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October 10, 2014
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First review of the new Panasonic 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 lens

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CameraStuffReview posted the first test of the brand new Panasonic 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 lens:

In terms of construction and image quality, the Panasonic 35-100 mm gives nothing up to other inexpensive, but larger, micro-43 telephoto zooms (45-150 mm, 45-175 mm) that we have reviewed previously. The metal construction of the Panasonic 35-100mm f/4 is more luxury and might even be better. The even sharpness, the beautiful background blur (“bokeh”) at the longest focal distance and the low sensitivity to flare and ghosts surprised us in a positive way. The Panasonic 35-100 mm f/4 guarantees beautiful vacation photos, without neck pains.

35-100mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

Olympus preorders:
Silver E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK, Technikdirekt and Amazon.
LH-76 lens hood at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
MC-14 1.4x teleconverter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD62 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD72 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
General links to all new Olympus stuff at Adorama.
ALL new stuff announced at Photokina at Amazon.

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.

October 8, 2014
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Panasonic LX100 gets’ the “editor’s choice” award at ePhotozine!

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Image courtesy: ePhotozine

The Panasonic LX100 is one of the very few cameras who earns the “Editor’s choice” award at ePhotozine:

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 gives good noise performance, with good results up to ISO1600, and the camera is capable of resolving excellent levels of detail, producing very good images. The Panasonic Lumix LX100 offers an impressive range of features including 4K video recording, a bright f/1.7-2.8 Leica lens, great external controls, and packs it all into a stylish and good to use metal body, making the LX100 our Editor’s Choice! 

For ePhotozine these are the PROS and Cons:

Panasonic Lumix LX100 Pros

Excellent f/1.7-f/2.8 Leica lens
In camera raw editing
Lots of physical controls
Excellent build quality and handling
High resolution electronic viewfinder
12fps continuous shooting
Very good noise performance
Dual axis electronic level
Extremely fast focus
4K video recording
2 year warranty

Panasonic Lumix LX100 Cons

Touch screen would have been nice
Some noise visible in shadows
Lens flare can be an issue

Read the full review at ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-lumix-dmc-lx100-full-review-26173

LX100 preorders at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK and Wex Germany. in Asia at Amazon Japan.

October 8, 2014
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Olympus 40-150mm vs Panasonic 35-100mm at TheCameraStoreTV!

TheCameraStoreTV just posted that video comparison to tell you what lens is best.

P.S.: New Olympus 40-150mm image smaples have been posted at Cameras.Reviewed.

Olympus preorders:
Silver E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK, Technikdirekt and Amazon.
LH-76 lens hood at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
MC-14 1.4x teleconverter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD62 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD72 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
General links to all new Olympus stuff at Adorama.
ALL new stuff announced at Photokina at Amazon.

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.

October 8, 2014
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GH3 shoots Antarctica video at -40˚C!

Welcome to Union Glacier from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.

Temujin Doran sent me a link to his latest video. It’s a documentary shot with the Panasonic GH3 in Antarctica. This is his brief report for 43rumors:

In 2013 I was the filmmaker attached to the Scott Expedition – the journey that completed Captain Scott’s final, ill-fated expedition from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again. Our team passed through Union Glacier Camp on route to the starting point of Scott’s Hut at Cape Evans, but after becoming stranded at the camp and working with the staff there; I decided to make this documentary. The whole film was shot on a Panasonic GH3, with some additional shots done with a GoPro.

From a technical side of things – I’ve been working with m43 Panasonic cameras and lenses in the Arctic and Antarctic for several years now. Whilst all camera’s suffer in the cold, these have never given me problems whilst filming and have been used in temperatures as low as -40˚C. Battery life is somewhat diminished, but I carry lots of spares and have close to my body to keep them warm.

During the making of this documentary I never once put the camera in it’s bag. If I wasn’t using it, I just left it in my tent., which isn’t that much warmer than outside. The same went for the lenses – I used the Lumix 12-35mm F2.8, the 35-100mm F2.8 and the 100-300mm F4.0-5.6. For sound I used a Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro with a Dead Kitten in an attempt to block most of the wind. Most of the shots were on a Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod.

I’m currently working on the Scott Expedition documentary. The two members of the team each took with them a Panasonic GX7 with a Lumix 14mm F2.5 lens for capturing photos, video diaries and footage from the ice. During the expedition, the batteries were charged via solar panels,

If you’re interested, you can see all the short films I made for the Scott Expedition here – http://studiocanoe.com/expeditions/

As this is a camera blog – I’m almost certain that someone is going to say that I’ll have to go back and do it again, because it wasn’t shot in 4K. :)

October 7, 2014
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LX100 vs RX100M3 comparison.

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Imaging Resource added the LX100 studio image samples to their Comparometer. And finally you can play with it to see how it compares against all other high-end compact cameras. And ePhotozine also posted a set of image samples. And it looks like firts Japanese stores are having the LX100 on display (Flickr).

LX100 preorders at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK and Wex Germany. in Asia at Amazon Japan.

 

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