November 30, 2010
Posted in deals

Amazon now accepting GH2 preorders (Black and Silver)

Yesterday Henry’s shipped the first ten GH2 cameras and today Amazon is accepting GH2+14-42mm preorders again. That’s good news because this usually means that they will receive the first GH2 camera stocks soon. If you order it now than it will arrive after December 25. I hope that those of you that already preordered the camera a long time ago will get it before Christmas!
Click here:
1) BLACK Panasonic GH2 with 14-42 (Click here)
2) SILVER Panasonic GH2 with 14-42 (Click here)

Reminder: Right now Adorama is one of the few US stores accpeting preorders on all GH2 kits (including GH2+Lensbaby bundle).

November 30, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) Next Olympus M43 camera to be announced within one month?

A new source claims to have received some info about the next Olympus Micro Four Thirds pro-camera: “I had a longish talk with a person from Olympus, and after mentioning m43, and lens, he hinted to me that in a month Olympus will have another “yummy” product (it will be a m43 body), and that their development plan for m43 will definitely move to pro m43. He said that they have already made enough basic lens, and that they will move to pro grade now. I know the guy for a longish time now, and I think there is high possibility that this new product will come out in stated period.

UPDATE: A second new source said hat there will be a new camera next month, M43rds, based on a similar principle of the Fuji X100 (Click here to see the camera), fixed lens pen basically…

UPDATE2: A third new source said: “I just read your new post regarding a new Olympus M4/3 to be announced in December. This is very interesting. Actually, I went to a photo show about one month ago… I was very very interested to buy the E-5 + 12-60mm. However, I found the camera way too big for my needs. After a long and interesting discussion with the Olympus guy, I told him that I was also considering the Pentax K-5. So, he asked me how long I would wait for a new Olympus camera if something new was eventually coming (like a high end m43) … My answer was: No more than one more year! So, he simply told me: Wait until the end of December or mild January for an announcement by Olympus and few more months before being able to buy the product.

Taken together, I thing you got a very exiting news

Please keep in mind that both sources are new! Now I am asking my trusted sources if you can confirm or deny the rumor I posted above. Please contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

For now the rumor has FT2 value only:

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

November 30, 2010
Posted in reviews

Voigtländer Nokton preview at Luminous Landscape

Image courtesy: Leonard Goh/CNET Asia

Luminous Landscape(LL) had the chance to play a little bit with the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95. That is what LL says about the Build Quality: “Simply put, this is a $900 lens that could easily go to a masked ball as a $3,000 Leica product, at least when it comes to visible and tactile fit and finish.” And LL doesn’t have any problem with the fact that the Nokton has no AF: “Because it takes about the same amount of time and effort to focus the Nokton on an MFT camera as it does to use AF technology properly“.

About the image quality: “Indeed in every shot that I took with the Nokton wide open I unfailing was impressed with its ability to not let me down and turn into glowing mush.” And there is also room for a surprise. At f/1.4 aperture the Nokton has slightly more contrast and is slightly more shaper than the Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens!

The only minor issue is: “If your shots have any light sources, like all ultra-fast lenses the Nokton will show some considerable glow.

Conclusion: “If you’ve gotten the impression that I really like the Voigtlander Nokton f/0.95, you’re right. It creates a quite unique way of viewing and recording the world that can really get one’s creative juices going.”

You can get the Nokton at Cameraquest or on eBay (via german and asian resellers).

Thanks Luminous Landscape for your nice work!

November 30, 2010
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

Anthony sent me the video and with the following message: “Hey guys, can you help me out, we at spiked – www.getspiked.co.uk – have just launched an anti bullying campaign and filmed a small interview with one of the ambassadors, it was shot on a gh13 with a 7-14mm lens, 300mm sigma 2.8 and sigma 1.4 lens, interview was on a steady cam in the ring. This campaign should hopefully help get rid of bullying in our schools. Thank you for your time!!

Canon PowerShot S95, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 y Samsung EX1 (Quesabesde)

A wide new world – my new Panasonic 14 mm f/2.5 (Exposingpixels)

The Panasonic GF1 is off the system chart: http://www.panasonic.net/avc/lumix/systemcamera/gms/pdf/g_series_system_chart.pdf (Thanks Peter)

Some Olympus MZD 75-300 sample photos taken by EPL1 at Macau Grand Prix 2010.

Face Off: Canon S95 vs Leica D-LUX 5 (ThePhoBlographer)

New Panasonic FZ100, FX700, FX75 / FX70 firmware released (Imaging Resource).

Olympus E-5 review at Ganref.

November 29, 2010
Posted in deals

Cyber Monday deals! (GH2+Lensbaby bundle at Adorama)

Today is Cyber Monday and you can find many deals in US stores:
- Cyber Monday deals homepage at Amazon
- Deals at Adorama
- Holiday Offers 2010 at BHphoto
- Cyber Monday at Olympus store

And here a detailed Micro Four Thirds deal list (Click on store name to see the deal):
- Panasonic GF1 with 20mm lens for $599 at BHphoto.
- Panasonic GF1 bundled with the Lensbaby Composer and Tilt Transformer for $649.00 at Adorama.
- Panasonic GH2 bundled with the Lensbaby Composer and Tilt Transformer for $1,199 at Adorama.
- Panasonic GH1 for $959 at Amazon via J&R
- Panasonic G2 for $549 at Amazon.
- Olympus E-PL1 + 14-150mm lens kit for $859.00 at BHphoto.
- Olympus E-P2 with 17mm f/2.8 Lens for $584 at Amazon
- Panasonic 7-14mm lens for $909 at Adorama.
- Panasonic 20mm lens for $315 at Adorama.
- Panasonic 8mm Fisheye Lens for $725 at Adorama.
- Olympus 9-18mm Lens for $549 at Amazon.

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