New Panasonic “Micro Color Splitters” sensor tech explained on video.

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The video on top explains the tech behind the new innovative Panasonic “Micro Color Splitters” sensor. Panasonic said that new technique allows to “approximately double the color sensitivity in comparison with conventional sensors that use color filters.“.

I hope we will not have to wait to wait a long time to see it on use on a Micro Four Thirds camera!

P.S.: Thanks to the anonymous sender and to Tim for sending the link!

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GX1 for $13 (minus lens price) on Amazon US.

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The Silver Panasonic GX1 with 12-42mm X lens is now for sale for $399 only at Amazon US (Click here). Consider that the X lens alone sells now for $386 at Amazon. Yep, it means that the “extra” GX1 body costs you $13 only!!!

UPDATE: Amazon first sold out the cameras and removed the offer. Than it came back in Stock and now it’s again sodl out. Keep checking the Amazon GX1X page to see when it is back again. On the ranking page you see the GX1X on top with the $399 price (Click here to see the ranking).

 

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New SLR Magic Digiscope lens!

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SLR Magic launched a new MFT lens. Here is the full press release:

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NEW: SLR Magic Monster Lens II 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope for mFT Digiscoping

Hong Kong, China (Mar 28, 2013) – SLR Magic introduces the second edition SLR Magic Monstor Lens 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope lens for Digiscoping and expands their Micro Four Thirds lens lineup.

The SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope for Digiscoping gives you the highest resolution and brightest view possible by three key elements. It features an over sized eye relief, utilized Extra-low Dispersion optics, as well as fully Multi coated glass to help you with spotting the rare bird species. The SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope alsooffers stacked, dual-focus controls, so you can make both rapid and fine-tuning adjustments.

The main difference from the first edition include improvements in image quality due to a new mFT adapter objective offering increased sharpness and contrast over the first edition.

The field of view of this spotting scope on the micro four thirds camera corresponds to a a 840-2520mm lens in 35mm format. The user friendly design allows you to attach your camera by mounting it like any other camera lens. Everything you need comes with the package and there is no need to have a compatible lens to use it. This is the perfect solution for amateur digiscopers who want to take photos or video of wildlife.

The 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope will be available from authorized SLR Magic dealers by June 2013.

Technical Data

SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED (Premium Extra-low Dispersion glass) for mFT
Lens Type: Spotting Scope
Compatible Cameras: All micro four thirds mount cameras
Magnification: 12-36x

35mm equivalent focal length: 840-2520mm
Objective: Φ50
Lens Coating: Multi Coated
Close Focus: 15 ft.
Weight (oz./g): 28.2/800, 45.86/1300 (with mFT adapter objective)
Water Resistant/Fog proof: Yes
Eyepiece: Straight Zoom
Eye relief: 23mm

Accessories: mFT adapter objective with tripod collar

MSRP: $799

Andrew Chan
Product Manager

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These are the other SLRmagic lenses for sale on eBay:

Current SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here).
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here).
Noktor SLRmagic 50mm on eBay (Click here)

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News: GH3 firmware coming soon. And Olympus manager facing five years in prison.

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The new improvements list expected with the GH3 firmware update

Let me catch up with two news:

1) Very very very soon Panasonic will announce the new GH3 firmware update. I am curious to see if focus peaking will be one of the new features!

2) ThePhoBlographer reports that “Olympus’s former head, Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, is facing five years in prison due to manipulating account balances and we should expect a final hearing within a couple of weeks. He has already pleaded guilty to the crimes. Kikukawa won’t be alone in prison though–other managers also pleaded guilty but they won’t be getting as harsh a sentence.” P.S.: Woodford is now selling his book about the Olympus scandal on Amazon (Click here).

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