October 1, 2011
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Another Nokton 25mm versus Leica 25mm comparison battle.

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Time for another Nokton versus Leica 25mm comparison. Peter Lueck (Click here) tested both lenses. As you know the Nokton is a manual autofocusing lens only and also 2cm longer, but is a lot faster (f/0.95 versus f/1.7) and a nice 20cm close focusing distance. The Leica is larger and cheaper and has autofocus. But what’s the difference in terms of image quality?

Peter Lueck shows you different scenes taken with both lenses. The Leica has a bit “colder” colors. But that is also the only real difference because sharpness is almost equal! Take a look for yourself!

One more thing about the Nokton price. I told you a couple of weeks ago that the price of the Nokton is falling and getting closer to the price of the Leica 25mm lens. The eBay deal Infoto offered new lenses for 599 Euro on eBay (Click here). The deal is gone now but they will soon have new Stocks of Notkon for sale at the same price. 599 Euro is what you pay for the new Leica at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay (If you are lucky to find them in Stock!).

P.S.: Check the Nokton availability on eBay (Click here).

October 1, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

Travis made the video on top and sent me the following text (Thanks!): “Here is a video shot entirely with a hacked GH2(34 mb/sec no adverse affects settings) and the new m4/3s 25mm F1.4 and 45mm F1.8 lenses. Every clip was shot in 720p @ 60 FPS so that I could do slow motion for some of the clips. With streaming videos you can’t tell the difference between 720p and 1080p. In fact it is pretty hard to tell the difference between 1080p and 720p in the original files.

There is only one clip in the entire video that was color graded in post processing. See if you can pick it out. The rest of the clips were either in Vibrant mode with all auto settings or in shutter priority mode with the smooth profile(-2 sharpness and noise reduction).

I had the 14mm F2.5, 20mm F1.7, 25mm F1.4, 45mm F1.8, and 14-140mm lenses with me. However, the 25mm and 45mm lenses were the only ones that could give me the shallow depth of field I was looking for in this video. It is not ultra shallow like a full frame camera can do but I think it gives a nice affect.

The 25mm F1.4 is a must have lens for video. It is simply fantastic for nice sharp videos with rich color. The 45mm F1.8 is great too. However, neither of these lenses have image stabilization so you need to have a steady hand to shoot hand held  videos like these.

I got the 25mm F1.4 from H and B digital last week. They had great customer service and their next day air shipping was a reasonable price. I got the 45mm F1.8 from Samys.com. They are an equally good company for customer service but their next day air shipping is more expensive since they are on the other side of the country from me. It was well worth the $1060 for these lenses though. They really legitimize the m4/3s format because they now have almost a complete set of lenses across all of the necessary focal lengths.

How the GH2 is still top dog for video quality (EosHD).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22 review (TechRadar).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18 Review (Photographyblog).

Some pics taked with a G1 (for land pictures) and a GF1 (for underwater pictures) at www.toukan.fr.

A triple PEN and GF review at Colorfoto.de: E-P3 test, E-PL3 test and GF3 test.

September 30, 2011
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Olympus 45mm f/1.8 shipping and first AF test.

And finally also US citizen are receiving their pre ordered Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lenses. About time! The lens has been announced exactly three months ago! The video on top is made by Mike Kobal which shows a short AF test. And Adam compared that lens with the Canon 50mm 1.8 FD and Minolta 50mm 1.7 MD on a video you can see on youtube (Click here). A first user review is also available on Amazon (Click here).
You can check the availability of the lens by clicking those search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

September 30, 2011
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Nikon sensors as good as Micro Four Thirds?

Now that test is going to create a lot of buzz here. DxOmark tested the new Nikon J1 and V1 sensor and surprisingly they get the same score of the Panasonic G3 sensor. But at that point I want to remind you that DxOmark doesn’t take into account the resolution of the sensor! That’s in that case a huge disadvantage for the 6 Megapixel bigger G3 sensor. Anyway, I am surprised to see that Nikon managed to deliver a slightly better Dynamic range and Color depth than the G3. Really, we need a new generation of sensors! Photokina would be a perfect show for that or not Panasonic?

Click the links to see the comparisons:
Nikon J1 vs Sony NEX-C3 vs Panasonic G3
Nikon J1 vs Nikon V1 vs Olympus E-P3

September 30, 2011
Posted in news

First 30 unit of SLRmagic spotting lens discounted


SLRmagic just sent us this: “There is a photo of the Spotting Scope mounted on the GH2 for digiscoping of wildlife videography. It is a prototype but it is close enough to what the final version will look like.
The effective focal length is 420-1260mm. In 35mm terms it is 840-2520mm. We recommend using this scope at lower magnification for best results. Due to long focal length a tripod should be used to reduce camera shake.
The SLR Magic 12-36×50 spotting scope has extra low dispersion optics for the best image quality. The micro four thirds version comes with an adapter that has to be bought at the time the spottting scope is purchased. The adapter is an objective that is compatible with the spotting scope and will mount directly in mFT mount. Traditional spotting scopes require a universal adapter wich require complicated horizontal and vertical alignment. Depending on the brand it is a trial and error process as universal adapters are actually not so universal since there is another trial and error process as to which lens and which eyepiece to match with the camera. Some adapters have a hole cut out for setting adjustment. We have decided to leave that out to prevent light leak for the best image quality as well as less controls so the bird photographer can just concentrate on shooting. Ours is an all in one solution aimed for ease of use and at an affordable price for leisure bird photographers.
The 50 size is good for portability. The scope looks big but it is actually quite compact as the built-in metal lens hood is fully extended in the photo. The lens is weather sealed and weather resistant but we will not advertise it that way as the camera mounted to it is not! Some readers suggest it is a rubber scope with duct tape. We usually prefer metal body but we made a rubberized outer design to protect the scope from accidental fall, light rain drizzle, and comfort when used in cold weather.
Please kindly tell your readers we are offering the first 30 units at a discount as we wish to have some sample photos from our customers. People interested may email us for details and price at support@slrmagic.com.

These are the links to the other current lenses:
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)
Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens on eBay (Click here)

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