October 17, 2011
Posted in reviews

Better than a rumor: “Driftwood” patch brings the GH2 quality on a new level. Rivals RED?

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Tsawout Spit – Gh2 Test (driftwood 176mb gop1 hack) from mark wyatt on Vimeo.

Some news are sometimes even better than rumors! Who said you have to buy a new camera to increase the  video quality? With the latest settings from “Driftwood” (check here at personal-view) the GH2 can now record AVCHD Intra at 176Mbit. And plenty of users are now extremely happy with it. According to Perry Wilson (Click here to see his video on vimeo): “”I wish y’all could see the prores 422 HQ file, rivals RED all day long. Believe it or not this looks like crap compared to the prores“. And “This camera is changing my workflow and my company all in positive ways.” More videos have been posted on vimeo by John Justice and Orgie. And Hanadok posted an example video shot with the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens. Of course what you see on vimeo/youtube are compressed videos and do not reflect the real quality you can get with the new settings. All GH2 owners can hack the camera by using these instructions: http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/332/ptool-3.60d-topic. And to see a list of all patches (including the driftwood) go here: http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/953/gh2-patch-vault-most-popular-patches-in-one-place

P.S.: As I already told you the GH2 price is dropping slowly in US and Europe. Check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay (Click on shop name to visit the GH2 search page).

October 16, 2011
Posted in news

Ex Olympus CEO Mr. Woodford speaks to FT: “They told me to catch a bus to the airport”

Olympus shares dropped by 17,61% after the recent CEO dismissal (Soruce: Bloomberg).

Ex Olympus CEO Mr. Woodford has been interviewed by the Financial Times (Click here) and what you read is really giving you an idea of how bad things are ongoing at Olympus. Woodford checked the past acquisition strategy from Olympus and discovered that “large amounts of money seemed to have “disappeared” into the hands of poorly vetted outside financial advisers and investment vehicles.” and “a catalogue of calamitous errors and exceptionally poor judgment which … has resulted in the destruction of shareholder value of $1.3bn“.
And how did Olympus react? They told them to “to catch a bus to the airport“.

Editor’s note: I am not “for” nor “against” Mr Woodford. I am only reporting what he told about Olympus. And it is really not a good news!

October 16, 2011
Posted in deals

45mm lens in Stock at Amazon (+ new Olympus US rebates).

UPDATE: The Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens is in Stock directly via Amazon (Click here). No third party resellers!

You can get a $150 discount on the 40-150mm lens when purchased with the E-PL1 and E-PL2 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

There is a $80 discount on the VF-3 when you buy it along the E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1.
E-P3 links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H
E-PL3 links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H
E-PM1 links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H,

Other deals reminder:
There is a $200 discount on the E-5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
And the E-P2 body is available for $299 only at Amazon (Click here).

October 15, 2011
Posted in reviews

m43 versus Nikon V1 versus NEX-7

Today let’s check how well (or bad) the new NEX-7 and Nikon V1 are competing against our m43 cameras:

Dpreview added the Nikon V1 comparison shots to the dpreview database. m43 still has a visible advantage over the Nikon sensor but I have to admit that the Nikon processor engine does really a good job in both JPEG and RAW. If they would have used a sensor as large as the m43 sensor than they would have probably beaten the current Oly-Panasonic quality.

There is also a new NEX-7, E-P3 and X100 high ISO examples and crops comparison made by Steve Huff (Click here). The difference is easily visible. The Olympus E-P3 has more noise but also a higher per pixel sharpness.

So, what do you think about these tests? M43 has still a huge advantage when you take into consideration the full overall sensor quality + lens size + lens system quantity factors. But a new improved sensors would really bring us a step forward.

P.S.: The NEX-7 is the only non Canon/Nikon camera in Amazon’s top 20 (Click here to see the ranking). I guess I am not the only one waiting for a m43 camera with built-in viewfinder!

 

 

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