February 22, 2011
Posted in Rumors

New cheap Micro Four Thirds lenses coming from China…

Image source: xinhuanet

Zhongyi Optics from China is developing a 28mm f/2.8 lens for Micro Four Thirds, which will have a 4 group and 5 lenses design. Price will be around CNY 500 (around 80 USD).

We already have a few cheap chinese manual m43 lenses:
SLRmagic 26mm f/1.4 eBay (Click here)
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 eBay (Click here)
Loreo lenses on eBay (Click here)

Via MirrorlessRumors

February 22, 2011
Posted in deals

Incredible GF1 deal in UK (not so in US).

The british online shop Parkcameras is selling the GF1 body for 199 Pounds only. That’s a huge deal for the GF1! As you have certainly noticed there are not many cameras in Stock. The graph above shows how the price of the GF1 is increasing at Amazon US. It proves that there is still a considerable demand for the GF1 but also that there are only few in Stock. Check out at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay!

P.S.: The newer Panasonic GF2 is already in Stock at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

February 22, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

Test Olympus E-PL2 : écran et autofocus (Focus Numerique). E-PL2 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
E-PL2 studio photography in P mode and in Jpeg (Flickr).
The japanese blog capacamera tested all new Olympus lens converters.
E-PL1s review at ganref.
ThePhoBlographer posted a teaser of the Olympus EPL-2 field review in the form of the gorgeous photo on their Facebook wall.
Panasonic GF2 review at Hybridcams. GF2 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
GH2+Nokton 25mm test at DC.watch.impress. Check the Nokton auctions at eBay.
Panasonic GH2 review at mobile01. GH2 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Fujifilm Finepix X100 first look at Photoreview Australia. X100 preorders at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Short Olympus E-5 review at faz.net (german). E-5 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

February 21, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 almost as big as the kit lens.

One of our sources told us the upcoming Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds lens will be almost as big as the current Panasonic 14-42mm kit lens. If the rumor turns out to be true than the size will be a bit more than we expected (or hoped) to be for a lens that is “rumored” to come without in lens stabilization (OIS). It has almost double the size of the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens pancake. We still don’t have the 100% certain specs so I hope there is room for a surprise that can explain the size (a bit faster than f/1.4? Incredible image quality? or last moment added OIS?). The lens is expected to be announced late March/early April.

Links:
- I used the awesome Four Thirds matching simulation to compare the lens size!
- The Four Thirds Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens (which should have almost double the size compared to the little Micro Four Thirds sister)
- The Panasonic 20mm pancake at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

UPDATE: Samsung doesn’t make any big secret about their lens roadmap and they just announced 5 new NX lenses (Click here to read more at MirrorlessRumors.com)

February 21, 2011
Posted in reviews

Olympus XZ-1 reviews

Photographyhappenings reviewed the new Olympus XZ-1: “If you are comparing to the Panasonic LX-5 or Canon S95, the Olympus XZ-1 will be a good choice if lens specification is your key consideration. The Olympus delivers strong performance over the competitors in good light and moderate distance, but fails to shine in poorer light condition and closer to infinity.

But there are more testes: First look at Neutralday. Olympus XZ-1 Camera Studio Sample Photos (Photographyreview). Olympus XZ-1 Photo Gallery at letsgodigital.

A 43rumors reader sent has his first hand impression with the Olympus XZ-1 (Image samples at Picasaweb):

I’ve had my XZ-1 for a few days now and I thought I would summarise my thoughts.

Plus points.
1) The image quality is excellent. Sharp everywhere. Certainly better than I need. Portraits look very nice at 112mm equiv with very good DOF for a compact.
This is a major point for me. Nice portraits from a compact. Who knew?
2) The menu is a lot simpler than an
E-PL1. Less is more.
3) The controls work well and are quick to learn. I had it 3 days before I even bothered to look at the manual and that was only curiosity.
4) The performance is good. Focusing seems faster and better in practice than the E-PL1. Especially in poor light.
Thank heavens for the AF lamp.
5) The image stabilisation works very well. But then I don’t drink much coffee. :)

Minus
1) Auto ISO is plain STUPID. It will happily let you take shots at 1/10 second and ISO 200 rather than raise the ISO. Result? On Auto ISO you get a LOT of motion blurred subjects.
This would be the first thing I would fix if it were my design. It’s such a dumb mistake.
2) When you change mode with the dial, a message comes on screen to tell you what new mode you are in and stays there FAR TOO LONG. Irritating.
3) The lens cap is a bit of a bore.
4) YOU MUST use the strap. The front is slippery with no grip. I’ve put little grippy pads on mine.
5) Be nice to be able to assign AEL to the Movie button, or a LONG press of OK. But you can work around it.

I don’t think I’ll be using the E-PL1 much now I have the XZ-1.
Maybe I should sell it and save the money for a new toy when it FINALLY happens.

RR

Direct product XZ-1 preorder pages at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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