December 8, 2010
Posted in poll

Micro Four Thirds lens poll evaluation

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A few weeks ago I collected your lens suggestions and put them on a poll. That poll neither pretends to be very detailed nor scientific. It should only help to give Panasonic /Olympus/Voigtländer a global idea of what 43rumors reader are looking for. I analyzed the results and those are this is my very personal (and limited) evaluation. Feel free to add your considerations to make that evaluation more detailed and correct. Thanks! (Click here if you like to see the full poll results)

1) The most requested single lens is the 25mm f/1.2. I confess that’s a bit of surprise for me. I didn’t include the 25mm f/1.4 lens option because that lens is already coming from Panasonic (and I told you that, but probably only a minority read it). 23% of you kept voting the faster option f/1.2! Very interesting indeed.

2) There is a general need for zooms that do start with a 12mm focal length. There were many 12mm zooms option and almost any of them made it into the top.

3) The most requested compact prime is the 12mm f/2.0 (18%). After that we have the 50mm f/1.8 (11%) and the first compact zoom is the 12-75mm f/2.8-4.5 (10%). Although I think such a “real” zoom lens would be likely to start with a much less brighter aperture.

4) There is a general “perception” that zoom lens should have a constant and as fast as possible aperture. Those lenses are expected to be big and heavy. Honestly I don’t know if you would really buy a big lens like that! Maybe the results are influenced by the need of video lenses (they are by far more interested in having a constant aperture).

5) Wide angle fast primes are the most requested. 12mm, 14mm and 17mm f/1.4 are on top of the list.

6) No real BIG need for normal-tele lenses. Someone told me that there were only a few normal-tele lens options inside the poll and that this is the reason why there are no tele-lenses on top. Honestly I would have expected the quite opposite! Having a less wider lens range option would have made it easier to bring the long-focal-length lenses on top of the list. That didn’t happen!

7) The exotic focal lengths (like the 42mm and 76mm lenses) didn’t get a lot of attention.

8 ) There is a need for high quality tele converters. 9% voted for the 1.4 TC and 8% for the 2.o TC.

9) There is almost no need for Tilt-shift lenses. Only 5% voted for the 10mm and 4% for the 12mm Tilt-shift lens.

POLL info:
– We had 4,322 unique voters (IP-address and browser type have been stored). 27% of the voters are coming from North America, 30% from Europe, 22% from Japan.
– The percentage explanation: Every voter had a maximum of 10 votes so when you read “23%” than it means that 23% of you voted that lens.
– The lens options have been submitted by our readers.

Via Micro Four Thirds lens poll results

December 8, 2010
Posted in deals

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

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

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