September 24, 2011
Posted in deals

Panasonic 25mm and Olympus 45mm both shipping in US!


Our readers sent us to good news. First, as you see from the screenshot on top Adorama is now shipping the Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens. Hurray! Here you have more preorder links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

And another reader wrote: “Just wanted to let you know that the M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 has started shipment here in the U.S. through BH Photo. I got my shipment notification today, but I also had made my pre-order when it was first announced so I don’t know how long the new order wait is. :)” Here you have more preorder links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

September 24, 2011
Posted in news

SLRmagic announces a new 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope for m43.

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SLRmagic announced a new digiscoping solution for micro four thirds bird watchers. With this solution micro four thirds users may easily take photos or video of birds at great distances. The current options by other brands with ED glass offerings cost from $1000-$5000. The longest micro four thirds lens for now only reach 300mm and cost between $500-700. The SLR Magic will be a 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope. The photo of the Flamingo is shot at 420mm and the photo of the bird is taken at 840mm. The lens will be released in October for $250 and SLR Magic 12-35×50 ED spotting scope for micro four thirds should be released in November for $400.

That is the fifth Micro Four Thirds lens made by SLRmagic. The most famous lens is the redesigned Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens:
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here)
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here)
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here)
Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens on eBay (Click here)

September 24, 2011
Posted in reviews

New E-PL3, GF3 and 14mm lens reviews.

Whatdigitalcamera (Click here) tested the new Olympus E-PL3: “With so much else going for it, including the improved AVCHD-able movie mode with full manual exposure control, and decent image quality at the lower ISO settings, the E-PL3 is among the better-equipped Compact System Cameras out there. We like it a lot“. Shop links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Photoreview Australia (Click here) reviewed the Panasonic GF3: “Imatest showed RW2.RAW files converted with Silkypix Developer Studio to be up to expectations for a 12-megapixel camera. JPEGs were slightly below expectations but a cut above the GF2. Resolution held up very well with both file types across the camera’s sensitivity range, as shown in the graph of our Imatest results below.”. Shop links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

And Photoreview Australia (Click here) also tested the ultratiny Panasonic 14mm lens: “Imatest showed this lens provided the highest resolution between f/2.5 and f/5.6 with a gradual tailing off towards f/22 as diffraction progressively affected image quality. Interestingly, when the GF3 was used in any of the auto exposure modes (iA, P or the Scene pre-sets), the camera favoured aperture settings within this range and would only stop down when it ran out of ISO room“. Shop links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Photographyblog (Click here) posted a set of Olympus E-PM1 photos. Shop links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.


September 23, 2011
Posted in deals

US Price drops on the GH2 and 20mm pancake. Leica 25mm still missing…

Let’s start with the good news first. The must-have 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens got another price drop and is now in Stock for $342 only at Amazon (Click here). And the most featured of all Panasonic camera, the GH2, is now in Stock for $1389 via third party resellers on Amazon (Click here).

And now the bad news. The three biggest US stores still have no single Leica 25mm in Stock: Nor Amazon nor Adorama nor B&H.

September 23, 2011
Posted in reviews

More m43 versus Nikon thoughts (TOP and Thom Hogan).

E-PL3 versus Nikon J1 size comaprison (Image Source:

There is a well written article at TheOnlinePhotographer (Click here) that talks about the new Nikon cameras and the competition with Micro Four Thirds: “Thing is, I’m not sure we have to do any more waiting. Yesterday seemed like a milestone to me. It was a couple of Nikons that arrived, I know that. But somehow it seemed like what really arrived was Micro 4/3.

The Nikon and Olympus shooter Thom Hogan (Click here) is daily sharing his thoughts about the new Nikon cameras. In short the Nikon J1 and V1 are not bad cameras but there are things that he doens’t like: Price too high, no fast lens, lenses are too big, wrong marketing, still no social fucntions and “Crappy sample images”.

Read both articles to make your own opinion. As I said before, I am not a fanboy, I simply do not like that camera. That’s it!

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