November 22, 2014
Posted in reviews

Panasonic CM1 1-inch smartphone camera review at DC.watch. Shipping in France and Germany!

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The most viral new announcement at Photokina was the Panasonic CM1. And it’s now for the first time in Stock at Panasonic France and also shipping in Germany via local dealers. The CM1 is a 1-inch sensor smartphone camera. It delivers the best Image Quality on any smartphones yet released.

We don’t know yet when the CM1 will ship in other countries but DC.watch got their hands on an unlocked camera and posted many image samples. Those are their thoughts:

– They found it cool that you can activate and use the camera without to have to enter the Pin code to get out from the sleeping mode
– Shutter button is well placed on top right of the camera
– It has the same Q.MENU as the Lumix series
– You can use the lens ring to control the digital zoom. You can also set the physical ring to control the aperture
– Autofocus is quick
– There is some issues with camera shaking at long exposures.
– Nice background blur
– Very good macro performance

Overall the reviewer is very happy with the CM1. Usability is high, Image quality unmatched by any other smartphone. He really hopes Panasonic will see this in Japan (and other countries) too starting from early 2015!

Panasonic CM1 is listed at Panasonic Germany, Panasonic Austria, Panasonic France.

November 22, 2014
Posted in reviews

First “serious” Kowa 8.5mm/f2.8 review.

The Kowa 8.5mm f/2.8 is now shipping in Japan (on eBay). And a very first KOWA 8.5mm/f2.8 review has been posted in Chinese at m43lens.blogspot.hk. These are the reviewers conclusions:

Vignetting is about 1.5EV at maximum aperture
– Surprisingly very low distortion for such a wide angle lens

– Very good resolution
– a bit of purple fringing a wide aperture
– Has some Astral granular spots

November 21, 2014
Posted in deals

$80 off on the Panasonic-Leica 15mm f/1.7 lens.

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Panasonic dropped the price of the Leica 15mm f/1.7 lens down to $520 at Amazon US and Bhphoto. About time! The lens was too expensive compared with the 20mm pancake :)

Reminder: Gh4 for $,1399 only at canadian QuickNdone eBay store (Click here). Daily Gold Box deals list at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

 

All other current Olympus Panaosnic deals:

E-M5 got an ulterior $200 off:
E-M5 with free Olympus Messenger Bag at Amazon US (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body for $599 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus.
Black E-M5 body for $599 at AmazonAdoramaBHphoto, GetOlympus.
Black E-M5 with 12-42mm lens for $699 at AmazonAdoramaBHphoto, GetOlympus.
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens for $599 at AmazonAdoramaBHphoto, GetOlympus.

$100 off on the E-M1:
Silver E-M1 body for $1,299 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus.
Black E-M1 body for $1,299 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus.

Up to $100 off on Olympus MFT lenses:
$100 off on the 75mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 14-150mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 40-150mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 40-150mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 75-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 25mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 45mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 17mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.

Panasonic US deals:
$160 off on the FZ1000 at QuickNdone on eBay (Click here)
$150 off on the Panasonic GM1 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. But note that Adorama also gives you an additional free $100 gift card which “virtually” drops the price down to $497. it’s valid on the Silver GM1 (Click here) and Orange GM1 (Click here).
$100 off on the 35-100mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto
$100 off on the Nocticron 42,5mm f/1.2 Lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto
$100 off on the Panasonic G6 with Kit Lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. Note that also in that case Adorama adds a $100 gift card for free!

 

November 21, 2014
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Olympus cannot increase 40-150mm PRO lens production. Stores order now will ship in February!

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The new PRO lens on the tiniest MFT camera (GM1) by Camerasize.

I got an interesting information from a highly trusted source. The amount of 40-150mm PRO lens preorders exceeded by far Olympus estimations. And Olympus cannot increase the production of that lens. Stores ordering larger Stock of lenses today will get their Stock in…February only!

40-150mm PRO shipping info at:
In USA/Canada at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus and GetOlympus Canada.
In Europe at Wex UK, Technikdirekt and Amazon.
In Asia at Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.

 

November 21, 2014
Posted in news

UPDATE on the Sony 5 axis system. They say it’s not taken from Olympus.

I don’t know if that’s just a “marketing statement” (like Nikon does when they say they use their own design sensor) or the truth. But Sony managers said the 5 axis stabilization from the A7m2 is not taken from Olympus. It’s a proprietary Sony tech. I have to say it sounds quite nonsense to not use Olympus knowledge when you own a big stake int that company. Maybe all Sony did is to adapt it for a Full Frame sensor and that alone “justifies” the “proprietary” statement.

via Digitalcamera

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