August 25, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Specs of the upcoming X lenses. Price of the 14-42mm lens is “high”!

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Some of our readers said that it is not possible that slow zooms can be defined as “PRO” lenses. I just learned from my sources the exact words Panasonic will use tomorrow when announcing the new “X” lenses. According to Pana this is a “premium lens brand“! And those are the lens specs:

Lumix G X 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical lens with Power O.I.S.

I have been told that it has:
– superb image rendering for lifelike textures
– crisp edge-to-edge contrast
– Nano Surface Coating (for minimal ghosts and flaring)
– 26.8mm length!
– 95g
– It has 9 lenses (including four aspherical lenses and two ED lenses)
– It has two buttons, a electric-powered zoom button and an autofocus button (there is no zoom nor focur ring!)
– 0.1 second Light Speed AF with the Panasonic GF3.
. Minimum focusing distance wide open is 20cm. On the tele end it is 30cm.

Lumix G X 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 Aspherical lens with Power O.I.S.

– superb image rendering for lifelike textures
– crisp edge-to-edge contrast
– Nano Surface Coating (for minimal ghosts and flaring)
– Inner focusing
– 90mm length
– 210g
– 0.15 second Light Speed AF with the Panasonic GF3.
– The lens has almost the same size of the Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6. It is not compact!

P.S.: Two of my sources said the price of the 14-42mm X lens is probably too high :(

August 25, 2011
Posted in deals

Olympus E-PL3 in Stock in US stores.

The new Olympus E-PL3 is  now in Stock at Adorama (Click here) and J&R (Click here). And the “old” E-PL1 with kit lens is available for $359 at Amazon (Click here).

P.S: E-PL3 ad in China (Micadget) / E-PM1 pricing in France (OpenPN).

 

August 25, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Panasonic announcement at 6am London time! X lens with nano surface coating.

A collage made by “Aless” (Thanks!) shows the real 14-42mm X lens on the Panasonic GF1.

Tomorrow (Friday) at 6am London time Panasonic will unveil the new X lens series and two new zoom lenses. We were never that excited about upcoming zooms! I have been told the image quality of the new and very first 14-42mm X lens is impressive (much better than the actual 14-42mm kit lens). It has Nano Surface Coating, aspherical lens, inner focusing, powerzoom (with button on lens), in lens image stabilization. All this is packaged in a tiny pancake with 1.5x the length of the 20mm f/1.7 lens! The aperture of the lens is f/3.5-5.6.

A new anonymous source sent me this (take it as FT2!): “The new kit lens will be available with the GF3 in a special kit package, and Panasonic is also going to offer it with the G2 at some point. Had a try with the lens last week at the press event, the way it pops out by itself is actually pretty impressive, and I can see being really useful for slipping into your bag or just dumping the camera somewhere quickly. But it’s $250/200 Euro more than the standard kit lens – will consumers want to cough up that kind of money?” P.S.: The current Panasonic kit lens price can be checked here Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay (around 200 dollars/pounds/euro).

I have no reliable info yet about the second lens, the 45-175mm zoom. I have been told it is also small but I don’t know yet if it is an X lens or not.

More: It will be interesting to see how Panasonic will introduce the new “X” pro lineup. Will there be more “X” lenses coming this year? Will there be fast zoom “X” lenses too? Will there also be “X” cameras?

Be online tomorrow at 6am London time. As usual I will make  a useful summary of all news/reviews/interviews and so on!

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August 25, 2011
Posted in news

Olympus E-PM1 pricing announced

If you are waiting to get the tiniest of the new Olympus PEN cameras you will happy to know that the camera worldwide shipment will start on September 30. Camera with 14-42mm MSC II R kit lens will cost $499.95. (via Dpreview). The E-PM1 is available for preorder at Amazon UK (Click here), Computeruniverse (Click here), Digitalrev (Click here). Notifications are available at BHphoto (Click here).

P.S.: You can see the first E-PL3 (not E-PM1) unpackaging pictures at Mobile01. Click on the green links inside the first post to open the pictures!

August 25, 2011
Posted in reviews

First Kipon adapter hands-on and Toy lens review

Our friend Mike Kobal (Click here) got his hands on the Kipon EOS to m43 adapter which has a built-in aperture ring! He says: “This is a very useful and reasonably priced adapter, well made, no problems mounting my Canon lenses, image quality is very good as long as you stay within the suggested aperture range (markings from 1-6).” That adapter is available at BHphoto (Click here) and on eBay (Click here).

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) made a on filed review of the 26mm f/1.4 Toy lens: “With that in mind, this is a lens for the experimental photographer, the hipster, the film lover, or just those people that want a different look and will embrace, “technical flaws” to create better images that others aren’t creating. However, the lens still isn’t perfect. The colliding aperture blades and the backwards aperture and focusing rings can be annoying and will essentially force you to just shoot wide open and not worry about the rest.” Visit his website to see image and video samples! You can check the Toy lens price on eBay (Click here)

Also the japanese website DC.watch (Click here) tested the Toy lens.

 

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