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June 23, 2015
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Full E-M10 Overview Training Tutorial by Tony Northup.

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Tony Northup posted that full E-M10 Overview Training Tutorial. If you own (or plan to buy) the E-M10 watch it :)

Store links for US and Europe:
E-M10 Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaGetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 with 14-42mm lens Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama , GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 with 14-42mm lens Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaGetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.

June 22, 2015
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Panasonic 42,5mm f/1.7 reviewed at SLRgear.

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Panasonic f/1.7 vs f/1.2 lens size comparison (CameraSize).

SLRgear (Click here) tested the new Panasonic 42,5mm f/1.7 lens and writes:

With super sharp results, a small package and a low price point, what more can you want? For portrait shooters in the Micro Four Thirds mount, this is an excellent lens.

New Panasonic lens store links:
Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 POWER O.I.S. Lens at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
Panasonic MACRO 30mm f/2.8 MEGA O.I.S. Lens at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.

June 18, 2015
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First GH4 (with V-Log) vs Sony A7s comparison.

Nick Driftwood posted that “Panasonic GH4 V log L versus Sony A7s S Log 2″ comparison video. He writes:

Here’s test number 1 of a few coming up. A rather quick ‘vanilla’ test done in the back garden of my 83 year-old father – both cameras using similarly matched lenses , shutter and aperture was adjusted to keep in accordance to the default recommended LOG ISO as given by each camera. Exposure was bang on 0 for each. Nothing else I will give away about the above…just yet!
Panasonic GH4 has ISO 400 in V Log L and Sony A7s has 3200 ISO.
A7s is a full frame, GH4 is a M43.
I may or may not have moved the position of the focal length of each lens.
GH4 lens was a 12-35 Panasonic lens and the A7s was a 24-70 Canon.
This is a fun test and not to be taken seriously by camera fanboys.
With a little adjustment (not shown) its fairly easy to make both cameras match each other during grading. :-)
3D LUTs employed: Panasonic VLog_to_V709_for_V35_ver100 & Sony FS55 1.From_SLog2-SGumut_To_LC-709 .cubes placed using LUT Utility plugin on FCPX.
NO OTHER GRADING DONE ON THIS
All 4K recordings were performed originally on an Atomos Shogun (zero’d) in 422 8-bit on the Sony A7S and 422 10-bit on the Panasonic GH4.

GH4 store links:
GH4 camera at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Ritz Camera and Panasonic.
GH4 camera with interface unit at Adorama and BHphoto.
Interface unit only at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic.

June 15, 2015
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First full size Nokton 10,5mm f/0.95 image samples.

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Kasayapa (Click here) posted the very first large set of full size Nokton 10,5mm image samples. Check it out! These images really look great to my eyes!

The very first Nokton 10,5mm f/0.95 MFT lenses are in Stock in USA via CameraQuest eBay (Click here). In Europe at FotoMundus (Click here) in Asia at Taku (Click here).

June 14, 2015
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(Guest Post) T/S photography by lb_supertec.

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T/S photography by  lb_supertec.

Hi,
since my first m4/3 camera i was waiting for a super wide angle shift lenses for architecture photography. In post processing it is easy to make perspective corrections. But sharpness and resolution goes down and it is always a risk if you do not see the final image while shooting.

Therefore I decided to go for a T/S adapter. The optic should be a sharp super wide angle zoom with a large image circle for a wide rang of shifting. Furthermore I wanted to have control over the aperture.

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My choice went for the Sigma 8-16mm for Nikon and the Kipon T/S Adapter for Nikon G Mount Lens to M4/3. This is one of the rare combinations which allows you to handle the aperture manually on a contemporary lens. The built quality of the kipon T/S adapter is good. it allows tilt, shift and 360° rotation, and there are 5 operation buttons positioned around the adapter. For a comfortable handling it’s recommended to use a lightweight and front side flat camera like the GM1. All the pro grade bodies with front side sticking out flash or EFV will cause problems. Some can not even be mounted (EM1, EM5…) others operate only with limitations (GH3). An other problem of this pro bodies is the large weight compared to the compact M4/3 cameras.

The 8-16mm is a super wide angle zoom and therefore ideal for architecture photography, and it is sharp. The cons of this lens (CA, distortion and vignetting) can be solved with some clicks in post processing and aren’t a issue for me. Out of the box the 8-16mm offers only limited shifting due to the built in lens hood. Therefore I decided to cut off the lens hood to get access to the entire image circle of the lens. trough this it is possible to shift unrestricted in any direction until the border of the image circle. Shifting of my sigma is now on par with the canon 17mm T/S and even better than the canon 24mm T/S!

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Furthermore i built a tripod ring mount for the lens. This way it’s the body which moves and not the lens, and obligation if you are planning to stick panorama images out of two or more shots. And its much easier to move a 203g camera (GM1) instead of the 555g lens. the last piece i built was a kind of compendium. That’s highly recommended since the front lens sticks out that much.

Compared to the heroes in the T/S world (canon 17mm and 24mm T/S) this solution is lightweight (928g), relatively compact and much cheaper (1’000 bucks plus one day in the workshop).

During the last weeks i did two city walks and two jobs with this T/S lens and i am thrilled. in short: i own now a easy to use and sharp super wide angle M4/3 T/S zoom lens!

Attached a detailed description and some sample images. the images were shot in RAW and they passed post processing in Bridge. means WB, CA, distortion and vignetting are corrected.
enjoy!

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