April 14, 2011
Posted in reviews

DxOmark: Fuji X100 sensor outperforms the best m43 sensors


How does the Fuji sensor perform against the best m43 sensors? According to DxOmark (Click here) the Fuji can deliver better results in all measured aspects (Color depth, Dynamic range and ISO performance).  A bit surprising to see that the older Panasonic GH1 is the best m43 camera here. Anyway, you have also to take into consideration other aspects of the camera. DxOmark measures the RAW performance of the sensor (not the .jpg results). And if you need decent video quality nothing beats the GH cameras. The main “advantage” of the X100 is the hybrid viewfinder and (if you like it too) the classic design and button layout. But it’s also an expensive fixed lens camera only. Price on eBay (Click here) is crazy high. Preorders with a bit more “affordable” prices are available at J&R (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

Let’s cross the finger that Fuji will join m43. We need other sensor makers to put some pressure on Panasonic!

P.S.: If you are located in US than you definitely should take a look on those GH1 deals:
1) Panasonic GH1 with 14mm lens for $699 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $364. and if you would buy it separately with the GH1 it would cost you a total of $764. With that deal you save $64!
2) Panasonic GH1 with 20mm lens for $699 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $399. You save $99!
3) Panasonic GH1 with 45-200mm lens for $649 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $349. You save $100!
4) Panasonic GH1 with 14-45mm lens for $649 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $359. You save $90!
5) Panasonic GH1 with 14-42mm lens for $499 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $199. You save $100!

Via Photorumors

April 14, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…with new m43 bag from Think Thank Photo

Think Tank Photo just announced the upcoming release of our first camera bag specifically designed for Micro Four Thirds systems. It is called the Retrospective 5: http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/retrospective-5-pinestone.aspx

The first “german” Fuji X100 is for sale on eBay (Click here).
Panasonic Announces AVCCAM Importer Software Accelerating And Streamlining Import Of AVCHD Files Into Final Cut Pro (Imaging Resource).
The first Micro Four Thirds only shop in Spain: http://www.micro43.net/.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ18 Review (Photographyblog).
iSuppli on Japan Image Sensor Industry Hit by Disaster (Image Sensor World)
The 1-Minute Food Pic (TVsmith)

April 13, 2011
Posted in news

Olympus XZ-1 firmware update coming soon?

Steve Digicam’s reports that a new firmware update (version 1.2) has been published. He says following features will be added “picture orientation: Horizontal/Vertical, to the camera menu. The camera will record which way the image was oriented when captured, so in playback, the orientation of an image can be rotated by using the control ring. The desired orientation is then saved in the Exif portion of the image file. Photographers can choose to turn this function on or leave it off.

Olympus Japan doesn’t list the new firmware. Maybe Steve published the news to early :)

Check out the XZ-1 direct links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

P.S.: There is a $7 price drop on the XZ-1 on Amazon (Click here).

April 13, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) No Panasonic lens announcement in May (Deleted because of the disaster in Japan?)

As you know Panasonic plans to release the 25mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds lens and probably also the OIS version of the current 7-14mm lens. But according to our sources the lenses will not be announced along the new Panasonic G3 (mid May). Our source told us that we can expect those new lenses in to be announced in July-August only. This might has to do with the recent Tsunami-Earthquake-Fukushima disaster. Even if Panasonic plants were not damaged the problem is the lack of continuing energy supply and issues with the raw material importation. In general most Japanese companies are planning to produce in other Asian countries but this will not happen from today to tomorrow. It needs a lot of time. I am in contact with many European and American dealers and they all do confirm that Japanese product supply shortage will hit the stores by end of April. And it’s impossible for them to know when they can buy new stocks of cameras and lenses. That’s why we can expect some price increase too! If you plan to buy some lens or camera I suggest you to not wait to much time.

The Panasonic G3 introduction has been confirmed but a wonder when it will be available for worldwide shipment. I also got info about a possible Olympus product announcement delay. I will post more about that soon. Stay tuned on 43rumors!

UPDATE: The news is based on rumors and speculations. Panasonic officially didn’t announce any delay or production issue. Hope that’s clear that we are a rumors website.

One more thing:
I am going to develop 43rumors to a sort of readers network. I am planning  to slowly add features like:
– readers picture showcase
– extend the forum features (Check out the new forum at http://www.43rumors.com/forums/)
– I am playing with the idea to accept guest posts on 43rumors
– I also have a “image contest battle” idea.
– I would like to meet some of my readers during my frequent trips (I will be in Antwerp, Barcelona, NYC and Montpelier the next 2 months).

All those features will be made by professional designers and to support that effort you might help me to cover the costs by shopping whatever product you want by clicking on those links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay. Thanks!

April 13, 2011
Posted in deals

BHphoto sells the Nokton 25mm f/0.95 for $815. Europeans now can fly to NYC almost for free :)

I noticed that in Germany the price of the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 went up from 875 to 899 Euros (Source: Idealo). And you can’t find it cheaper on eBay (Click here). But there is on store selling the Nokton for a very good price. You can get the lens for $819 at BHphoto (Click here).

For us European readers 819$ is an incredible price of 565 Euro. A flight from Frankfurt to NYC costs you 420 Euro (Source: Kayak.com). Summa summarum if you fly to NYC and buy the lens at BH you pay 85 Euro only extra for the flight! :)

And if along the Nokton you buy the GH2 which costs 1.429 Euro in Europe and 1034 Euro ($1500) in US Than you save 310 Euros!

There are only two problems with that story:
1) Theoretically you have to pay taxes for imported products
2) Bhphoto doesn’t have the lens in Stock right now.

So you might take a look on Nokton eBay auction anyway (Click here) :)

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