April 29, 2010
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Today I will finish my latest documentary. The only interesting thing for you about that movie is that for the first time I used short movies taken with the Olympus E-P1. In fact that camera has become very useful for me. Nobody paid attention when I was recording with it! And that created some unique scenes.

So finally stress will be over soon and I can focus on new rumors. During the latest weeks I received some interesting news. A camera announcement is not imminent but I have some hints about what’s coming next. And if the news I received are correct Olympus is definitely going to surprise us!

See you soon!
P.S: Today cross the finger for my documentary presentation ;)

April 29, 2010
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First Noktor portraits at f/0.95

I found some time to take some shots when I was out for lunch today. The first thing I noticed is that it is very difficoult to focus correctly when you are in hurry and in outdoor conditions. Probably an electronic viewfinder would help a lot. I will redo some portrait as soon as I have more time. So do not judge the lens based on my shots!
Here some portraits (feel free to download the images but please not use the pictures for any commercial purpose)

Images taken with the Olympus E-P1 (.jpg / normal settings) + Noktor 50mm f/0.95


And finally my lunch! :)

April 28, 2010
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UPDATED: First Noktor image samples (aperture test)

I just received the new Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens. I don’t have time today to review the lens (I will test the lens this weekend) but I could not resist to share some of the first pictures I have taken today.

I have taken three shots with different aperture (taken with the Olympus E-P1 -> maximal quality jpg without any post-processing)
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Following picture has been taken with aperture f/0.95

Following picture has been taken with aperture f/1.4

Following picture has been taken with aperture f/2.0

More pictures will be posted soon. Let me know what kind of test I should made for you! Thanks!
P.S.: Feel free to use the pictures. If you post them please referr to this website!

UPDATE:
Very few and bad quality shots of the camera+lens (pictures taken with the iPhone) -> Click on picture to enlarge:






April 28, 2010
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Mirrorless future: MicroFourThirds against the rest of the world

During the latest months I received many mails from people asking me to talk a bit about future mirrorless systems from Canon, Nikon and other companies.
I thought it would be good idea to write one single post to share all I know about the future mirrorless sytems.

A personal note:
I admit, I am not a brand loyal person. I like good cameras, not brands :)
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And I am very curious to see what’s coming from the competition!

So what should we expect from Panasonic, Olympus, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Samsung and Pentax?

Canon:
First of all I invite you to follow the canonrumors.com website. I am sure they have far better rumors than we about future Canon stuff.
According to our sources Canon will be the last big brand to present their mirorrless system. A mirrorless concept/roadmap could be unveiled on Photokina but my sources do speculate with the official release of their system in 2011. Some speculation: It could use the same APS-C sensor used for the Canon 550D (T2i). Do not expect something revolutionary. They will simply pick-up some of the best tecnology from current mirrorless systems and put their sensor in a new Canon system.
My future interest in the Canon system? 7/10

Nikon:
Our friend Peter from nikonrumors posted many Nikon related “mirrorless” patents. According to his sources Nikon will use a small sensor (smaller than the MicroFourThirds sensor!) for their mirrorless system. Also my sources do confirm that we should not expect too much from Nikon.
My future interest in the Nikon system: 5/10

Pentax:
They have zero resources for developing their own mirrorless system. And the partnership with Samsung is very weak. I really hope Pentax can survive but I don’t see a bright future for them :(
No vote (but I would love to see a Pentax mirorless system!)

Samsung:
They are putting a lot of money for the development into the NX system. The problem is that they have no tradition, no experience and people do not really trust them. Anyway they are currently trying to learn from their mistakes and I am sure that over the long term they will be able to release some interesting cameras (like the compact NX100). The partnership with Schneider-Kreuznach sounds also very promising.
One more thing: I bet they will be the first to create a mirrorless fullframe system!
My future interest in the Samsung system: 7/10 (and if they make a fullframe system: 8/10)

Sony:
Unlike Samsung they will soon release some nice compact cameras. The problem is that (as usual) Sony will create a strong closed proprietary system. Also the hotshoe is proprietary :(
And I don’t like their relation with the Alpha-folks. An example? They didn’t manage to release one single firmware update for their Sony Alpha cameras.
My future interest in the Sony system: 6/10

Panasonic and Olympus:
Yes, here we are! What’s the future of MicroFourThirds? In my opinion everything depends from the development of the lens system. If they will be able to release some nice lenses only few will switch to other mirroless systems. And according to my sources both companies are working very very hard in that direction. I expect many new lenses to be announced at Photokina. Olympus will announce some nice primes and Panasonic is focusing their development of cheap-good quality lenses (like the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7).
My future interest in the MFT system: 8/10

Please keep in mind that my judgment is based on rumors+speculations and not on facts.

Once again thanks to all of you sending me rumors and news!

P.S.: Sorry if sometimes I do not answer you. At the moment I am really busy at work. Feel free to add me in google chat. You can contact me at any time!

Cheers
Ale

April 27, 2010

a little bit of everything…


Crazy video:
The Mijonju Show – Micro Four Thirds with the Pentax Auto110 adapter.

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Panasonic G2 review on Ascii.jp (google english translation)
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Olympus, Panasonic, Ricoh, Samsung EVF comparison (dcwatch.jp / google english translation)
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Olympus E 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 Zuiko Lens Review. It is the FourThirds lens not MicroFourThirds! (ePhotozine)
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dc resource G2 images vs E-PL1 (dpreview forum)
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 9-18 mm f/4-5,6 review on Focus Numerique (google english tranlsation)
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Canon SX210 IS Casio FH100, Panasonic TZ10 and Sony HX5V: face to face (quesabesde)
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