Panasonic GX8: An Evolving Review by Jacob James.
Image samples by Lumix Germany.
Image samples by Reality Scanner.

Preorders:
Black GX8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In Eu at WexUK.
Silver GX8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In Eu at WexUK.
FZ300 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic.

July 7, 2015
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Panasonic G7 review at Dpreview.

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Dpreview (Click here) posted the full Panasonic G7 review and writes:

The Panasonic G7 is an impressive all-rounder, combining solid image quality, impressive autofocus performance and 4K (UHD) capability into a compact body with extensive external controls. Its user interface can be a little unwieldy but has moments of genius in the ability to use the rear screen as a touch pad to set AF point when shooting with the camera to your eye.

The camera earned a Silver award with a 80% score.

Panasonic G7 Store Links:
Black G7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Silver G7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Black G7 with 14-140mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.

July 4, 2015
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New Nokton 10,5mm MFT double test.

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Mirrorlessons posted a Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 Gallery:

The fact that there were many straight lines in my photographs also brought out the slight barrel and perspective distortion produced by this lens, which is nothing out of the ordinary but worth keeping in mind when you are compositing your shot.

Focus Numerique (gogole translated text) writes:

The optical quality of this 10.5 mm disappointed us. In short, it is sharp in the center but only at the center. As soon as one moves away, the details become blurred.Finally, the focus ring is much too long. It’s almost unusable, even with the best digital assistants Manual Focus (peaking and magnification).

New image samples can be seen at Dylan Cuthbert Flickr page.

You can get the lens in many stores like BHphoto (Click here), CameraQuest (Click here) and Photovillage (Click here). In Europe at FotoMundus (Click here) in Asia at Taku (Click here).

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