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June 25, 2010
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GF1/G2 vs Sony NEX-5


Sony NEX-5 Hands-on Review (feat. Panasonic GF1) by Digitalrev (click here to read the google english translation) made a very detailled comparison between the Panasonic G2 and the Sony NEX-5. (found via fotoactualidad)

June 25, 2010
Posted in reviews

First image samples taken with the Loreo 3D lens

The LOREO 3D Lens for MicroFourThirds

Don B. sent us following email:
I recently bought one of the m43 Loreo3D lenses that I read about on 43rumors. After looking on the web I noticed that a lot of the image examples that people put up aren’t as 3D as they should be (if at all) because the camera has to be absolutely level (left to right not up and down) or they won’t “fit” together right. The level indicator on the Pens makes this perfect every time. I also created a quick bash script to convert the images from the standard format, which needs special lenses to view, into the cross eyed format which for me has a much more dramatic 3D effect and doesn’t require anything but practice.

I attached the (very basic) script which is for a Linux system with imagemagick installed (Click here to download it). Place it in the same directory as the loreo format images and when run from a terminal will convert all JPG files to cross eyed format (assuming a full resolution 4/3 Pen image size). I also attached 2 sample cross eyed 3D photos shot with my ep2. They are a little harder than most cross eyed images to see for me but once you can align them correctly when crossing your eyes the 3D depth is awesome. It’s easiest to see them if viewed full screen on your monitor moving your head closer and farther to find the sweet spot.

I can’t wait to shoot some video and convert it to the cross eyed format.
Click on those pictures to enlarge:

You can order the lens here:

Thanks D.B.!

June 25, 2010
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 9-18mm gets reviewed at Photozone

Yesterday dpreview tested the new Olympus 14-150mm lens and today Photozone reviewed the $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

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{?>Panasonic GF1. Following sentence brings it to the point: “Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6 ED is an engineering masterpiece.“.

Read the review:–four-thirds-lens-tests/529-oly_m918_456

If after reading the review you want to buy the lens here you have some direct links to online-shops with the lens in Stock:

Amazon Deutschland / Amazon UK / Amazon France / Pixmania UK / Redcoon Deutschland / Redcoon Italia / Pixmania Poland

Amazon / Adorama / BHphoto

Amazon Japan

June 24, 2010
Posted in news

More patched GH1 and GF1 video samples (and GH1 vs 5DmarkII shootout)

EOSHD Shootout Part 1 – 5D versus GH1 in Low Light from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

A mix of High bit rate indoor 1080p and 720p videos from a Hacked GF1. Lens used were the Sigma 30mm F1.4, Canon 55mm F1.2, and the 20mm F1.7 Pancake.

With Ptool 3.37d I have now settled on the following settings.
MJPEG 1080p(1920×1080) no 4:2:2
240 200 180 160 133 146 150 155
AVC-HD 720p settings
Bit Rate FHD-SHD Overall Limiting Height Length
50 60 80 50 50

Hacked Panasonic GF1 1080p Video of the Moon from mpgxsvcd on Vimeo.

With the firmware hack and a $30 400mm lens I was able to shoot the moon. The video isn’t as sharp as the stills but I think they both look pretty good.

June 24, 2010
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The new Olympus 14-150mm gets tested by dpreview

DPreview tested the lens and it performed very well (if you consider the very wide zoom range). Like other Olympus MicroFourThirds lenses it suffers from average Chromatic Aberration which in any case is easy to correct in post-production. I bet Olympus is working to add CA correction via firmware update.

Read the review:
Reminder: Also SLRgear reviewed the lens 10 days ago!

You can preorder the lens at Amazon / Adorama / BH

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