New Panasonic 15mm f/1.7 preorder options in USA (Amazon), Europe (wexUK) and Asia. Low resolution image samples.

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We have a couple of new preorder options including Amazon US and the first EU store:

Black lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Wex UK (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here).
Silver lens at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here).

And here are some low resolution image samples (Click on them to see a bit larger version):

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Financial rumors: Panasonic mirrorless camera sales increased.

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A very trusted sources shared some positive insights on Panasonic mirrorless camera sales. While he obviously cannot share numbers he told me that Panasonic is finally seeing an increase in their mirrorless camera sales. We will see these positive trend within the next Panasonic financial report. Also important to know is that Panasonic expects the positive trend to continue further with the release of the GH4. So let’s wait and see.

The last months there were a lot of negative reports about the status of the mirrorless system camera market. But for unscientific reasons I strongly believe mirrorless system cameras are the future. And I am not the only one thinking so:

Digitalcamerareview writes:

The mirrorless camera genre is the future. Large, bulky DSLRs are a dying breed. Will it happen overnight? I’m sure it won’t. But I know that I will be showcasing my DSLRs next to my other antique cameras sooner than later!

Luminous Landscape writes:

The two marketplace leaders (Canon and Nikon) are in the same boat here. They’d rather follow than lead when it comes to the inevitability of mirrorless. Why? I believe that the answer is fear. It’s clear to everyone in the industry that the future lies in mirrorless technology, but the two market leaders have DSLRs as their current bread and butter products. Their wisdom seems to be — if someone is going to eat our lunch, let’s let them at least do it slowly. Doing the brave move of eating it ourselves, while maintaining our dominant market share, is just is a bit too risky.

North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998

Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.

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Again: Nocticron beats Fuji according to DSLRmagazine testing.

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Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine

The meticulous Spanish tester from DSLRmagazine (translation here) compared three amazing lenses: The new Nocticron, the Fuji 56mm and the Olympus 45mm lens. On the site you can see a full bokeh and resolution test. The conclusion from the reviewer says that the Nocticron is the best overall performer with the best contrast, sharpness and bokeh!

And here are some more new Nocticron tests:

Tomek:I know you’re probably tired of Nocticron tests, but this one is a little bit different. I’ve added some comparisons, for example with Voigt. 42,5 mm or Olympus 45 mm. Pls take a look: http://www.m43.eu/obiektywy/test-panasonic-leica-dg-nocticron-425-mm-f12-apsh/7/
My conclusion is: Leica is not sharper or optically better then the other good, prime m43 lens, but it still worth to pay 1500 euro just because it’s brighter. I’ve also prepared a short but (I think so ;-) ) interesting movie about this lens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGvAjksKyOE

A German test of the Nocticron can be read at Blog.krolop-gerst.com.

You can buy the lens at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). In UK at Wexphotographic (Click here). In Germany at Redcoon (Click here), Technikdirekt (Click here).

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Panasonic GH4 will ship from April 24.

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Hard to believe it but the Panasonic GH4 has been announced in Japan today only! And the only new info we got here is that the camera will start shipping on April 24 (Source: Panasonic Japan). The camera can be preordered at Mapcamera. Panasonic also announced the price of the Leica 15mm lens (70,000 YEN price without tax).

P.S.: The Gh4 preorders at Amazon are still good and the camera holds the position around place 22th (Click here to see full ranking).

North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998

Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.

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Leica 15mm MTF chart and pricing info update. POLL: Will you buy the new lens?

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We finally have more info about the pricing of the new lens:

In USA the lens costs $599 at BHphoto (Click here). But there is no info on the GM1 + lens kit price
In Europe the lens will cost 599 Euro and with the GM1 camera 1.000 Euro.
In Uk £549.99 and £999.99 for the camera+lens kit.

And this is the official MTF chart from the lens:

Low resolution image samples can be seen at Panasonic UK and Panasonic Germany.

And now the question: You know price, look and MTF chart…

Will you buy the new Leica 15mm f/1.7 lens?

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P.S.: Yesterday Panasonic also announced a new 4K wearable camera. More info at Engadget.

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