March 21, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) Five lenses to be announced by Panasonic in 2011 (3 new, 2 reworked)


A short update from our sources about the future Panasonic lenses. Panasonic should release three new and two reworked lenses within 2011. One of the new lenses is the 25mm f/1.4 that will be released soon. Another two new lenses should be announced in August (one wide angle lens and a tele lens). Two current lenses will be updated. The 7-14mm lens (with OIS) and a second lens (the source didn’t tell me what lens).
Reminder: Panasonic will have an announcement in April and we hope to receive more info about that soon! Olympus will announce new lenses in late May/early June.

The current Panasonic 7-14mm f/4.0 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The current 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

March 21, 2011
Posted in reviews

Gianni Galassi thoughts about the E-P2 and E-PL2

Gianni Galassi (Click here) is a well known italian photographer and he started to use the E-P2 instead of the GF1: “The main reason of this purchase is the poor definition of my Panasonic GF1 electronic viewfinder. I tend to use bigger focal lengths lately, so I can’t risk to get motion-blurred photographs by holding the camera with my arms stretched out -which is a good way to frame with wide angles, on the other hand-. I need a “real” eyepiece so that I can push the unit onto my face and fine-tune my framing with no shake. And, most of all, with the capability to reliably manual-focus, when required.

He likes the Olympus cameras a lot but there are some complains:

-Why in the hell the live view system of the E-P2 cannot visualize the EV alterations set by the photographer? No matter how I tweak aperture values in manual mode, or exposure compensation in any mode, the displayed image remains the same and, worst of all, even the histogram doesn’t show any change (which makes the histogram display totally senseless). This function is implemented in most (and cheaper) compact cameras. Why E-P2 users aren’t entitled to it, whereas E-PL2 (fortunately) are?
-Why in the hell the endless E-P2 and E-PL2 menus don’t allow users to configure live-view screen according to their needs? For example, I can not have the histogram and the grid shown in the same view, nor I can move the histogram wherever I’d like it to be. No, I’m obliged to toggle between different modes by countlessly pushing the “display” button: it’s crazy.
-Why in the hell the E-P2 histogram is so big it hides most of the framed image, whereas the E-PL2 one is so poorly outlined that I have to guess what it says?
-Why in the hell the button layout of the E-PL2 is so totally (and crazily) different from the E-P2? Do those cameras belong to different lineups? Perhaps Olympus designers have fun every time I mistake the “menu” button for the “info” button, or the “playback” button for the “trash can” button. Or maybe Olympus R&D department is outsourced (an euphemism for “subcontracted”) to anonymous (and different) external camera makers, with no coordination or briefing coming out of the brand’s management?
-Why in the hell the “Fn” button configurability is restricted to such a few options?
-Why in the hell the VF-2 electronic viewfinder, notwithstanding its price, has got to be so flimsy and poorly built?
-Why in the hell the two cameras don’t share the same battery (and charger) notwithstanding their identical battery size?

Read the full article at Gianni Galassi’s website (Click here).

What do you think?

Links to the discussed Micro Four Thirds products:
VF-2 electronic viewfinder at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-P2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-PL2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

March 21, 2011
Posted in deals

(DEAL GONE) Panasonic GH2 in Stock at Amazon!

Sorry if I had to post two DEALS related posts one after another but I just saw a deal the US readers can’t miss. The Panasonic GH2 with 14-140mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here). It’s the first time I see that combination in Stock at Amazon for the normal price ($1499). It’s sold and shipped by Amazon itself!

UPDATE: Deal is DEAD now!

P.S.: There are now over ten Fuji X100 cameras on auction on eBay (Click here). All priced over $2000!!!

March 20, 2011
Posted in news

What happened with Noktor??? Did you hear something?

What happened with Noktor? A year ago they launched their Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds but the lens is out of Stock since May of last year. I tried to contact them but I didn’t get any answer. So I am asking you if you were able to get some news. It’s impossible to find that lens on eBay (Click here) or in any other store. The website itself hasn’t been updated since a long time! it’s a bit pity because they really had a good start with a lot of viral advertising on forums and blogs. It was the first non Olympus/Panasonic lens with Micro Four Thirds mount and it has that amazing f/0.95 aperture (although the image quality is low). I am surprised to see that they stopped to ship the lens without any explanation.

Check out:

There are many other 50mm f/0.95 lenses on eBay but you need an adapter to use them and they are expensive:
– Navitron 50mm f/0.95 for $700 eBay (Click here)
– Canon 50mm f/0.95 for $2500 on eBay (Click here)
– Schneider 50mm f/0.95 for $4500 on eBay (Click here)
– Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M for over $10000 (!) on eBay (Click here)

March 19, 2011
Posted in deals

US deal: $50 rebate on the Olympus E-PL2 (making pressure on the GF2 and NEX-5)

At least in US Olympus is playing a very aggressive pricing against the immediate competition. The Olympus E-PL2 just dropped by $40-50 on Amazon (Click here). The price now is $549 ($560 for the black model). That’s $150 less than the price of the Panasonic GF2 (Click here) and Sony NEX-5 (Click here). There is only one compact mirrorless camera that costs less, the Samsung NX100 (Click here). But for some reasons you might can explain it is not selling well. It has to be seen if Panasonic and Sony will “react” and lower the price too. In Europe the price difference between those cameras is very minimal. They all cost around 500 Euro.

Check price differences for yourself:
Olympus E-PL2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Sony NEX-5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Samsung NX100 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

P.S.: I didn’t mention the NEX-3 because it has been discontinued at (Check Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay).

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