May 22, 2012
Posted in reviews

Panasonic 12-35mm the day after (New preorders in USA and Europe)


Let’s start with the updated preorder list. You can preorder the new 12-35mm X lens:
in USA at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
in Europe at FotoHanzKeuzekamp (Click here).
in Asia at Amazon Japan (Click here).

Finally I spent an hour to carefully read all four available reviews at Photographyblog, ePhotozine, SLRgear and DSLRmagazine. I guess most of you read them and from a technical point of view this lens really almost has no flaw. Resolution is perfect. The lens makes no noise when zooming or focusing, distortion is low and harmonic across the range. Only the (surprisingly) missing Powerzoom function can be problem for videomakers. Really didn’t expect that lens to not come along the Powerzoom and as this is an ideal lens for filmmakers some of them may be frustrated right now :)
I may add that the USA price is a bit higher than expected. American readers are used to get that special Euro-Dollar 1:1 coversion. So after reading that the lens costa 1.100 Euro I would have expected Amazon (Click here) to sell it for $1,100. Anyway, I think the price is ok if you look at all features. The lens has a super image and build quality and as Dpreview writes: “Panasonic’s excellent implementation of ‘focus-by-wire’ manual focus is responsive and precise, and streets ahead of some of its rivals“. This lens really sets the latter so high that it makes look the competition really bad! The Micro Four Thirds system really became a lot more mature and it will be hard fro Sony, Nikon and even Canon to surpass the m43 system for a long time coming! At that point I have to remind you that the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 X lens will arrive along the GH3 in late Summer  while the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 is coming out within the next couple of weeks. And that’s not all that’s coming 😉

Great time ahead for us Micro Four Thirds users!!!



May 22, 2012
Posted in reviews

Olympus E-M5 at 11.000 feet (and Astrophotography test)


Zelenpol announced a new carbon case you can get $170 on eBay (Click here to see the auction and more pictures). They also have a classic Black leather case for sale again on eBay (Click here).

And now lets’ talk about some unconventional reviews. Want you know for example if the E-M5 is good enough for Astrophotography? The answer comes from Therovingphotographer (Click here): “So there you have it – a somewhat unexpected review, but further solid proof that the E-M5 is a seriously capable little camera.“. And one of the main features of the E-M5 is the robust and weather sealed body. So does’t it really do his job at over 11000 feet? Check out the answer by reading that post on dpreview. And what if something goes wrong with the exposition? Steve Huff (Click here) explains you if you can save an underexposed shot. Oh, and he also compared the E-M5 to the big ones like the NEX-7 and the superpixel D800 (Click here). MirrorlessReviews posted six E-M5 videos on youtube (Click here). And finally the m43 sceptic admin of Camerazealot (Click here) converted himself to the E-M5 religion :)

And I end this post with the E-M5 preorder and Amazon ranking links:

E-M5 (Pre)order links (Click on store name): Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Bestseller list. Check the list (changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 11/12/13 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 7 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 2/9 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 3/4 (Click here).


May 22, 2012
Posted in deals

(UPDATED) Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens in Stock at Amazon and Adorama!


UPDATE: For the first time the Black E-M5 with 12-50mm kit lens was(!) in Stock at Amazon (Click here). You can now find it still in Stock at Adorama (Click here). Posted this on 13:57 Berlin time and sold out at Amazon after 30minutes. Let’s see how long it lasts at Adorama until they are sold out again! 😉

P.S.: Sorry for the broken links to the new Zelenpol cases. Here are the corrected links: New carbon case on eBay (Click here to see the auction and more pictures) and the classic Black leather case for sale again on eBay (Click here).

May 21, 2012
Posted in Rumors

Reminder: Olympus Portrait lens is also coming soon!


Image courtesy: Techradar

UPDATE: You can preorder the lens at Amazon (Click here)

Today we had a great new Panasonic 12-35mm X lens announcement but you really don’t think that we can have a rest now  :)

After Techradar also Photographyblog today got the same Olympus teaser. The text really makes it easy to guess that they are talking about the new $799(?) 75mm f/1.8 lens. Stay tuned on 43rumors!!!

P.S.: Still I haven’t found any place where you can preorder the new Panasonic lens. I keep checking these search links at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

May 21, 2012
Posted in deals

Panasonic 12-35mm preorder now at Amazon! Priced $1,299.99!


Finally you can preorder the super new Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 X lens at Amazon (Click here)!!! Be the first to get it. No other website reported it yet…Psss :) I haven’t found other preorders in other countries yet. Comment this post if you got something! Thanks!
UPDATE: SLRgear posted a new 12-35mm X lens review: “The pre-production version of the Panasonic 12-35mm ƒ/2.8 that we tested showed excellent performance across the board. In addition, it boasts image stabilization and a splash- / dust-proof design: there is a lot to like here, making it an attractive upgrade for GX-1 users.

One more thing: Amazon notified that they will ship the Silver E-M5 body and kits (Click here) you preordered in February!


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