First Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens Unboxing video


It’s not a review but let’s give some free space to our “emotional” part of the brain :) Here is the first Olympus 12mm f/2.0 video! The lens is in Stock Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here) and eBay (Click here). Feel free to send me your first image samples and videos if you already managed it to get the lens!

P.S.: A Black E-P3 with 17mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here). And a third party reseller is trying to sell the first Silver E-P3 for $1,799.00 on Amazon (Click here).


A japanese market share analysis. New firmware updated for two Olympus lenses


The japanese website BCNranking displayed the latest data about the japanese camera market.

Most sold cameras with interchangeable lenses:
The E-PL2 is on position three with 6.4% of the whole volume share. The Panasonic GF2 is on Position 5 with 6.2%. And on position 9 you can find the in Japan only available E-PL1s.

Mirrorless Market Share (January to May 2011):
Olympus (37.95%), Sony (32.02%), Panasonic (30.03%). The year 2010 ended with following shares Panasonic (38.7%), Sony (32.2%), Olympus (29.1%).

Market share for all interchangeable cameras (Mirrorless and DSLR):
Canon (29.3%), Nikon (27.4%), Sony (15.0%), Olympus (12.7%), Panasonic (9.7%)

P.S.: 31% of all sold interchangeable cameras are Mirrorless.


In Europe and US you cannot have such detailed reports. You can get a very vague idea about the popularity of a camera by checking the Amazon rankings:
– 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)


Next hacked GH2 footage. Batterygrip for the GH2 coming in August!


EosHD (Click here) made the video you can see on top by using the hacked GH2 with 42Mbit AVCHD 1080/24p! He mostly used the new amazing Samyang 35mm F1.4 lens (Click here to get that Four Thirds lens on eBay). In Short EosHd says that low light performance is just better, less electronic looking noise, less compression appears to have helped with banding on gradated tones, color and detail are much better. What do you think after seeing the video? The official Hack website is here:

One more GH2 relate news. Do you remind the battery grip announced by the chinese company Ownuser? They delayed the product release and a dpreview forum user got the following message:
Dear sir
We have project for GH2’s grip. We are very sorry, because some problems cause project delay. We also hope that GH2’s grip will be available at 7 / 31, but there may be extended to 8 / 15~30.
Ownuser Customer Service

Our original article about the Ownsuser battery grip is available here:

The G1 G2 GH1 G10 Ownuser battery grip is already in Stock on eBay (Click here).


Next G3/GF3 news and reviews roundup!


Panasonic GF3 Hands-on Review by Digitalrev.

Pocket-Lint (Click here) tested the GF3: “Whilst the GF3 might not include everything we would have put on our wish list, for those making the step up from a point and shoot camera for the first time, this GF series Lumix is its most accessible yet. Plus, for any new users what it doesn’t offer in comparison to its predecessors won’t be missed”.

Cnet Asia (Click here) tested the new Panasonic G3: “Panasonic has impressed us with the G3’s sleek downsized chassis, but the touchscreen interface could have been more responsive“…”Though the G3 does have its quirks, the new camera offers good image quality and improved noise performance at higher ISO settings.

The polish website with the so complicated name “Optyczne” (Click here) posted their G3 review: “After the test we have mixed feelings. On one hand, the camera offers very good image quality and low noise over a wide range of sensitivity, on the other hand, however, falls quite poorly in terms of tonal range. (google translation from polish)

Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

P.s.: One of our readers told to us the Panasonic DMC-G3 kit with 14-42mm zoom lens is now available at retail in Vancouver, BC, Canada.