October 28, 2010
Posted in news

Olympus interview at photokina (Metapixel)

Dominic Papenheim and Claudia Baehr from Olympus talking to Megapixel.co.il in Photokina.co.il.

1) Starting from 00:41 they talk about the Olympus E-5.

2) At 04:00 the Interviewer ask if the E-5 can compete with Full Frame camera. The answer is that Full Frame and E-5 are on the same level.

3) At 05:00 the Interviewer ask about the auto-focus speed which is slow on the Olympus E-PL1 + 14-42mm kit compared to the Panasonic GF1. Olympus answer was that new lenses like the 9-18mm do have faster auto-focus than the kit-lens.

4) At 07:00 the Interviewer ask how the compact (not mirrorless) market will change in the next year. Olympus will introduce many new technologies (3D, WiFi, GPs and more).

5) At 09:35 Olympus says that especially female do like mirrorless cameras because they don’t want big cameras.

6) At 12:05 they talk about the lens road-map. Olympus doesn’t give any answer about possible future 3D lenses.

7) At 12:40 In Japan the mirrorless market share is 40%, in Europe 9% and in US 7-8%.

One more news: Olympus just updated the Olympus Viewer 2 to version 1.1 (Source: Olympus Japan)

Via Metapixel

October 27, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) Is the Panasonic GP1 going to be announced soon? First MFT weather sealed camera?

A few months ago I posted a rumor about the Panasonic GP1. The rumor said the camera should be announced in November. I have no confirmation from our sources about such a camera but there are a few shows coming soon and I will try to find out if there could be a surprise annoucement by Panasonic (and of course Olympus).

Those were the rumored specs:
- The GP1 is a pro camera, weather sealed, all in metal
- 14 megapixels, 12 effective, all ratios, new BL Live MOS sensor
- Iso up to 6400, with true clean 3200 iso, Hi setting to 12800
- Touch screen like the shoplink 14834]Panasonic G2[/shoplink], New Venus HD III engine
- The design is like the G1 and G2, the EVF is better
- Video Full HD 60 frames at full resolution
- New feature is multi spot metering
- 6 FPS, and a new Pro Manual mode

I am repeating that since a long time. Panasonic give us a Micro Four Thirds camera which is built like a tank…like the Panasonic DMC-LC1! That’s an order :)

October 27, 2010
Posted in reviews

Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 preview (and more new Panasonic lens image samples)

The japanese blog DC.watch.impress (Click here to read the google english translation) just posted a Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 minireview. There are many image samples and also one image comparison with the Panasonic 20mm lens. I don’t speak japanese and the google translation tool doesn’t do a good job here. I ask our japanese friends if they could the most important info by commenting this post.

From what I understand those are the key info:
- The lens is very sharp at f/4-f/5.6.
- Autofocus is also very fast.
- Vignetting is visible down to f/5.6.
- Some problems with with flare when shooting wide open.

UPDATE: Ringfoto-becker.de just posted new image samples taken with the new 14mm and 100-300mm Panasonic lenses.

Those are other image/video samples we already posted on 43rumors:
GH2 + 14mm f/2.5 slow motion test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfU5JxEov4o
Quesabesde GH2 + new Panasonic lens test.
Dpreview posted a new Panasonic GH2 14mm and f/2.5 lens samples gallery

Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 preorders:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon Japan.

Panasonic 100-300mm preorders:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan.

October 26, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) No new Olympus E-P3 in November?

The Olympus E-P2 is exactly one year old. It has been announced in November 2009. So will there be any replacement during the next few weeks? According to two 43rumors sources this is NOT going to happen. The E-P3 will be unveiled in February along the new Olympus lenses (finally!!!). The sources also said the E-P3 will use a new Panasonic sensor. Not the same Panasonic GH2 sensor but definitely a sensor with more Megapixels than the actual E-PL1/E-P2. A few months ago 43rumors posted a rumor about the E-P3 having a built-in EVF which would make it look like the Fuji X100. The E-P3 would still remain very compact but be a little bit higher than the current E-P2.
So will we finally get our digital Olympus 35RC? If you know more about the future Olympus PEN camera and lenses feel free to contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com. Or use the contact form on the right sidebar to contact me anonymously. Thanks!

P.S.: The Olympus 35RC is one of my favorite cameras and you can get it cheap on eBay (Click here)

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October 26, 2010
Posted in news

Adobe Camera Raw 6.3 supports the GH2 (+ new GH2 and 100-300mm image/video samples)

Les Machineurs just uploaded a new GH2 video. He used the 50mm f/1.4 Pentax Asahi SMC and 17mm f/1.7 Panasonic lens. ISO 1600 except the last shot at 3200. 1080p24 AVCHD 24mb/s. Edited with Final Cut Pro and QuickTime ProRes HQ codec.

Adobe annouced the Camera Raw 6.3 Release Candidate which supports the Panasonic GH2 (http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/cameraraw6-3/)

P.S: Hybridcams.fr posted one single GH2 image sample and some other smaples by Katten on Flickr . At Dpreview you can find one full size 100-30mm image sample.

Panasonic GH2 preorders (Click on store name to visit the product page):
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Japan

Via Adobe

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