June 5, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) HOT! Panasonic GF3 leaked!!!

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And here it is the new Panasonic GF3!!! It has been leaked inside the video you can see below. Panasonic chose to replace the only eight month old Panasonic GF2 in order to compete against the upcoming NEX-C3 (which will be announced on June 8th). Yes guys, as we all know the Megapixel war is over and let’s say hello to the Miniaturization war! P.S.: You can see the GF2 vs NEX-C3 size comparison here. The GF3 has about the same size of the current Panasonic TZ cameras (Click here to see them on eBay).

Two more pictures (Click on them to enlarge!):

The GF3 mount is actually higher than the camera itself. We know from our sources the camera has no hot shoe and it’s almost completely a touchscreen oriented devices (why do we need buttons? Bleh!). We are not sure about the specs now but we do believe it features the same Panasonic G3 16 Megapixel sensor. The camera will be announced on June 13 at 7 am London time along the new Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens (yes guys that’s FT5 for us!!!)

For those of you waiting for a more professional GF camera and worthy Fuji X100 competition wait a couple of months when Panasonic may will announce the Micro Four Thirds version of the Panasonic L1 (Click here to see that cam on eBay).

You can see the GF3 inside that video starting from minute 3:40. It’s an official commercial made for Panasonic! I bet the video will be rmeoved soon!

Links to the cameras discussed in that article:
The current GF2 camera at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay. P.S.: You can get the Panasonic GF2 with 14-42mm lens for $499 only at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Panasonic G3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
The current Sony NEX cameras at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
The Panasonic L1 Four Thirds camera at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
The Panasonic TZ compact cameras at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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Thanks Pisut and William

June 5, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens review at DSLRmagazine

Side by side: The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 and Olympus 17mm f/2.8.

Our friend Valentin Sama tested the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens at DSLRmagazine (Click here to read the google english translation).
No flare, good contrast, good color ad fast AF (on a Panasonic camera). The resolution wide open is good in the center and sufficient o the border (that’s not really exceptional for a prime lens, but hey it’s an ultracompact lens!). Distortions and Lateral CAs are well controlled. The conclusion do math the verdict from Photozone (Click here) that tested the lens a couple of months ago.

Pancakes are one of the reason why one should join Micro Four Thirds. And the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens is the smallest of all MFT lenses. Would love to see some more of them!

Click thos direct search links to find the lens price: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

June 4, 2011
Posted in reviews

Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 Hands-on Review (Digitalrev)

Kai Wong from Digitalrev tested my favorite Micro Four Thirds lens, the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95! In my opinion the Nokton is one of these lenses that has that magical “WoW-factor” and can convince people to join the MFT system. Of course it’s difficoult to focus when you are in hurry. But sport or action photography is not what the lens was build for. It’s also a very cheap lens if you consider the high build and image quality. You want something better? Be prepared to pay over 9.000 Euro for the Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95!

Where can you get the lens? Here are some links for US and EU readers. Notice that the cheapest price I found in Europe is in France!!! Don’t know why, but they are 150 Euro cheaper than the rest of Europe!

US:
BHphoto (Not in Stock yet), Cameraquest (not in Stock), Caxa (ebay seller from Riga but ships worldwide), infoto2 (ships worldwide), fotomundus (worldwide).

Europe:
Amazon France (749 Euro), Lapetiteboutiquephoto (749 Euro), infoto2(ebay), Fotomundus (ebay).

June 4, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…


Panasonic Lumix G3 sample video 3: Indoors, dim light, handheld pan with G VARIO 14-42mm

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 review – in progress (CameraLabs). Panasonic G3 preorder at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

The E-P1.net 2nd year anniversary CONTEST! (E-P1.net).

The Olympus XZ-1 Digital Camera Quick Review (SteveHuff).

Olympus XZ-1 self made macro flash (DC.Watch.impress).

Olympus Pen Premium Case review (ThePhoBlographer).

New Panasonic GF grip (Ne.jp).

KAZA Unveils Leather Cases for Olympus E-PL1 & E-PL2 (Photographyblog).

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