November 3, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Panasonic GF2 image spotted in Paris!!!

Thanks to a french 43rumors reader we can show you the very first picture of the Panasonic GF2!!! The picture shows the advertising at “Salon de la Photo” in Paris (the event starts tomorrow). The GF2 looks like the Panasonic LX5! And with the new Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens lens it is the smallest mirrorless kit on earth! It has 12 megapixel (The same G2 sensor), records FullHD, a complete new imaging processor, touchscreen and announcement is expected at 6am London time (November 4th). Follow 43rumors! We will keep you updated with all news and previews!

We don’t know the price of the GF2 but we expect it to be close to the current Panasonic GF1 (Click here to check the price!)

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November 3, 2010
Posted in reviews

New Panasonic GH2 (with 1.0 firmware), 14mm lens and Voigtländer image samples.

Let’s start with a bad news. Not only the Panasonic GH2 Body Only is impossible to find also the SIlver GH2 kit has been removed from many online stores. Neither AmazonUS, neither AmazonUK, AmazonFR lists it anymore! You can still preorder it on Adorama and BHphoto (Approximal arrival December).

The popular Hong Kong forum OMuser (Click here) just posted the first image samples of the Panasonic GH2 with firmware 1.0 (those are the very first image samples we found that are taken with the final firmware). They posted samples from ISO 200 until ISO 12.800.  Images are pretty clean up to ISO 800!

A set of image samples taken with on the GF1 with the new Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens lens has been posted on Flickr.

Again on Flickr you can find image smaples of the new Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 lens. There is also a first hour report on dpreview written by a new lens owner. You can get the Voigtländer lens on eBay (Click here).

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

November 2, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Panasonic GF2 to be announced on November the 4th at 6am London time

Finally we know the exact date and hour of the Panasonic GF2 announcement.

November the 4th (Thursday) at:

– 1am New York City time
– 6am London time
– 7am Berlin time
– 3pm Tokyo time

As usual I will not sleep the night before the announcement to keep you updated with all last minute leaks and first press releases and previews. I would be very happy if you could send me everything you can find about the GF2 to share it with all 43rumors readers. Thanks!

Spread the word! See you at 6am (London time) on 43rumors ;)
Ale

P.S.: Received many mails from people asking me if the GF2 has a Fuji X100 or so called “rangefinder style”. The answer is pretty obvious…it’s “No”!

November 2, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) The GF2 is a perfect camera for beginners.


A fake GF2 image created by Blog.livedoor.jp.

Those who tested the camera said the GF2 is a very easy to use camera. The usability of the GF2 is much better than the current Sony NEX cameras (we compare the GF2 with the NEX because of the similar size). There are no big design changes (it’s thinner and less high and has a different button layout than the GF1). I guess Panasonic goal was to create a minimalistic, easy to use, tiny and cheap Micro Four Thirds camera to appeal beginners (maybe the GF2 is the reason behind the recent Panasonic LX5 price drops on Amazon).

We have not many specs now. We know it has the same G2 sensor (12 Megapixel) and faster AF.
P.S.: Touchscreen (not confirmed yet but highly probable).

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November 2, 2010
Posted in reviews

The need for speed: The Voigtländer 75mm f/1.8

We are all missing some nice fast lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system and that’s why we created the “Need for speed” article collection to see how well third party lenses do perform when used on our MFT cameras. A high-quality option could be the new Voigtländer 75mm f/1.8 (Click here to check current eBay auctions and price).

Soundimageplus posted a very detailed two part review (part1part2) of the Voigtländer 75mm f/1.8. He tested the lens on the Panasonic GH1 and after a very long analysis they concluded that:  “The Cosina Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 Classic is a fine well-made lens that performs very well. There is some CA and fringing wide open and in keeping with many lenses of this type is sharpest in the mid-range, f/5.6 and f/8 being especially good. The results on my GH1 echo the results on my Leica M9, and its a very useful lens for both systems.

P.S.: They also posted some image samples on Flickr.

eBay link: Voigtländer 75mm f/1.8

Read the most recent the need for speed articles:
C-mount zooms test by Seb Farges
Canon 25-100mm f/1.8 (a cheap zoom lens for the GH2 and AG-AF100)
Taylor Hobson Vidital 30mm f/1.3 for M4/3
Zoomatar 75mm, 180mm and 250mm….all f/1.3
The Voigtländer 35mm and 40mm f/1.4 lenses
Canon 50mm f/0.95 (Leica M-mount) and the Canon 50mm f/1.2 (Canon FD mount)
The extremely rare Zeika Nominar C-mount M25 f/0.95

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