October 19, 2011
Posted in news

Nikon and Sony production down for 1-2 months!


First I want to say that I wish all our Thai readers and friends all the best to recover from the huge flood that hit their country. What’s coming next is just a technical informative report about the consequences of the flood on Nikon and Sony’s industry. As you see from the image on top (Source: Nationalmultimedia) the Nikon and Sony factories have been submerged by water. I talked with my sources about the current situation in the area and they told me there will be a production stop of at least one-two months! Nikon will probably delay the D800 announcement and Sony will delay the Sony NEX-7 shipment. Also Amazon.com (Click here) is not taking any NEX-7 preorders anymore with the following reason: “Due to manufacturing concerns”. And the surprising thing is that they invite buyers to buy m43 cameras because “These sleek new cameras with lens versatility are available today” (again, click here to read).

What does it mean for m43? The NEX-7 gained a lot of attention from the press and photographers. If the NEX-7 will be delayed until January or even February than this could be a big chance for the upcoming Panasonic GX1 camera. It’s not “Schadensfreude” (malicious joy). It’s a matter of fact that if the GX1 will be similar to the NEX-7 than some of buyers may will get that camera instead of the Sony. Anyway, it’s up to Panasonic now to not disappoint us!

October 19, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) Panasonic GX1 (GF1 successor) coming in mid November!

Another fake GX1 design that looks like the Panasonic L1 (See that cam on eBay). Source: Yahoo Via: E-P1.net.

According to one of our sources the Panasonic GF1 successor will be named “Panasonic GX1” and be the first line of a new kind of camera. And the good news is that will be announced in one month (around mid November). It will have a new sensor, a new design and probably the most intriguing news I got is about a sort of new designed viewfinder (I should receive some details soon). All I can say for now is that we are now entering a new “rumor” period thanks to Panasonic. I hope to get more news about the GX1 as soon as we go closer to the announcement! Stay tuned!

All I know for sure (That’s FT5) is that the new amazing Panasonic 14-42mm X lens will be the kit lens of the GX1.

Links to mentioned cameras/lenses:
Panasonic GF1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Panasonic L1: eBay
Panasonic 14-42mm X lens: 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

October 19, 2011
Posted in reviews

First 14-42mm X lens sharpness test and new 45-175mm X lens video.

ice skating shot with gh2 + panasonic lumix g x 45-175mm from Roderick Kar on Vimeo.

The Japanese website DSLR-check (Click here) posted a set of image comparisons between the 14-42mm pancake X zoom and other lenses. What’s really interesting with the test is that he used the lens on both Panasonic and Olympus camera. As you know Panasonic has a lens correction while the Olympus has not. You really can see the difference! At first glance I wouldn’t recommend that lens for the use on an Olympus camera if you shot JPEG’s only. Otherwise the lens performs very well on the Panasonic cameras! And keep in mind how tiny that zoom lens is, that makes the image quality of the lens look even more impressive!

You can click these links to search for 14-42mm X lens preorders: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
The Panasonic 45-175mm X lens is in Stock in some stores. Check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

October 18, 2011
Posted in deals

Olympus 45mm for $399 at Amazon and Ritz! (Panasonic-Leica in Stock at Adorama).

Good news dear US readers. The amazing new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens is in Stock for the normal price ($399) at Amazon (Click here) and Ritzcamera (Click here). If you need some review to convince yourself to buyt the lens read here at Monumentphoto or Steve Huff or Dpreview or Lenstip :)

And the new Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens is back in Stock at Adorama (Click here)! Don’t knwo how much that deal will last!

P.S.: In Holland the E-PL1 is in Stock for 149 Euro only at fotohanskeuzekamp.

October 18, 2011
Posted in news

Interview with Woodford (and Olympus shares keep losing value).

You can see three (very similar) Woodford interviews made at Financial Times (recommended!), Bloomberg (on youtube) and Channel4 (on their website). Mr Woodford said that he sent a report to the Serious Fraud Office in the UK. That’s going to be a tuff and long battle. Meanwhile the shares are losing another 8% today (Source: Bloomberg).

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