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March 9, 2015
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First Venus 60mm review (comes in MFT mount too).

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Macro “guru” Thomas Shahan got his hands on the brand new Venus 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra-Macro Lens. On the video above he tests the Nikon mount version but the lens also comes for MFT. It is the World’s First 2:1 Magnification Lens with Infinity Focus. Thomas impressions is:

 I am amazed by the amount of detail I can pull out of this lens. I can focus on anything from a landscape to a portrait, down to a detail, down to a portrait of a jumping spider.

The lens will be on sale soon on eBay (Click here).

March 8, 2015
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New E-M5II reviews roundup. Iridient Developer 3 adds High Res support.


Olympus E-M5 II High-Res Review: 40 megapixels for $1,100 (vs D810)

It’s time for a new roundup of the most recent tests with the new E-M5II. Also important to know is that Iridient Developer 3 for Mac OS X now supports RAW images from the E-M5 Mark II, including the all new 40 megapixel high resolution mode (Thanks Brian for sharing this).

Olympus E-M5 Mark II – love and hate at first sight (EosHD).
Olympus E-M 5: Mk I vs Mk II (JLWilliams).
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II bought in store Unboxing (Frugalfilmmakers).
Olympus E-M5 II Shooter’s Report Part I (Imaging Resource).
E-M5II review at Mirrorlessreview.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (Photoreview).
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Review at Steve Digicams.
Sample photos from the OM-D E-M5 Mark II at Reviewed.com.
A family affair – Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs. OM-D E-M5 Mark II (Mirrorlessons).

E-M5II store links:
E-M5II in Black at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
E-M5II in Silver at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
E-M5II In Europe at AmazonUK, Jessops, WexUK, Namencolor.

March 7, 2015
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Panasonic GF7 reviewed by TheCameraStoreTV.

TheCamerStoreTV posted the GF7 Hands-On Field Test and Chris really liked the new camera. Check out the video!

Panasonic GF7 in Black at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Panasonic GF7 in Pink at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

February 28, 2015
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E-PL7 sensor gets DxOmarked and fully reviewed at Michromatic.

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This is hardly a surprise for everyone. DxOmark tested the E-Pl7 sensor and the performance is exactly the same as on the other 16MP Olympus cameras:

The PEN E-PL7 looks to be a solid choice in terms of features and sensor performance. Admittedly it’s not quite in the same league as the larger APS-C sensor in the Sony A5100, particularly in low-light, although it can compete in dynamic range and noise levels up to ISO 800. Overall, it’s a good sensor, and the inclusion in the E-PL7 of in-body 3-axis image stabilization should help offset some of its limitations.


Olympus EPL7 camera review by Michromatic.

E-Pl7 deal: $150 off at RobertsCamera on eBay (Click here).
Silver E-PL7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
Black E-PL7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
Silver E-PL7 with lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
Black E-PL7 with lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
White E-PL7 at Wex UK.

February 27, 2015
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First production model SLR Magic Anamorphot 2,0x-50 test videos.


The Streets of KL – SLR Magic 2x Anamorphot Lens Test
from Khairil M Bahar on Vimeo.

Here we have the first two videos shot with the production model SLR Magic Anamorphot 2,0x-50 lens. The video on top has been shot on the BMPC MFT camera. The one below with the GH4.

One Week with SLR Magic Anamorphot 2x (GH4 UHD 4:3) from Seb Farges on Vimeo.

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For those of you who don’t know why those kind of lenses are useful read that official BHphoto description text:

Creating a widescreen 2.35:1 image using a camera with a 16:9 (1.78:1) sensor requires you to either crop the image or use an anamorphic lens attachment such as the SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33X – 50 Anamorphic Lens Attachment. The SLR Magic adapter features a 1.33x anamorphic element that allows you to use the your cameras entire 16:9 sensor to get a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, as opposed to throwing away information by cropping the 16:9 sensor to achieve an image with a 2.35:1 ratio. Cropping an image causes a loss in resolution, but the Anamorphot 1.33x – 50 is actually squeezing more information onto your sensor. This does result in your recorded footage having the classic tall/thin squeezed image. However, this is easily expanded to a 2.35:1 aspect ratio in most NLE systems, and cameras with variable display adjustments allows you to stretch your image in the viewfinder.
The Anamorphot mounts onto your taking lens and features three locking screws that you tighten to secure the adapter once you have aligned it on your taking lens. Please note you can only use the Anamorphot on lenses with a non-rotating front, otherwise the anamorphic effect will rotate as you change focus. The Anamorphot’s native mounting thread size is 62mm and will mount directly to lenses that feature 62mm filter threading. The included three step-down rings allow you to mount the attachment on optional lenses with a 49, 52, or 58mm front thread. You can use the adapter on lenses that feature a front filter thread larger than 62mm by using optional step-up rings, however optimum results are not guaranteed, and SLR magic recommends using the adapter on lenses with a front element that is physically smaller than 50mm in diameter. The Anamorphot features a Normal/Near adjustment setting. SLR Magic recommends setting the adapter to Normal, and only adjusting the setting to Near when shooting objects closer than 6.5 feet.

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