Interview with Sebastian Drawert (Panasonic).

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Megapixel posted this videointerview with Sebastian Drawert from Panasonic. These are the key info from the interview collected by Megapixel:

  • The huge success of the GH2 as a video camera was a surprise to Panasonic.
  • The development of the GH3 was at least in part the result of a great deal of feedback from pro videographers.
  • The GH3 abandons the multi aspect ratio sensor used in the GH2 in order to improve image quality according to Mr. Drawert .
  • While the GH2 was a 60% video and 40% stills camera the GH3 is more of a 50%-50% according to Mr. Drawert.
  • The GH3 we saw in photokina didn’t have focus peeking – this is not a hardware issue and might be added later on in firmware (although nothing is set at this point).
  • Although Panasonic did not announce a sound grip (like Sony did with the A99) this is an option Panasonic will definitely look into.
  • Panasonic showcased two new prototype lenses in photokina 2012 – a 150mm f2.8 (300mm in 35mm equivalent) and a 42.5mm f/1.2 (a 85mm in 35mm equivalent). Both lenses should be available next year.
  • Panasonic developed applications for the GH3 for both android and iOS based devices including ones which uses the cellular device’ GPS (so no internal GPS is required by the camera) as well as a remote etc.
  • It is possible to view images on the computer from the camera in “real-time” however bandwidth limitations meas that RAW image will still take 20-30 seconds to transfer.
  • Panasonic currently doesn’t have plans to allow developers to create apps for its cameras but it doesn’t rule anything for the future and will continue to evaluate the development of the connected camera market.

Thanks Megapixel for sharing the interview!

Panasonic and Olympus Preorder Links with specs and price:
Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here)Panasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt.
35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), Panasonic US.
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
60mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
12mm Black prime lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
15mm cap-lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

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E-M5 refurbished in US and Panasonic LX7 price drop.

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It’s a bit of a surprise that the super new Panasonic LX7 already got discounted (-$50) at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). I guess Panasonic LX5 successor has to face a much greater competition now (particularly against the Sony RX100). By far more popular is the GF3 which keeps ruling the mirrorless ranking (Click here).

And now let’s talk about the E-M5. Cameta is now offering refurbished super accessorized packages that will make you save up to $150 compared to the normal E-M5 price:
Silver Olympus E-M5 for $849 at Cameta (Click here).
Black Olympus E-M5 for $849 at Cameta (Click here).
Black Olympus E-M5 with 12-42mm lens for $949 at Cameta (Click here).
Black Olympus E-M5 with 12-42mm lens and plenty of accessories for $969 at Cametaacutions (Click here) and Cameta (Click here).
Silver Olympus E-M5 with 12-50mm lens for $1149 at Cametaacutions (Click here) and Cameta (Click here).
Black Olympus E-M5 with 12-50mm lens for $1149 at Cameta (Click here).
Silver Olympus E-M5 with 12-50mm lens and plenty of accessories for $1159 at Cametaacutions (Click here) and Cameta (Click here).
Black Olympus E-M5 with 12-50mm lens and plenty of accessories for $1159 at Cametaacutions (Click here) and Cameta (Click here).

 

Olympus launched a new campagn to get rid of the older (but still very good) PEN models:
You save $100 on the E-PL3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
You save $50 on the E-PM1 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Don’t forget that there is also a 2% Back in Rewards at Amazon on all(!) cameras and lenses (Click here)

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New MFT lens reviews….

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Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine

Good Sunday Morning! There were a couple of new Lens reviews and here is one post to rule them all. Enjoy!

Can the Panasonic 35-100mm X challenge the Superb Canon 70-200mm lens? DSLRmagazine (translation here).
Lens in Stock and Price check: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Pekka Potka posted the full 60mm macro lens reivew: “As a lens for general photography it is better than any Olympus mFT zoom which has the same focal length. But it also is not as good as Zuiko M. 45mm f/1.8 or 75mm f/1.8. While it has practically no vices, it still falls somewhere between those two groups because of its weaker corners.
Lens in Stock and Price check: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Steve Huff posted a short 75mm lens review. Zuikoholics posted the 17.5mm Nokton review. Thoughts on Olympus SHG Four Third Lenses, Including Video Usage at Diglloyd.
75mm Lens in Stock and Price check: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The Nokton 17.5mm cheapest price I found is on an “Austellungstück” at Fotomundus Germany (Click here).

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Lloyd Chambers proves that FT lenses can’t cover a larger image cicle.

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Image on top: The Four Thirds Olympus 12-35mm f/2.0 lens.

Many times we read on forums and websites about the possibility that Olympus may use larger sensors on future Four Thirds cameras. But would current FT lenses cover a larger circle?

Lloyd Chambers (Click here) tested the Olympus SHG 14-35mm f/2 ED on the Nikon D800 and proved that the image circle is 23mm while the MFT diagonal 21.3mm. SO no, there is no chance FT lenses would work on larger sensor cameras. Lloyd seems to be surprised because he speculated that the image circle would be much larger: “based on the fact that the performance of the SHG lenses is so outstanding, even compared to Leica M glass.

I bet many here would love to get some of these super FT lenses in a more smaller and native MFT package!

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14-35mm f/2.0 on eBay (Click here) 35-100mm f/2.0 on eBay (Click here).

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Full Gh3 review at ePhotozine.

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ePhotozine finally posted their full GH3 review. The conclusion in short: “Image quality is very good with better noise performance than any other Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras, with detail visible in photos taken at ISO settings as high as ISO6400. Focus speed, shutter response and shot to shot times are all excellent, and the camera shoots at 6fps in continuous shooting mode, although it’s a shame it’s not as quick as the OM-D E-M5 and Sony NEX-7.” The camera gets 4.5 of the maximum 5 available points. It doesn’t get the full score because the reviewer said that it “feels a little expensive

Panasonic and Olympus Preorder Links with specs and price:
Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here)Panasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt.
35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), Panasonic US.
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
60mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
12mm Black prime lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
15mm cap-lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

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