July 6, 2011
Posted in reviews

Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Panasonic Lumix G3!


ePhotozine compared the two newest m43 cameras, the G3 versus the E-P3: “Overall the Olympus PEN E-P3 gives warmer results, while the Panasonic Lumix G3 gives cooler, but also more neutral images. The G3 shows less noise, but also seems to show less detail than the E-P3, which is surprising considering the higher resolution 16 megapixel sensor in the Panasonic, you would expect to see more noise, but ideally more detail as well. The Olympus PEN E-P3 shows more detail in highlights and in shadow areas which means you should get better dynamic range in your photos.

On their website you can see many image comparisons. Now the big question is:

What camera do you prefer?

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The G3 is now slowly beeing delivered to worldwide stores. Check those direct search links to see the status at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay. And those are the E-P3 preorder search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

July 6, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) More rumors about Fuji joining m43…

The Fuji X100 could soon get micrfourisized? :)

Inside his latest post Thom Hogan said that the Fuji m43 camera “has been prototyped and tested. The question is whether it would be built and sold. It’s looking more and more like it will.

I am still working on that rumor. The only thing I heard from a trusted source is that Olympus and Fuji are very close friends and that Olympus officially invited Fuji to join the m43 consortium. Hope to get more rumors about Fuji soon! I would love this rumor to become true!!!

P.S.: Check the Fuji X100 price and availability at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay!

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

July 5, 2011
Posted in news

PTool v3.60d released (hack for the GH2 included)

Vitaly Kiselev just announced the new PTool v3.60d which also includes the GH2 hack. This is the the new feature list (Source: Personal-View.com)

* Initial support with most major patches ported.
* Release not include manual movie modes and PAL<->NTSC patches.

* Initial support with many ported patches.
* Some new patches added.
* Bitrate patches are intended for testers only!




Via Personal-View

July 5, 2011
Posted in deals

US deals: GH2 body only in Stock via Samys camera (at Amazon).

The black GH2 body only in Stock at Amazon (Click here) sold by Samys camera! It has the normal price…$899!

More deals

Adorama has the Voigtländer 25mm in Stock (Click here). And don’t forget that they are also accepting preorders on the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 lens (Click here)
You can now get the AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds camcorder with a free (!) 14-140mm zoom lens at BHphoto (Click here).
The Black and White Olympus XZ-1 are in Stock for $409 only at Amazon (Click here).
The Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens is in Stock for $379 via third party resellers on Amazon (Click here).
BHphoto sent me an email to say that the very last GH1 cameras are now in Stock (Click here). Once sold out there will be no more GH1 cameras for sale anymore! And if you purchase the GH1 body (for $399) you will get $100 on any Panasonic m43 lens you buy. You have to click on “Save $100 on Select Panasonic Lenses” to see the deal.
The same deal is ongoing at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

E-P3, 12mm and 45m preorders

Olympus E-P3 preorders at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here)
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 preorders at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here) and eBay (Click here)
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 preorders at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here).

July 5, 2011
Posted in reviews

New G3 and Leica lens review at Luminous Landscape (+ new E-P3 tests)

One of my favorite cameras gets a field review at Luminous Landscape (Click here). They tested the G3 and the new Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens: “The new G3 may well be one of the best Micro Four Thirds camera yet. And, except for those that need more versatile video capability, the G3 may in fact be a preferable camera for some users than the top-of-the-line GH2…Overall image quality was very good indeed. The jump from 12MP to 16MP has not detracted from IQ in any visible way. At ISO 160 and 200 the camera is as clean as one could wish. ISO 400 and 800 start to show noise, but no worse that similarly priced cameras from Nikon, Canon, Pentax, etc. A bit of luminance smoothing in Lightroom and the images are certainly usable for most any purpose. Beginning at ISO 1600 noise begins to be problematic, and though it can be reduced, detail resolution starts to suffer.”

And about the 25mm lens: “I found little to fault and a lot to like. The lens’ resolution wide open is very good in the center, and naturally softens toward the edges, though by less than one would imagine. Vignetting is modest and I rarely bothered to correct it in post processing. Flare is minimal, even wide open.

As you know the G3 is finally shipping everywhere in the world and you can find first kits in Stock in at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay! The Panasonic Leica 25mm lens is only available for preorder at Adorama, B&H, J&R, Digitalrev and eBay. Both the G3 and 25mm lens are highly recommended!


P.S: There is a new E-P3 hands-on at SystemKamera-Forum.de (german) image samples at Fourthirds-user.com and a Olympus EP-3 vs Olympus EP-2 comparison at ThePhoBlographer

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