August 27, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Real images of the 12-35mm and 35-100mm fast X zooms.

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The image on top (Click on it to view the full size) shows the first real 12-35mm and 35-100mm samples (Source: DC.watch). Both X lenses will come within the first half of 2012. All we know now is that they are fast. Our reader “Monodrift” (Thanks!) made a 14-45mm versus 12-35mm size comparison. You can click on it to see the full size image:

As you see the 12-35mm is not a lot bigger. But I do hope it is a lot faster anyway!

August 26, 2011
Posted in deals, news

New X lenses to be in Stock on October 13. New firmware coming. 25p support for GH2?

It is a beauty of a lens. Isn’t it? The silver 14-42mm X lens!

Preorders and availability

The two new X lenses will start worldwide shipment on October 13. And looking at Panasonic (not so reliable) history this means it will hit European and American stores in November. Preorders are only available at Amazon US but please drop me a mail or comment this post if you find more stores accepting preorders! Thanks!
Black 14-42mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Silver 14-42mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Black 45-175mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Silver 45-175mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Black GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
Red GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
White GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).

Firmware update

Panasonic announced a new firmware update program for the digital interchangeable lens system cameras DMC-G3, DMC-GF3 and DMC-GF2 of LUMIX G Micro System (Source: Panasonic.net). Those are the new features:
- Display of the local length
When you zoom, the focal distance is displayed and you can confirm the zoom position.
- Step zoom
When you operate the zoom, the zoom will stop at positions corresponding to predetermined distances.
- Zoom resume
When you switch the power switch [ON], the zoom positions when you last switched [OFF] are automatically restored.
- Zoom ring operation
This may only be selected when a power zoom-compatible lens with a zoom lever and zoom ring is attached. The operations controlled by the zoom ring are disabled to prevent accidental operation.

P.S.: Please note that the electric zoom will work on the GH1, G1 and GF1 too!

Firmware update for GH2 will bring 25p support?

ePhotozine (Click here) had a talk with Mr Uetmasu (product developer from Panasonic Japan). And he said that “A firmware update may be coming for the GH2 to add support for 25p, and additional improvements in video abilities.

 

P.S.: Click on thumbnails to see the full size image:

August 26, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) HOT! Panasonic X 12-35mm and 35-100mm fast zooms!!!


Click on picture to enlarge the image!

Wow! What a day! Panasonic already shared some details about the upcoming NEXT X lenses. There will be a 12-35mm and a 35-100mm fast X zooms!!!! Panasonic said they will come in 2012 and have a “large” aperture. Those are focal lengths very close to the amazing constant f/2.0 aperture lenses from Oly, the Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0 and the 35-100mm f/2.0! But I do hops they are not that expensive!

The 14-35mm costs around $2100. Check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
The 35-100mm costs around $2500. Check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Let’s assume the price is close to the Olympus lenses and the aperture f/2.0:

Will you buy the fast zooms?

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Preorder the current X lenses:

Black 14-42mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Silver 14-42mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Black 45-175mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Silver 45-175mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Black GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
Red GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
White GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).

Via Itmedia

Thanks Nanoka

August 26, 2011
Posted in news

Continually updated: Panasonic X lenses announced!


The new lenses have been announced. Keep checking this post as I will continually update it with all news and reviews I can found on the web!

Preorders

Black 14-42mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Silver 14-42mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Black 45-175mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Silver 45-175mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Black GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
Red GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
White GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).

Highlights

Panasonic Lumix X 14-42mm Lens, expected price $399 or £350.
Panasonic Lumix X 45-175mm Lens, expected price $449.99 or £400.
Panasonic Lumix GF3X Lens and Camera Kit, expected price <£600.
Availability: end of October.
According to Panasonic the X lenses it will be fully compatible with Olympus cameras!
Not fully compatible with G1, G2 and GF1.
PowerZoom is multi-speed
It doesn’t rotate on focusing (you can use filters!)

