(FT4) GH3 with AVCHD 2.0!

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According to a trusted source the GH3 will support the just announced new AVCHD 2.0 codec with 1080p60/50 and maximum bitrate of 28 Mbit/s. As you know the current GH2 uses a native 60p sensor but file gets stored in 24i or 30i only (50i at 720 lines).  Below you can read the specs of the new AVCHD 2.0:

P.S:
Links to the current GH2 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Links to the first GH1 camera at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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14-42mm Micro Four Thirds version one and version two test at ePhotozine

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There is a curious new review at ePhotozine! They tested both kit lenses, the first generation 14-42mm for Micro Four Thirds (Click here to read the review) and the second generation 14-42mm lens for Micro Four Thirds (Click here to read the review). And guess what? There is indeed a small image quality difference! ePhotozine writes: “The MkI version of this lens may provide better sharpness from edge to edge, but the enhanced design and faster focusing make the lower sharpness towards the edges penalty worth paying.

Those are the search links to all version of the 14-42mm lens (as you know there are now three different versions!): Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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Panasonic 25mm lens in Stock at Amazon (overpriced). Fuji X100 in Stock

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UPDATE: Those of you looking for the X100 -> It is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).

If you absolutely need the Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 in the shortest time possible and you are willing to pay an extra $200 than you can get the lens right now at Amazon US (Click here). It’s sold by reputable japanese resellers. And of course you can find the lens in Stock sold by asian resellers on eBay (Click here). To pay the normal price you should wait 2-3 weeks until the lens will be in Stock at Adorama (Click here) or BHphoto (Click here).

In the meanwhile Amazon Deutschland (Click here) updated the availability status and says the lens will be in Stock in 3-4 weeks.

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E-P2 vs 5D vs MP-9 and Leica 25mm versus Nokton.

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ThePhoBlographer (Click here) posted a high ISO noise test comparison between the Olympus E-P2, Canon 5D MkII and Leica M9-P. The 5D is the best camera but according to the reviewer “the EP2 and M9-P are almost neck in neck. “. But what is a bit surprising me is the following statement: “Both cameras use CCD sensors from Kodak, so this is a very interesting test to see.“???

A forum user at Mobile01 (Click here) posted some image comparison between the Leica and Nokton 25mm lenses. Gogole translation doesn’t work so I will tell you what to do. Click on the green links of the first post to open the images!

 

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Refurbished Olympus stuff in US and Europe.

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It looks like Olympusmarket is finisheing their refurbished Olympus (m-)43 stuff. Those are the very last auctions (Click on it to see the product):
Olympus 40-150mm Four Thirds lens Olympus 17mm pancake Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus 14-150mm lens

 

And finally also our US readers can find some nice refurbished Olympus deal. There are plenty of (m-)43 cameras and lenses at Adorama (Click here to see the full list). There are plenty of E-PL1 cameras and some nice E-P2 deal.

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