a little bit of everything…

Panasonic Lumix LX-5 – pierwsze wrażenia (hands on)

New metal hoods for the Panasonic 20mm lens  (Dc.watch / google english translation)
Mirrorless camera comparison (Trendy.Nikkei / google english translation)
Sigma DP2 review on CNET.UK
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 & LX3 Firmware Updates  (photographyblog)
E-P1 vs G2 vs Nex-5 (dc.yesky.com / google english translation)
X1 vs E-P2 vs NEX-5 Jpeg comparison test by Steve Huff
Micro Four Thirds and “Professional” Use (Serious Compacts)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 review on optyczne.pl (google english translation)

Panasonic GF2 ghosts :)

I guess I am starting to see ghosts 🙂
I am almost certain that we will see a new Panasonic “GF” camera at photokina. That’s why I am scanning forums all over the world to find some hints. I also made a “stupid” search inside amazon.com for “Panasonic GF2“. Probably this is just some kind of amazon mistake but I found three results with blank entries. I have taken a screenshot but if you perform the search again you will not see that results anymore!

Click here to search for Panasonic GF2 on amazon

Anyway, try to look for some leaks because I am now sure that there is people (photographers and journalists) holding and testing the camera righ now!

An interesting story about the E-5

I have been very silent about the upcoming Olympus E-5. I didn’t give you much news about that camera because we had received conflicting reports. Finally my sources allowed me to tell you why I had received such different rumors.

As I told you in April Olympus made a very last minute decision to not announce any new low and middle class FourThirds DSLR (->The cameras were ready for the worldwide launch!).
In case of the E-5, Olympus tested different prototypes (with different sensors, features and designs). Of course it is normal that a company reviews different camera versions, but what I am telling you is that they only decided a few weeks ago(!) how the camera will look! Even the name wasn’t sure until few weeks ago.

An example? According to our sources Olympus had two prototypes, one working with the Kodak sensor and one working with the new Panasonic sensor. We don’t know what sensor has been choosen but we suspect that Olympus will use the new Panasonic sensor

1) We believe the E-5 will be announced mid-September (14 or 15)
2) The E-5 will be in Stock months later (by end of the year). Reason for the delay could be the new Panasonic sensor which had a longer than expected development history.
3) We don’t expect the new sensor to have an electronic global shutter but two of our sources told us that we should expect a intermediate solution (?)
4) More Megapixels -> 14-16MPX
5) UPDATE: One source told me that it has a more current design (E-30 and E-3) and another source that is very similar to the Olympus OM4ti design (we still need to confirm that part of the rumor). I guess they saw two different prototypes 🙁
6) A special mount solution (could also use MicroFourThirds lenses?)

We hope to get 99% proof detailled rumors soon!


(FT5) Samyang 35mm f/1.4 for FourThirds to be announced at Photokina

Samyang just revealed that “We would like to show a sample on Photokina. It starts 21 September of this year.
35mm will be 1.4 we don’t plan to make it 1.2. It should be available at the end of this year.”

We form 43rumors already told you months ago that this lens will also be available with native FourThirds mount!

Source: Fredmiranda

Samyang lenses for FourThirds are also sold with different brand names like “Falcon” and “Vivitar”. Check it out:
Falcon (Vivitar) 85mm f/1.4Samyang 85mm f/1.4 IF MCOpteka 8mm f/3.5
– http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=9&pub=5574825908&toolid=10001&campid=5336351024&customid=&icep_uq=Samyang+8mm+Olympus&icep_sellerId=&icep_ex_kw=&icep_sortBy=12&icep_catId=&icep_minPrice=&icep_maxPrice=&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg”>Samyang 8mm f/3.5
Falcon 8mm f/3.5
Rokinon 8mm f/3.5
Bower 8mm f/3.5

Maybe you will surprised to read how well those lenses do perform! Check out the latest Samyang reviews on photozone…not bad at all!

Rumors from others: No mirrorless camera from Canon? Sony to stop fullframe production?

Canon: According to their official press release they could also choose to make DSRL even more compact instead of going mirrorless! Read more on mirrorlessrumors.com

Sony: According to our sources Sony will heavily invest reasearch and development in the NEX system. In 2 years there could be no more Sony DSLR around! Read more on mirrorlessrumors.com

Samsung: New NX100 and three new lenses at Photokina. Again mirrorlessrumors.com

Discuss all rumors and news inside our new forum: mirrorlessforum.com (still in beta version)