February 18, 2011
Posted in news

Latest japanese rankings (GF2 rules!)


Mirrorless cameras are very popular in Japan. That’s why you can find the Panasonic GF2 under the three most sold system cameras (last week sales). Source: BCNranking.
You can check Amazon rankings to get a very approximate idea on how it is going in the rest of the world (the stats are not reliable!). And looking at them you can easily understand why Canon has no hurry to join the mirrorless competition:
– System camera rankings (DSLR+mirrorless) at Amazon US (Click here). Amazon has also a dedicated Micro Four Thirds ranking (Click here) where you can check which m43 camera is the most popular.
– All digital camera rankings Amazon Germany (Click here). Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon Germany (Click here)
– All digital camera rankings at Amazon UK (Click here). Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon UK (Click here)
– All digital camera rankings at Amazon France (Click here). Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon France (Click here)

Canon and Nikon keep domintaing the worold with their low end DSLR. A bit of a wonder why the usually conservative japaneses market is the only one where mirrorless has a huge 40% market share. Need some expert out there that can explain me that :)

February 18, 2011
Posted in reviews

Very first GH2 + Zeiss Cp lens image sample!

As you know Zeiss AG joined the Micro Four Thirds System group and the first products are the adapted CP.2 lenses. One of our readers just sent us the link to the very first image sample taken with the Panasonic GH2 and the $3.900 Compact Prime CP.2 85mm/T2.1 Cine Lens!

Click here: Portait sample at Flickr. You can enlarge the picture to his original size to check the sharpness. You can also see an image of the lens attached on the GH2. Huge!!!

Links: Compact Prime CP.2 85mm/T2.1 Cine Lens at Bhphoto (Click here).

Thanks Chris!

February 17, 2011
Posted in reviews

First Fuji X100 preview with real image samples JPG and RAW!

Image courtesy: Quesabesde.

Quesabesde (Click here) had the pleasure to test the new Fuji X100 with the firmware 0.69.
And those are a few of their findings:
– They found the menu a bit quirky
– Startup and shutter response is fast
– One of the major strengths of the cameras is the very silent (or “stealthy”) shutter!
– Autofocus of the X100 performs well in terms of speed and accuracy. Even in poor lighting conditions and with the assist light turned off, the reaction is correct.
– The camera supports up to 3,200 ISO smooth and even further if the conditions are not very critical.

But visit their website to check the JPG and RAW image samples. You can download the full size images!

And don’t forget to preorder the Fuji X100 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay (no proerders in Europe yet).

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February 17, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Panasonic G3 (and new lenses?) by end of March/early April

The 25mm f/1.4 lens for Four Thirds will soon have a little Micro Four Thirds sisther :)

Now we now it for SURE (99%) that the new Panasonic G3 will be announced by late March/early April. As we already told you the new body looks different than current G cameras, but the new design will not have a DMC-LC1/L1 look!). The G3 has a new sensor and can take FullHD videos (but not at 24mbit/s like the new GH2). Let’s hope the G3 will not have the delay of the GH2 and the GF2 (In US only the Silver GF2+14mm lens is in Stock at Adorama (Click here)) and the GH2 is still missing.

We didn’t get any FT5 confirmation that the 25mm f/1.4 will be announced along the G3 but I would say it is FT4 (please read the explanation about the rumor classification at the bottom of the page!). We know the 25mm lens will not feature in lens stabilization and unlike the Four Thirds version the lens will NOT be Leica branded!

But there also could be one more lens coming (that’s FT4). We hope to know more about it soon.

– The current Leica branded 25mm Four thirds lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay and Amazon.
– The 5 Megapixel DMC-LC1 at ebay and the 7 Megapixel DMC-L1 at Amazon.

Reminder: Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

February 17, 2011
Posted in Rumors

When will Elicar release that lens?

Image courtesy: Photoscala.de

Ok Zeiss, Schneider and Cosina will make Micro Four Thirds lenses but there is also one more small company that will join the group. At photokina 2010 the japanese company Elicar showed that 4,5-6,3/300-600 Micr Four Thirds lens prototype. So what happened since then? Did you got some news about when the lens will be available?

Elicar already made lenses for Olympus OM, Canon FL and Minolta mount. You can see a list of lenses at eBay (Click here).

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