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July 30, 2015
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New Panasonic GX8 reviews with a small surprise: There is a refined version of the 12-35 f/2.8 coming with the new GX8!

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Photographyblog posted the full GX8 review:

In summary, the Lumix DMC-GX8 is another great compact system camera from Panasonic, but the new sensor and dual image stabilisation system aren’t quite as revolutionary as advertised, and the larger design and crucially higher price-point also detract from what is otherwise an excellent, but not exceptional, camera.

Richard:I’ve updated my GX8 full review to include more information about custom function buttons, shutter shock, and also a little video about why i think the GX8 is the best digital camera I’ve ever used for manual focusing: photobyrichard.com/reviewbyrichard/panasonic-lumix-gx8-review

Soo:I just wanted to share a little detail concerning the recently announced Panasonic GX8 and the kit lenses sold with it. I discovered on some french review websites that the GX8 will come with a refined version of the 12-35 f/2.8 with a matte black finish (as Panasonic did with the 14-42 II, 45-150 and 14-140mm) :
” Notez toutefois que si le zoom Lumix X Vario 12-35 mm f/2,8 ASPH (dont une version intégralement noire mate arrive très bientôt “
source : http://www.lesnumeriques.com/appareil-photo-numerique/panasonic-lumix-gx8-p27471/prise-en-main-lumix-gx8-premieres-photos-en-conditions-reelles-n44105.html
Maybe a matte black version of the 35-100mm on the way too ? I don’t know but it can be expected :)

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 30, 2015
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Kowa Prominar 8.5mm f/2.8 tested at Photozone.

Photozone (Click here) published the full Kowa 8.5mm MFT lens review:

Now while the lens is certainly good, it stays somewhat short of this expectation at least. The center quality is great and the borders are also very sharp at mainstream settings. The extreme corners aren’t quite as convincing though. They are downright soft at f/2.8 and it’s a good idea to stop down to f/4, better f/5.6 where the results are decent. The vignetting is also higher than usual especially at f/2.8. A downright stellar performance is the lack of distortion – probably the best ever measured quality here and we are talking about the native characteristic and not about a digitally corrected result.

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).

July 26, 2015
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First look on the new SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm T0.95 CINE for mFT

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Zak Forseman posted that worldwide first test video shot on the new SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm T0.95 CINE for Micro Four Thirds. This are his first impressions:

Straight away I was struck by the detail in the images, but also the buttery smooth character it exhibited. When light enters the lens it can result in a pleasant low-contrast look that really appeals to me. I could say more but the images speaks for themselves. Skintones in particular render beautifully.

And here are two videos shot with the new lens:

July 25, 2015
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Olympus 8mm PRO lens review by Darren Miles.

Youtuber Darren Miles reviewed the new Olympus 8mm PRO lens. Check out the video! :)

New Olympus PRO lens store links:
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.

July 24, 2015
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First full Panasonic GX8 review from ePhotozine: “We’ve been impressed”.


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ePhotozine is the first site publishing a full review of the new Panasonic GX8. They write:

The Panasonic Lumix GX8 improves on the GX7 noticeably, with the inclusion of 4K video recording and 4K photo features, as well as a larger electronic viewfinder, improved vari-angle touch-screen, plus more. The GX8 features weather-sealing which makes it more competitive with alternatives on the market, and the camera offers additional shooting controls and options, along with RAW processing in-camera. The Dual Image Stabilisation system along with the new 20.3 megapixel sensor is an interesting development, as the GX8 now offers the highest resolution sensor available in a Micro Four Thirds camera. The camera is introduced at a relatively high price, and is noticeably larger than the predecessor, the GX7, along with other Micro Four Thirds cameras, but offers one of the best electronic viewfinders available.
We’ve been impressed with what the GX8 has to offer, with some of the best image quality possible from a Panasonic camera, with competitive noise performance and an abundance of features including 4K video / photo modes, improved 4-axis sensor shift image stabilisation, built in Wi-Fi, NFC, and fast continuous shooting. The camera feels good to hold, with a solid body and good external controls. The weather-sealing along with the large high resolution electronic viewfinder makes it a joy to use the camera, and the Panasonic Lumix GX8 would make an excellent upgrade path for anyone with an earlier Panasonic Lumix camera.

The camera earned a “hIghly recommended” mark with 4,5 out of 5 points.

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.

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