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Rolling shutter comparison, Sony Nex FS100 vs Canon 5D mark II vs Panasonic Lumix GH2 @ identical panning speed, shutter roll, jello effect

Olympus XZ-1 versus Pentax Q image comparison at RiceHigh.

And now a gallery published here in NZ today – all pics in the gallery shot with the GH1: See them at nzherald.co.nz.

Amos Chapple contacted me to share the following news:  “Recently my UK agent Rex Features distributed some images from a trip of mine to the living bridges of northeast India – all the pictures were shot with a Lumix GH1. The pictures have been bought widely in the UK including the Guardian newspaper (a full A2 double-page spread!), Wanderlust magazine (A3 double-page spread on magazine stock paper), Hello Magazine, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and, I’m told many more print publications. Additionally the images have gone viral in the blogosphere, with one of my images of the bridges on Flickr receiving 38,000 hits in the space of three days. The images have now been picked up by Associated Press so hopefully some American usage will follow! One image which might be of particular interest is in the Daily Telegraph gallery: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2035520/Meghalaya-villagers-create-living-bridges-training-roots-river.html
The second image (“Nature’s incredible engineering”) was shot at 800 iso, with an aperture of F1.4 and SS of 1/25th of a second. The image seems to have been tweaked slightly by a very skillful image handler, but as you can see the IQ is superb, and pretty much definitively proves these cameras are usable professionally. The lens was (my favourite of all time) the old 4/3 Leica 25mm F1.4. with a 4/3 – m4/3 adapter. I wonder how many lenses of any kind would look that good shot at 1.4.
Some other samples of images:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/picture/2011/sep/15/living-bridges-inda-big-picture
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/theweekinpictures/8753598/The-week-in-pictures-9-September-2011.html?image=13
http://issuu.com/wanderlust/docs/sampler_13_pages (page 5)

And Wee sent me this: “Hi, I’m from Thailand. Any user feedback about E-P3’s mode dial fall off? Mine is this one: http://www.thaidphoto.com/forums/showthread.php?t=236175&page=1
The camera is really new, only bought it a few weeks before taking it on a trip. Another one, the owner said his body is 16 days old:
http://www.pantip.com/cafe/camera/topic/O11103535/O11103535.html.
As you see from both cases, it is a design flaw and poor assembly. The mode dial only has a tiny dent to align it in the right position under iAUTO mode and is glued to the knob underneath. The way this dial is cheaply built doesn’t look like a $900 camera to me! I was on my vacation in the UK and had bad experienced with Olympus distributor in Thailand, so I decided to stick it back in its place with super glue. What better can the service center do? Put extra glue on it? Bah!

Las Olympus Pen se dan un respiro entre monólogos, secretitos y miradas cruzadas (Quesabesde).

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Panasonic 25mm and Olympus 45mm both shipping in US!

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Our readers sent us to good news. First, as you see from the screenshot on top Adorama is now shipping the Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens. Hurray! Here you have more preorder links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

And another reader wrote: “Just wanted to let you know that the M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 has started shipment here in the U.S. through BH Photo. I got my shipment notification today, but I also had made my pre-order when it was first announced so I don’t know how long the new order wait is. :)” Here you have more preorder links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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SLRmagic announces a new 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope for m43.

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SLRmagic announced a new digiscoping solution for micro four thirds bird watchers. With this solution micro four thirds users may easily take photos or video of birds at great distances. The current options by other brands with ED glass offerings cost from $1000-$5000. The longest micro four thirds lens for now only reach 300mm and cost between $500-700. The SLR Magic will be a 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope. The photo of the Flamingo is shot at 420mm and the photo of the bird is taken at 840mm. The lens will be released in October for $250 and SLR Magic 12-35×50 ED spotting scope for micro four thirds should be released in November for $400.

That is the fifth Micro Four Thirds lens made by SLRmagic. The most famous lens is the redesigned Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens:
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here) Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here) SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here) Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens on eBay (Click here)

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New E-PL3, GF3 and 14mm lens reviews.

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Whatdigitalcamera (Click here) tested the new Olympus E-PL3: “With so much else going for it, including the improved AVCHD-able movie mode with full manual exposure control, and decent image quality at the lower ISO settings, the E-PL3 is among the better-equipped Compact System Cameras out there. We like it a lot“. Shop links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Photoreview Australia (Click here) reviewed the Panasonic GF3: “Imatest showed RW2.RAW files converted with Silkypix Developer Studio to be up to expectations for a 12-megapixel camera. JPEGs were slightly below expectations but a cut above the GF2. Resolution held up very well with both file types across the camera’s sensitivity range, as shown in the graph of our Imatest results below.”. Shop links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

And Photoreview Australia (Click here) also tested the ultratiny Panasonic 14mm lens: “Imatest showed this lens provided the highest resolution between f/2.5 and f/5.6 with a gradual tailing off towards f/22 as diffraction progressively affected image quality. Interestingly, when the GF3 was used in any of the auto exposure modes (iA, P or the Scene pre-sets), the camera favoured aperture settings within this range and would only stop down when it ran out of ISO room“. Shop links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Photographyblog (Click here) posted a set of Olympus E-PM1 photos. Shop links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

 

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US Price drops on the GH2 and 20mm pancake. Leica 25mm still missing…

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Let’s start with the good news first. The must-have 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens got another price drop and is now in Stock for $342 only at Amazon (Click here). And the most featured of all Panasonic camera, the GH2, is now in Stock for $1389 via third party resellers on Amazon (Click here).

And now the bad news. The three biggest US stores still have no single Leica 25mm in Stock: Nor Amazon nor Adorama nor B&H.

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