December 23, 2010
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GF2 review at Hardwarezone (GF1 discontinued at BHphoto!)

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Hardwarezone tested the new Panasonic GF2: “There’s a lot to like about the Panasonic Lumix GF2. It’s amazing how Panasonic has squeezed more features like a touch-screen and full HD video recording into a smaller camera, no doubt helped by the removal of the Mode dial and the use of a smaller battery. With the GF2, Panasonic comes closer to the goal of a compact camera with a large sensor.

There is also a short GF2 test at DCfever.

In the meanwhile the Panasonic GF1+20mm kit is discontinued at BHphoto (Click here)! Amazon is still selling the same kit (Click here) but it is out of Stock right now. But you can find the GF1+20mm in Stock at Adorama (Click here)!

December 22, 2010
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New Olympus E-5 review at Photographyblog!

There is a new Olympus E-5 review at Photographyblog. It’s a real pleasure to read the first phrase of their final conclusions: “The Olympus E-5 is an exceptionally well-built and rugged digital SLR camera that is a joy to use and produces remarkably crisp images with great colours, and resolution that defies its pixel count.” The camera gets “Highly Recommended“. As you will have noticed almost all E-5 reviews do mention the same (many) strengths but also the same only major weakness….the high price.
There is one more czech review at digimanie.cz (google tranlsated). And if you want to read more E-5 news and reviews click here to read all our E-5 related posts on 43rumors.

E-5 preorder links:
Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR.

P.S.: There are a few Olympus deals at BHphoto (Click here)!

December 22, 2010
Posted in deals

Amazon and Adorama do start shipment of the Silver and Black Panasonic GH2

Finally good news: We from 43rumors have been officially notified by Amazon and Adorama that they started to ship the Silver and Black GH2 cameras you pre ordered through our affiliate links. I thought it would be nice to let you know that the postman (or Sant Claus)  will soon ring the bell ;)

And for those of you waiting for the new Panasonic 14mm lens Amazon changed the status to “This item will be released on December 27, 2010.“. Click here to pre order the lens at Amazon!

Panasonic GH2 direct affiliate links:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Pixmania IT, Pixmania ES.

December 22, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) New Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 OIS lens?


On picture: The current 7-14mm lens (without OIS!)

The Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 lens is higly regarded lens (See the very impressive tests at Photozone and SLRgear). But it has two “flaws”. The high price and the missing optical stabilization. In USA problem number one has been partially solved thanks to the latest price drops. The lens is now in Stock for $817.96 only at Amazon (Click here). As usual Europeans can’t enjoy such nice price drops :(
But let’s talk about the new rumor! According to one of our (very!) good sources Panasonic could release a new version of the current Panasonic 7-14mm lens with optical stabilization! My other sources couldn’t confirm the rumor, so please drop me a line (via mail or via contact form) if you heard anything about that lens. Let’s make that FT3 rumor a FT5 news ;)

I for myself would be very happy if Panasonic would add OIS (that would become an awesome lens on my GH2!) but I do also hope Panasonic can make a more affordable price!

P.S.: I am busy working on new rumors. Expect me to post more Panasonic and Olympus rumors soon!

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

December 22, 2010
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…(GF2, E-5 reviews)


Panasonic AG-AF100 vs Panasonic GH2 Video Comparison

Here is a comparison between all GH2 and GF1 color profiles. Shot RAW and .jpg images. All images are full size as they came out of the camera (Dpreview forum).

The dutch website tweakers.net tested the Olympus E-5.

Nikon D3100 vs Olympus E-PL1 image comparison at Dpreview.

Lumix DMC-LX5 vs. Samsung TL500 (EX1) Review at Pixiq.

The russian website Olympusourlife.ru tested the new Panasonic GF2. There are lots of image samples you can download. The reviewer admits that he likes the camera (and the new touchscreen controls) more than he expected.

The japanese website Ascii.jp reviewed the GF2: “To summarize GF2 usability, operability and easy to use touch system is surprisingly impressive.

P.S.: Bhphoto now says the GF2 will be in Stock by February (before it was January).

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