The Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 has been announced exactly one year ago. Now US stores are selling the lens with the lowest price I have ever seen…$328 only! Click on these shop links to get the lens: Adorama, Amazon (sold by Adorama) and BHphoto.
Panasonic won three DIWA awards with the Panasonic G2, the Panasonic DMC-FX66 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10.
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 features the world’s first touch-screen shooting control in a system camera. This small mirror-less system camera, tailor-made for the super-compact Micro Four Thirds System standard, makes the G2 package exceptionally portable, yet delivering professional image quality. In addition to its compactness, the Panasonic DMC-G2 receives its DIWA Gold Awards for its intuitive operation, first class screen and LVF (Live View Finder), and last but not least – its ability to capture high quality 12.1 MP stills and HD movies.”
P.S.: The Panasonic G2 is currently in Stock for $649.95 at Amazon (Click here)
Also the Olympus E-PL1 won the DIWA Gold Award:
“When it comes to user-friendly operation without losing creativity, the Olympus PEN E-PL1 really responds on demand. Special creative filters, HD-movie support, built-in flash and comfortable Autofocus Live View give photographers a complete set of photographic tools in a remarkably small package. Add to this its easy operation, photo shooting fun and professional image quality; a combination that made the DIWA organization honor the Olympus PEN E-PL1 camera with a Gold Award.
Kai Thon, test manager of DIWA Labs comments: <With the PEN range, Olympus has proved that it is perfectly possible to combine system cameras flexibility and professional image quality with a super-compact camera body. The Olympus PEN E-PL1 also has a built-in flash and improved control functions for added versatility. All in all, a full featured camera for any photographer who wishes to scale down in size, without compromising on performance and image quality. >”
The Olympus E-Pl1 is currently in Stock for $509 at Amazon (Click here)
GiantGinko (dpreview forum) posted some image samples taken with the new 40mm f/1.6 Lensbaby for MicroFourThirds. The Lensbaby is currently in Stock at Amazon US (Click here!).
A week ago Tyson Robichaud posted a review of the new lens. The Lensbaby is not yet available in Europe.
Reminder: You can get the Arsat Tilt-shift lens with MicroFourThrids mount available now on eBay (Click here).
P.S.: Panasonic.net posted two image samples taken with the new Panasonic 100-300mm lens
Olympus Japan announced that the white E-P2 and all-black E-P2 kit will be available from October 15th.
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