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June 29, 2015
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First 43rumors reader review of the new Nokton 10,5mm lens.

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Dylan Cuthbert is one of the first 43rumors readers who received the new Nokton 10,5mm f/0.95 MFT lens. And he sent me this:

“I received the Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 lens this morning and after a few test shots I think it is going to be a lot of fun to use.  Here are a couple of those test shots:
https://flic.kr/p/veDzQd
https://flic.kr/p/vfasbZ

And finally, a bokeh test, fully open and lens almost touching the keyboard, look at that crazy bokeh swirly stuff that’s going on near the borders!
https://flic.kr/p/vfvS8n

There is also a hands-on report at BCcamera:

“Wide open at F0.95, the Nokton doesn’t seem very sharp or perhaps it’s because the focal plane is so tiny that it’s hard to judge. With 10 aperture blades, out of focus elements are rendered smooth. Stopping down slightly to F2.0 is a huge improvement in sharpness already and it’s excellent at F2.8, at which point you get diminishing returns on sharpness stopping down further.

It’s really an amazing lens from Voigtlander. Just like all other Nokton 0.95 lenses they made before (and which I do own).

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).

June 28, 2015
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First Speedbooster XL review on the GH4.

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The new XL Speed Booster on the GH4 (Image courtesy: Newsshooter).

Newsshooter (Click here) posted the first review of the brand new SpeedBooster XL adapter:

By precisely matching the S35 frame size and expanding low light shooting capabilities, the new Metabones makes the Panasonic GH4 (and new G7) a very interesting proposition if you are looking for a less expensive 4K S35 camera – especially for those who have an investment in Canon glass.

What the GH4 now offers is a S35 camera that can record 4K internally in 8-bit, plus 10-but recording externally to a recorder like the Atomos Shogun – a trick that even the new Sony a7R II can’t pull off. What the GH4/Speedbooster combination really lacks now is the highly anticipated V-log profile, something I hope will come very soon from Panasonic.

The Speedbooster XL is not of course a Panacea. Don’t expect the images coming out of the GH4 combo to beat a RED Dragon or an ARRI Alexa. It won’t. For now though I would be happy to recommend it to GH4 users who want the S35 frame size without the expense.

GH4 with Metabones Speedbooster 4K test footage from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

The new 0,64x Speed Booster is now in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).

June 25, 2015
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Olympus 7-14 mm f/2.8 test video by Pier-Yves


Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 7-14 mm f/2.8
from Pier-Yves Menkhoff on Vimeo.

Pier Yves sent me his latest test video shot with the brand new Olympus 7-14mm PRO lens:

2I love the wide angles lens. This lacks to Panasonic. There is no fixed wide angle lens below 28 mm. It’s a shame. The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F/2.8 has been tested with the Panasonic DMC-GM1. This is the “jewel” that I bring with me anywhere when I travel. I really love it. However, all is disproportionate. The Olympus is heavy and huge in comparison to the GM1. The result, if the quality is at the rendez-vous, the 7-14 is not suited to travel. It is best suited to lovers of architecture. With a 7-14, one is quickly frustrated not to zoom. Just a little bit !”

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.

June 24, 2015
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Full Panasonic G7 review at CameraLabs:

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CameraLabs (Click here) posted the full Panasonic G7 review and writes:

For all the reasons mentioned in this verdict section, I find the Lumix G7 far more compelling than DSLRs pitched at the same price point. The real competition here comes from rival mirrorless cameras, particularly Sony’s A6000 (for its superior burst and continuous AF), Fujifilm’s XT10 (for it’s superb imaging pipeline), and the Olympus OMD EM10 (for its built-in stabilisation). You should carefully compare the feature sets of all these models to see if one’s a better fit for how and what you shoot, but if you’re into video or just want a great all-round mid-range camera, the Lumix G7 is hard to beat at this price point.

Panasonic G7:
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.
Black G7 with 14-140mm and 14mm lens kit at BHphoto.
Black G7 with 14-42mm and 45-150mm lens kit at BHphoto.
Silver G7 with 14-42mm and 45-150mm lens kit at BHphoto.

June 23, 2015
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Full E-M10 Overview Training Tutorial by Tony Northup.

Tony Northup posted that full E-M10 Overview Training Tutorial. If you own (or plan to buy) the E-M10 watch it :)

Store links for US and Europe:
E-M10 Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaGetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 with 14-42mm lens Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama , GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 with 14-42mm lens Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaGetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.

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