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November 15, 2014
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Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS MFT Video Test Review (Guest post by Pier Yves Menkhoff)


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43rumors readers Pier Yves Menkhoff wrote the very first review of the new Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS MFT lens! The lens is available on preorder in Black and Silver:
Black at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Silver at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Thanks Pier!


Samyang Rokinon 12mm F/2.0 NCS CS MFT
from Pier-Yves Menkhoff on Vimeo.

I film events where I am often in “emergency” position. I need a reactive material with many automatisms. Until now, I was convinced that I would never have the time to do a manual focus on professional shooting where “emergency” is needed. I rediscovered the manual mode with the DMC-GH4 and the Focus Peaking on a Bar Mitzvah (…….). No one automatism.
The Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 is excellent. However, it is difficult to zoom and to do a focus within a meter of someone dancing. We have to make a choice. I have long been tempted by the Olympus 12mm F/2.0. But it is expensive and almost impossible to find in black.
I then “squinted” to the “exotic” brands. The Samyang Rokinon and other Sigma are not directed to the ayatollahs of the photo. Nothing will ever be perfect with them. They have preconceived ideas. For them, nothing beats a Leica, Nikon, Canon, etc. lens. Just take a look on the French photo websites or magazines. They are unable to compare what is not comparable. They have the same a priori between full frame and mirrorless.
Samyang Optics has celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012. It manufactures and markets optics under the Vivitar brand, Samyang, Rokinon, walimex, Bower or Pro-Optic brand according to the continent where they are distributed. The “low cost” is due to the absence of coupling with the camera. The Samyang brand is poorly distributed in France. No collaboration can be expected from the importer. I need to buy the Samyang Rokinon 12mm for testing.
The Samyang 12mm F/2.0 NCS costs 339 € in Europe. For this price, the videographer or photographer are more than worth the money. The 12mm comes in a box that was not ashamed of the comparison with the “big” brands. The Lens hood and a pouch are included in standard.
The appearance is professional and appealing. The Samyang is not a “cheap” lens. It is constructed with 12 elements in 10 groups, including two aspherical with a beautiful opening at F/2.0. It weighs 255 grams on Micro 4/3 version. It also accepts filters with a diameter of 67 mm. The lens hood is relatively large. It gives a “Pro” look to the camera.

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We must be realistic. For 339 €, no automation, everything is manual. The focus ring is wide, long and endless. It is quite firm. Even too. The focus becomes easier with the Focus Peaking included to the DMC-GH4, a DMC-GM1 or DMC-GX7. If you want to use the “magnifying glass”, you will have to activate and the register the function via Fn shortcut. About the aperture ring, the setting of the opening is by notch. Notching represents no discomfort in video mode. The DMC-GH4 records no operating noise.
Samyang announces a development between 20 cm and infinity for the focus. In fact, very positive, the development can be made at about ten centimeters from the subject.
The shooting of the film below was made with a DMC-GH4 with the Samyang 12mm F / 2.0. By the absence of second camera, several shots have been made for the piece on the piano. I would like to thank Nathalia Romanenko for her collaboration.
I let the reader to judge what is comparable. The Samyang does not suffer too much from the comparison with the Panasonic 12-35mm in 12mm mode. I will not talk to you “dive center” and “soft edges.” I will not talk about chromatic aberration, contrast, tone, diffraction. Photo Life is not an autopsy. The image of Rokinon Samyang is very good and professional. My only “minus” comes to the focus. Even with the Focus Peaking function, it seems to me less accurate than any Panasonic, Leica, Olympus, etc. lens. The distance scale seems more confused. For the defense of Samyang, the light of the church was not very nice …

November 14, 2014
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The new GM5 gets DxOmarked. And in Stock now at Amazon US.


The new GM5 is finally in Stock at Amazon US (Click here). And DxOmark (Click here) posted the full GM5 sensor test results:

There’s no discernable improvement in image quality over the previous GM1 model however, which is still available to buy and for a little less money, too. With a DxOMark Sensor Score of 66 the GM5 certainly puts in a respectable performance for image quality too, but if it’s the best hybrid image quality you’re after, scores from the APS-C sensors found in Sony and Samsung hybrids remain the ones to beat.

Panasonic GM5 store links:
GM5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 in red at Adorama.
35-100mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

November 11, 2014
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Cool DJI Ronin Hands-On Field Test by TheCameraStoreTV

Those of you that use MFT cameras for video may be interested to watch that DJI Ronin Hands-On Field Test by TheCameraStoreTV. It’s really a nice toy although it costs close to 3000 Euro/Dollars on eBay (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

UPDATE: great Varavon BirdyCam 2 Gimbal video and deal at Personal View. It’s cheaper than the Ronin :)

November 6, 2014
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UPDATED: New LX100 test roundup!

LX 100 Unboxing from Eric Cote on Vimeo.

Here is a roundup of LX100 test links I got from readers:

Two portraits shot with the LX100 (Jonas Linngard).
Hands-on by Photographybay.
LX100 review by Yaotomi.
LX100 report by Yodobashi.

CurrentlyHD:Hi here are a couple videos I made of the LX100.
4k 15min recording limit:
iso test with candle:

Panasonic LX100 Arrives by PeterGregg

Here’s another video test of the LX100. Shot in 4K and downscaled to 1080p.

DMC-LX100 Low Light Video Test from Pier-Yves Menkhoff on Vimeo.

Panasonic preorders:
LX100 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 in red at Adorama.
35-100mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

November 4, 2014
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Panasonic 35-100mm reviewed at ePhotozine. First time in Stock in USA (Adorama).

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The brand new Panasonic 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 lens is in Stock for the very first time in USA via Adorama (Click here). And the same lens just got reviewed at ePhotozine:

On the whole, it’s difficult to fault this little lens from Panasonic. Optically it performs better than its £300 price tag would have you expect, while being compact enough to be barely noticeable in a camera bag when travelling. Those looking for a compact telephoto lens, should certainly add this lens to their list of considerations.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 Asph Pros

Excellent sharpness at maximum aperture throughout the zoom range
Compact, collapsible design
Good build quality
Light weight
Optical stabilisation
Decent value

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 Asph Cons

Lower priced alternatives offer more telephoto reach for less money, but are generally more bulky

One more thing: Black Friday deals already started on Amazon US (Click here to see an impressive long list of deals).

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