February 19, 2011
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pont neuf – panasonic lumix gf2 in paris

CP+ 2011, Fuji : La star du salon ? C’est X100 bien sûr! (Focus Numerique).

GH2 Encryption And Dumping Information (gh1-hack.info).

Mirrorless Goes Mainstream (Arcrental). The Panasonic AF100: The Right Camera at the Right Time (Arcrental).

Videos 43rumors sent to me:
Perpetual Motion (Vimeo).
Son Cubano – GH2 meets the Roots of Salsa (3Dkraft).
John Laverty – British Superbikes – Building Confidence (Youtube).

Olympus XZ-1 preview at photoradar. Olympus XZ-1 Hands on at Flickr.

Hands-on: Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f4-5.6 and Sample Photos (ferdzdecena).

The website digital-photography explains how to apply Art Filters to RAW files. It is also possible to apply the Beauty Filter via Olympus Viewer 2 or Master to ANY .jpg file. And you can also have all of the newest art filters in the E-3 and other cameras.

μ43 — No good for sports? (jjsemplephotography)

February 19, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Why 2011 is the Year of Olympus (Zone-10). Weatherproof PRO M43 and Foveon camera coming?

So, after reading Thom Hogans opinion about Olympus future you might want to read a second opinion from Khen Lim at Zone-10. He mixed up history and speculations to give us a positive vision about Olympus upcoming products. He expects a lot from the Olympus pro-m43 camera but this are a mix of hopes and speculations so take it with a grain of salt! In short he expects a super tank built weatherproof PEN camera:

What is particularly interesting with Yamaki’s (Sigma) announcement was his company’s intention to develop its own interpretation of the mirrorless camera around the Foveon sensor.
The generation after the 1’s (E-P1/E-PL1/E-PL1s) and the 2’s (E-P2/E-PL2) will unfold Olympus’ bigger picture but we’ve already seen some of the company’s ideas in the form of that accessory slot behind the Pen’s hotshoe. That slot is going to be big business in many ways for Olympus but that’s not all.
“The diminutive XZ-1 also holds plenty of clues too. This is not a camera from a company that is shrinking away from the business. It is a bold move from one that is, instead, confident of where it wants to head.”
“In separate closed-door meetings with the two Germany companies (Zeiss and Schneider), Olympus would have shed light on to its future development roadmap, talked more keenly about its next generation of Pen cameras and the lenses they have now lined up. In and amongst all of these, Olympus would have revealed to the Germans at least the specs if not the pro-grade Pen prototype in the flesh. The Japanese would have discussed not just the E-P3 but the P4 and P5 and the plans they have to take the lead in this new market.”
Despite accusations that Olympus doesn’t listen to its users, some of us actually believe they do. Like Panasonic, Olympus keeps track of several key websites and blogsites throughout the Internet world, establishing a global communiqué with its key subsidiaries, each of whom has site coverage to closely monitor and find out about the movements on the ground. However while Panasonic is quick to respond, Olympus appears more sluggish to the point where people actually believe they’re not listening. Rest be assured they are, they do and they have been.
Olympus introduce weatherproofing to Pen camera . Olympus’ next-generation pro-grade Pen cameras will be nothing less than tank-built in quality. You’d be able to feel that quality in the palm of your hand.

Let’s hope Zone-10 is right and Olympus will really bring some major innovation. And honestly I would love if Sigma would make a foveon m43 camera!

Links:
Current Sigma foveon cameras at Amazon
– The newest foveon model the SD1 at BHphoto.

February 18, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Panasonic GF2 and 14mm lens reviews.


GF2 preview…in french 😉

The french website hybridcams previewed the new Panasonic GF2 (Click here to read the google english translation). And Pixinfo posted a detailed ISO image table. A full review has been written by David Babsky (at stevehuff.com): “Its drawbacks are very few ..far, far fewer than I’d expected.. and it certainly APPEARS simpler to use for a novice. It’s a very nice little interchangeable-lens compact camera. But I’m not a novice. So I’d use it for movies (or for the 4/3 Leica 14-50mm f2.8 low-light portrait zoom) but otherwise I’ll stick with the GF1 (the “Leica M9.5″) for stills. Out of 10? Eight-and-a-half ..and I can hardly wait for a HI-RES clip on viewfinder, to match the resolution of the GH2 SLR.
Check price and availability of all GF2 combos at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Steve Huff had a lot of fun testing the new Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake: “I found it performed excellent every time it was slung around me on the E-P2. What else can I say besides I LOVE IT! Over 500 frames shot with it and I found no issues or problems so I really have nothing bad to say about it. Is it as good as a Leica lens? NO, but this is under $400, not $4000 :) If you want a wide angle prime that is lightweight, thin and not so expensive then this one should be on your short list without question.
Click on the shop names to visit the direct 14mm pancake page and check price and availability: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

February 18, 2011
Posted in deals

(UPDATED) Panasonic GF2 in Stock at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto!

Incredible, in US you have more GF2 in Stock than GH2 cameras (And the GF2 has been announced two months after the GH2!).
UPDATE->Back in Stock :) -> The Black GF2+14mm pancake is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
The Black GF2+14-42mm lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).
The Silver GF2+14mm pancake is in Stock at Adorama (Click here).

And click here to check all available GF2 color/lens combinations: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

February 18, 2011
Posted in news

Latest japanese rankings (GF2 rules!)

Mirrorless cameras are very popular in Japan. That’s why you can find the Panasonic GF2 under the three most sold system cameras (last week sales). Source: BCNranking.
You can check Amazon rankings to get a very approximate idea on how it is going in the rest of the world (the stats are not reliable!). And looking at them you can easily understand why Canon has no hurry to join the mirrorless competition:
– System camera rankings (DSLR+mirrorless) at Amazon US (Click here). Amazon has also a dedicated Micro Four Thirds ranking (Click here) where you can check which m43 camera is the most popular.
– All digital camera rankings Amazon Germany (Click here). Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon Germany (Click here)
– All digital camera rankings at Amazon UK (Click here). Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon UK (Click here)
– All digital camera rankings at Amazon France (Click here). Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon France (Click here)

Canon and Nikon keep domintaing the worold with their low end DSLR. A bit of a wonder why the usually conservative japaneses market is the only one where mirrorless has a huge 40% market share. Need some expert out there that can explain me that :)

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