March 21, 2011
Posted in deals

(DEAL GONE) Panasonic GH2 in Stock at Amazon!

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Sorry if I had to post two DEALS related posts one after another but I just saw a deal the US readers can’t miss. The Panasonic GH2 with 14-140mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here). It’s the first time I see that combination in Stock at Amazon for the normal price ($1499). It’s sold and shipped by Amazon itself!

UPDATE: Deal is DEAD now!

P.S.: There are now over ten Fuji X100 cameras on auction on eBay (Click here). All priced over $2000!!!

March 20, 2011
Posted in news

What happened with Noktor??? Did you hear something?

What happened with Noktor? A year ago they launched their Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds but the lens is out of Stock since May of last year. I tried to contact them but I didn’t get any answer. So I am asking you if you were able to get some news. It’s impossible to find that lens on eBay (Click here) or in any other store. The website itself hasn’t been updated since a long time! it’s a bit pity because they really had a good start with a lot of viral advertising on forums and blogs. It was the first non Olympus/Panasonic lens with Micro Four Thirds mount and it has that amazing f/0.95 aperture (although the image quality is low). I am surprised to see that they stopped to ship the lens without any explanation.

Check out: http://noktor.com/

There are many other 50mm f/0.95 lenses on eBay but you need an adapter to use them and they are expensive:
– Navitron 50mm f/0.95 for $700 eBay (Click here)
– Canon 50mm f/0.95 for $2500 on eBay (Click here)
– Schneider 50mm f/0.95 for $4500 on eBay (Click here)
– Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M for over $10000 (!) on eBay (Click here)

March 19, 2011
Posted in deals

US deal: $50 rebate on the Olympus E-PL2 (making pressure on the GF2 and NEX-5)

At least in US Olympus is playing a very aggressive pricing against the immediate competition. The Olympus E-PL2 just dropped by $40-50 on Amazon (Click here). The price now is $549 ($560 for the black model). That’s $150 less than the price of the Panasonic GF2 (Click here) and Sony NEX-5 (Click here). There is only one compact mirrorless camera that costs less, the Samsung NX100 (Click here). But for some reasons you might can explain it is not selling well. It has to be seen if Panasonic and Sony will “react” and lower the price too. In Europe the price difference between those cameras is very minimal. They all cost around 500 Euro.

Check price differences for yourself:
Olympus E-PL2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic GF2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Samsung NX100 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

P.S.: I didn’t mention the NEX-3 because it has been discontinued at (Check Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay).

March 19, 2011
Posted in reviews

New XZ-1 review at Digitalrev and Rollei 50mm lens test.

What a nice Olympus XZ-1 review. I like that guy and I like the narrative style. In that video he compared the Olympux XZ-1 with the Canon S95. See the video to hear the conclusion!
You can get the XZ-1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay (Click on shop name to visit the direct product page).
For comparison. That’s the price of the Canon S95 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

For the first time I saw a Rollei lens tested ona Micro Four Thirds camera. You might be interested to see the results at DC.watch (Click here). They tested the Rollei Planar 50mm f/1.4 on the new Olympus E-PL2. That’s what I like most of Micro Four Thirds, the fact that you use almost any existing lens. Canon seems to not understand that (See MirrorlessRumors.com).

See the Rollei 50mm Planar lens on eBay (Click here).
Olympus E-PL2 price checks at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 18, 2011
Posted in deals, reviews

Look at that crazy Fuji X100 eBay auctions (What makes a camera such successful? What should Olympus and Panasonic learn from it?)

Look at that crazy price people is going to pay for the first Fuji X100 camera listed on eBay (Click here). The seller is probably becoming rich :)
The price went up to US $2,292.31 and there are still three days left! There are now two more X100 on sale on eBay from Hong Kong (Click here) and Singapore (Click here). Those cameras will be sold for 2 or maybe 3 times the real price of the X100 which is 1199 Dollar/Euro (Check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay).

What I am questioning now is WHY a camera can become that popular. It doesn’t take interchangeable lenses, it’s not cheap, it has not a particularly amazing sensor. A wonder what Olympus and Panasonic should learn from that X100!DO you have an idea?

P.S:: You can see a dissembled X100 at Petapixel (Click here). And there is a first X100 review at Photographyblog (Click here).

 

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