Olympus and Panasonic reviews…(45mm lens review by Steve Huff)


Steve Huff (Click here) posted the full Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review: “This lens gets my highest recommendation if you are a Micro 4/3 owner. Anyone who knocks this lens (don’t think there will be any) has never tried it or had a defect“.
I couldn’t agree more with Steve. This is a must have lens. Click those links to check if the lens is in Stock or not: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

More reviews:

Which One? Olympus EPM1 vs Olympus EP2 Comparison Review (ThePhoBlographer).
SLRclub (Click here) posted a very long Olympus 12mm f/2.0 review. As you know it is in korean and impossible to translate via google tool because (as usual) SLRclub posted the review as a long series of jpg images.
Teh thai website Gadget4thai (Click here to read the translation) tested the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens.
The polish website Optyczne (Click here to read the translation) tested the Panasonic GF3.



New refurbished Olympusmarket deals (including the superb 35-100mm f/2.0 lens!)

There is a new stock of refurbished Olympus cameras and lenses at Olympusmarket. As you know only EU citizen can enjoy those deals. This time we also have an exceptional item, the amazing 35-100mm f/2.0 Four Thirds lens! The auction is ending today!

Here is the list of items you can find at Olympus market. Click on the name to visit the auction. And good luck!

Micro Four Thirds

Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL2 with kit lens Olympus 9-18mm lens Olympus 14-150mm lens

Four Thirds

Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 Four Thirds lens Olympus E-450 with kit lens Olympus E-450 with kit lens Olympus 7-14mm Olympus E-450 with kit lens Olympus E-420 with kit lens Olympus E-420 with kit lens Olympus 7-14mm Olympus E-620 with kit lens Olympus E-5 Olympus E-450 with kit lens Olympus E-450 with double kit lens Olympus E-520 with kit lens Olympus E-450 with kit lens


White Olympus XZ-1 Black Olympus XZ-1 White Olympus XZ-1 Black Olympus XZ-1

“Design Your Own Gear Contest” ad “CatchIt deals” at Personal view


Our friend Vitaly Kiselev asked me to promote two of his new “actions” on Personal-View.com. I am glad to help him!

First there is a design contest: http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/1036/unique-design-your-own-gear-contest. The cool thing is that the “Winner receive the item made according to his design. And grants company right to produce such items in large scale if they like to.

And than you can find 24 hours deals at http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/1029/catchit-deals-one-day-only-renew-each-day#Item_1



Another Nokton 25mm versus Leica 25mm comparison battle.


Time for another Nokton versus Leica 25mm comparison. Peter Lueck (Click here) tested both lenses. As you know the Nokton is a manual autofocusing lens only and also 2cm longer, but is a lot faster (f/0.95 versus f/1.7) and a nice 20cm close focusing distance. The Leica is larger and cheaper and has autofocus. But what’s the difference in terms of image quality?

Peter Lueck shows you different scenes taken with both lenses. The Leica has a bit “colder” colors. But that is also the only real difference because sharpness is almost equal! Take a look for yourself!

One more thing about the Nokton price. I told you a couple of weeks ago that the price of the Nokton is falling and getting closer to the price of the Leica 25mm lens. The eBay deal Infoto offered new lenses for 599 Euro on eBay (Click here). The deal is gone now but they will soon have new Stocks of Notkon for sale at the same price. 599 Euro is what you pay for the new Leica at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay (If you are lucky to find them in Stock!).

P.S.: Check the Nokton availability on eBay (Click here).


a little bit of everything…


Travis made the video on top and sent me the following text (Thanks!): “Here is a video shot entirely with a hacked GH2(34 mb/sec no adverse affects settings) and the new m4/3s 25mm F1.4 and 45mm F1.8 lenses. Every clip was shot in 720p @ 60 FPS so that I could do slow motion for some of the clips. With streaming videos you can’t tell the difference between 720p and 1080p. In fact it is pretty hard to tell the difference between 1080p and 720p in the original files.

There is only one clip in the entire video that was color graded in post processing. See if you can pick it out. The rest of the clips were either in Vibrant mode with all auto settings or in shutter priority mode with the smooth profile(-2 sharpness and noise reduction).

I had the 14mm F2.5, 20mm F1.7, 25mm F1.4, 45mm F1.8, and 14-140mm lenses with me. However, the 25mm and 45mm lenses were the only ones that could give me the shallow depth of field I was looking for in this video. It is not ultra shallow like a full frame camera can do but I think it gives a nice affect.

The 25mm F1.4 is a must have lens for video. It is simply fantastic for nice sharp videos with rich color. The 45mm F1.8 is great too. However, neither of these lenses have image stabilization so you need to have a steady hand to shoot hand held  videos like these.

I got the 25mm F1.4 from H and B digital last week. They had great customer service and their next day air shipping was a reasonable price. I got the 45mm F1.8 from Samys.com. They are an equally good company for customer service but their next day air shipping is more expensive since they are on the other side of the country from me. It was well worth the $1060 for these lenses though. They really legitimize the m4/3s format because they now have almost a complete set of lenses across all of the necessary focal lengths.

How the GH2 is still top dog for video quality (EosHD).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 review (TechRadar).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18 Review (Photographyblog).

Some pics taked with a G1 (for land pictures) and a GF1 (for underwater pictures) at www.toukan.fr.

A triple PEN and GF review at Colorfoto.de: E-P3 test, E-PL3 test and GF3 test.