March 6, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GF2 review at Cameralabs (E-PL2 slightly better)

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There is a new Panasonic GF2 review at Cameralabs (Click here): “Ultimately though the Lumix GF2 is a desirable and welcome new addition to Micro Four Thirds camp and one that will undoubtedly find favour with enthusiasts and ambitious novice photographers alike. It’s a lovely camera to use and one that’s also physically very desirable, but the issues discussed on this page – or perhaps more fairly, the benefits of its rivals – means it just falls short of our top rating in direct comparison. It still earns a hearty Recommended though.

Where does it fall short? “Overall we’d say the Olympus E-PL2 has a slight edge over the GF2. The GF2 crops look less contrasty and softer than those from the E-PL2“. Interesting: “With a larger sized sensor you might expect the Sony NEX-3 to produce superior result to the micro Four Thirds cameras, and it does, but the differences aren’t that marked at least at this lowest sensitivity

Panasonic GF2 direct links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus E-PL2 direct links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 5, 2011
Posted in news

Surprise: Last minute design changes for the Samyang 35mm f/1.4 lens

Over a year passed without Olympus announcing any new Four Thirds lens. At least Samyang announced that nice 35mm f/1.4 manual focusing lens with 43-mount. There is a last minute surprise. Samyang added a red ring and an useful focusing scale to the lens. And they announced the final price which will be 389 Euro. All Samyang lenses for Olympus can be found on eBay only and under seven different brand names (Click on it to see all Four Thirds lenses from the specific brand!):
Samyang
Walimex
Rokinon
Opteka
Falcon
Vivitar
Bower

Unbelievable or not? :)

Click the link to read the press release:
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March 5, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…(Fuji X100 in Europe in April only)


I was inspired when I saw the $195 Kipon EOS-m4/3 adapter so I decided to build my own. I salvage old parts from my father’s spoiled Hi8 video camera and fixed onto a standard EOS-m4/3 adapter.

The Fuji X100 will be in Stock at Amazon UK on April 11 (Click here). In US Adorama should start shipment in March (Click here).
A few X100 image samples can be found on Flick here. A few body pictures on Flickr.

HDMI Capture Problem SOLVED (DVXuser forum).
Panasonic GF2 ISO charts at tech.sina.
Olympus E-5 charts at tech.sina.
Dutch Panasonic GF2 hands-on at bright.nl.
M.Zuiko 40-150 Tested against the Panasonic 45-200 (Dpreview forum).
Day 3 of the Olympus EPL-2 Field Review (ThePhoBlographer).
AG-AF105 preview at pronews.jp (japanese!)
Using protective filters on lenses (m43blogspot).
Olympus SP-800UZ review at CNET.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Review at Steve Digicams.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 Review at Photographyblog.
Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH Leica on a GH2 (Image samples at 3Dkraft).

March 4, 2011
Posted in deals

Panasonic GF2 in Stock at Amazon and J&R (+ new Panasonic lens discount)

The new all black Panasonic GF2 is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and J&R (Click here). The Silver GF2+14mm camera is in Stock at Adorama (Click here).

There are also two price drop on the newest Panasonic lenses:
– Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 had a $20 price drop at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
– Panasonic 100-300mm is in Stock for $529 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Reminder: Worldwide shipment of the Fuji X100 will start tomorrow. Preorders at Adorama (Click here).

March 4, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) A few new technologies Olympus is testing for the future PRO cameras.

Sometimes sources do send me info about camera prototypes and future technologies. As you can imagine it is very difficult to check if those info are correct or not.
Last week a new Olympus patent (Click here to read the article) confirmed that one of our source were right when he told me that Olympus had a prototype camera with semi-transparent mirror. The same sources also gave us a list of other technologies Olympus is working on:

– Sensor Shift with Rotation
– Larger Multi-Format Sensor (think GH2)
– New Battery Grip with Audio & Video I/O
– Single Shot HDR Capability
– Same Video Ability as GH1

The most amaizng feature is certainly the “Single Shot HDR Capability“. We already saw a few Olympus patents about this. But as we all know, we are talking about technologies we might see in a few years only!

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