April 3, 2011
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Luminous Landscape: Fuji X100 love and frustration (+ comparison with the Panasonic GF1)

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Luminous Landscape (Click here) posted a Fuji X100 Field Test review. And the tester is quite frustrated: “In reviewing what I’ve written above, you’ll have noted that I am overtly critical of some aspects of the X100’s user interface. Indeed it is because the camera is otherwise so good, and the image quality so exceptional, that its UI flaws are all the more glaring. But – let me be clear about this. My UI complaints are based on a personal bias in favour of cameras having smooth and seamless control interfaces. I hate anything that gets in the way of my being able to change a camera’s settings quickly and transparently when the situations demands. If I’m using a technical or view camera I have endless patience for slow setting controls. But not on a camera designed for street or documentary style shooting. Even one extra button press, or needing to scroll down a menu to find a needed setting can cause the shot to be lost, and that’s unacceptable. I suppose that it’s my background as a photojournalist that brings out this frustration.”

Michael Carpentier (Click here) compared the Fuji X100 with the Panasonic GF1. The article is in french and the conclusion is “the X100 may offer a better IQ than the GF1 in SOME cases, but the m4/3 gives it a serious run for it’s money and is faster and generally more usable.

You can preorder the Fuji X100 at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK. And if you want it NOW than the you have to place your bid on eBay (Click here). Good luck!

P.S.: To bad the GF1 is now discontinued. Only a few stores do have it in Stock now: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

April 3, 2011
Posted in reviews

Big size samples of the new SLRmagic 11mm f/1.4 lens

Last week SLRmagic announced the new 11mm f/1.4 manual lens for Micro Four Thirds. The images you see on top are the very first full size samples posted by the company. CLick on the thumbnails to enlarge the image. The focal length and aperture are very appealing but the image quality is less impressive.
You can get the lens on eBay (Click here).

April 2, 2011
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Olympus E-5 reviews (The E-5 beats the Panasonic GH2?)

Four-Thirds-User (Click here) made a very intriguing test. They compared the best Panasonic camera (the GH2) against the best Olympus camera (The E-5): “In our tests the results clearly show that the E-5 and GH2 can significantly out-resolve Olympus’ E-3 and E-30 DSLRs. The E-5 also out-resolves the GH2 at low and high ISO settings, although the GH2 rallies in mid-range ISO sensitivities.
UPDATE: Take the test with a grain of salt. As our readers have noticed the test method and results are at least “questionable”. See the comparison made by DxOmark (Click here) to see a more scientific test:

Techradar (Click here) posted a new Olympus E-5 review: “There’s plenty about the Olympus E-5 to keep the enthusiast photographer happy; however, it’s one of those cameras that has lots of ‘buts’ about it. For a start many photographers, apart from those already committed to the Four Thirds standard, are still like to be put off by the fact that it has a smaller than average sensor with no obvious weight, cost or size advantage. Although there’s no denying the high quality of the results the camera can produce at low sensitivity settings, a pixel count of 12 million is also decidedly last season and this may discourage some photographers more than it should.

Olympus E-5 direct links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

April 2, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

A 43rumors reader washes the car (GF1+Nokton 0.95).

Olympus camera tests

Olympus E-PL2 Field Test Gallery (Outbackphoto).
Olympus XZ-1 ISO Test 100-3200 (TheDigitalStory).

Panasonic compact camera tests

Panasonic LX5 vs Canon S95 vs Nikon P300 (ePhotozine).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 Review (Trustedreviews).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS16 Digital Camera Review (ePhotozine).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 review (Trustedreviews).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 First Look (Digitalcamerareview).

Other news

Gary Fong Intros a Micro Four Thirds Puffer Pop-Up Diffuser (Steve Digicams).
Also Cosina has to delay some product production (DC.Watch).

April 1, 2011
Posted in news

A roundup of fool news :)

There is a long list of false news goign around the web today. be warned!

Vitaly Kiselev wrote that on DVXuser.com: “During some early stages of GH2 exploring we found the follow things:
1) Quite big part of firmware is deactivated as it contains most features present in AF100, including waveform. We are looking how to enable it.
2) 4:4:4 color mode on HDMI is present in special video output debug mode. So, it can be also enabled.
3) Sensor can run at variable frame rates from 12 up to 60fsp in 1080p and up to 120fps in 720p.
4) Bitrate can be adjusted up to 110Mbps with B frames and up to 150Mbps without them.

The new Apple iCam and the end of analogue Photography at System Kamera Forum.

Crazy new camera design at ePhotozine.

 

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