May 16, 2012
Posted in Rumors

Three professional work made with the Panasonic GH2!

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As you know the Panasonic GH2 is used by many professionists and artists for their work. Here are three new videos you can see:

1) Konstantin Syomin (Click here) won the international Documentary Challenge in Toronto with a movie shot with the GH2!

2) Living the dream teaser at DVXuser (Click here).

3) And here is the long text sent me by Luke:
I wanted to let you know about a film that I made on the GH2 that is currently touring festivals and also available online during a limited internet-only pre-release via a partnership with the website Prescreen.
The film follows the Thai National Cheerleading team from their humble beginnings practicing on concrete up until the 2009 and 2011 World Championships in Florida where they brought home medals and caused over 10,000 spectators to jump up and down screaming “BANGKOK! THAILAND! BANGKOK! THAILAND!” …. it’s more than just a movie about cheerleaders though, it’s a movie about following your dreams and how even if the odds are totally stacked against you, that you can achieve your goals.
Here’s our website for the film
http://www.TheCheerAmbassadors.com
And our Facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/TheCheerAmbassadors
The important link though is this one, where the film can actually be rented (until June 24th)
https://prescreen.com/movie/The-Cheer-Ambassadors
We’ve screened in Thailand, Singapore, USA and Norway. And we recently won Best Documentary at the 60N Os Festival in Norway. In Norway, the film was blown up on a 4K screen and still looked amazing, later this year we will have broad theatrical distribution in Thailand. The GH2 was totally the right camera to make this film on.
Thanks again for all your hard work on the blog, if there is any way that you could give our film a mention that would be great! I am attaching a press release announcing the release on Prescreen and also our press kit. If you want some press stills, you can grab them from this link
http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?9dvh5b82a224jex
– Luke Cassady-Dorion, Director, The Cheer Ambassadors

Great work guys!

May 15, 2012
Posted in Rumors

Panasonic 7-14mm discontinued. New OIS version coming soon?

Long time ago trusted sources told me that Panasonic had the plan to upgrade the current Panasonic 7-14mm f/4.0 lens. The day may be close that this will happen because the lens just got discontinued at BHphoto (Click here to check). And only a bunch of them are in Stock at Amazon (Click here to check). The trusted sources told me Panasonic developed a OIS (lens stabilized) version of the lens.

Let’s see if the rumored May 21th announcement turns out to be real (reminder, this is a rumor coming form external websites!).

May 15, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) 75mm f/1.8 lens for $799? Coming on June 18th?

Our trusted sources already told us that Olympus is sending out the 75mm f/1.8 lens for testing. Now a new source said that the lens will cost around $799 and be released on June 18th! As you know Olympus states that this is the “highest imaging performance M.Zuiko” lens. So it’s actually better than the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 and has the same price. Not bad!

As I told you a price like that is very good if you compare it with similar lenses like the Canon 135mm f/2.0 (Click here) and Nikon 135mm f/2.0 (Click here) and the Sigma 150mm (Click here)!

 

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

May 15, 2012
Posted in reviews

Giulio Scorio interview (and third party E-M5 battery test).


The video on top proves how the cheap E-M5 third party battery works fine! And there are now many of those on eBay:

DSTEbattery:
One Olympus batteries and NO(!) charger (Click here to check the price on eBay). You need to have a compatible charger!
One Olympus battery + 1 chargers (Click here to check the price on eBay)
Two Olympus batteries + 1 chargers (Click here to check the price on eBay)
Three Olympus batteries + 1 chargers (Click here to check the price on eBay)
Carbest:
One Olympus battery + 1 chargers (Click here to check the price on eBay)
Two Olympus batteries + 1 chargers (Click here to check the price on eBay)
Three Olympus batteries + 1 chargers (Click here to check the price on eBay)
Timebest:
One Olympus battery + 1 chargers (Click here to check the price on eBay)
Two Olympus batteries + 1 chargers (Click here to check the price on eBay)
Wu2 stores:
One Olympus battery + 1 chargers (Click here to check the price on eBay)
Two Olympus batteries + 1 chargers (Click here to check the price on eBay)
Elect stores:
One Olympus battery + 1 chargers (Click here to check the price on eBay)
Two Olympus batteries + 1 chargers (Click here to check the price on eBay)

As you may know (form previous linking) Giulio is an Award winning photographer. He now has been interviewed by TheNoiseCast (Click here) and talked about Micro Four Thirds and the future of photography. And he also wrote another article about “Using the Olympus Pen on a Challenging Cover Shoot” (Click here) .

May 14, 2012
Posted in reviews

New E-M5 review by Photographyblog….and E-F1 :)

Apparently there is a Formel One version of the E-M5. As you see fromt he screenshot on top Amazon names the silver body “E-F1″ (Click here to see). Dumb joke aside, finally I can share a good deal for my European readers. They can save 50 Euro on the Silver E-M5 body on eBay (Click here to grab the only one that is in Stock).

And now to some E-M5 news. Not that we need to read more rumors but there is another big website Photographyblog (Click here) that posted his thoughts ont he E-M5: “The OM-D E-M5 is the best Olympus compact system camera to date, and also a strong contender for best compact system camera full stop. It delivers a compelling mix of classic looks, excellent image quality, an extensive feature set and immediate responsiveness, with the camera so well designed that it rarely gets in the way of the creative process…The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is simply our favourite compact system camera to date, and therefore very deserving of our Essential award.” Also Tanaka from TheOnlinePhotographer (Click here) posted some first notes: “It’s also worth noting that the E-M5’s viewfinder is much easier to use when wearing eyeglasses. The NEX-7’s viewfinder disengages unless you keep your eye nearly pressed to the cup. The E-M5’s viewfinder sensor is much more lenient and a joy to use with glasses. Well done Oly!

Leather case: As you know last week I linked you to the new E-M5 leather half case form Gariz. You can find them in Black (Click here) and Brown (Click here). I now found another new case from Kaza (Click here to see them on eBay).

P.S.: Japanese E-M5 review at Nikkei (Click here). E-M5 gallery at DCresource (Click here).

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

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