February 17, 2011
Posted in reviews

First Fuji X100 preview with real image samples JPG and RAW!

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Image courtesy: Quesabesde.

Quesabesde (Click here) had the pleasure to test the new Fuji X100 with the firmware 0.69.
And those are a few of their findings:
– They found the menu a bit quirky
– Startup and shutter response is fast
– One of the major strengths of the cameras is the very silent (or “stealthy”) shutter!
– Autofocus of the X100 performs well in terms of speed and accuracy. Even in poor lighting conditions and with the assist light turned off, the reaction is correct.
– The camera supports up to 3,200 ISO smooth and even further if the conditions are not very critical.

But visit their website to check the JPG and RAW image samples. You can download the full size images!

And don’t forget to preorder the Fuji X100 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay (no proerders in Europe yet).

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February 17, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Panasonic G3 (and new lenses?) by end of March/early April


The 25mm f/1.4 lens for Four Thirds will soon have a little Micro Four Thirds sisther :)

Now we now it for SURE (99%) that the new Panasonic G3 will be announced by late March/early April. As we already told you the new body looks different than current G cameras, but the new design will not have a DMC-LC1/L1 look!). The G3 has a new sensor and can take FullHD videos (but not at 24mbit/s like the new GH2). Let’s hope the G3 will not have the delay of the GH2 and the GF2 (In US only the Silver GF2+14mm lens is in Stock at Adorama (Click here)) and the GH2 is still missing.

We didn’t get any FT5 confirmation that the 25mm f/1.4 will be announced along the G3 but I would say it is FT4 (please read the explanation about the rumor classification at the bottom of the page!). We know the 25mm lens will not feature in lens stabilization and unlike the Four Thirds version the lens will NOT be Leica branded!

But there also could be one more lens coming (that’s FT4). We hope to know more about it soon.

Links:
– The current Leica branded 25mm Four thirds lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay and Amazon.
– The 5 Megapixel DMC-LC1 at ebay and the 7 Megapixel DMC-L1 at Amazon.

Reminder: Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

February 17, 2011
Posted in Rumors

When will Elicar release that lens?

Image courtesy: Photoscala.de

Ok Zeiss, Schneider and Cosina will make Micro Four Thirds lenses but there is also one more small company that will join the group. At photokina 2010 the japanese company Elicar showed that 4,5-6,3/300-600 Micr Four Thirds lens prototype. So what happened since then? Did you got some news about when the lens will be available?

Elicar already made lenses for Olympus OM, Canon FL and Minolta mount. You can see a list of lenses at eBay (Click here).

February 16, 2011
Posted in deals

Vogtländer Nokton still out of stock for a long time…

Credit: Leonard Goh/CNET Asia

The official Voigtländer US reseller Cameraquest updated the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 shipment status:
February 8th Update: The upcoming February 25/.95 shipment is indeed SOLD OUT. The people first in line to receive a lens with their deposits have been emailed. A 2nd group which might get lenses due to cancellations has been emailed, as well as the third group which is unlikely to receive a lens out of this shipment because they are too far down the lists. WHEN IS THE NEXT SHIPMENT? I don’t know, but I would guess at least a month away.”

There are a very few of them on auction at eBay (Click here) (but sometimes very expensive!). I got mine at Bayern Fotoversand which will have it in Stock within the next 2-3 weeks. They ship to Europe only.

After weeks of shooting I can say the lens is extraordinary. I am very happy with it. But to be honest I still shot most of my images with my “cheap” Olympus 17mm lens. This because with the Nokton the camera isn’t pocketable and I usually want to travel as light as possible.

If you own the Nokton feel free to share your rating and impression on 43rumors: http://www.43rumors.com/cameras/voigtlander-nokton-25mm-f0-95/

February 16, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Panasonic GH2 and E-PL2 reviews

Panasonic GH2

Trustedreviews tested the GH2: “The GH2 is an incredibly versatile camera, offering image quality that comes close to a DSLR but in a body that’s lighter and more compact. What’s more, the flip out touchscreen, mass of manual controls, and instant-on video capabilities make it not just a jack but nearly a master of all. However, there is one whopper of a stumbling block, and that’s price.
Teh australian magazine Pcworld also tested the GH2: “The bottom line is that the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH2 Micro Four Thirds camera is an excellent product. Its combination of manual and automatic features make it ideal for any type of user and if you want to make the most of its manual features the learning curve isn’t too high
And at last Digitalcamerareview posted a first look article and Fourthirds-user posted JPG and RAW samples on their website.
You can check price and availability at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Olympus E-PL2

Steve digicams finished his Olympus E-PL2 review: “Olympus has taken an already awesome camera (the E-PL1) and made it even better. The E-PL2 has some note worthy improvements that add to the appeal of this series, with the addition of the control dial, beefier hand grip, new conversion lens options, and the PENPAL being my personally favorites.
You can check price and availability at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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