First GH2 video with over 100mbit/s! (+SLRmagic 26mm review)


The video on top shows a 110mb AVCHD GH2 Hacked video sample! There have been a lot of activity around the GH2 hacke. Check here at There is a long list of videos you can check to see the new hack at work :)

GH2 on the roof of the world on Youtube.
Hacked Panasonic GH2 Quant = 4 42 mb/se on Vimeo.
Hacked Panasonic GH2 300% playback speed Moon video on Vimeo.

GH2 links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

ePhotozine (Click here) tested the SLRmagic lens: “Fun to use, with artistic results, but the price tag is madness.” You can get the lens on eBay (Click here).

UPDATE: Slrmagic sent me an official statement about the ePhotozine review: “The editor mentioned many lens in the “far east” has this lens for like 20 pounds. One thing the editor did not mention is the comparisons of both a CCTV lens along with our lens before making the comment. As you can see here some people bought these cheap ones and have their lens stuck on the camera permanently! We know about the cheap ones on eBay. It is the reject parts of factories in China. Some does not focus to infinity. Some are over tight. As you know our mount is smooth unlike what people experience here:

1) cctv lens has no reflective treatment. (silver inside and on the bottom)
2) cctv lens has much stronger vignette effect
3) some cctv have fixed iris
4) some cctv can be removed if over rotated and as you see our lens is not like this.

Our lens is similar to many CS mount CCTV with 12.9mm rear flange distance but our Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 is a c mount lens with 17.5 rear flange distance that is designed to adapt to digital camera. The rear flange distance design is different. The CCTV lens your editor refer to has 10 variations in China. I have attached a video of one we bought to show people who has one. Some even twist off when rotated to the every end!”


First Olympus VF-3 unboxing video (+In Stock in US and Europe).


Our reader “Billy” made that first Olympus VF-3 viewfinder unboxing video. What I forgot to tell you is that the VF-3 is now also in Stock since a couple of days!
It is in Stock in US stores like Amazon US (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Amazon Germany (Click here), Amazon France (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here)


(FT5) Panasonic upcoming 14-42mm and 45-170mm will have power zoom and inner focusing!


Over a month ago sources told us that new zoom lenses with power zooms would be announced soon. Now our soruces confirmed that both new zoom lenses will have Powerzoom and Inner focusing. And again the size is extremely compact! Also Andrew from EosHD got info about those lenses and said: “The zoom buttons are apparently on the lens itself so it will work with any current Lumix Micro Four Thirds camera.

Andrew also mentions a new 45-300mm HD OIS. But according to our sources that lens will NOT be announced in late August.

All sources again confirmed that there will be no GF PRO (or GF7) camera yet. Panasonic wants to take some time before to announce the camera!


(FT5) The new lenses coming from Panasonic are two zooms!


Image on to shows the current Panasonic 14-42mm and Olympus 14-42mm kit lenses.

Over a month ago I posted the rumor about a new 14-42mm lens coming from Panasonic. Now I got the bulletproof confirmation that those rumors were correct! Not only the 45-175mm lens is going to be announced but there will be also a new 14-42mm kit lens. Both will have an extremely compact size. I was told the 14-42mm lens is actually MUCH(!) smaller than the Olympus collapsible Olympus 14-42mm lens. I would not believe that if the rumor wouldn’t come from known sources!!!

Reminder: Announcement expected by end of August! And you are not going to see the GF7 soon (coming probably in December/January)

Sending rumors: If you have some rumors to share feel free to use the contact form on the right sidebar which doesn’t store your IP address and you don’t need to send me your real name and email! Thanks!


Next bunch of refurbished cameras (Europe and US)


Those are the latest refurbished Micro Four Thirds deals at Olympusmarket. Only EU citizen can buy the cameras and lenses.


Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens


Olympus E-P1 with 17mm pancake Olympus E-P1 with double lens kit Olympus E-P1 with double lens kit


Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens

m43 lens

Olympus 14-150mm lens


For US readers: there are plenty of (m-)43 cameras and lenses at Adorama (Click here to see the full list).