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June 3, 2010
Posted in reviews

Is the Panasonic 8mm too expensive? Get the Samyang 8mm f/3.5 for $300

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GF1 + Samyang 8mm from ADAM MADA on Vimeo.

One of our readers R.B. found a “solution” for all of you thinking that the new Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens is too expensive.
If you don’t care about size or manual focusing you could go for the Samyang/Falcon/Bower/Rokinon/Opteka 8mm Fisheye that sells for $300. It produces sharp images and has no vignetting. Used with a $20 adapter for Micro 4/3 u get a nice fisheye image at half the price.

Click here to get the lens on eBay (and yes it is crazy that the same lens has so many names!):
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if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Opteka 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Opteka 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Opteka 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Opteka 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Opteka 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Opteka 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Opteka 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Opteka 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Opteka 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Opteka 8mm f/3.5 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Opteka 8mm f/3.5

$loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samyang 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samyang 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samyang 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samyang 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samyang 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samyang 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samyang 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samyang 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samyang 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samyang 8mm f/3.5 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Samyang 8mm f/3.5

$loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Falcon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Falcon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Falcon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Falcon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Falcon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Falcon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Falcon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Falcon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Falcon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Falcon 8mm f/3.5 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Falcon 8mm f/3.5

$loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Rokinon 8mm f/3.5

$loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Bower 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Bower 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Bower 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Bower 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Bower 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Bower 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Bower 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Bower 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Bower 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Bower 8mm f/3.5 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Bower 8mm f/3.5

Thanks RB!

June 2, 2010
Posted in news

Why MicroFourThirds is so important (by Thom Hogan)

Since when Panasonic announced the G1 we were following all technical reviews, hand-on, image samples to convince ourself to join the m4/3 world. Finally Thom Hogan gave us a very “poetic” reason why MicroFourThirds is so important to take good pictures: http://www.bythom.com/.

And I do fully agree with what he says here: “To some, that slower, more considered world is a blessing: you get back to the roots of photography and you find that one decision impacts another and that putting dedicating your brain power to those domino-like decisions really does impact how good your image will be and have much fun you have capturing it.“.

Amen :)

June 2, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) No new EVF for the GF1 but more prime lenses to come!

In March we thought Panasonic could release a new $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'ES')
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{ $sel = "1"; ?>External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'US')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1 if ($sel != '1')
{?>External Live Viewfinder for the Panasonic GF1. Japanese dealers wrote us that they were experiencing a shortage and Panasonic didn’t deliver them any new EVF. Now Unwire.hk interviewed Mr. Inoue from Panasonic (click here to read the google english translation)

And that are the most interesting things he said:
1) There will be more prime lenses (43rumors will tell you more about it soon!)
2) We will upgrade the $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'JA' OR $loc == 'JP')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'US')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Panasonic GH1 camera with many professional features
3) No new EVF for the GF1

June 1, 2010
Posted in poll

POLL: Is the new Panasonic 8mm fisheye too expensive for you?

Many of our readers were disappointed with the high price of the new Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 ED Fisheye Lens ($799 on Amazon and 799 Euro in Europe).

For comparison only:
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if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'US')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Olympus 8mm f/3.5 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Olympus 8mm f/3.5 price is $639.95.
The $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Sigma 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Sigma 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Sigma 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Sigma 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Sigma 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Sigma 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Sigma 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Sigma 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Sigma 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Sigma 8mm f/3.5 if ($loc == 'US')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Sigma 8mm f/3.5 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Sigma 8mm f/3.5 price is $899.00.
The Sony NEX system offers the fisheye adapter for $149.99 but we have to see how much quality you loose by using an adapter on the 16mm lens (whoch costs $249.99))

And let us (and Panasonic) know what you think!

Would you welcome Pentax joining the Micro Four Thirds world?

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June 1, 2010
Posted in deals, news

Preorder the new Panasonic 8mm fisheye. Check out the first image samples!

You can no preorder the lens on Amazon: Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 ED Fisheye Lens for $799. The lens is not available for preorder in Europe (price will be 790 Euro).

You can also check out some image samples posted by Panasonic Japan (found via noisycamera). The images were taken with the new Panasonic G2 (which is also in Stock at amazon!).

New image samples are also available on DPreview.

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