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“En dansant sur la terrasse”. Ballet dancers on a parisian rooftop shot in black in white with GH4. from PhilMyself on Vimeo.

Olympus 45mm f/1.8 vs the Contax G Zeiss 45mm f/2 (Tyson Robichaud).
GH4 review at Photographybay.
Opinion-review: the Panasonic LX100/ Leica D-Lux 109 (Ming Thein).
Our Olympus PEN E-PL7 Samples Gallery is Live (Steve Digicams).
Kodak PIXPRO S-1 hands-on at DC.watch.
Olympus 40-150mm PRO test at DC.watch.
Olympus OMD experience at DSLRmagazine.
parabolic antenna patent from Panasonic (Egami).
Panasonic 35-100mm F4.0-5.6 test at DC.Fever.
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL7 (teszt) at Pixinfo.

Izhar:A new music video that I co-directed and edited for legendary Israeli singer Netanela. We shot with two GH4’s. One was mounted on a Gremsy gStabi H14 stabiliser and the second one on a DJI S900 Hexacopter https://vimeo.com/109293623

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Samys: Open Box GF5 with kit lens for $299 only. Ref. E-Pm2 double lens kit for $319.

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If you want to spend $299 only for a MFT camera wiht lens that look over at Samys GF5 deals:
Black GF3 with 14-42mm lens for $299 on eBay (Click here) White GF3 with 14-42mm lens for $299 on eBay (Click here) Red GF3 with 14-42mm lens for $299 on eBay (Click here)

And the refurbished E-PM2 with two(!) MFT lenses also sells for $319 only at GetOlympus (Click here).

Panasonic US deals reminder:
1) $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).
2) $100 off on the 35-100mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto
3) $100 off on the Nocticron 42,5mm f/1.2 Lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto
4) $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!

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Sony kills Bayer sensors: Will Olympus next High End OMD use the new APCS (active pixel color sampling) sensor?

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What you see here on top is a spec sheet describing a new Sony 1.5-inch sensor. But the one Big news here is that this is the first Sony APCS sensor (yes APCS and not APS-C!). APCS stands for “Active-Pixel-Color-Sampling“. This works unlike current Bayer sensors where you combine four R-G-B-G pixels to get 1 single pixel of color information. In Sony’s new APCS sensor every pixel manages to get the full color information. And unlike Sigma foveon sensors it doesn’t need three layer of pixels. It does all with one single layered array of pixels. The new Sony sensor design will bring the following advantages:

– Bigger pixels (higher Dynamic Range and Lower Noise level at all ISO’s)
– Possible to increase megapixel resolution further
– Less processing power needed (no interpolations between pixels needed and faster readout time)
– Increased color fidelity
– No anti aliasing filter needed. No moirè.
– sensor is also ideal for monochrome shooting.

The new Sony APCS sensor is expected to be announced early 2015. It will be first used on the Z4 smartphone and will be launched on cameras later on.

Sony-Olympus:
That news matters because as we know Olympus has access to Sony sensor expertise. I think it’s highly likely that Olympus will launch a High End OMD camera using that kind of tech maybe in around one year already? In theory the new Sony sensor has the potential to bring a big jump forward in terms of Image Quality. I hope Olympus will grab the chance!

news via SonyAlphaRumors.

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New! Micro Four Thirds 4K camcorder from JVC.

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Tonight JVC announced the new GY-LS300 4KCAM Handheld S35mm Micro Four Thirds Camcorder. Fulls pecs and preorders are up at BHphoto (Click here). And those are the Product Highlights:

  • Single Super-35mm-Sized CMOS Sensor
  • Ultra HD, Full HD at 4:2:2, SD & Proxy
  • .MOV & AVCHD Recording
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots
  • 3G-SDI & 4K HDMI Output
  • Built-In Wireless Streaming
  • Built-In Network Remote Control
  • MFT Mount Supports Mount Adapters
  • 3.5″ Color LCD Display & 0.24″ EVF
  • 2x XLR Audio Inputs with Phantom Power
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Press text: BirdCage for Lumix GH4 by LockCircle.

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Lockcircle announced the new Birdcage for the GH4 which will sell for $399,00 (€ 379,00). Here is the full info:

PRESS TEXT:

The BirdCage is an innovative cage design for the latest mirrorless Lumix GH4 and Sony A7 Series cameras with the incredible weight (featherlite!) of 51 grams ( 1.79 oz.). BirdCage features exclusive LockCircle “Asymmetrical Cage Design” for right hand grabbing and camera control with original camera ergonomics.
A “featherlite cage like a camera glove” was the main concept in the creative and engineering process, because now powerful cameras with 4K features are incredibly small and lighweight and most of the cages in the market has more weight than the camera itself!
Designed for confortable grip and action, leaving on the left side of the camera all the  production accessories mounting, the BirdCage is at the center of what we call Modular Production System.
BirdCage integrates the popular LockPort (micro to full-size HDMI port saver), and a system of plates for different set-up’s and Positive-Lock Mounts (EF and F Mount lenses don’t rotate when mounting, but just the internal mounting bayonet) for precise follow-focus work without annoying lens play on the bayonet mounts.
The “monolitic” mount concept is available also for the popular MetaBones mount adapters adding “rock-solid” tough mounting with the BirdCage MetaPlate.
Camera mounting is totally improved with several double sized threads and also camera balancing is improved.
For Lumix GH4 is available also a special BirdCage GH4 Swivel for total action of the camera LCD.

BirdCage Highlights:
– incredible lightweight, only 51 grams (1.79 oz.) with Twin-Baseplate (featherlite concept)
– innovative Asymmetrical Cage Design for better camera handling
– right hand grabbing and camera control with original camera ergonomics – handheld confortable grip and action
– rock solid accessories mounting  with n° 28 (34 for A7) 1/4”  and n° 3  3/8” threaded holes for accessories mounting
– standard Twin-Baseplate offering several mounting choices (ultra-low, rised)
– Modular Production System concept, many innovative accessories will follow soon
– cnc machined from billet aluminum, black velvet hard surface finish and stainless steel hex screws
– LockPort integrated micro to full-size HDMI adapter (port saver)
– improved camera mounting with better center balance (double screw size threads)
– MetaPlate for serious Metabones locking (no bayonet play and heavy-duty monolitic mounting)
– IMS Plate for P+S Technik Positive-Lock Mounts for cinema style lens mounting
for superior follow–focus work and “monolitic” lens locking to the camera
– Lumix MFT-Mount to PL Mount, Canon EF and Nikon F with exclusive PLS Positive-Lock System
– Sony E-Mount to PL Mount, Canon EF and Nikon F with exclusive PLS Positive-Lock System
– Top Grip Handle for low-mode shooting and accessories mounting (15mm rod interface handle)
– Lumix GH4 Swivel edition for free LCD movements (not compatible with LockPort port saver)
– delivered in a wooden box with pyrography branding and mounting instructions
– made in Italy with “passion”

Delivery starts from November 20, 2014. Price starts from $399,00  (€ 379,00)
or more informations:  birdcage@lockcircle.com
www.lockcircle.com/birdcage

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