March 7, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) GF5 camera coming within months and similar GF3 shape.

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Trusted sources keep sending me confirmations that the next GF3 replacement will arrive within the next 2-3 months. The camera has no major design changes and a very similar GF3 shape. It will feature a new sensor (very likely the same 16 Megapixel sensor from the Panasonic G3). But if you are considering to buy the GF3 you may buy it anyway. Vitaly is working on the GF3 hack that will bring you even more new features!

While the GF3 might not be the sexiest camera I really like it because of one main reason….the size! The GF3+14-42mm X lens (Click here) is probably the best compact camera with zoom lens you can carry with you all the time. Canon is the only one offering something similar, the G1 X (Click here). But it is bigger, uglier, more expensive and has a fixed zoom lens only. Wondering if someone will spend $800 for this…

One more thing: The next Panasonic announcement will be made in early/mid April. The new m43 camcorder will be announced and hopefully the two new X zoom lenses too. I don’t know (yet) if there will be something else too.


Shop search links to the three hackable Panasonic cameras:
Panasonic GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic GF2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

March 7, 2012
Posted in reviews

(UPDATED with Robin Wong review) New Olympus E-M5 and 12-50mm reviews

UPDATED: Robin Wong posted his first part of the E-M5 review (Click here). He tested the dynamic range, resolution and sharpness of the images and that is what he writes: “I cannot believe what I have just said there !! Olympus camera, ISO6400, with no traces of chroma noise, with non-ugly luminance fine grains only. The first time I saw the images, my eyes almost popped out of the sockets too, I know.” Read his review to check out if that is really true! :)

E-M5
The polish website M43 (Click here) tested how effective the new image stabilization works. Up to four stops the image stabilization is very effective. Only from the fifth images really can get blurry.
Full size JPEG and RAW image samples can be seen and downloaded at Photographyblog (Click here). Some more images at Yugatech (Click here). And E-M5 image samples of the Auto Geneva show have been posted by Sulanto (Click here).

Lenses
Also the 12-50mm kit lens has been reviewed at ePhotozine (Click here): “The compact size and excellent splash-proof build are both excellent features of this lens, but I can’t help but feel a slightly larger lens with a maximum aperture of at least f/5.6 at the telephoto setting would be more appealing.
Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Photos at Photographyblog (Click here).

E-M5 preorders (Click on the names of the stores to see the product page):
Black E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Redcoon Germany and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Redcoon Germany, and Amazon Japan.
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and J&R.
Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Redcoon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.

March 6, 2012
Posted in deals

Superdeal: GH2 body now for $579.99 only!

I knew the price of the GH2 would fall further but this guys is an amazing deal! You can find the GH2 body only (NEW!) for $579 on eBay (Click here to grab that superdeal!). That’s $300 less than at Amazon (Click here to check)! Buy it and hack it! ;)

It is a Topseller form eBay so definitely not fake. If true this really may be a sign that the GH2 is slowly being faded out of production. I never saw such a price before!

Thanks Luke for finding this

March 6, 2012
Posted in Rumors

Canon explains why Four Thirds is better than APS-C :)


Olympus and Panasonic do often explain the advantages of a Four Thirds sized sensor over the classic APS-C format. But it’s nice to hear that Canon is on the same wavelength! As you know Canon is using a Four Thirds ratio sensor (just a tiny bit bigger than “our” m43 sensors) for their just launched Canon G1X (CLick here to see tha cams pecs). David Parry, from Canon UK explained at Techradar (Click here) why they didn’t opt for the APS-C sensor: “We managed to create a four times zoom in a very compact body, and really it has the biggest sensor that we could use and also get decent coverage from the lens. If you made the sensor any bigger, the lens would have to be a lot bigger and it would be much more difficult and expensive to produce.

Sounds almost like Canon wants to join the Micro Four Thirds system :)   Hey it’s a joke and not a rumor! ….at least for now :)

 

 

March 6, 2012
Posted in news

For all film users. No more Kodak slide film in future.


I guess that many of you still own or even use a Film camera. I still use the Mamiya 7 on almost daily base. And even the OM-3Ti sometimes. So this is a very bad day for all of us because Kodak dropped and already removed all(!) slide films from their stores. The E100VS (here on eBay), E100G (here on eBay) and the Elite Chrome Extra Color 100 (here on eBay).

Is this the end of Film? I don’t think so, but it could be the end of Kodak :(

And I never asked you that questions:

Do you still use Film Cameras?

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I am so curious to know how many of you are like me…still a bit of “old” time photographer :)

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