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February 20, 2011
Posted in deals

(UPDATED) Fuji X100 preorders at Amazon. GF2 in Stock. Nokton auctions.

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Fuji X100

Amazon is again accepting preorders on the Fuji X100 (Click here).
One more thing: Best Sale Price (Click here) says it has two X100 in Stock! This must be a mistake! UPDATE: I have been told the two cameras have been really shipped! Incredible!
You can also preorder at Adorama (Click here) and subscribe to be notified at BHphoto (Click here)

Panasonic GF2

The Black GF2+14mm pancake is in Stock at Amazon (Click here). UPDATE: out of Stock yet!
The Black GF2+14-42mm lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). The Red GF2+14-42mm lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).
The Silver GF2+14mm pancake is in Stock at Adorama (Click here). UPDATE: out of Stock yet!

Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95

There are more Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 auctions than usual on eBay (Click here).

Olympus E-PL2

$50 Instant rebates on the E-PL2 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

February 19, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GH2 Revisited at luminous Landscape

There is a new article about the GH2 written by Luminous Landscape (Click here). I am going to post only a few key points of his review but I higly recomment to read the full text!

Video: “Let it be enough to say that with a fast lens (for shallow DOF) it is to my mind the best video capable DSLR type camera on the market.
Viewfinder: “In fact, I would say that it is an many instances preferable to the dismal (meant literally) and small optical viewfinders found on the smaller and usually inexpensive DSLRs.
Ergonomics: “It doesn’t have the elegance and stark simplicity of a Leica M9; in fact quite the opposite. But, given that it is a small form factor DSLR style camera with full features, not only for still photography but for video as well, it does a remarkable job of satisfy sometimes contradictory needs.
Reliability: “I’ve owned the GH1 for a couple of years and now the GH2. Both have been totally reliable, as have all the Panssonic lenses that I own, with the exception of the new 100-300mm. It failed just a few days after I got to Mexico, with a locked-closed aperture
Focusing: “Though the GH2 uses contrast detection AF, you wouldn’t know it from its speed.
Mirror Vibration: “There is no Mirror Vibration
Image Quality: “The difference between APS-C and MFT is de minimis.
Battery: “poor battery performance
The biggest issue?The biggest issue with the Panasonic GH2 is that a great many people that want to buy one, can’t, because these cameras seem to constantly be in short supply” (P.S.: Amazon US (Click here) says “Usually ships in 1 to 2 months”)

Do you agree with the LL analysis?

And you can check if the GH2 is in Stock by visiting the direct product pages at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

February 19, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…


pont neuf – panasonic lumix gf2 in paris

CP+ 2011, Fuji : La star du salon ? C’est X100 bien sûr! (Focus Numerique).

GH2 Encryption And Dumping Information (gh1-hack.info).

Mirrorless Goes Mainstream (Arcrental). The Panasonic AF100: The Right Camera at the Right Time (Arcrental).

Videos 43rumors sent to me:
Perpetual Motion (Vimeo).
Son Cubano – GH2 meets the Roots of Salsa (3Dkraft).
John Laverty – British Superbikes – Building Confidence (Youtube).

Olympus XZ-1 preview at photoradar. Olympus XZ-1 Hands on at Flickr.

Hands-on: Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f4-5.6 and Sample Photos (ferdzdecena).

The website digital-photography explains how to apply Art Filters to RAW files. It is also possible to apply the Beauty Filter via Olympus Viewer 2 or Master to ANY .jpg file. And you can also have all of the newest art filters in the E-3 and other cameras.

μ43 — No good for sports? (jjsemplephotography)

February 19, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Why 2011 is the Year of Olympus (Zone-10). Weatherproof PRO M43 and Foveon camera coming?

So, after reading Thom Hogans opinion about Olympus future you might want to read a second opinion from Khen Lim at Zone-10. He mixed up history and speculations to give us a positive vision about Olympus upcoming products. He expects a lot from the Olympus pro-m43 camera but this are a mix of hopes and speculations so take it with a grain of salt! In short he expects a super tank built weatherproof PEN camera:

What is particularly interesting with Yamaki’s (Sigma) announcement was his company’s intention to develop its own interpretation of the mirrorless camera around the Foveon sensor.
The generation after the 1’s (E-P1/E-PL1/E-PL1s) and the 2’s (E-P2/E-PL2) will unfold Olympus’ bigger picture but we’ve already seen some of the company’s ideas in the form of that accessory slot behind the Pen’s hotshoe. That slot is going to be big business in many ways for Olympus but that’s not all.
“The diminutive XZ-1 also holds plenty of clues too. This is not a camera from a company that is shrinking away from the business. It is a bold move from one that is, instead, confident of where it wants to head.”
“In separate closed-door meetings with the two Germany companies (Zeiss and Schneider), Olympus would have shed light on to its future development roadmap, talked more keenly about its next generation of Pen cameras and the lenses they have now lined up. In and amongst all of these, Olympus would have revealed to the Germans at least the specs if not the pro-grade Pen prototype in the flesh. The Japanese would have discussed not just the E-P3 but the P4 and P5 and the plans they have to take the lead in this new market.”
Despite accusations that Olympus doesn’t listen to its users, some of us actually believe they do. Like Panasonic, Olympus keeps track of several key websites and blogsites throughout the Internet world, establishing a global communiqué with its key subsidiaries, each of whom has site coverage to closely monitor and find out about the movements on the ground. However while Panasonic is quick to respond, Olympus appears more sluggish to the point where people actually believe they’re not listening. Rest be assured they are, they do and they have been.
Olympus introduce weatherproofing to Pen camera . Olympus’ next-generation pro-grade Pen cameras will be nothing less than tank-built in quality. You’d be able to feel that quality in the palm of your hand.

Let’s hope Zone-10 is right and Olympus will really bring some major innovation. And honestly I would love if Sigma would make a foveon m43 camera!

Links:
Current Sigma foveon cameras at Amazon
– The newest foveon model the SD1 at BHphoto.

February 18, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Panasonic GF2 and 14mm lens reviews.


GF2 preview…in french ;)

The french website hybridcams previewed the new Panasonic GF2 (Click here to read the google english translation). And Pixinfo posted a detailed ISO image table. A full review has been written by David Babsky (at stevehuff.com): “Its drawbacks are very few ..far, far fewer than I’d expected.. and it certainly APPEARS simpler to use for a novice. It’s a very nice little interchangeable-lens compact camera. But I’m not a novice. So I’d use it for movies (or for the 4/3 Leica 14-50mm f2.8 low-light portrait zoom) but otherwise I’ll stick with the GF1 (the “Leica M9.5″) for stills. Out of 10? Eight-and-a-half ..and I can hardly wait for a HI-RES clip on viewfinder, to match the resolution of the GH2 SLR.
Check price and availability of all GF2 combos at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Steve Huff had a lot of fun testing the new Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake: “I found it performed excellent every time it was slung around me on the E-P2. What else can I say besides I LOVE IT! Over 500 frames shot with it and I found no issues or problems so I really have nothing bad to say about it. Is it as good as a Leica lens? NO, but this is under $400, not $4000 :) If you want a wide angle prime that is lightweight, thin and not so expensive then this one should be on your short list without question.
Click on the shop names to visit the direct 14mm pancake page and check price and availability: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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