November 12, 2011
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SLRmagic reviews from the production version.

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SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm / F1.6 (black ring version) – short review from Hacky on Vimeo.

Helge Hackbarth form 3D-kraft sent me the link to his SLRmagic 12mm f/1.6 review. Why is it important? Unlike all other reviewers he tested the final production lens which is less affected by flare issues. YOu can read the full review at 3D-kraft. HIs conclusions are quite positive. This is definitely the first seriously good and interetsing SLR Magic lens!

P.S.: Ther eis one more review of the production version lens at theeditman.

Other SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Straight Spotting Scope lens (w/ hand grip) is now available on eBay (Click here).
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here).
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here).

November 12, 2011
Posted in reviews

New reviews roundup (E-P3 wins award in UK)


Cameralabs (Click here) posted the full Olympus E-PL3 review: “And though the extension of the ISO sensitivity range enhances the E-PL3’s low light capabilities, the lack of composite modes made popular by Sony’s NEX is something Olympus is going to have to address in the future. But those are fairly minor points that do nothing to dim an otherwise shining performance from the Pen Lite E-PL3 and one thoroughly deserving of our Highly Recommended award“. And a spanish review of the E-Pl3 is available at Quesabesde (Click here).
The E-PL3 price check links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

There is a new E-P3 review written by David Lee Tong (part one and part two): “I do not hesitate recommending this to any serious buyer who’s looking for a better-than-point-and-shoot camera that offers interchangeable lenses, fast focus, and great out-of-the-box image quality. If you’re after a travel camera where all you need to do is to put the camera in the right metering mode and ISO, you’re bound to get a lot of keepers with the Olympus E-P3 Digital PEN camera.“. And Amateur Photographer (Click here) reports that the E-P3 won the Staff Gadget Award.
The E-P3 price check links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

There is a new Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom Lens Review at ePhotozine (Click here): “The performance of the lens is good too. Although it isn’t the highest performing lens Panasonic make, it is certainly adequate, producing sharp contrasty images“.
100-300mm lens price check links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

And there is one more Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens Review again at ePhotozine (Click here): “Many look to this lens as a better quality alternative to the current 14-42mm lens and although it does turn in better sharpness across the frame, and lower distortion, the difference isn’t massive. As the other lens is much cheaper when bought as a kit with the camera, that makes the decision between them much harder to make“.
14-45mm lens price check links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

November 11, 2011
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New need for speed lens: Canon 77mm f/1.1

“jieying-usa” reworked the Canon 77mm mount to fit native (without the use of any adapter) on Micro Four Thirds cameras. The question is, how does that extremely fast lens perform on m43 cameras? I didn’t find any image sample of that lens attached on m43 cameras. Have you any idea? Could be a cheaper alternative of the Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens.

The 77mm Canon costs $600 on eBay (Click here) while the Noktor costs $1.070 on eBay (Click here). WOuld be nice to see is there is any quality difference. Drop me a message or comment this post if you can send me some test!

P:S.: “jieying-usa” also offers a Kowa 50mm f/1.0 lens with m43 mount on eBay (Click here).

November 11, 2011
Posted in news

New PTool 3.63d brings Timelaps and 12.800 ISO recording to the GH2!

Darkness Seeker from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

Vitaly released the new PTool 3.63d for hacked GH2 cameras. You can find the official news at personal-view (Click here). The coolest new features are the ability to remove the ISO 3.200 limit for video recording and the new time lapse feature. The video on top made by Andrew Reid from EosHD is the first video showing the (astonishing!) video quality at 12.800 ISO.

The video below shows the new MJPEG variable frame rate feature. The video has been taken at 2fps!

GH2 first Timelapser test from Mark Nicholson on Vimeo.

That’s why I love the GH2 we have at work. I can always expect some nice new features! Hope Panasonic realizes the value of Vitalys work! Sooner or later you have to create an appropriate API to allow everyone to customize the camera software!

GH2 in Stock status and price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

November 11, 2011
Posted in news

Olympus announces a Silver XZ-1 with special cap.

Olympus announced a silver version of the popular Olympus XZ-1. The more interetsing news is that it has a new lens cap which opens automatically when you POwer on the camera. The XZ-1 will ship in December.

XZ-1 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

One more thing: The price of the white XZ-1 dropped down to $399 at Amazon (Click here).

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