October 5, 2011
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Noktor 12mm f/1.6 hands-on (Straight Spotting Scope on eBay)

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There is a double hands-on review of the new 12mm f/1-6 Noktor lens:
You can read the first hands-on at ThePhoBlographer (Click here): “How does the lens feel? It’s very well built: all metal body and quite heavy for a micro four thirds lens. But it’s not overpoweringly heavy.
And the second hands-on has been written by Steve Huff (Click here): “I can see that at f/1.6 it is a little teeny bit soft at the edges but still looks VERY nice. By f/2 it sharpens up and is just about flawless. Also this lens has VERY LITTLE distortion. Oh, did I mention it also doubles as a macro lens?”.
If you are interested in getting this lens there is still NO preorder option yet. The only Noktor lens that ships right now is the Noktor 50mm f/0.95 on eBay or on their website.

Spotting Scope lens in Stock:
The other news is that the SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Straight Spotting Scope lens (w/ hand grip) is now available on eBay (Click here).

Other SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
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)

October 4, 2011
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New Olympus 45mm review (shipping at Amazon US!)

Peter Lueck (Click here) posted a new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review. The review is in german but the conclusion is the same form other reviewers. This is a sharp lens with almost no flaws. For the price a real must have lens! Oly the body quality is not as good as the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens but it also cost a lot less!

A coupel of readers contacted me to say that Amazon.com finally shipped their Olympus 45mm lens (Click here to preorder on Amazon).

Full preorder links of the new Oly lenses (Click on store name):
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

October 4, 2011
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New Olympus reviews (and why DxOmark is wrong by saying Nikon1 is as good as m43!)

As you know DxOmark tested the Nikon 1 sensors and gave it the same score as the m43 sensors. But look at that simple image comparison posted by massimo on dpreview forum. Time for DxOmark to add the resolution as a parameter in their tests otherwise their score really is misleading!

New Olympus E-PL3 Review at DCresource (Click here): “Overall, the Olympus E-PL3 is a well-appointed, relatively inexpensive interchangeable lens camera that offers a lot of bang for the buck. It produces high quality stills and videos, offers features for both beginners and enthusiasts, and has generally very snappy performance. While there’s some room for improvement, Olympus’ midrange Pen is definitely worth checking out“.

Olympus PEN E-PL3 review at Techradar (Click here): “Compared against the E-P3 it represents very good value for money indeed, although against other competitors from rival manufacturers it still looks to be a bit on the pricey side. It wouldn’t take much of a drop in the street price for that to change though. In the meantime, should you have your heart set on one you are unlikely to be disappointed.

My First Sunday Afternoon with the Olympus EPM-1. Yes, the EPM-1. I’m “Pen Ready.” (Kirk Tuck via Noisycamera).

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3 review by PDNonline (Click here): “Like I said, it’s a pity this camera isn’t more aimed at pros. While I really enjoyed my time shooting with the gorgeous Leica M9-P, I had more fun with the GF3 overall“.

Micro Four Thirds Lens Comparison: Olympus 12mm f2 vs. Panasonic 14mm f2.5 (ThePhoBlographer).

Shop links to the mentioned cameras and lenses:
Olympus E-PL3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus E-PM1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic 14mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus 12mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

October 4, 2011
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New Madoka 180 fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds (from Yasuhara)

Yasuhara (Click here) announced a new fisheye lens for Mirrorless cameras (and I bet they meant Micro Four Thirds too). It will be called “Madoka 180” (180 degrees). The image on top shows on of the two image samples you can find on their website. Click on image to view the full size version.

So after the Panasonic 8mm fisheye lens, after the amazing tiny Samyang 7.5mm fisheye lens we will get our third fisheye from Yasuhara. Hm, is it not to much? Good that Olympus dropped the fisheye lens they had on the 2011 m43 lens roadmap :)


The Panasonic lens costs around 600-700 dollars/Euro and is available at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
The Black Samyang 7.5mm lens is available on eBay (Click here).
The Silver Samyang 7.5mm lens is available on eBay (Click here).

October 3, 2011
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Two new Panasonic X 45-175mm lens reviews.


Video on top: 45-175mm X lens Powerzoom smoothness test

The new 45-175mm X lens will be in Stock this month (October) and so it’s time to read some reviews :)

The Clubsnap forum (Click here) tested the lens. The lens is as sharp as the 45-200mm lens, with very good color reproduction, accuracy and contrast. It has some vignetting wide open but no chromatic aberrations at all. The lens has been tested on the Olympus E-P3 so there is no auto correction like on Panasonic cameras. According to the reviewer the Power OIS is very effective (more useful than the built-in IS from Olympus!). You can read the full conclusions form the reviewer on page two of the thread.

Also ePrice (Click here) tested the same 45-175mm X lens. The review is written in Chinese and contains many image and video samples. From what I understood the reviewer liked the lens a lot! :)

You can preorder the 45-175mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
And the amazing 14-42mm X pancake preorder links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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