November 8, 2010
Posted in reviews

Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 lens preview by Mike Kobal

Mike Kobal made that very nice video with the GH1 and the Nokton 25mm (Source: mikekobal.com): “The aperture was set to 1.4 for all clips, ISO to 100. I like the results, the Nokton lives up to the hype, it is very sharp at 1.4 (except for the extreme corners).” He also posted one more “night” video taken with aperture set at f/0.95(Click here).

He also posted a nice set of images on flickr:

My impression of this lens so far:
@0.95 slightly soft in the center and in the corners, but sharpens up nicely in ps, extreme corners are very soft, very usable overall.
@1.4 very sharp in the center and in the corners, extreme corners are still soft.
@2.0 extremely sharp in the center and in the corners, extreme corners are still soft.

The built quality is excellent, the focusing ring is fantastic, very well dampened and it is very easy to pull focus during video takes.

Thanks Mike for your nice work!!!

If you have some luck you can find the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 on eBay (Click here to see current auctions).

November 8, 2010
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GH2/GF2 news and previews…

The video on top shows the first Panasonic GH2 vs Panasonic GH1 (and vs Panasonic TM750) comparison. Skip the first two minutes of the video to see the comparison only. It’s very difficoult to judge the images on youtube and without knowing the image processing work they have done.
Still no news about the GH2 availability. Adorama is accepting preorders, BHphoto says the GH2 will be in Stock in December and Amazon removed the preorder option.

Engadget posted a Panasonic Lumix GF2 preview: “Panasonic has ticked the major boxes of reducing bulk and including HD video (at 60fps, no less) while seemingly sacrificing little of what made the GF1 such a richly appealing camera in the first place. Our biggest complaint, therefore, has to do with the GF2′s January release date — it’s too far away, dammit!” They also made a GF2-GF1 size comparison.

The GF2 is listed on Amazon but without any price indication.

November 8, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Olympus to make camera-phones? Lumixphone coming in February.

If mirrorless is eroding the DSLR market share, camera-phones are eroding the compact camera market. So it comes with no surprise that Olympus will buy the ITX phone corporation:

TOKYO (Nikkei)–Olympus Corp. (7733) said Friday that it will launch a tender offer for ITX Corp. (2725) to turn the cellular phone sales unit into a wholly owned subsidiary. Olympus currently holds an 82.07% stake in ITX. The cost of acquiring the ITX shares that it does not own will likely come to about 7 billion yen. The tender offer will begin Thursday and end Dec. 27. The offering price is set at 60,500 yen a share, which translates to a roughly 34% premium over ITX stock’s closing price on Friday.”

Just a speculation: Would you like if future PEN cameras would be able to connect (via mobile Internet) to your social network to instantly share pictures? I know Sony and Samsung are working on that and thisould be another reason why Olympus is acquiring the ITX shares.

P.S.: The Panasonic LUMIX Phone will be available next February in Japan (Akihabaranews)

November 7, 2010
Posted in deals

The need for EXTREME speed: Rodenstock 50mm f/0.75 in m43 mount!

The eBay reseller “jieying-usa” is reworking lenses so that they can fit on Micro Four Thirds cameras without the need of any adapter! And the Rodenstock 50mm f/0.75 is one of those lenses with m43 mount (Click here to check the acution on eBay). The lens focuses from 3ft to infinity. Wide open, images are very soft but unlike C-mount lenses the circle covers the full m43 size. You can see a few image samples on Flickr. The same reseller also makes the Kowa 55mm f/1.0 with m43 mount.

P.S.: A question to our readers. How many stops difference do you have between f/.075 and the f/0.95 from the Voigtländer?

November 7, 2010
Posted in reviews

New GH2 very nice short film and GF2, E-5, and 14mm image samples

The Boxer: A short film made with the Panasonic Lumix GH2 from UniquePhoto on Vimeo.
GH2 preorders at: Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK, Amazon France.

New Panasonic GF2 image samples on Flickr and Photographyblog. And a GF2 Hands-on on Flickr.

Panasonic 14mm 2.5 lens review (Ueberlicht). Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon Japan.

At Lucifer-doom you can read a new Olympus E-5 review from a E-3 user perspective. An Olympus E-5 ISO test can be found at DCfever.
Olympus E-5 preorders: Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Deutschland.

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