a couple of GH5 Photokina backstage rumors…

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Vitaly from Personal View shared some Photokina “backstage rumors”:

“One of Photokina backstage rumors/leaks is that main LSIs in Panasonic GH5 and new Olympus are very very close :-).

Both include dual cards support, but with only one being UHS-II.
Both support 422 10-bit video, but Olympus got LSI with agreement to restrict it to HDMI output.
Both cameras will have impressive burst performance.
LSI supports new sensor based 5-axis stabilization algorithms (it means that it has necessary outputs to all coils and things). Will be strange to not see it in flagman. Stabilization algorithms sharing was one of points in new agreement rounds (long time ago).
GH5 sensor will be custom.
Some quiet talks are also about special film like filters ala Fujifilm.

P.S. One of the talks is that new G80/85 shares almost same LSI with GH5 but restricted.”

Olympus preorders:
E-PL8 at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
25mm f/1.2 PRO at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
12-100mm f/4.0 PRO at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
30mm macro at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
FL-900r flash at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon.de.

Panasonic preorders:
G85: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.
FZ2500: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.
Lx10: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.

Xiaomi M1:
M1 Micro Four Thirds camera can be preordered at Amazon US (Click here).

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New firmware update for the GX80/GX85 camera. Adds Focus Stacking.

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Panasonic issued a new firmware udpate for the GX80/85 camera. You can download it here: av.jpn.support.panasonic.com. Those are the improvements:

  1. Focus Stacking is now available.
    New function which enables the user to enlarge focus area after shooting by combining multiple images shot with Post Focus function.
  2. [Sequence] can now be selected for Focus Bracket recording.
  3. [Flash Mode] can now be set to [Forced Flash Off] for built-in flash.
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a bit of everything…

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A Look At The Panasonic Leica 100-400mm Long Zoom Lens For Micro four Thirds Cameras

Today Gold Box deals at Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon US and BHphoto.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 review: Unique package (DxOmark).
Olympus G.Zuiko Auto-S 55 mm f/1,2 y 50 mm f/1,2 (DSLRmagazine).
These Zunow Wide Angle Converters Increase Your FOV on 4K Zooms (Cinema5D).
Lumix G Street Photography Workshop 2016-17 at Panasonic UK/Ireland
Olympus PEN E-PL8 Hands-On Preview (ePhotozine).
Panasonic 8-18mm, 12-60mm, 50-200mm Leica DG Lenses Hands-on Photos (Photographyblog).
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II : un monstre de réactivité (Focus Numerique).

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Close look: The new Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens

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Let’s have a closer look on the new Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens. The lens can be preordered now at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
It is the first f/1.2 lens from a new line of lenses. More lenses will be released in 2017. The full presentation page of the lens can be found at GetOlympus (Click here).

Three Olympus Visionaries tested the lens:

Review by Robin Wong.

The Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm F1.2 PRO lens is an incredibly high performing lens, delivering high level of contrast and sharpness even shooting at wide open F1.2. The bokeh is smooth and creamy, rendering images with great depth and 3D look. Lens technical flaws are well suppressed and controlled, exhibiting almost no trace of distortion, chromatic aberration or flare issues. Having a minimum focusing distance of 19.5cm from the front of the lens can create some dramatic close up shots. 
I foresee size and weight to be a popular complain, but honestly, it is almost impossible to create a compact-sized F1.2 lens that is super sharp at F1.2 with superbly fast autofocus. Also, price will be an issue, and this is a subjective comment which I will avoid. 

Lens test in Cuba of Oly 25mm and 12-100mm by Neil Buchan Grant:

Its combination of extreme sharpness, contrast and creamy bokeh means that you end up with consistently beautiful results. Using it, I certainly felt I could do justice to my subjects better than with any other lens I’ve previously used.

Lars Johnson writes:

I shot some of these photos with manual focus because focusing in auto mode was difficult having a see through curtain covering the models face. Worked very nicely even the depth of field is super narrow at f/1.2.I’m very happy with the sharpness even at aperture wide open. Also nice tones and good contrast.

Few more image samples got at Dpreview. A chinese review can be read at Sapphire Kerr. And below the official introduction video:

Olympus preorders:
E-PL8 at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de. ParkCameras.
25mm f/1.2 PRO at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
12-100mm f/4.0 PRO at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
30mm macro at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
FL-900r flash at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon.de. ParkCameras.

Panasonic preorders:
G85: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.
FZ2500: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.
Lx10: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.

 

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First E-m1II price info in Europe: Body for €1.999,00 ?

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The Dutch Store Fotokonijnenberg.nl listed the new Olympus E-M1II with a price of €1.999,00. I am not sure if that’s the real price or just a guess from the store.
All we know for sure is that the E-m1II price will be higher than the E-M1 price when at launched three years ago (€1.499).

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