October 30, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Olympus/Panasonic/Slrmagic reviews

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SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 Test from Bob Gundu on Vimeo.

Digital-photography-school (Click here) posted a full Olympus E-PL3 review: “very sharp pictures and excellent colour rendition.With noise and artefacts the camera is OK all the way to ISO 3200, with ISO 6400 showing trouble. By ISO 12,800 … forget it.
E-PL3 shop links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

There is also a new Olympus E-PM1 review at Digitalcamerareview (Click here): “If you’re already shooting a PEN camera you’ll be the best judge of whether the latest generation brings enough to the table to get you to move into a new body. If you’re looking to acquire your first mirrorless interchangeable lens model the field is getting more crowded with brands and models, but the PM1 offers some fairly impressive performance at a fairly bargain price“.
E-PM1 shop links: eBay.

Dark, Gritty, Noisy. Sometimes it works. Teen boxing at the AZ State Fair and the Olympus E-P3 (Steve Huff).
E-P3 shop links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Photofocus (Click here) tells you the “Two Reasons I’m Loving The Micro 4/3 Format”….Size and Weight!

Testing the SLR Magic Noktor 12mm f1.6 on the Olympus EP3 (ThePhoBlographer).

October 29, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) HOT!!!! First pictures of the GX1!!!!

Jut woke up and there is the leak of the new Panasonic-GX1 at Mobile01 (Update: Pictures have been removed!). Or click on the thumbnails below to see more full size GX1 images.
It looks more like the Panasonic GF1 than the Panasonic LC1. Actually only the grip reminds me a bit the LC1. I hope sooner or later Panasonic or Olympus will also take a look at the competition, like the Fuji X100 or Sony NEX-7. I mean, after almost three years you can try to do something else or not? :)
Anyway, for now we know that the camera will be announced on November 8 in Japan. It will come along a new 1.44k dot external viewfinder (tiltable). It has a 16 Megapixel sensor, 12.800 ISO and a 460k LCD screen (non tiltable). It will have a new processing engine no more JPEG motion recording and be slightly smaller than the GF1. Be sure to be here on 43rumors.com on November 8! I will follow the announcement live and give you all updates you need. And don’t forget to join us on Twitter and Facebook (new fanpage!).

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P.S: Thanks to the 32 people sending me the link to mobile01 from 2am to 6am i the night here at Berlin time. I was sleeping and what woke me up was not a sixth sense for a coming rumor but a REAL earthquake here in the middle of the alps!

October 29, 2011
Posted in news

Anamorphic video test by Seb Farges.

LisboAnamorphic in CinemascopE from Seb Farges on Vimeo.

Our friend Seb Farges posted another nice video using the GH2 with the tiny Berthiot anamorphic 2X lens and the C-mount Fujian 35mm f/1.7 lens. Well done Seb! Also Andre Reid from EosHD is a big fan of anamorphic lenses. And you should absolutely check his newly written EOSHD Panasonic GH2 Shooter’s Guide!

P.S.: Search links for the Berthiot anamorphic 2X on eBay (Click here) and for the C-mount Fujian on eBay (Click here).

October 28, 2011
Posted in deals

First GF3 with 14-42mm X lens in Stock at Panasonic US (+ huge Amazon error)

The very first white GF3 with 14-42mm X as kit lens is in Stock at Panasonic store USA (Click here). Most of you will be interested in the lens only (like I am) and this might be a good sign that the lens will soon be in Stock.

And than there is a huge error I have to report. A reader contacted me to say that Amazon is selling the older Four Thirds Panasonic 25mm lens as a Micro Four Thirds Lens (Click here to see the amazon page with the error). I know many of you are waiting to see the REAL m43 lens in Stock so be warned! Don’t let you fool!

October 28, 2011
Posted in news

Panasonic interview with DC.watch (weatherproof X lenses coming?)

Image courtesy: Quesabesde.

The Japanese website DC.watch (click here for the google translation) had a small talk with Panasonic about the new X lenses. The google translation tool is doing a very bad job so I ask my japanese readers to check if the news I am reporting here are 100% correct. These are the highlights I filtered via the terrible translation:

1) Future X lenses could be weatherproof.
2) Panasonic considers the X lenses to be like the L lens series from Canon (also top high quality).
3) The best selling Micro Four Thirds lens is the 20mm f/1.7 pancake (I guess this is no surprise at all for all 43rumors readers).
4) Panasonic is still producing some Four Thirds lenses like the Leica D Summilux 25mm f/1.4.

As you know the first two new X lenses are already in Stock in most stores (excpet in USA where Panasonic let’s you wait months before you can find them in Stock):
Panasonic 14-42mm X search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic 45-175mm X search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Two more X lenses will be announced in January, the 12-35mm and 35-100mm constant aperture lenses. I hope to get some details about them soon.

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