March 24, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything (Coca Cola uses the E-PL1 for the latest commercial in Malaysia)


The commercial on top has been shot entirely with the Olympus E-PL1: “We initially considered using a Canon 7D but due to the weight factor, that idea was scrapped early in pre-production. We also tested the GoPro HD and ContourHd but the results were not good enough for broadcast.
I suggested we use the Olympus Pen E-PL1 due to its small form-factor and decent image quality, After some testing, we decided that it produced good enough results for the commercial.
Director: Farouk Aljoffrey
Cinematographer: Eric Oh
Production Co.: Planet Films

The E-PL1 is currently discounted in many stores (because of the E-PL2 release). Check price atAmazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 / ZS10 review (Cameralabs).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5 Review (Steve Digicams).

Aputure Gigtube Wireless Review (Megapixel).

New Panasonic GF2 waterhousing (Recsea).

Panasonic to resume production in some jaapnese plants (

March 23, 2011
Posted in reviews

Dpreview posts the Panasonic GH2 in depth review (+in Stock at Adorama)


Hurry! Read the whole Panasonic GH2 review at Dpreview (Click here): “The GH2 might not be a revolutionary development (in all essential points it is very closely related to its predecessor, the GH1) but we’re confident in saying that it is the best mirrorless system camera that we’ve ever tested, bar none. With the GH2 Panasonic has finally demonstrated that it is able to compete with the APS-C format competition when it comes both to resolution and critical image quality. Although the GH2’s Micro Four Thirds sensor is smaller than those found in cameras like the Canon EOS 60D and Nikon D7000, it runs them both pretty close. Up to ISO 3200 in fact, we’d stick our necks out and say that the GH2 can hold its own against any of the current crop of APS-C format cameras on the market, which is high praise indeed.

The GH2 earned an overall score of 79% (which is pretty high!). It has the highest movie quality of all cameras ever tested on Dpreview. Only the Nikon D7000 has one little point more (80%).

You can get the Panasonic GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay (Just click on shop name to directly visit the GH2 page). And for our US readers, it is in Stock at Adorama (Click here)!

March 23, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Olympus E-PL2, 9-18mm and Panasonic GH2 reviews.


Photographyblog (Click here) reviewed the Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6 lens: “Its sharpness is pretty good for its class throughout most of its zoom range, with only the extreme borders being somewhat soft for our tastes at the shortest focal length of 9mm. The essential absence of corner shading / vignetting at all focal lengths is impressive, and the close-up performance is also surprisingly good for a lens this wide. All is not rosy though, with chromatic aberrations in particular being too high, even by ultra-wide standards.”
Click here to read what our readers think about the lens.
And click those direct links to check the 9-18mm price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Lori Grunin from CNET (Click here) testet the Olympus 9-18mm lens: “A great interchangeable-lens model if you’re looking for better photo quality and/or a more advanced feature set than your current point-and-shoot offers, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 still doesn’t satisfy for photographing active kids and pets.
Click here to read what our readers think about that lens.
And click those direct links to check the 9-18mm price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Neocamera (Click here) posted a short Panasonic GH2 review: “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is a full-featured Micro Four-Thirds SLD which delivers good image quality and a generally solid performance. Image quality is characterized by low noise, good retention of details, excellent metering and nice colors. White-balance performance is the main weakness of the GH2, although the custom white-balance feature gets around this with some discipline. The camera is quite responsive and stands out by its relatively fast contrast-detect autofocus system.”
Click here to read what our readers think about the GH2.
And click those direct links to check the Panasonic GH2 price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

March 23, 2011
Posted in Rumors

An epic battle: Panasonic AG-F100 vs Sony NEX-FS10! (Where is the 12-50mm lens?)


With the Micro Four Thirds AG-AF100 Panasonic delivered a potential almost perfect video camera for low-budget productions. Today Sony announced the “NEX version“! It has the same price ($4.500) and very similar features. Read the specs at The main advantage of the AG-AF100 is the wider range of m43 lenses and the availability of the dedicated 14-140mm video lens. But the battle started and I hope this will shake up Panasonic. We want the 12-50mm f/2.5-3.3 lens now and not in a year! Some of my source can tell me WHY the lens release has been postponed? Thanks!


P.S.: Direct AG-AF100 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

March 23, 2011
Posted in deals

A new reworked Rodenstock f/0.75 from jjeying


The eBay reseller “jieying-usa” made the second reworked Rodenstock 50mm f/0.75 for Micro Four Thirds (he already made one lens a few months ago). It fits on your camera without the need of an adapter. The lens focuses from 3ft to infinity. Wide open, images are very soft but unlike C-mount lenses the circle covers the full m43 size. You can see a few image samples on Flickr.

Click here to get the lens on eBay.


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