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August 19, 2015
Posted in deals, reviews

New SLR magic 50mm f/0.95 MFT lens on preorder at BH/Adorama.


The new SLR Magis HyperPrime Cine 50mm T/0.95 lens is now available on preorder at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

Steve Huff posted the first hands-on review of the lens:

What separates this lens from a lens like the Panasonic Nocticron that offers a 42.5 f/1.2 design with auto focus and gorgeous color and IQ is about $400 and with the Nocticron you get a much larger lens as well. And at T 1.2 I’d put the SLR Magic up against the Nocticron any day and while it will not replicate the look of the Nocticron it will offer you its own look and character. You do lose Auto Focus but some prefer this as it slows us down, makes us think about the shot. So all up to YOU, the user.

And there is a $350 discount on the 25mm Hyperprime again at Bhphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

Nokton deals reminder:
Nokton 42,5mm f/0.95 with B&W filter for $800 at CameraQuest eBay (Click here)
Nokton 25mm f/0.95 with B&W filter for $700 at CameraQuest eBay (Click here)
Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (Clickless) with B&W filter for $700 at CameraQuest eBay (Click here)
Nokton 25mm f/0.95 for $738 at Popflash eBay (Click here)
Nokton 17,5mm f/0.95 for $788 at Popflash eBay (Click here)

August 8, 2015
Posted in reviews

New Panasonic GX8 tests. Preorders now available at Amazon Europe.


Let’s catch up with some GX8 news:

European readers can now preorder the camera at Amazon Germany (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

Imaging Resource posted some high res images shot on the new GX8. Panasonic GX8 Sample Gallery + downloadable full-size RAW at Cameras.Reviewed. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 added to studio scene comparison on Dpreview. And Focus Numerique posted the full GX8 test.

Richard:I’ve finally got the GX8 v1.0 firmware from Panasonic and also the required lens firmware update so I’ve tested the Dual I.S. performance. Took almost 1000 photos and also compared with the EM5 II, pretty impressive! Also did a 5EV test to test the GX8’s RAW/sensor output and compare with the GX7..  again, looks pretty good all of them + a few smaller bits are in my updated (again!) GX8 review..

Black GX8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In Eu at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, WexUK.
Silver GX8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In Eu at Amazon DEAmazon UK, WexUK.
FZ300 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic.

August 2, 2015
Posted in reviews

New Voigtlander 10.5mm lens test by Dpreview, Lenstip and ePhotozine.

Image courtesy: ePhotozine

We have two brand new reviews of the new Nokton 10,5mm f/0.95 MFT lens:

Dpreview says:

In truth it never gets critically sharp, and at all apertures there is a significant difference between center and edge definition. If you are buying for shooting movies this may not matter too much, as even in 4K picture quality looks nice, but stills workers hoping to blow up big will have to fashion their expectations.

Lenstip says:

We hereby inform that an experiment entitled “ultra fast ultra wide-angle lens” ended with a failure.

ePhotozine says:

Overall this is another fine, fast lens from Voigtlander for Micro Four Thirds. Those shooting video will appreciate the option for a stepless aperture and many will enjoy exploiting the fast maximum aperture and ability to isolate a subject from their surroundings with shallow depth of field.
Sharpness delivered by this lens is excellent, with acceptable distortion and falloff. It’s a shame CA levels are a little on the high side, but then that is probably unavoidable on a lens as wide and as fast as this. Build quality harks back to a bygone era of brass lenses with a silky-smooth focusing action. As a result, it is sure to win over many fans.

You 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 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!


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:

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 :
Maybe a matte black version of the 35-100mm on the way too ? I don’t know but it can be expected :)

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
Posted in reviews

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).

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