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August 22, 2015
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Panasonic GX8 now in Stock in USA.

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The Panasonic GX8 is in Stock for the first itme in USA via BHphoto (Click here).

First and very detailed long GX8 owner review at Amazon Germany.

Dylan:https://www.flickr.com/photos/dckyoto/albums/72157655177304953. Here are some vanilla jpeg shots from the new Lumix GX8 with no processing apart from whatever the camera itself does at low and high ISOs. Photo mode is “Standard” apart from the georama filter shot. The dynamic range looks pretty good and highlight fall of in-particular looks smooth.

August 22, 2015
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Kowa Prominar 25mm f/1.8 MFT lens tested at Photozone.

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Photozone posted their full Kowa Prominar 25mm f/1.8 MFT lens review:

The Kowa Prominar MFT 25mm f/1.8 faces a difficult task especially given its price tag of 800US$. The 25mm segment is covered by a variety of lenses which are either much faster, much cheaper or both. However, the Kowa lens has at least one advantage – optical performance. The image quality is decent at max. aperture but when stopping down it is about as good as it gets on the micro four thirds system.

The Kowa Micro Four Thirds lenses on eBay:
8,5mm f/2.8 in on eBay (Click here).
12mm f/1.8 in Black (Click here), Green (Click here) and Silver (Click here).
25mm f/1.8 in Black (Click here), Green (Click here) and Silver (Click here).

August 20, 2015
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Lensrentals dismantles the new Samyang XEEN Cine lenses.

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Roger Cicala from Lensrentals got their hands on the new Samyang/Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5 lens. As you know Cine Lenses are quite expensive so it’s good to get a much cheaper alternative like the new XEEN series.

So what’s the verdict on build quality? Overall, it’s very good, especially given that it’s selling for about half of what other cinema lenses sell for. I do have some very real concerns about how the focus system will hold up over time and with hard use, but the compromises made seem very reasonable overall. Put another way, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy one based on what I saw today, but I’d be make sure my focus puller was gentle and didn’t ‘slam’ focus. Over time hard use, especially hard focusing use, will take a toll on this lens I think.

The new XEEN Cine lenses are now available on preorder at BHphoto and at Adorama too.

August 19, 2015
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New SLR magic 50mm f/0.95 MFT lens on preorder at BH/Adorama.

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The new SLR Magis HyperPrime Cine 50mm T/0.95 lens is now available on preorder at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

Steve Huff posted the first hands-on review of the lens:

What separates this lens from a lens like the Panasonic Nocticron that offers a 42.5 f/1.2 design with auto focus and gorgeous color and IQ is about $400 and with the Nocticron you get a much larger lens as well. And at T 1.2 I’d put the SLR Magic up against the Nocticron any day and while it will not replicate the look of the Nocticron it will offer you its own look and character. You do lose Auto Focus but some prefer this as it slows us down, makes us think about the shot. So all up to YOU, the user.

And there is a $350 discount on the 25mm Hyperprime again at Bhphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

Nokton deals reminder:
Nokton 42,5mm f/0.95 with B&W filter for $800 at CameraQuest eBay (Click here)
Nokton 25mm f/0.95 with B&W filter for $700 at CameraQuest eBay (Click here)
Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (Clickless) with B&W filter for $700 at CameraQuest eBay (Click here)
Nokton 25mm f/0.95 for $738 at Popflash eBay (Click here)
Nokton 17,5mm f/0.95 for $788 at Popflash eBay (Click here)

August 8, 2015
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New Panasonic GX8 tests. Preorders now available at Amazon Europe.

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Let’s catch up with some GX8 news:

European readers can now preorder the camera at Amazon Germany (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

Imaging Resource posted some high res images shot on the new GX8. Panasonic GX8 Sample Gallery + downloadable full-size RAW at Cameras.Reviewed. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 added to studio scene comparison on Dpreview. And Focus Numerique posted the full GX8 test.

Richard:I’ve finally got the GX8 v1.0 firmware from Panasonic and also the required lens firmware update so I’ve tested the Dual I.S. performance. Took almost 1000 photos and also compared with the EM5 II, pretty impressive! Also did a 5EV test to test the GX8’s RAW/sensor output and compare with the GX7..  again, looks pretty good all of them + a few smaller bits are in my updated (again!) GX8 review..http://photobyrichard.com/reviewbyrichard/panasonic-lumix-gx8-review/

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

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