July 12, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Rumors summary (GH3, VF-3, Nikon and Canon mirrorless)

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Image on top is a Mockup of a Canon mirrorless camera. not a real camera!

There were many “mirrorless” rumors I posted last week on 43- and MirrorlessRumors. Some of them are very important and that’s why I am posting this recap because you might have missed them!

1) There is a picture of the next upcoming external Olympus viewfinder. And it looks like it has a sort of built-in flash too! (Click here to read more).

2) More Fuji and M43 rumors (Click here to read more)

3) Akira Watanabe talked about the future of Four Thirds (Click here to read more)

4) Surprise! Nikon could join the Pentax Q system by end of the year! (Click here to read more at MirrorlessRumors.com)

5) Canon confessed, they will go Mirrorless!!! (Click here to read more at MirrorlessRumors.com)

6) The Sony NEX-7 will have a built-in viewfinder (Click here to read more at SonyAlphaRumors.com)

7) The Panasonic GH3 will have electronic shutter (Click here to read more

As you see there is a lot of movement inside the Mirrorless world. I am curious to see what Canon will do but I bet they will “join” in mid-late 2012 only. The Sony NEX-7 could be a “bomb” with the new 24 Megapixel sensor but I don’t think they are going to make it right with the body-usability design. The big news here is Fuji. If they join the m43 system than it will be ahrd for everyone else (including Sony and Canon) to compete against them!!!

July 12, 2011
Posted in reviews

Full Panasonic G3 review at DPreview!!!


Click here to read it: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicdmcg3/. The camera earns a rating of 75% and gets the SIlver Award: “The G3 is a camera that is easy to use and produces excellent image quality – a step up from previous G-series models. Its overall handling and touchscreen interface have distinct appeal for users moving up from a point-and-shoot. Yet it offers the manual controls and custom parameters that enthusiasts in the market for a smaller, lighter body would expect.”

The camera is now avaialable in Europe (and slowly in US too). Click on the shop names to see if it is in Stock: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

One more private thing: Sorry If I posted that news 10 hours to late but I am on vacation on an isolated place. And yesterday the whole phone network didn’t work in that place. So connection is coming and going and it will be like that until July 26th. Hope you can have a bit of patience If I am not so fast in answering your mails or posting news.

July 12, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

Voigtländer announced the new 35mm f/1.2 M-mount lens (DC.watch).

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Review at DigitalPhotographySchool.

Panasonic unveils a range of collectables to celebrate London 2012 (Dpnow).

Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 corner sharpness test at Bmupix. Chekc the lens availability on eBay (Click here).

Olympus Showcases PEN Lineup in Vienna at Digitalcamerareview.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 Digital Camera Review at ePhotozine.

E-P3 image samples at Popco. Preorders search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Bought & Sold: Olympus E-P1 – 12.3 MP Digital Camera & 14-42mm lens (Jdhodges).

Olympus 40-150mm deal via E-p1.net.

Rob sent me following text: “Hello! Received a metabones c-mount to m4/3 adapter today. The fit was so tight it almost got stuck on my GH-1. Looks like others have had similar experiences: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/archive/index.php/t-249698.html. Since this adapter might damage any m4/3 camera it is fitted to, it would be cool if you could issue a warning on 43Rumors. Would have saved me some trouble…..I was able to file off some metal, and now have a ok fit. But this really should not be neccesary on what is a dapter marketed as “professional”. Will definitely go for a chep China adapter again next time.

Videos made by our readers

A new GH2+Nokton 0.95 video by Mike Kobal.
You Loved Me: Panasonic GH2, ISO 2500, Nokton 25mm f0.95 by Mike Kobal.
“Sunlight in trees…” GF1+ 25mm/f1.4 C-mount lens by Parb Johal on Vimeo.

July 11, 2011
Posted in reviews

First Full Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens review!

Our Spanish long time friend Valentin Sama has been the first to post a full Olympus 12mm f/2.0 review! You can read it at DSLRmagazine (Click here). In short we can say the lens has an awesome mechanical and optical build quality! And we all really appreciate that we can have some nice pro lens in our m43 lens system! The distortion is low and very harmonic (will make it very easy to correct). The diffraction is very high at f/22 making that aperture pretty unusable. There is a bit of astigmatism on the corners but nothing to be worry about. Color aberrations and Vignetting are almost non existent. The autofocusing with the lens is incredibly fast and manual focusing very precise. According to Valentin this is the best lens tested to date!

Thanks Valentin for being the first to test the lens and thanks Olympus for finding the way back to your strenghts (at least with the lenses!).

UPDATE: “Uwe” sent me this: Diffraction has nothing to do with the lens itself. It is only defined by f-stop and pixel size. Making a not about f/22 for a m43 lens does not relly make sense. I think m43 with 16MP sensor is easily diffraction limited at f/8.

Clcik those links to preorder the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H and eBay

July 11, 2011
Posted in news

E-PM1 and E-PL3 get priced in UK!

Finally we can know the price of the other two PEN cameras! The E-Pm1 will cost 429£ at Cameraworld in UK! That should be around 499 Euro in Europe and 499 Dollars in US. It means the camera will be 200 Euro/Dollar cheaper than the Panasonic GF3 (Check the price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay). It will be also 100 Euro/Dollars cheaper than the Sony NEX-C3 (Check the price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay). Only the Samsung NX100 is cheaper but only becuase it’s going to be replaced soon (Check the price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay).

The E-PL3 will cost £529.00 at Cameraworld. That should be around 599 Euro in Europe and 599 Dollars in US.

As you know the E-Pl3 should be in Stock by late August/early September and the E-PM1 in October only.

Hot preorder list:
Olympus E-P3 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK and Amazon DE.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H and eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H.

Thanks Andras

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