July 13, 2011
Posted in reviews

New wave of Micro Four Thirds lens tests!

Image courtesy: Photozone

Photozone (Click here) posted a full review of the Olympus 14-150mm lens: “The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 is an acceptable “high-power 10.7x zoom” but don’t expect magic from it. The delivered center resolution is actually pretty decent across the range whereas the border and corner performance is not that impressive“. Get the lens here at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

SLRgear tested the Panasonic 14-42mm kit lens: “good sharpness wide open, and excellent stopped down a little. Given that it’s the kit lens to a G3 package, you’ll probably find yourself with one of these lenses just by buying into the system, and then it’ll become a question of whether to stay with the kit lens, or buy something else. While you’re deciding, you should be able to make excellent photographs.” Get the lens here at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay (Those are all direct search links)

ePhotozine tested the Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:”The levels of sharpness it can deliver throughout the zoom range are excellent, especially in the centre of the image area. This coupled with the low levels of CA and distortion make it an excellent choice for anyone looking to expand the zoom range of their Micro Four Thirds camera into telephoto.” Direct search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

ePhotozine also tested the new Olympus PEN Converter Lenses: “All three converters offer a cheaper way of extending the usability of your kit lenses, without adding much bulk to your existing Micro Four Thirds camera kit and they are quite reasonably priced too.
Olympus Macro Converter links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus Fisheye Converter links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus Wide Angle Converter links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

FourThirdsUser posted someShooting wide with the m.Zuiko 12mm f/2.0. Preorder at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

There is a new set of 45mm f/1.8 image samples at Callotype.com. Preorder at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

July 13, 2011
Posted in reviews

Next E-P3 and 45mm f/1.8 tests roundup (E-P3 almost on par with the Canon 7D)

The PhoBlographer (Click here) compared the high ISO results of the new Olympus E-P3 with the Canon 7D and Canon 5D markII: “Based on the image samples, the Canon 5D Mk II is still way ahead of the other two cameras. However, the EP3 is almost on par with the Canon 7D’s high ISO output results. Overall, the new Olympus EP3 has been able to vastly improve the high ISO output and may finally creep up within the next iteration of the camera (or maybe even in RAW).

Focus Numerique (Click here) made an LCD spectrophotometer and continous autofocus test. The LCD contrast is excellent and makes it comfortable viewing in bright sunlight. The autofocus speed is extremly fast in bright light but has a poor performance in low light conditions.

Pekkapotka (Click here) posted a new continous autofocus test: “While E-P3´s single AF might be at same level as D3x´s single AF, continuous AF is not.

Simon from Clubsnap had the chance to test the new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens. He posted a set of images including 100% crops.

Preorder links (Amazon DE is now accepting preorders on lenses too!):
Olympus E-P3 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK and Amazon DE.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H, Amazon DE and eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H and Amazon DE.

July 12, 2011
Posted in deals

Nice $66 discount on the Panasonic G3 at Amazon!

There is now a $66 discount on the black G3 with 14-42mm lens on Amazon (Click here).

UPDATE: There is a new deal! The Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake is in Stock for $369 at Amazon (Click here).

More deals

You can now get the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake for $334 on Amazon (Click here)
Adorama has the Voigtländer 25mm in Stock (Click here). And don’t forget that they are also accepting preorders on the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 lens (Click here)
You can now get the AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds camcorder with a free (!) 14-140mm zoom lens at BHphoto (Click here).
The Black and White Olympus XZ-1 are in Stock for $409 only at Amazon (Click here).
The Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens is in Stock for $379 via third party resellers on Amazon (Click here).
BHphoto sent me an email to say that the very last GH1 cameras are now in Stock (Click here). Once sold out there will be no more GH1 cameras for sale anymore! And if you purchase the GH1 body (for $399) you will get $100 on any Panasonic m43 lens you buy. You have to click on “Save $100 on Select Panasonic Lenses” to see the deal.
The same deal is ongoing at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

July 12, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Rumors summary (GH3, VF-3, Nikon and Canon mirrorless)

Image on top is a Mockup of a Canon mirrorless camera. not a real camera!

There were many “mirrorless” rumors I posted last week on 43- and MirrorlessRumors. Some of them are very important and that’s why I am posting this recap because you might have missed them!

1) There is a picture of the next upcoming external Olympus viewfinder. And it looks like it has a sort of built-in flash too! (Click here to read more).

2) More Fuji and M43 rumors (Click here to read more)

3) Akira Watanabe talked about the future of Four Thirds (Click here to read more)

4) Surprise! Nikon could join the Pentax Q system by end of the year! (Click here to read more at MirrorlessRumors.com)

5) Canon confessed, they will go Mirrorless!!! (Click here to read more at MirrorlessRumors.com)

6) The Sony NEX-7 will have a built-in viewfinder (Click here to read more at SonyAlphaRumors.com)

7) The Panasonic GH3 will have electronic shutter (Click here to read more

As you see there is a lot of movement inside the Mirrorless world. I am curious to see what Canon will do but I bet they will “join” in mid-late 2012 only. The Sony NEX-7 could be a “bomb” with the new 24 Megapixel sensor but I don’t think they are going to make it right with the body-usability design. The big news here is Fuji. If they join the m43 system than it will be ahrd for everyone else (including Sony and Canon) to compete against them!!!

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