Previews and Image samples

Hot!Nice X lens preview with video at Techradar.
Hot! MTF charts and Image samples of the 14-42mm X lens at Panasonic.net.
Hot! MTF charts and Image samples of the 45-175mm X lens at Panasonic.net.
New X versus old 14-42mm lens spec comparison at SLRclub.
Panasonic 14-42mm X Lens Hands-On Photos at Photographyblog.
Panasonic 45-175mm X Lens Hands-On Photos at Photographyblog.
Hot! Lens size comparison at SLRclub.
Hot! 14-42mm X lens preview at Dpreview.
Panasonic X Lens 14-42mm Hands On at ePhotozine.
Panasonic Lumix X Lens 45-175mm Hands On at ePhotozine

Video


More videos: Dpreview 14-42mm X af test on vimeo.
Panasonic GF3 14-42mm Power Zoom lens demonstration on vimeo.
Panasonic X retractable pancake zoom on youtube.

Press release

45-175mm at Openpn (french)
14-42mm at Openpn (french)
Panasonic.net.
Cnet Asia.
Photographyblog.
Engadget.
Panasonic Japan (translated in english).
Amateur Photographer.
Pocket-Lint.
Systemkameraforum (german).
Imaging Resource.
Quesabesde (spanish).
Photoscala (german).
Hot! Interview at ePhotozine.
14-42mm X at Dpreview.
45-175mm X at Dpreview.
First press release at DSLRmagazine.
Focus Numerique.

Hot Interview by ePhotozine

There may be a more lenses such as macro, more zoom, large aperture, and prime lenses in the pipeline. While we were unable to have specifics, more lenses are already in the works, and on the X lens roadmap. High quality lenses have been developed after learning Leica qualities and applying them to their own designs, and by using software correction they are able to correct any distortion caused by the more compact lenses. This will mean that the distortion will / may show on RAW images, and that Panasonic will need to update RAW support for these new lenses.
He also said that the GH3 is not due imminently, as the GH2 is still extremely popular, but that there is a high end GF series camera in the works.”

Poll

Read the tests and previews first and than vote!

Will you buy the new X lenses? (You can select both of course)

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More Panasonic news

Panasonic firmware updated coming (CNET Asia).
Panasonic is launching a new photo sharing service called Lumix Club (Photographyblog).
Panasonic launches Lumix DMC-FZ150 12MP 24x 1080p60 MOS superzoom (Dpreview).
Lumix FX90 Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen compact camera (Dpreview).
Panasonic DMC-LX5 firmware 2.0 brings image and handling improvements (Dpreview).

August 25, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Specs of the upcoming X lenses. Price of the 14-42mm lens is “high”!

Some of our readers said that it is not possible that slow zooms can be defined as “PRO” lenses. I just learned from my sources the exact words Panasonic will use tomorrow when announcing the new “X” lenses. According to Pana this is a “premium lens brand“! And those are the lens specs:

Lumix G X 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical lens with Power O.I.S.

I have been told that it has:
– superb image rendering for lifelike textures
– crisp edge-to-edge contrast
– Nano Surface Coating (for minimal ghosts and flaring)
– 26.8mm length!
– 95g
– It has 9 lenses (including four aspherical lenses and two ED lenses)
– It has two buttons, a electric-powered zoom button and an autofocus button (there is no zoom nor focur ring!)
– 0.1 second Light Speed AF with the Panasonic GF3.
. Minimum focusing distance wide open is 20cm. On the tele end it is 30cm.

Lumix G X 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 Aspherical lens with Power O.I.S.

– superb image rendering for lifelike textures
– crisp edge-to-edge contrast
– Nano Surface Coating (for minimal ghosts and flaring)
– Inner focusing
– 90mm length
– 210g
– 0.15 second Light Speed AF with the Panasonic GF3.
– The lens has almost the same size of the Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6. It is not compact!

P.S.: Two of my sources said the price of the 14-42mm X lens is probably too high :(

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