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November 2, 2014
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Fourth part of the LX100 development story. And a LX100 vs 5dMarkIII video quality comparison.


Panasonic (Click here) posted their fourth and last episode of the LX100 development story:

In the process of actualizing the concept, we focused our attention on the LC1. We successfully created a brand new high-end compact digital camera that contains the DNA of the legendary LC1 revived after a decade.

Hackermovies compared the video quality between the Panasonic LX-100 and 5D MK III:

The small LX-100 can match the huge raw files from the 5D just with a little bit of underexpose and grading in post. That´s cool and shows the sensor´s and processing engine´s true strenghts. And we did not even talk about noise reduction with Neatvideo yet .. there are plenty of options once you start thinking about that.

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 31, 2014
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LX100 shooting report at Dpreview and review at Digitalversus.

DPreview (Click here) added the LX100 shooter experience report:

The LX100 let me shoot at ISO 12,800 and come away with results that impressed me. I’m not suggesting the LX100’s images are as good as those of a Nikon D810, or even the best APS-C camera: it uses a sensor area half that size. The corners can be a bit soft at some focal lengths and there doesn’t seem to be quite as much processing latitude (Raw dynamic range) as the latest sensors from Sony, but the LX100 has let me achieve more than I’d expect to do with any other compact.

Digitalversus (Click here) posted the full LX100 review and writes:

The Lumix LX100 hits where it counts. It boasts picture quality, speed, a generally bright lens, 4K video, an aperture ring, a shutter speed dial and an EVF, all in a relatively small body. However, between classic sobriety and geeky frills, don’t ask us whether it overdoes things or underdoes them… After all, it’s part-Panasonic, part-Leica. And there are worse things a camera can be.

Panasonic LX100 store links at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUKWex Germany. In Asia at Digitalrev.

October 30, 2014
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First “Brezel shot” with the amazing Nokton 10,5mm lens :)


This is one of the few image samples taken with the great new 10,5mm f/0.95 Voigtlander Nokton lens (listed here at BH). That brezel-shot is very useful to check the bokek quality. Looks very good to me or not? Damn, I am hungry now for both the Nokton and the Brezel:)

A few more image samples can be seen at Voigtlander Facebook page.


These are the other three Nokton f/0.95 lenses:
Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).


October 30, 2014
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Full Olympus 40-150mm PRO lens review at Mobile01.
Image courtesy: Mobile01.

Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens preorders at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK, Technikdirekt and Amazon. In Asia at Digitalrev.

Mobile01 posted the full Olympus 40-150mm PRO lens review. You can find plenty of image samples you can download to review for yourself. Here are the reviewers conclusions:

1) Image quality is very high straight from maximum aperture (bets sharpness at f/4.0). 40mm shaprness test image here. 150mm sharpness test image here.
2) Bokeh is very natural and soft
3) purple fringing is only present at 40mm in extreme conditions. At 150mm there is no purple fringing
4) Anti flare performance is good althaugh not exceptional
5) There is almost zero distortion
6) Very fast autofocusing

There is no doubt this is a very high quality lens from Olympus!

Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens preorders at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK, Technikdirekt and Amazon. In Asia at Digitalrev.

P.S.: More image samples can be seen on Flickr (by Terakopian). And here is a curious image of the Silver E-m1 with teleconverter attached:


October 28, 2014
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LX100 in Stock now at Adorama. And review at CameraLabs!


The Panasonic LX100 is in Stock for the very first time in USA via Adorama (Click here). And Gordon Laing from CameraLabs posted the full Panasonic LX100 review. The camera got highly recommended for the following reasons:

While some models are very close to each other, for example Canon’s G7X and Sony’s RX100 III, I’m pleased to see Panasonic delivering something genuinely different with the LX100. Indeed while I enjoyed the handling experience of the LX100, the standout feature for me was having 4k video. Not just filming in 4k, but generating timelapse movies in 4k and especially grabbing stills from 4k – all in-camera. Approve of it or not, 4k photo capture really is a game-changer, providing a genuinely useful means to record the decisive moment whether you’re shooting action or even portraits. Traditionalists don’t worry, it’s not going to replace or ruin photography as you know it. It’s merely another tool in the bag to deploy when the conditions suit. But what a tool to have at your disposal in such a small, light and comparatively affordable camera. It’s the icing on an already tasty cake that’s the Lumix LX100, a refreshing and highly enjoyable camera to use.

Read the full very long and detailed test at CameraLabs!

Panasonic LX100 store links at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUKWex Germany. In Asia at Digitalrev.

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