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Ban the Blur with 5-axis Image Stabilization

Today Gold Box deals at Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon US and BHphoto.
Outdoor Photographer Highlights Dan’s Work With Lumix Cameras (Naturalexposures).
6 Ways a Formal Education Can Benefit Your Photography (Explora).
The Great M4/3 Adventure, Legacy Lenses, Surprises and Dissapointments (Braddlesphotoblurb).
PEN-F und 20 Bilder pro Sekunde (Pen and Tell).
European Olympus ref. items list at Olympusmarket.

Amsus:I have successfully changed the 4k video frame rate from 25fps to 30fps on the GX80 using this recipe: http://blog.quindorian.org/2016/05/panasonic-g7-25fps-30fps.html/
Instead of using the [DISP] button, you should use the [PLAY] button.
1) Set your camera to P and switch it off
2) Hold down WB PLAY and AF/AE while turning on the camera
3) Press Playback (->)
4) In playback, press ISO and AF/AE lock at the same time while turning off the camera.

From now on the camera will display a a yellow exclamation mark every time you turn it off and you can record in 30fps.  Using this “hack”, I shot the following test video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmKGS4gUr1g

The video also tests the low light high ISO capabilities of the GX80. The darkest candle lit scenes are shot at ISO 6400 30fps f2.0. All footage uses i.Dynamic setting of HIGH, which leads to some ghosting on some of the scenes. Especially the close ups of the meat roasting on a stick. I think it is advisable to use a lower i.Dynamic setting when shooting at high ISO and consider using the 24fps mode in dark scenes to allow for some more exposure time (1/25 of a second is the longest exposure time at 24fps)

Switching to 30fps seems to remove a lot of the “Jitter” from the GX80, since almost all displays run 60fps natively and 30/60=1/2 while 25/60=5/12. I don’t understand why Panasonic chooses to lock the frame rate to 25fps, I guess nobody uses a 25fps PAL CRT TV to watch 4K!   

You can switch your camera back to 25fps if you want to, follow the link above.

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Finally: Olympus 300mm PRO lens will be in Stock again on August 23

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PRO

There is finally some hope to get the 300mm PRO lens. It will be back in Stock on August 23 according to Amazon US (Click here).

Reminder:
E-M10 kit priced at $399 is ruling the mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon US (Click here).
The new Panasonic Leica 12mm f/1.4 lens is in Stock at Amazon and BHphoto.
The GH4 is selling for $984 on eBay (Click here).
Leica 100-400mm sells for $1,599 again on on eBay (Click here).

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Panasonic patent proves they designed the Leica SL 90-280mm Full Frame lens!

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PanasonicFF

Both Olympus and Panasonic are patenting new Full Frame lenses. Egami just spotted the latest lens patent from Panasonic which describes the design of the 90-270mm f/2.8-4 OIS Full Frame lens. But before you get excited about the idea that Panasonic might make a new FF camera system hold on!

This is highly likely the design of the existing Leica 90-280mm SL lens. It’s quite a surprise to learn that this $6,395.00 lens has been developed by Panasonic!

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