October 4, 2010
Posted in reviews

New reviews (G10, GF1 and LX5)

Photographybay tested the Panasonic G10.

ThePhoBlographer posted a complete Panasonic GF-1 Review

Amin Sabet from Seriouscompacts reviewed the new Panasonic LX5: “The bottom line here is that the LX5 sensor delivers a noticeable improvement compared to the LX3 and is roughly on par with the sensor from the S95 and EX1.“.

A Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 High ISO JPEG Noise preview has been made by Cameralabs. Oh, and one more short LX5 review at has been posted on Macworld!

Both LX5 (the white and the black camera) are in Stock at Amazon (Click here). Both discounted!

October 4, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) A new Olympus E-P3 rumor

Several days ago I received the following E-P3 rumor. I didn’t post it because I wanted to check it with my other sources. But I just saw that photorumors posted the same rumor. Please keep in mind that this is not a rumor from one of my reliable sources. Message for the anonymous sender. Can you contact me using a fake email account? Thanks! :) Message to all our anonymous sources. Don’t expect me to post your rumor right after I received it. I always try to double check rumors as you can imagine not all rumors I do receive are correct.

Here the original mail I received days ago:

Olympus EP3 major upgrade with emphasis on classic 4/3 compatibility:

• 16MP sensor, supports 1080 video and up to ISO 6400, 12800 extension (same Panasonic GH2 sensor)

• Articulated LCD, 3″ and 920K.

• No built-in flash or EVF, but there are connectors for optional ones.

• The design “lines” are closer to E-PL1 than E-P2. The form factor, being slim with an articulated screen, is unique! The closest thing would be a scaled-up Samsung EX1.

• Considerable improvements in AF. A headline feature is a new dual AF (CDAF+ PDAF). The PDAF aids CDAF to decide the right focus distance reducing the typical CDAF trial-and-error, particularly helpful for AF of heavy classic 4/3 lenses, (it works MUCH BETTER than any m4/3 body with legacy 4/3 lenses, excellent w m4/3 lenses).

• A special accessory unit comprising a hand grip + 4/3 lens adapter. The unit covers the whole front panel and almost transforms the EP3 to a classic 4/3 camera when attached.

• Expected next November/December for the Christmas season, price TBA.”

Please contact me if you know more! Thanks!

UPDATE: A user on Dpreview forum got an answer from Olympus regarding the E-P3 rumor and said that “the rumour is pure fiction but there are many things happening next year.”

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

October 3, 2010
Posted in reviews

Two new Olympus E-5 reviews from Malaysia!

We have new Olympus E-5 reviews for you!

Robin Wong posted some image samples taken with the E-5 and the 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 SWD lens. He liked the extremely fast and reliable autofocus because it “never failed to locked on target, and locked on it incredibly accurately“. He also liked the “lively, vibrant and yet very true-to-life colours” and the Jpeg output. Read the on street review at robinwong.blogspot.com.

Another malaysian blog called “Thru the Eye of the Zuiko” has the E-5 for testing. He also posted one image comparison with the older Olympus E-3. He used the Zuiko Digital ED7-14mm f/4.0 and the Zuiko Digital ED50mm f/2.0 Macro. A full list of images are available on Flickr.

E-5 preorders are available at Amazon US, BHphoto and Adorama.

October 3, 2010
Posted in deals

Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 ED in Stock (+ Sunday US deals summary)

The new Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens is in Stock at Amazon for $799 via third-party resellers (Click here). SOme image samples are available here at Flickr.

More deals:
The GF1+20mm lens for $674 at Amazon (Click here) and the GF1+14-45mm lens for $679 again at Amazon (Click here).
The Panasonic GH1+14-140mm lens deal for $999 is still ongoing at Amazon (Click here).
The new Panasonic G2 is in Stock for $642 at Amazon (Click here)

October 3, 2010

A little bit of everything…


Panasonic GF1 + Lumix 20mm f/1.7 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 (handheld & tripod) and Nokton 50mm f/1.1 (tilt-hand by my hands)

Zeiss 50mm f/1.7 C/Y on Panasonic GF-1 (Dpreview forum)

General Photokina pictures on Flickr

Panasonic LX5 image samples on Flickr

Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 tested at CNET.

Olympus Launches www.ibonthenet.com For Online Photo Sharing, Photo Books And Online Backup (Imaging Resource)

Interesting review on Head-2-Head. They tested the two kit lenses (The Panasonic 14-45mm and the Olympus 14-42mm) first on the Olympus Camera and than on the Panasonic Camera (+ there is a final “ring samples” test).

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