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March 5, 2011
Posted in news

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

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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!

March 4, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Olympus E-PL2 and XZ-1 reviews!

DCresource (Click here) posted their Olympus XZ-1 review: “The XZ-1 is Olympus’ best compact camera in many years. It offers a good design, super-fast lens, beautiful OLED display, manual controls, and plenty of point-and-shoot toys. It does have its share of annoyances — perhaps more so than its competition (at least those cameras that I’ve used) — though I have to cut Olympus some slack, as this is their first generation model. The XZ-1 is absolutely worth your consideration — just be sure to check out the other models in its class before you buy.
Click those links to visit the XZ-1 product page: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Trustedreviews (Click here) posted their Olympus E-PL2 review: “Taking everything into account, we’d still be hard pressed to choose between this and the GF2, which only falls down in comparison because unlike the E-PL2 it doesn’t feature body integral anti shake, but is otherwise we feel more streamlined and slightly easier to use. The Olympus counters with its impressive and fun Art Filters, so ultimately a personal hands on is going to be the best way for you to make this particular purchase decision.”
Click those links to visit the E-PL2 product page: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Reminder:
The new Olympus E-PL2 accessories are on auction at eBay and in Stock in some stores:
– MAL-1 Led Light at eBay, Amazon US, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon France.
– PenPal bluetooth module at eBay, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon France.

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