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September 5, 2015
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Kowa Prominar MFT 12mm f/1.8 review at Photozone.

Image courtesy: Photozone.

The Kowa Prominar 12mm f/1.8 MFT lens got tested at Photozone:

The Kowa Prominar MFT 12mm f/1.8 is the weakest offering in the Kowa lineup. The pure MTFs are actually quite decent. The center is always sharp at the mainstream settings and the outer image region is relatively decent at f/1.8, good at f/2.8 and very good between f/4 and f/8. However, field curvature is a major issue at large apertures so in the real life the results are less convincing here – at least in our sample which wasn’t really well centered. Typical for the three initial Prominar lenses, both the distortion as well as the lateral CAs are low which is good because image auto-correction isn’t possible. The amount of vignetting is generally on the high side though.

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).

September 4, 2015
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V-LOG update will cost $49 only in France. New Nick Driftwood V-LOG samples

BOAT – Lake Como in V LOG L – 4K Lumix GH4
from Nick Driftwood on Vimeo.

Nick Driftwood sent me this:BOAT in VLog almost untouched.GH4 or V LOG L 10-bit Pro Res Example on Dropbox

43rumors reader Soo sent me this: Just a quick update on the V-Log update for the GH4, a french website explained that Panasonic will give 50€ back if one order the firmware update between September 20th and November 30th. So the update will cost 49€ if ordered within that period. (don’t know if such offer will be available outside of Europe). Source :

Preorder links:
Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens at Amazon. BHphoto. Panasonic Store.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens at BHphoto.
45-150mm MATTE version at BHphoto.
14-140mm MATTE version at BHphoto.
Panasonic V-Log L Function Activation Code for Lumix DMC-GH4 at BHphoto, Panasonic Store.

August 29, 2015
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Olympus AIR for microbiology use!


MicroCosm published an interesting article about Real-time Transmission of Microbiology Images using Olympus Air:

Cameras with macro lenses and microscopes with attached cameras have long been used by diagnostic microbiology labs to document images of microbes for training and educational purposes. However the real-time transmission of these images has been impractical because the image has to be downloaded onto a computer and distributed by a file-sharing system or email.
The Olympus Air is a new concept of camera which provides a 16-megapixel micro four-thirds sensor which can be coupled wirelessly to your handphone. It therefore combines the power and flexibility of a proper camera with the connectivity and ease of use of a handphone.

And BHphoto Blog posted an article about “A Weekend with the Olympus Air A01”:

To be completely honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this tiny device. But, once I got over my initial apprehension and really leveraged some of the major assets of the Air, I grew to like it. Granted, as I still feel infinitely more comfortable with a “real” camera, even if it is just a point-and-shoot, it would be hard to convince me that some sort of phone/camera hybrid will be my best option. But, for those looking for cutting-edge devices, or who really want to add some better images to their thriving social media accounts, they will find much to love about the Olympus Air A01. The pairing with the app is superb and really makes it completely worth trying if you are looking to improve your smartphone’s capabilities, especially since many will find their smartphone’s interface to be much more intuitive than the menu systems on many entry-level cameras.

Olympus AIR MFT camera is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and on eBay in White (Click here) or Black (Click here).

August 27, 2015
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Wide vs Wide – Voigtlander vs SLR Magic by Jurek Ugarow.

Wide vs Wide – Voigtlander vs SLR Magic
from Jurek Ugarow on Vimeo.

43rumors reader Jurek Ugarow posted the very first SLR Magic 10mm vs Voigtlander 10.5mm comparison:

Informal comparison of the SLR Magic 10mm with the Voigtlander 10.5mm on the Panasonic GH4. Forgot to mention in the video that the camera’s exposure meter and the histogram were used to make final exposure adjustments – and the anomaly in the bar scene where I say that I don’t know why it happened – in retrospect, alcohol might have been a contributing factor. 😉 All joking aside, I did find that with certain scenes that were all under artificial lighting, the the Voigtlander looked brighter with identical settings. Whether there is some physical explanation such as the type and size of glass or barrel reflections I can’t tell. Or perhaps the metering needed to be changed in those circumstances. Anyway, something to be aware of.

Lens store links:
You can preorder the SLR Magic lens at BHphoto (Click here).
The 10,5mm Nokton is available at BHphoto (Click here), CameraQuest (Click here) and Photovillage (Click here). In Europe at FotoMundus (Click here) in Asia at Taku (Click here).

August 26, 2015
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New E-M10II news and tests roundup.

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E-M10II vs E-M10 via CameraSize.

Hands-on by Damian McGillicuddy:

“Suffice to say, even though the OM-D EM-10 Mark II is the baby of the range, it’s got some powerful features that far outweigh its size and price. It has just opened up creativity to photographers without costing an arm and a leg, and I can’t wait to show you more of what it’s capable of!”

E-M10 with test with legacy lens, voigtlander 10.5mm f0.95 and raw files samples at Pantip.
First impressions by Divephotoguide.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II vs E-M5 II – image stabilization by Onfoto
Hands-on pics and early test at DCfever.

Black E-M10II at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus, AmazonDE, AmazonUK, WexUK
Silver E-M10II at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus, AmazonDEAmazonUK, WexUK
Black E-M10II with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus, FocusCamera, AmazonDEAmazonUK, WexUK
Silver E-M10II with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympusFocusCamera, AmazonUK, WexUK
Metal Grip ECG-3 for the E-M10II at Amazon, Adorama, BhphotoFocusCamera, WexUK.

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