October 29, 2011
Posted in news

Anamorphic video test by Seb Farges.

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LisboAnamorphic in CinemascopE from Seb Farges on Vimeo.

Our friend Seb Farges posted another nice video using the GH2 with the tiny Berthiot anamorphic 2X lens and the C-mount Fujian 35mm f/1.7 lens. Well done Seb! Also Andre Reid from EosHD is a big fan of anamorphic lenses. And you should absolutely check his newly written EOSHD Panasonic GH2 Shooter’s Guide!

P.S.: Search links for the Berthiot anamorphic 2X on eBay (Click here) and for the C-mount Fujian on eBay (Click here).

October 28, 2011
Posted in deals

First GF3 with 14-42mm X lens in Stock at Panasonic US (+ huge Amazon error)

The very first white GF3 with 14-42mm X as kit lens is in Stock at Panasonic store USA (Click here). Most of you will be interested in the lens only (like I am) and this might be a good sign that the lens will soon be in Stock.

And than there is a huge error I have to report. A reader contacted me to say that Amazon is selling the older Four Thirds Panasonic 25mm lens as a Micro Four Thirds Lens (Click here to see the amazon page with the error). I know many of you are waiting to see the REAL m43 lens in Stock so be warned! Don’t let you fool!

October 28, 2011
Posted in news

Panasonic interview with DC.watch (weatherproof X lenses coming?)

Image courtesy: Quesabesde.

The Japanese website DC.watch (click here for the google translation) had a small talk with Panasonic about the new X lenses. The google translation tool is doing a very bad job so I ask my japanese readers to check if the news I am reporting here are 100% correct. These are the highlights I filtered via the terrible translation:

1) Future X lenses could be weatherproof.
2) Panasonic considers the X lenses to be like the L lens series from Canon (also top high quality).
3) The best selling Micro Four Thirds lens is the 20mm f/1.7 pancake (I guess this is no surprise at all for all 43rumors readers).
4) Panasonic is still producing some Four Thirds lenses like the Leica D Summilux 25mm f/1.4.

As you know the first two new X lenses are already in Stock in most stores (excpet in USA where Panasonic let’s you wait months before you can find them in Stock):
Panasonic 14-42mm X search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic 45-175mm X search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Two more X lenses will be announced in January, the 12-35mm and 35-100mm constant aperture lenses. I hope to get some details about them soon.

October 27, 2011
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Nice article from the New York Times about the Olympus saga.

Today Olympus made his biggest share value gain since 1973! After Mr. Kikuawa resign the shares went up by 23%! Some readers asked me to highlight an argument in defense of Olympus: Not all $687 million fees where paid cash! The sum includes a $443 million buyback of preferred shares.

And there is one more article you have to read. It explains the difference and clash between two different mindsets, the western philosophy from Woodford versus the traditional way of doing business from Kikukawa. You can read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/business/global/olympus-chairman-resigns-amid-widening-scandal.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&hpw (Thanks Thomas for sending me this).

P.S.: I am a big fan of Olympus company and history. And I truly wish that story can soon be over. I want to talk about future cameras again :)

October 27, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Some more tidbits about the GX1…(correction LCD resolution is 460k dots).

I am getting some more tidbits about the GX1. There is one important correction. The LCD has 460k dots and not 900k dots! And here are the other small tidbits:
– The GX1 has a metal body
– Panasonic removed the motion-jpeg video format
– The GX1 is a bit smaller than the Panasonic GF1.

I repeat that the GX1 will be announced on November 8 in Japan (and not on October 28 like other rumors website said).

P.S.: I had to create a new Facebook 43rumors fanpage because my old 43rumors account have been closed. The new Facebook policy wants me to create a fanpage instead of a private account with fake anme (43rumors). Hope you will join the new site!!!

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