April 7, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) Fuji will make a mirrorless X300 (if true it doesn’t sound like they will join m43)

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Bob Todrick, a pro photographer from Edmonton, Alberta wrote (Source: Dpreview Forum): “Have had my X100 for a week now … puts any of the 4/3 compacts out their to shame. Pretty sure they have a winner here…and Fuji has confirmed an X300 next year that will have interchangeable lenses.

Bob also said that “I’m in the pro photo supply biz…this is from Fuji. They have decided to pursue what they call the serious prosumer market. The plans are that in the fall they will release an X200…a simplified ‘p&s’ version of the x100. If these cameras do well they plan on the interchangeable lens version sometime next year.

If Bob is telling the truth here than it doesn’t sound like Fuji will join the m43 system. I guess they will stick with their APS-C sensors :(

P.S.: J&R is accepting Fuji X100 preorders -> “will be coming soon” (Click here to preorder on J&R). And Digitalrev says “Usually ships in 1-2 weeks” (Click here to order on Digitalrev). There are a few X100 on auction on eBay (Click here).

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

Via Photorumors

April 7, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…(launching of the Olympus VR-330 is cancelled)


Malfunction (Filmed with Lumix DMC-GH2) from Ben Bunch.

The launching of the Olympus VR-330 is cancelled (ePhotozine)
Olympus PEN E-PL2 Review (Digiphotomag).
Panasonic Three New Dual Cameras: HX-WA10, HX-DC10, and the HX-DC1 Full 1080p HD Video & Still Cameras (Cameratown).
Capturing Brazil from a four thirds angle! Coming soon! (photographybymassimo)
Another perspective on the Fuji X100 by Chris Bandera (SteveHuff).
Fujifilm X100 : précision et colorimétrie (Focus Numerique)
Olympus XZ-1 reviews at Dpexpert and Photorumors.
Field Review: Olympus XZ-1 (ThePhoBlographer)
Tips and tricks for making Panasonic look more like Canon (EosHD)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 Review (Photographyblog)
Canon 2011 earnings will be 27 percent lower because of the earthquake (CanonWatch -> written by my friend Pauline)

Links to the camera present in that post:
Olympus XZ-1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Olympus E-PL2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Panasonic GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Fuji X100 at eBay (Click here)

April 6, 2011
Posted in deals, news

Lensbaby Composer Pro announced (GH2 in Stock and Fuji X100 coming soon)

For all Lensbaby lovers there is a new toy for you! Lensbaby announced the Composer Pro. The new lens refines and enhances the classic Lensbaby Composer by upgrading the swivel ball and focus mechanism to provide professional performance. It now delivers an ultra-smooth focus and tilt control and you have a fluid and accurate dampened focus ring comparable to the focus mechanisms of the highest quality professional manual focus lenses. The lens is available for Four Thirds only. We don’t know yet if they will make a Micro Four Thirds version too.

The lens is already in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Reminder: The long awaited Panasonic GH2 with 14-140mm lens kit is in Stock at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

UPDATE: J&R just changed the status and now says that the Fuji X100 will be coming soon (Click here to preorder on J&R). And Digitalrev says “Usually ships in 1-2 weeks” (Click here to order on Digitalrev). There are a few X100 on auction on eBay (Click here) but they are all very expensive.

April 6, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Panasonic G3 and lenses announcements delayed (coming in May now)


Image on top: The Panasonic G2 which should be replaced by the new G3.

I just received info from a few of my sources. Due the recent energy supply problems in Japan Panasonic had to delay the announcement of some of their upcoming products. The new Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera and lenses will be announced in May (and not in April as I told you before).
UPDATE: Other companies have been hit very hard by the earthquake desaster. According to BloombergCanon earnings this year will probably be 27 percent lower than previously estimated after last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan“. And Sony had to delete the lates product announcements!

Than Panasonic should announce a new Micro Four Thirds camera, the G3. The Panasonic G10 has already been discontinued, the G2 price lowered to make room for the new G3. There will be also a new Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 lens. It is not Leica branded, has no image stabilization and unlike the famous Four Thirds brother it is not Leica branded. It should cost around $700. That’s more than just a rumor because Panasonic UK product manager John Mitchell confirmed that the 25mm lens is coming this summer: “We are sure it’s going to be a great hit because it’s 50mm [35mm viewing angle] equivalent – really fast, really bright” (Source: Amateur Photographer). Oh forgot to mention: It has double the size of the current 20mm f/1.7 pancake.

Is there room for some surprise? Let’s hope yes! :)

Links:
The Panasonic G2 price dropped during the recent months at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
The Panasonic G10 already disappeared from most stores (See Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay)
The current 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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 6, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GF2 vs Canon 600D — And Panasonic GH2 vs hacked GH1


The video on top shows a funny and not so technical comparison between the Panasonic GF2 vs Canon 600D .

M43photo.blogspot (Click here) posted a more detailed GH2 vs GH1 video quality comparison: “One could be tempted to think that the GH1 gives better video quality, due to the twice as high video bitrate. But the GH2 has other advances…it is reasonable to guess that it samples more pixels as a basis for the video output…the GH2 gives somewhat better contrast and sharpness. The GH1 has slightly washed out colours and that the compression algorithm is better. My conclusion so far is that the GH2, even with lower bitrate, gives slightly better video quality.”
GH2 direct links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

One more thing…two lens reviews:
Zeiss (Rollei) 50mm F1.4 tested on the GH2 at EosHD (Click here). The Zeiss is only available on eBay (Click here).
Panasonic 8mm Fisheye Review at E-P1.net (Click here). Check price and availability of that lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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