Zacuto GH3 test. And LL says: “may be the best hybrid camera yet.”

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Zacuto’s First Look at the Panasonic Lumix GH3 from Steve Weiss on Vimeo.

Zacuto posted this first GH3 hands-on video. And Luminous Landscape are now testing the GH3 too. Review will be up soon but in the meantime they wrote that: “so far I am extremely impressed with the build, handling, and especially image quality, both stills and video. This may be the best hybrid camera yet.

GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here)Panasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK, Photogalerie FR and Technikdirekt.

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FIrst E-PM2 test (“should” ship today at BH. GF3 dealbreaker)

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E-PM2:
According to BH (Click here) the E-PM2 should begin shipping starting from today! This little camera features the same E-M5 sensor and first image samples have been posted by Siamirrorless (Click here). The images you see have been taken with the little 15mm body cap lens.

And here are some new deal reminders:
The GF3 with 14-42mm kit lens sells for $289 at Amazon (Click here). And it rules the whole mirrorless sales ranking (Click here to see).
And the refurbished E-M5 is also back via Cameta:
Silver Olympus E-M5 for $849 at Cameta (Click here).
Black Olympus E-M5 with 12-42mm lens for $949 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 Cametaacutions (Click here) and Cameta (Click here).

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Yahoo Taiwan lists the new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens. Priced at $550 and coming in November.

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Our reader Francis (Thanks!) found an the price and availability info of the new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens on Yahoo Taiwan. I don’t know yet if the info listed there is correct, But it says that the price will be $16,900 NTD,which is about $565 USD or 435 Euro. And it will be available from mid November.

If the info is correct than this is definitely good news! The lens is supposed to have the same superb build and optical quality of the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 which costs most more! Check out the 12mm price at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

At that price I am certainly going to buy it and you?

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Patent: three wide angle fisheye zoom from Olympus (all starting at 8mm)

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Egami (Tranlsation here) spotted a new Olympus patent describing the design of three new wide angle lenses:
8-20mm f/2.8-4
8-35mm f/2.2-4
8-74mm f/2.8-4

From the description you will notice that this are actually Fisheye lenses! Right now only Canon (with the 8-15mm) and Tokina (10-17mm) have this kind of lenses on market. Is that something we need for the Micro Four Thirds system? Certainly not a priority lens but it’s always nice to expand the lens horizon.

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Two new GH3 reporst with firmware 0.5 (EosHD and Slashcam)

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European blogs had the chance to play with the GH3 with firmware version 0.5:
EosHD (Click here) reports “First change, I felt that the buttons were more tactile and grippy“.
The German Slashcam (translation here) reports that the Audio Level can be changed while recording.

by reading this reports you get the feeling that there are still many changes to come. Let’s hope there won’t be any delay and the camera ships on November 30th as “promised” by Panasonic US.

GH3 Preorders at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here)Panasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt.

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