January 21, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Mark the announcement days…

1) The Panasonic Singapore countdown ends on January 31. We still don’t know if they only want to promote their new website or if they also will unveil the new products. Let’s see.

2) Olympus will launch new cameras on February 2. New compact cameras are expected. Will they also announce the new FourThirds camera?

January 21, 2010
Posted in news

Luminous Landscape wants Leica to abandone the rangefinder philosophy.

We from 43rumors do believe that Leica were really close to join the M4/3 system. But at a certain point they choose to not join the MFT world. Now Luminous Landscapes suggest them to abandone the rangefinder tecnology in favour of the new “mirrorless” camera systems.

That’s what Luminous Landscapes says:
I am arguing that the current M9, and any other camera built further on the viewfinder / rangefinder paradigm, has become an evolutionary dead-end. It serves to support the superb range of current and previous Leica M lenses, but it does so with a design brief that is now at least several decades out of date.

So, now the controversial part. Viewing. Since this camera will use M series lenses it can not be a DSLR. Some pundits are arguing that this design’s days are numbered in any event. That means either a live view LCD screen and / or an electronic viewfinder, and Live View pretty much means a change to CMOS from CCD.
Read the whole article here: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/leica-open-letter.shtml

January 20, 2010
Posted in news

UPDATED -> The future of the “Mirrorless market” (or “Samsung went crazy”?)

Samsung Electronics said yesterday it aims to capture 50 percent (!!!) of the global market for mirrorless digital cameras with interchangeable lenses this year.

My opinion? Beeing optimistic is one thing but that sounds more they went crazy!

They also said that the “mirrorless” market would expand to 9 million units in 2015 — equivalent to that of DSLR cameras.

The Samsung NX-10 disappointed me. It is not as compact as a GF1-or E-p1/2 and it has neither the video quality nor the features of the Panasonic GH1. It is something in between…and that is not going to appeal most of us.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention the source: The Korean Herald (english!)

January 20, 2010
Posted in news

The short focal lenght comparison.

Raymond sent me an interesting link:

micro four thirds has the shortest flange focal distance of any photographic camera currently
The mounts with smaller registers are D for 8mm, CS, C mounts for 16mm
movie cameras or cctvs and the Canon EX a camcorder which equals the
M4/3s register.

Check it out: http://www.markerink.org/WJM/HTML/mounts.htm

January 20, 2010

a little bit of everything…

Olympus EP-2 Unboxing and hands-on | Simply Electronics

Photographyblog has taken some photos of the NX-10 and GH1. Some more details about price and release date at k-rumors.com,
The Dyv.us Scuba Diving compared some cameras+underwaterhousings. Check the page to read what they say about the Panasonic GF1.
The History Museum disqualified the winning entry of the photographer José Luis Rodríguez. (via quesabesde)
Back in Stock:
Amazon US: Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Micro Four Thirds Lens

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