August 20, 2011
Posted in deals, reviews

Hacked versus unhacked GH2 video comparison (GH2 for around $1.250 in US!)

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Günther Machu made the very first hacked GH2 vs unhacked GH2 versus GH1 comparison. On the his vimeo page you can read the full report. In short: “The 720p60 clearly benefits the most from the hack. The hacked 1080p24 mode shows a finer noise in the dark areas with less keyframe pulsing.

The hacking is fully ongoing with continuos updateds. Keep an eye on that personal-view forum topic to see more image smaples and user reports.

I still didn’t get many rumors about the next Panasonic GH3. But one thing I noticed is that in US the GH2 is getting cheaper and cheaper. The GH2 with 14-140mm lens is now in Stock with a $250 disocunt at Newegg.com (Click here) ->(found via Noisycamera) and for $1446 on Amazon (Click here).

More links to GH2 product pages: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

August 20, 2011
Posted in reviews

Mirrorless shootout at ePhotozine (and a couple of new E-P3 reviews)

There are now plenty of E-P3 comparisons to read:
ePhotozine (Click here) posted a full Olympus E-P3 vs Panasonic GF3 vs Sony NEX-5 vs Samsung NX11 comparison. Guess who won the battle? :)
Which One? Sony NEX C3 vs Olympus EP3 (ThePhoBlographer): “I need to give this to the Olympus EP3 and admit that this has been the most difficult comparison review I’ve done to date.
Panasonic Lumix GF3 vs Olympus PEN EP-3 vs Sony NEX-C3 – Which one to buy? (Digitalrev).
The Olympus E-P3 vs The Sony NEX-5 ISO war (Steve Huff).
The Olympus E-P3 is in Stock at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

New Pansonic GF3 tests:
The polish website Optyczne (Click here to read the google english translation) posted a full E-P3 review. The overall score is higher than the Panasonic G3 and Samsung NX100!
Panasonic GF3 review at Les Numeriques (Click here) and Imaging Resource (Click here).
The Panasoic GF3 is in Stock at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

August 19, 2011
Posted in news

UPDATE: Olympus lead the mirrorless market in Japan

UPDATE: There was an error with the google translation tool. Olympus leas the mirrorless market in Japan (not the DSLR+Mirrorless market). They currently have a sales share of 38.7% and do beat Sony, Panasonic, Ricoh and Leica.

But there is a lot to do for Olympus. They have to translate the success into the rest of the world and work on a new sensor!

August 19, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) New Panasonic X lens series coming (PRO lenses)

I was working on that rumor since a couple of weeks (and I told you here that there would be a surprise). Now our friend Andrew from EosHD beat me on time and published a part of the surprise ;)

Yes it’s true, Panasonic will announce a new Micro Four Thirds pro lens series. It will be called “X“. What EosHD didn’t mention is that the 14-42mm and 45-175mm lenses will be the very first lenses having that “X” mark! Unlike Andrews speculation there will be no 12-50mm or 45-300mm zooms yet. I have been told the new lenses are an “optical revolution” because they are incredibly compact, do have a high optical quality, powerzoom and inner focusing. The lenses are made with both worlds in mind, still photography and video recording. I am currently collecting info about those lenses but it’s clear that Panasonic is putting very high expectations in this new project. One of the source was actually very impressed by the new kit lens performance. When he saw the lens he thought this would be a new “cheap” zoom lens. But he image quality and the new size and features will have a “WOW” reaction even on more serious photographers. The source strongly believes this will become a very popular line for amateurs and pro photographers!

As I said that is only the first part of the surprise, the second part will be published as soon as I get more out of my sources! Thanks for your patience!

P:S.: I repeat. There iwll be no GF7 yet!

August 19, 2011
Posted in reviews

First GH2 video with over 100mbit/s! (+SLRmagic 26mm review)


The video on top shows a 110mb AVCHD GH2 Hacked video sample! There have been a lot of activity around the GH2 hacke. Check here at personal-view.com. There is a long list of videos you can check to see the new hack at work :)

GH2 on the roof of the world on Youtube.
Hacked Panasonic GH2 Quant = 4 42 mb/se on Vimeo.
Hacked Panasonic GH2 300% playback speed Moon video on Vimeo.

GH2 links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

ePhotozine (Click here) tested the SLRmagic lens: “Fun to use, with artistic results, but the price tag is madness.” You can get the lens on eBay (Click here).

UPDATE: Slrmagic sent me an official statement about the ePhotozine review: “The editor mentioned many lens in the “far east” has this lens for like 20 pounds. One thing the editor did not mention is the comparisons of both a CCTV lens along with our lens before making the comment. As you can see here some people bought these cheap ones and have their lens stuck on the camera permanently! We know about the cheap ones on eBay. It is the reject parts of factories in China. Some does not focus to infinity. Some are over tight. As you know our mount is smooth unlike what people experience here:http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1042&message=39011656

1) cctv lens has no reflective treatment. (silver inside and on the bottom)
2) cctv lens has much stronger vignette effect
3) some cctv have fixed iris
4) some cctv can be removed if over rotated and as you see our lens is not like this.

Our lens is similar to many CS mount CCTV with 12.9mm rear flange distance but our Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 is a c mount lens with 17.5 rear flange distance that is designed to adapt to digital camera. The rear flange distance design is different. The CCTV lens your editor refer to has 10 variations in China. I have attached a video of one we bought to show people who has one. Some even twist off when rotated to the every end!”

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