March 9, 2011
Posted in news

Panasonic ready to attack the Canon and Nikon supremacy (Amateur Photographer)


Amateur Photographer posted some more info from the Interview with John Mitchell from Panasonic UK: ‘There’s strong growth globally. The market is growing by huge amounts, more than doubling year on year. In the UK we are expecting over 200,000 of our Compact System Cameras to be sold in the UK.

John also ensured that Panasonic will release some “exciting products“. In December 2010 Panasonic managed to have 11.3% share of the UK changeable lens camera market. And Canon and Nikon are loosing ground in favour of mirrorless cameras. John said the reason for the success is the “small size” of the cameras. And Panasonic doesn’t fear Canon/Nikon future mirrorless cameras because they can offer an already mature system (with 11 lenses).

43rumors note: Would be nice to know the market share in US. Should be very low considering that the Panasonic GH2 isn’t in Stock at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto.

P.S.: The black Panasonic GF2+14mm is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Check all the kits and colors availability at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 9, 2011
Posted in news

Thom Hogan thoughts about the Olympus PEN pro (a must read!)

The latest rumor about the Olympus PEN pro cameras created a very long and interesting discussion on 43rumors (Click here to read the original article including the 160 comments). Thom Hogan from bythom.com added his personal thoughts about Olympus PEN pro future. I believe he made a very understandable and rational analysis of the risks, limits and chances of future Olympus PRO cameras. Let’s read the text and discuss the single points!

The following text has been written by Thom Hogan on 43rumors:
Read the rest of this entry →

March 9, 2011
Posted in reviews

Pentax 6mm f/1.2 tested on the GH2 by Seb Farges (with Panasonic 14mm comparison)

The fantastic 1:1 video crop mode of the Panasonic GH2 allows you to use C-mount lenses without having that huge vignetting. Seb Farges tested the Pentax 6mm f/1.2 lens: “AT LEAST I’ve found the PERFECT WIDE SHARP and CHEAP lens for the GH2 !!! It’s a C-mount Pentax/Cosmicar 6mm 1:1.2 lens I’ve bought 9.99€ (12.50$) on Ebay!
The rear barrel had to be modified for 20€ (watch pictures below) to fit on the C-mount to micro 4/3 adapter (Kipon).
This 6mm focal lenght on the GH2 gives a huge vignetting on micro 4/3 sensor, but thanks to the new crop 1:1 GH2 function, the vignetting is disappearing completely !
This 6mm lens with the crop function gives nearly the same frame (same width but less height) than on the Lumix 14mm 1:2.5, but much much more faster.
It’s a sharp lens, even with the crop. In 24X36 eq. it’s a 30mm.
This lens is incredible for GH2, there is no other competition for such a fast lens !

In this movie you will watch daylight tests (always @ 1:1.2, 1/50 shutter speed, 160 asa) with a 22€ Polaroid 43mm variable ND filter and a 40.5 to 43mm step-up ring, there’s my girlfriend preparing her new collection for children “Pitchoovintage”.
Then you will watch night test, from 160 to 3200 asa, always @ 1:1.2 and 1/50 shutter speed.

Seb tested many C-mount lenses and is one of our daily 43rumors readers. Feel free to make him any question you want and he will answer you! Thanks SEB!

UPDATE
: This is the original place where Seb got the lens on eBay (Click here).

Links:
- C-mount Pentax/Cosmicar 6mm 1:1.2 at eBay (Click here).
- Kipon C-mount to micro 4/3 adapter at eBay (Click here).
- Panasonic GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
- Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 8, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Panasonic confirms the 25mm f/1.4 is coming this summer!

In an interview with Amateur Photographer Panasonic UK product manager John Mitchell confirmed that the 25mm lens is coming this summer: “We are sure it’s going to be a great hit because it’s 50mm [35mm viewing angle] equivalent – really fast, really bright

What we don’t know yet is if the 25mm lens is going to be announced along the Panasonic G3 on late March/early April and be available in summer or if the announcement itself will be in made this summer.

What we know about that lens:
- It has double the size of the 20mm f/1.7 pancake
- Unlike the Four Thirds Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens it is not Leica branded
- It has no OIS.
- It should cost around $700.

Links:
- 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
- 20mm f/1.7 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
- 8mm fisheye at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
- 45mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 8, 2011
Posted in poll

POLL: is the digital camera future modular?

Over at SonyAlphaRumors you can read the latest rumor about a modular NEX camcorder which should be announced within the next few weeks. The key feature about that rumor is the new Sony NXCAM works like a medium format Hasselbald modular system! Viewfinder, grip and other parts can be attached and detached. I don’t think the camera will become a strong AG-AF100 competitor because of two reasons:
1) The price is to high. The body only costs $7.000 and once you add grip, EVF, LCD and the other missing parts total price will claimb over the $10.000 mark.
2) The most important part isn’t modular…the sensor!

Ricoh built a nice GRX system but it’s not fully modular (and the single sensor+lens unit concept doesn’t convince me). Now, imagine if your m43 camera could use different sensors, different LCD screens. Imagine if you would be able to remove the grip and the EVF to transform your pro-camera in a more portable GF or Pen. So what is your opinion on that? Maybe that could be the killer feature of the future Olympus PEN pro cameras?

Would you prefer a modular m43 camera-system over any other classic mirrorless camera even if you would have to spend a bit more?

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LInks:
Ricoh GXR system at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Hasselbald medium format cameras at eBay (Click here)

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