August 13, 2011
Posted in reviews

E-P3 vs Leica M9 (Steve Huff) and manual focusing test (Digitalrev)

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The video above shows a manual focusing test made by Digitalrev. They compared the E-P3 vs GF3 vs NEX-C3[/shoplink].

Crazy Comparison – The Olympus E-P3 with 12mm vs the Leica M9 with 24 Summilux by Steve Huff (Click here).

Peter Lueck (Click here to read the google english translation) tested the new 12mm lens.

REMINDER: Those are the direct search links to all the new Pana/Oly stuff:
Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

August 13, 2011
Posted in deals

Plenty of new E-P1 and E-P2 cameras at Olympusmarket.


Olympusmarket keeps offering tons of refurbished stuff. And now we have plenty of E-P1 and E-P2 cameras. Can’t wait to find some E-P3 soon too! EU citizen only can buy those products!

Micro Four Thirds

Olympus 9-18mm lens
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus E-P2 with kit lens
Olympus 75-300mm lens
Olympus 40-150mm lens
Olympus E-P2 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 with double kit lens
Olympus E-P2 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL2 with double kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Olympus E-PL1 with double kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 body only
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus E-P1 with kit lens
Olympus E-P1 with double kit lens
Olympus E-PL2 with kit lens
Olympus 17mm lens
Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus E-P2 with kit lens
Olympus 75-300mm lens
Olympus 40-150mm lens
Olympus E-P2 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 with double kit lens
Olympus E-PL2 with double kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 with double kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 body only
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus E-P1 with kit lens
Olympus E-P1 with double kit lens
Olympus E-PL2 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens

Four Thirds

Olympus E-450 with kit lens
Olympus 12-60mm lens
Olympus 355mm macro lens
Olympus E-450 with kit lens
Olympus E-30 with kit lens
Olympus 11-22mm lens
Olympus E-450 with double kit lens
Olympus E-450 with kit lens
Olympus E-450 with kit lens
Olympus E-450 with double kit lens

August 12, 2011
Posted in deals

New price drop on the GH2 (G3 and E-P3 in Stock)

After one year the GH2 with 14-140mm lens gets finally his first price drop. It is now in Stock for $1450 at Amazon (Click here). Taht’s $50 less than yesterday. As you know also the GH2 with the 14-42mm lens had a similar price drop at Amazon (Click here).

Reminder:
– Silver, black and white E-P3 are in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
– The G3 is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

August 12, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Panasonic has no plan to make cameras with built-in stabilization! No PRO camera(s) coming :(

The polish website Optyczne (Click here) interviewed Mister Michiharu Uematsu from Panasonic. The most interesting points are:

1) When asked why they made use of a 16 Megapixel sensor for the GH2 he answered: “Mainly it is our response to market needs. In the future we want to balance the sensor and optics capabilities.“. So will Panasonic not participate the Megapixel race anymore?

2) And here is the reaosn why you want never see a Panasonic camera with built-in stabilization: “So far, no plans to assemble in a body-stabilized matrices. When recording movies acting to stabilize the matrix generates unnecessary noise on the soundtrack, and increases power consumption, and for all of our equipment we want efficient energy consumption.

3) Panasonic is also aware that there is a need of more video zoom lenses (like the Panasonic 14-140mm) but they will NOT introduce a PRO camera :(

Correction: Gogole translation tool made a huge mistake. Panasonic will NOT(!) make a Pro camera (gogole translation tool didn’t add the “not” word).

Thanks Carnage

August 12, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Olympus talks again about Four Thirds and M43 future (no more 43 lenses?)

The administrator of the Nwpphotoforum (Click here) posted an interview made with Sally Smith Clemens (Product Manager at Olympus USA). Sally talks about the future of the two systems, Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds. Those are the “highlights”:

1)I want to make sure that we convey the strong sense of responsibility that we feel towards people who’ve adopted our Four Thirds system. We believe in the Four Thirds system – not just as a precursor to Micro Four Thirds, but in the Four Thirds System itself.
My opinion on that: Interesting that they used the word “responsibility”. It has some negative meaning here because it suggests that they keep the FOur Thirds system alive not becuase of technology reasons but because otherwise current 43 owners would get very angry.

2)We now have a large array of optics from 16mm to 600mm (thinking in 35mm format). We feel that it is fully matured in that aspect – which is why product releases for Four Thirds have been slower than Micro Four Thirds. There is still quite a lot of room to grow Micro Four Thirds in order to catch up with the Four Thirds System in terms of both product capability and breadth.
My opinion on that: Compared to Nikon and Canon the Four Thirds lens range is far from being “mature”. Anyway, does it mean there will be no more Four Thirds lenses?

3)we believe that the market for most of the compact dDSLRs, such as the 420 and 620, is best met by the Micro Four Thirds System. The area which remains in question for some people is the mid range category, such as the E-30. We believe that if they were given a choice, these people would really prefer an E-5.
My opinion on that: So people looking for the E-30 successor should buy the E-5?

4)The first thing is that it is important to get beyond the idea of ‘which system will Olympus support and develop.’ Ultimately there is only one system – Four Thirds. While Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds differ in some aspects, they are ultimately the same thing in terms of image quality and sensor format. Four Thirds is Four Thirds, whether or not it is a dSLR or Mirrorless camera body.
My opinion on that: Sounds a bit confusing or not?

 

Like it or not, when I talk with dealers they all say that for them Four Thirds is dead. They do sell Micro Four Thirds only.

 

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