GH3 videos roundup (First Quadcopter flight and astronomy shots).

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Panasonic GH3 aboard the Cinestar 6 multirotor. from GravityShots.com on Vimeo.

More and more GH3 videos and user test are being posted. Here is the next roundup that may help you to get an imrpesion about the potential of that nice camera:

GH3 skateboarding documentary by EosHD.
Panasonic GH3 Field Notes: Monterey Pier Video (Outbackphoto).
Panasonic GH3 – Review and User Experience – Part 1 – This IS different (Soundimagesplus).
Silkypix now supports the GH3.

Twills:Here are some sample Astro Photographs I took with the GH3. I was able to capture 15 objects in a single night. All of these images were out of the camera jpgs. Most were single exposure shots with no post processing at all.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UehRwMBEQR4
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3351947
However, some were in camera HDR shots. That mode works extremely well if you select the +-2 stop option and then shoot a 15 second ISO 3200 base image. The camera then will combine that image with a 60 second and a 4second image to give you an image that compresses the scenes dynamic range by 4 stops.
This works very well on Orion’s Nebula. However, I would like to find a way to use the bulb function with HDR so that we could use longer shutter durations. Also it would be nice to be able to do RAW HDR shots. The camera already can do unlimited in camera RAW stacking. However, it can’t align those shots like the HDR mode does.
Looks like the GH3 needs to be hacked after all. However, this time it is more for stills than video. The video is essentially perfect for what the sensor is capable of in my opinion.

Where can you find the GH3 in Stock right now? Some bodies are available in Canada on eBay (via Slidoo) and in UK (via eBay again), Wex UK and Wex DE.

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a little bit of everything…

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Let’s Go to Future (SLR Magic 35mm T1.4) from Seb Farges on Vimeo.

We are close to Christmas and I guess plenty of you are buying cameras in the very lats minute. European readers that like me want to save some bucks may try their luck on the well known refurbished Oly cameras from Olympusmarket. Here is a list of the ongoing auctions:

E-M5:
Black body only Silver body only Black with 12-50mm lens All E-M5 auctions on eBay Slidoo.

E-P3:
Silver double lens kit Silver with 14-150mm lens

E-PL3:
White with kit lens Red with kit lens Red double lens kit Black double lens kit Black with kit lens

E-PM1:
Silver with 14-150mm lens Silver with kit lens Black with kit lens Brown with kit lens White with kit lens

E-P1:
Silver with kit lens

Lenses:
12mm lens 12-50mm lens 45mm lens 40-150mm lens FT 150mm f/2.0 lens

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GX1 X kit Gold box deal. E-M5 Firmware update no big deal :(

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There is a Gold Box deal on the Silver GX1 and 14-42mm X kit at Amazon (Click here).

And that’s the only big deal we had today as the December 14ht date for the E-m5 firmware release was wrong (P.S: it was a FT2 rumor from two unknown sources). So you see why you don’t see so many FT2 rumors on that website :(
UPDATE: 43rumros reader Samuel shared an email he got form Olympus saying that “we are not thinking of updating the firmware for OM-D E-M5 at present.”

Back to the GX1, there is also a new Camera Cover from Gariz (Click here to check out the three different versions for sale).

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Tamron will soon announce MFT lenses…

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Watch the video from minute 2.35. The Tamron manager says that they will soon announce lenses for the MFT system.
As you know Tamron already released on lens for the E-mount mirrorless system, the 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 (here on eBay). Let’s see if they will release such a huge zoom lens for the MFT system too!

Thanks Noflux for the link!

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17mm lens ships in Germany (Cashback in France and 35-100mm X firmware and Lightroom update).

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Our reader Klaus sent me the picture of the new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens he just got from a store in Hamburg! And French readers should be even more happier because they got a 50 Euro cashback on that lens (read at lepidi).

And we have some small news:
1) Olympus Japan announced the availability of the 17mm acceccories and E-PL5 water housing (both sceduled for a December 21 release).
2) Panasonic Japan released the new firmware update for the 35-100mm X lens. The update enhances the AF (auto focus) performance with the sensor drive at 240 fps for use with DMC-GH3.
3) New Lightroom 4.3 update brings support of the E-PL5, E-PM2, XZ-2 and GH3.

There is still no store showing the 17mm as in Stock. You can save this Slidoo search to get notified when it will be on eBay (login to change country of reference). Preorders at at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon DE.

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