August 4, 2011
Posted in reviews

Very first Olympus E-PL3 review at DSLRmagazine

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Once again DSLRmagazine (Click here to read the google english translation) is the very first website to post an Olympus product review. This time they tested the Olympus E-PL3. In short:

– it has very favorable balance between physical dimensions and overall performance.
– Although the folding screens are nothing new to the E-PL3 gives a remarkable charisma.
– they miss an enhanced grip.
– The final opinion is that the E-PL3 deserve a great success of acceptance and sales. In fact, we seem to be technologically more advanced than the E-P3, despite the OLED display and most complete control of it, it simply inherits the E-P2.

The tester Valentin Sama did highlight one particular problem (google translation): “why provide an index of ISO 12,800 if you have no sense to use given the poor quality it offers? A little common sense, please. Each system has its limitations and it has been demonstrated that trying to cover an APS-C sensor with a 16 mm compact is foolhardy, just will recognize that the Micro Four Thirds System offers a compromise between optical quality (image) and weight , volume and price are unbeatable, but for now, with current sensors, providing EI values ​​over 3,200, with picture quality seems just a pipe dream. And why pretend otherwise if the rest is superb?

Yeah, that’s the power of marketing!

E-PL3 are only available at Amazon Deutschland (CLick here), Digitalrev (Click here) and notfying service at BHphoto (Click here).

August 4, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) HOT: New Panasonic GF7 camera within the next 3-4 months!

Good news folks. I now got the product codes of the next Panasonic camera! It will be the Panasonic GF7! As you know this is a more pro version of the current Panasonic GF3.

As you see I got the REAL product codes:

DMC-GF7k: This is the GF7 with 14-42mm kit lens
DMC-GF7x: This is the GF7 with Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4!

This usually means that the camera will be announced within the next 3-4 months!!! I am sure that Panasonic will announce new products between August26 and September 1. But I don’t know if the GF7 will be one of them. Anyway, I am working to give you some more details as soon as I can. And I still don’t know yet if the GF7 will have a built-in viewfinder like the Panasonic DMC-L1 to compete against the upcoming Sony NEX-7 (Check SonyAlphaRumors to get more news about that cam).

Feel free to help me if you heard something about the GF7. Contact me by using the contact form you can find on the right sidebar. You already know that it work anonymously :)  Thanks!

 

August 4, 2011
Posted in deals

New set of refurbished Olympus (m-)43 products.


There is a new huge set of new (m-)43 products you can buy as refurbished at Olympusmarket. As you know all those items are in “Like-new” conditions and usually very cheap. But only EU citizens can buy them! I divided the new stuff in categories and the first ending auctions are on top. Click on the product name and you will see the full description and current auction price of the product (it opens a new window in your browser):

Micro Four Thirds

9-18mm lens
14-150mm lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with double kit lens
E-PL2 with double kit lens
E-PL2 with double kit lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
FL-14 flash
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
E-PL1 with double kit lens
E-PL1 with double kit lens
E-PL1 body only
14-150mm lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
VF-2 external viewfinder
E-P1 with kit lens
E-P2 with 17mm lens
E-P2 with kit lens
E-PL2 with double kit lens
E-PL1 with double kit lens
E-P1 with double kit lens
E-P1 with 17mm lens
E-PL2 with double kit lens
E-PL2 with double kit lens
FL-14 flash
E-PL1 underwater case
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL2 with 14-150mm lens
E-P1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with double kit lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-P1 with kit lens
E-PL2 with kit lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
VF-2 external viewfinder

Four Thirds

E-450 with kit lens
E-620 with double kit lens
12-60mm lens
35mm macro
E-450 with kit lens
E-620 with kit lens
14-54mm lens
FL-36R flash
11-22mm lens
E-5 body only
E-450 with double kit lens
70-300mm lens
E-450 with kit lens
E-450 with kit lens
E-450 with double kit lens
70-300mm lens

XZ-1

white XZ-1 compact camera
black XZ-1 compact camera

August 3, 2011
Posted in deals

Next little 20mm pancake price drop (+ US deals summary)

The Panasonic 20mm got another small price drop at Amazon (Click here). It is now in Stock for $359 via Vanns. And as you know there is also a new metal Panasonic lens hood for the pancake you can find right now in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

US deal reminder:
The Black GH2 with 14-42mm lens is in Stock for $946 at Amazon (Click here).
White and Black E-P3 are in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
There are plenty of (m-)43 cameras and lenses at Adorama (Click here to see the full list).

August 3, 2011
Posted in reviews

Olympus 12mm review at Lenstip

Yesterday we linked you tot he polish review of the new Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens. Today the english version of the review is up at Lenstip (Click here). They were not so happy with the corner sharpness wide open: “The maximum MTF values could have been a bit higher and they weren’t – it is one thing that you might regret. Lower values can be forgiven in the case of “pancakes” because we know what we get instead. Although the Olympus 2/12 is not big, it is definitely not a “pancake” lens so we expected that its performance would be closer to that of the Leica 2.8/45 than that of the Panasonic 2.5/14.

But overall this is a very good lens: “So far our summary was rather harsh. To keep the balance we must emphasize the fact that it is definitely a lens worth considering. Buying it you get a really wide angle of view, fast aperture, good image quality – everything packed neatly inside a slight but very solid, metal casing which can ensure you many years of problem-free usage.

Click those search links to check the lens price and availability at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

P.S.: The White and Black E-P3 are in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

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