December 8, 2010
Posted in deals

Panasonic G10 now for $349 (it’s the cheapest Micro Four Thirds camera you can get)

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The new cheapest Micro Four Thirds camera is now the Panasonic G10 which is in Stock for $349 at Amazon (Click here). That’s cheaper than the older Panasonic G1. Crazy marketing world…

UPDATE: Quite a few user contacted us to say the G1 is a better camera than the G10…

P.S.: The Panasonic 100-300mm lens is in Stock again (deal will not last!)

December 8, 2010
Posted in deals

(UPDATED) Panasonic 100-300mm in Stock at Amazon

There are two Panasonic 100-300mm lens in Stock at Amazon (Click here). (Will be sold out soon I guess!)

But there are a few very good deals in US stores. Take a look at deals on the bottom:

December 8, 2010
Posted in reviews

New Camera RAW 6.3 + Panasonic GH2 test (+GH2 at Pixmania)


Image Courtesy: 3Dkraft.de

As you know Adobe announced the new Camera Raw 6.3 and DNG Converter 6.3. Support for the Olympus E-5Panasonic DMC-GF2 and the Panasonic DMC-GH2 has been added. 3DKraft.de (Click here) tested the new Camera RAW with the Panasonic GH2. The Silkypix DS 3.1 software doesn’t retain the same detail as Camera Raw can do: “The guys at Adobe are master of their trade whereas the software engineers of Panasonic’s JPEG engine and SilkyPix’ raw processor still may have some homework left for my taste!

One more news for us europeans. Pixmania will have the GH2 in Stock by next week! You can preorder now:
Pixmania.de (should be on list in a few hours). Is in Stock at Amazon.de!
Pixmania.fr
Pixmania.uk (should be on list in a few hours). Is in Stock at Amazon.co.uk!
Pixmania.it
Pixmania.pl
Pixmania.es
Pixmania.at (should be on list in a few hours)
Pixmania.be (should be on list in a few hours)
Pixmania.nl (should be on list in a few hours)

December 7, 2010
Posted in reviews

Thom Hogan: “Short opinions about the current m4/3 lenses”

Our friend and 43rumors reader Thom Hogan posted an article sharing his “Short opinions about the current m4/3 lenses“.

Lenses that are highly recommended:
Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 -> “Expensive. But it performs quite well in almost every situation I’ve used it in.
Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 -> “This lens was the biggest surprise of the bunch for me. Optically it delivers very good performance for a low-cost telephoto.

Lenses that are recommended:
Olympus 9-18mm f4/-5.6 -> “As it turns out, the 9-18mm spends a lot of time on my m4/3 bodies.
Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 -> “Optically very good, and a good match for most users.”
Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 -> “Thus, this lens really starts to shine when you’re shooting in low light, as it slows you from bumping the ISO on the body too much.”

Lenses that are qualified recommended:
Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 -> “it’s a modestly specified lens.
Panasonic 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 -> “The lens’ mediocre aperture specs do hurt low light use of the m4/3 bodies.

Lenses that are not recommended:
Olympus 17mm f/2.8 -> “All you get is a smaller, less flexible lens over the kit lens, and it doesn’t really seem like that’s worth the money.
Panasonic-Leica 45mm f/2.8 macro -> “The question becomes one of price versus expected performance, and I think this current iteration fails.”

Read the full opinions at http://bythom.com/m43lenses.htm

Thanks Marko

December 7, 2010
Posted in news

New Panasonic 14-140mm firmware update (+ Camera RAW update)

Panasonic announced a new firmware for the Panasonic 14-140mm lens. The new FW improves the stability of O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) and AF(Auto Focus) in movie recording. According to a first 43rumors user report the “OIS does seem to be more efficient at the long focal length“.

Download: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/index2.html

Thanks Rotislav, Helge, Forum Olympus France for sending me the link!

Adobe announced the new Photoshop Lightroom 3.3, Camera Raw 6.3 and DNG Converter 6.3. Support for the following Olympus/Panasonic cameras has been added:
Olympus E-5
Panasonic DMC-GF2
Panasonic DMC-GH2

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