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

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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).

July 4, 2015
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Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO tested at CameraStuffReview.

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CameraStuffReview (Click here) posted their full Olympus 7-14mm PRO lens test:

If you compare the Panasonic 7-14 mm f/4 with the Olympus 7-14 mm f/2.8 at full aperture, then the Panasonic scores a bit higher. If you set both lenses to f/4, then the roles are reversed.
At very short distances (less than 1 meter), the corners of shots made at 7mm are less sharp than for pictures take from a distance of more than 1 meter. This can be the explanation for a number of test reports that have appeared for the Olympus 7-14mm in which the sharpness in the corners is lower at 7mm. The practice shots at all focal distances are remarkably sharp in the corners.
With the fantastic Panasonic 7-14mm f/4, the bar is set high. With the 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO, Olympus pushed it even higher.

Olympus Preorders:
7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE, Digitalrev.
8mm f/1.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE, Digitalrev.
Titanium E-M5II: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK.

June 29, 2015
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First feedback about the GH4 V-Log feature from TCSTV: It’s like having a completely new camera!

TheCameraStoreTV posted that new video and if you jump to minute 13.45 Jordan gives us a first feedback about the V-LOG performance on the GH4. Short spoiler: Jordan still doesn’t know when Panasonic will release the firmware update :(

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

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