New GH3 firmware update to be released in late March.

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Panasonic (Click here) just announced that they will release a new GH3, H-FS45150, H-PS14042 and H-PS45175 firmware update in late March of 2013. The improvements are listed on the screenshot you see here on top. The firmware will also fix the intervalometer issue we reported last week.

Meantime the GH3 is now regularly in Stock un US atores like Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Samys (Click here).

In Canda there is a $200 price drop on the GH3 with 12-34mm X lens kit at Henrys (Click here).

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(FT3) E-P5 has no integrated viewfinder? New external viewfinder.

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WIll the new PEN have no integrated viewfinder like the superb PEN-F?

There are plenty of rumors going around the web saying the E-P5 has an integrated viewfinder. And I am also one of those guys wishing to see a camera like that. But sometimes wishes just remain that…dreams. I still have no FT5 super reliable rumor yet but the only info I got is that the E-P5 actually has no integrated viewfinder! The rumor hasn’t been confirmed by a second source yet and even trusted sources sometimes can get wrong info from their sources so take it with a grain of salt. But if the rumor would be correct this would be huge disappointment for me. Although of course we have to see what the specs are…they may be so good that I will not care about the missing built-in EVF.

The source also told me that the E-P5 will come along a new external viewfinder with a 2,44 Million dot resolution.
P.S.: PEN-F acutions on eBay (Click here). Great cam!

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

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SLRmagic 25mm and GH3 reviews. First Qflash’s wireless TTL flash gear for Lumix GH3).

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SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 VS Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 : The Exclusive Fight ! from Seb Farges on Vimeo.

 

Before to start the new week with new rumors I have to catch up with two reviews and one news:

1) SEB Farges compared the new SLRmagic 25mm f/0.95 lens against the Nokton 25mm f/0.95. He writes about the SLRmagic: “The result is astonishing to my opinion, very sharp image at full aperture.“. The lens will be available soon on eBay. Save this search on Slidoo to get notified when it’s available on eBay (you have to login). UPDATE: One more video here: http://vimeo.com/60971533

2) Admiringlight tested the Panasonic GH3: “The GH3 is one of the most responsive cameras I’ve had the pleasure to use, and image quality is very good. Panasonic has definitely stepped up their game for this camera, creating a true pro-grade camera and one of the best mirrorless cameras on the market.
GH3 in Stock status check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

3) We have the first of Quantum Qflash’s wireless TTL flash gear for Lumix GH3. Here is the introduction video made by Discovermirrorless (youtube).

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a little bit of everything…

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Panasonic GH3 Lumix 12-35mm vs Canon FD 35mm – Moire and Aliasing Test

Jackar Snapshooter 34mm f/1.8 review at ThePhoBlographer.
A full PEN story in Spanish at DSRLmagazine.
A “french” OMD-7 wishlist at Lepidi.
Olympus E-Pm2 test at Digitalcamerareview.
17mm f/1.8 lens test at ePhotozine.
GH3 vs NEX-7 video quality comparison at Popco.
E-PM2 review at Steve Digicams.

Mpgxsvcd:Here is a video that shows some of the impossible shots you can get with the GH3’s in camera RAW stacking mode.
Panasonic has not said anything about the RAW stacking capabilities the GH3 has. In fact I didn’t even know it had it until I first got mine. However, I had a chance last night to really play around with it for Astro Photography.
Simply put. The in camera HDR and stacking could be game changers. The GH3 already beats every single APS-C camera on DXO mark Canon makes. Canon has been the defacto camera for AP for many years.
Here are some images and videos I took last night while the full moon was out.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJFaw-burCI
The in camera RAW stacking that the GH3 offers could finally allow us to get impressive images in camera and without ever hooking up a computer to the scope. For me that is essential.
The big issue is that you simply must guide the scope. Trying to do it with tracking alone won’t work. Right now I can’t afford to guide so I did some testing with brighter objects.

Anonymous:Below is a single image that was produced in camera by stacking many RAW images from different areas of space together. The only thing I edited was that some of the stars show through the moon. However, I have posted the original out of camera RAW file if you want to play with it.
I took the image of Orion first and then stacked for quick exposures of the moon over it. It is really easy because the GH3 shows you the original RAW image with the live view super imposed over it.
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/4222674355/photos/2445623
And here is the dpreview thread where we are discussing it.
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3389829

Gregory:I have since been working on a separate project: a photography blog where I’ve gathered the best of my street photography in Istanbul, where I live. Most of the shots where taken with a GF-1, many with the E-M5 and a handful with a Pentax K5. m43 lenses used: mostly 20mm 1.7. and 14mm 2.5 but also 45mm 2.8. and 45mm 1.8 Pentax lenses used: Sigma 17-50 2.8, Pentax 15mm 4.0 Ltd. You can check my site there: istanbulcandids.com

Thiago:I would just like to share my just-made blog dedicated to the BCL-15 Body Cap Lens. http://bodycap.tumblr.com/

Romain:A little test between Canon 5D Mark III and Panasonic GH2, with Canon 50mm F1,4 and Voigtlander 25mmF0,95 160 iso / 7500 Kelvin here -> http://vimeo.com/60832620

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