April 11, 2011
Posted in deals, reviews

A Fuji X100 review made by a GH2 owner (First X100 on Amazon for $4,000)

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I just noticed two things on Amazon. First a third party reseller is trying to cheat you by selling the Fuji X100 for….$4,000!!! Click here to see that on Amazon. The second news is that a current Panasonic GH2 owners posted a Fuji X100 review made from a m43 user perspective (Click here to read the full review on Amazon). You might be interested to hear what he thinks!

The GH2 was my first exposure to an electronic viewfinder (EVF) and despite its real limitations when working in sub-optimally lighted conditions, I appreciated the ability of the EVF of the GH2 to display information that an OVF could not display. I decided to add a Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 and 14mm f/2.5 lens and was happy with the resulting setup which was even more compact and lighter than my Nikon D3100 and 35mm f/1.8G DX lens. While the image quality of the Nikon D3100 was still better than the GH2, the smaller lighter size of the GH2 and its excellent video capabilities made it my choice for many situations.

Then came the Fujifilm X100. Combining the small compact size of the GH2 and its compact prime lenses plus incorporating the advantages of both the optical viewfinder of the D3100 and the electronic viewfinder of the GH2, I became seriously interested in the X100. The fact that the lens was not interchangeable was not an issue for me as the X100 lens is a 23mm f/2.0 – the perfect focal length as far as I was concerned. The 35mm equivalent of 35mm would have been my favorite focal length with the D3100 and the GH2 but neither Nikon nor Panasonic makes a compact and light prime lens that has a 35mm equivalent focal length of a 35mm. That the X100 lens was also a fast f/2.0 lens was definitely an ace in favor of the X100. While cleaning the sensor of my D700 , I realized another reason why the non-interchangeable lens nature of the X100 was a non-issue. With a non-removable lens, the X100 will likely not need any sensor cleaning at all, I happily realized. Yes!

Viewed sideways, the X100 was considerably smaller and thinner than the D3100 with the 35mm f/1.8GDX lens and still substantially thinner than the GH2 with the 20mm f/1.7 lens. The X100 wins against the two others on this point.

The GH2 ranks lower than the X100 and D3100 in image quality and with the X100 being thinner and having both OVF and EVF and with my preferred focal length lens, the X100 is now my first choice for a small and light compact camera.

P.S.: The first non asian Fuji X100 is sold by the French dealer Selecttoy on eBay (Click here). Hope this is a good sign that the X100 will be soon in Stock in eruopean and american stores too.

April 11, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Finally! Panasonic G3 coming the second week of May!


Image on top: The one year old Panasonic G2

The last Micro Four Thirds camera to be announced was the Olympus E-PL2 back in early January. With a bit of surprise neither Panasonic nor Olympus announced some kind of lens or camera in February or March like we were used to. But you hard core 43rumors reader didn’t gave up to hope and finally I can share you a a good news. Now I am 99% certain that Panasonic will announce the new Panasonic G3 the second week of May. I got the info from three veeeery good sources. The cameras is a MAJOR step forward compared to the current Panasonic G2. It has a new design and a new sensor. I am working on the specs right now and trying to get confirmations from other sources too. But the wait is definitely over. One month from now we will see new stuff! I have no confirmation yet about the 25mm f/1.4 lens but I trust Panasonic when they say the lens will be here within summer. And I can’t exclude that there might be more lenses too like the Panasonic 7-14mm f/4.0 OIS version or something else.

Oh one more thing: There will be Olympus rumors too! Soon on 43rumors!

 

Reminder: Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

April 11, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

Panasonic Introduced two new Camcorder at NAB and will even send one to Space! (Akihabaranews)
That is a very interesting article for all GH2 owners that want to learn how to create HDR images: HDR Workflow with GH2 and 7-14mm Zoom (Outbackphoto)
Off-Camera Flash with the Olympus E-PL2 Micro Four Thirds Camera (Thedigitalstory).
High End compact camera test at DC.watch.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 review at CNET UK.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Review at Digitalcamerareview.
Test Fujifilm X100 : le mode vidéo (Focus Numerique).
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Panasonic Lumix TZ20 / ZS10 High ISO Noise (CameraLabs).

Short links to the camera/lenses present in that post:
Panasonic GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic 7-14mm at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus E-PL2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Fuji X100 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

April 10, 2011
Posted in deals

US deals roundup (E-PL1, GH1 and Olympus 35-100mm and red GF1 body for $435)

While the new Panasonic GH2 is now in Stock at J&R (CLick here) and Adorama (CLick here) you might want to take a look at the GH1 body alone which is in Stock for $399 at Amazon (Click here).

UPDATE_2: Sorry I had the wrong link!!!!!! It’s fixed now:
If you still prefer the GF1 instead of the GF2 than you should take a look on that auction. Gadgetclick is selling more than 10 RED GF1 body only cameras for $435 on eBay (Click here).

There is a $100 Instant Rebate on the Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm Lens for $799.95 at BHphoto (CLick here).

Refurbished Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 Lens for $1,795.00 at Adorama (Click here).

April 10, 2011
Posted in news

There is only one place on earth where you still can’t buy the GH2. New Zealand!

Last week most US online stores were able to have the Panasonic GH2 in Stock after 6 months of waiting (Check Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto). Does it mean that now everyone on earth can get the GH2? No! A frustrated 43rumors reader from new Zealand wrote us the following email:
Great to see the GH2 is no fully available in the US, but it has yet to reach New Zealand. We receive the latest models promptly from Canon, Nikon, etc, even the Fuji X-100, but not Panasonic G series cameras. And no reasons given. The best camera is useless if you can’t get it! I’ve had a GH2 on order since November“.

He asked one of the biggest online shop (photowarehouse) why he can’t get the GH2 and that’s the answer from the websale team:
Hi xxx, no word yet from Panasonic sorry. Were expecting it before now, but due to what’s been happening in Japan ( Panasonic closing factories and shipping delays), who knows when they will turn up. I have asked Panasonic for updates, and there is a shipment due early next month, but all the suppliers, Panasonic , Sony, Canon etc.. are forecasting massive disruptions and availability issues for the next 4-6 months.

And here it is a very interesting news…Massive disruptions for the next 4-6 months?

P.S.: The other big New Zealand online store (photo.co.nz) doesn’t even list the GH2.

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