September 16, 2010
Posted in news

Samyang 35mm f/1.4 for FourThirds announced

Samyang just announced the new 35mm f/1.4 lens. It will be also available with FourThirds mount! Those lenses are manual focus only and very cheap. But the quality is surprisely good!

Read for example the Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Photozone review (Click here). That lens is available with FourThirds mount on eBay (Click here)

More info here: http://www.samyang.pl/article,8,news?PHPSESSID=a80e9b76f05b4e80b46c870a74e10177

September 16, 2010
Posted in news

UPADTED: Panasonic GH1 hack doubles the AVCHD bitrate to 86Mbit?

Very important reminder: The Hack will NOT work if you have a brand new Panasonic GH1 with a build date of June 2010 or later. Vitaliy can’t tweek his firmware tool if he can’t access the 1.34 firmware from the Panasonic site. More about that at DVXuser. (Thanks Sady for your information)

UPDATE: It looks like the info from EosHD is not correct. Follow the DVXuser post here: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=22290

September 15, 2010
Posted in deals

Preorder the Olympus E-5 at Amazon


Finally also Amazon has the new camera available for pre-order:
Olympus E-5 12.3MP Digital SLR with 3 inch LCD (Body Only)

P.S: I didn’t find the E-5 in European shops. Comment this post if you find it!

September 15, 2010
Posted in reviews

Olympus E-5 vs Olympus E-3 image comparison (DSLRmagazine)

UPDATE: The image from DSLRmagazine has been removed. Maybe because this were image samples taken with a preproduction camera.

DSLRmagazine posted the following image comparison between the new Olympus E-5 and the older Olympus E-3.

UPDATE2: First small size High ISO samples (Thanks “olddo”):
- 3200 ISO: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5151873&fbid=445692388072&id=144882513072
- 6400 ISO: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5153998&fbid=445829473072&id=144882513072

Any comments?

September 14, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) New 14mm f/2.5 Panasonic lens (on Panasonic website!)

A new leak on the Panasonic website gives us more details about the new 14mm f/2.5 lens. If you visit the Panasonic Germany page click on “Download Datenblatt“. The pdf doesn’t contain the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 details as one would expect but the new 14mm lens specs! (Thanks to the anonymous sender that found the leak!)

The 14mm f/2.5 lens
- 6 elements (3 aspherical lenses)
- closest focus distance 18cm
- Filter size 46mm
- Overall Lenght 20,5mm
- It weights 55g!!! That’s 45g less than the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens
- I don’t know if the price referrs to the 20mm or the new 14mm lens (399 Euro)

And here the google english translation of the presentation text:

The new pancake lens LUMIX G 2,5 / 14mm Asph. characterized by very compact, slim design and light weight. His effort optical design consists of 6 elements in 5 groups including 3 asphärische elements. They provide for mini male distortion and chromatic aberration, and a uniformly high up in the sharp corners.
Its characteristics make the 2.5 / 14mm versatile. The 14mm focal length equivalent to 28mm in KB format and is suitable für snapshot für landscape and interior photography. It is supported, the variable contrast AF system with the functions such as face recognition. The LUMIX G 2,5 / 14mm Asph. is equipped with a solid metal mount, and the Mehrschichtvergütung the lens elements provides for a high-contrast image reproduction without reflections or ghost images. Naheinstellungsgrenze: 18cm, angle: 75 degrees, weight: about 55g, filter diameter: 46 mm
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P.S: Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto are selling the 20mm lens for $349.99 only.

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