October 24, 2010
Posted in reviews

First Panasonic 100-300mm lens review!


The czech website Fotografovani just posted a detailled Panasonic 100-300mm review. They have taken many image samples at different apertures and focal lenghts (including vignetting test). In summary they”were surprised by the high quality of the optical output“. And those are the pros and cons:

Advantages:

  • Excellent resolution by stopping down to medium apertures
  • Very low levels of chromatic aberration
  • Quiet and quick AF Focus
  • Effective optical stabilization system
  • Good contrast
  • Compact size and weight
  • High zoom performance (200 to 600mm on 135 format)
  • Good price
  • Lens Hood for the price

Potential drawbacks:

  • Plastic body (except the lens mount)
  • Focal length markings are not painted entirely accurate (about 2mm difference at some focal lengths)
  • No distance scale for manual focusing
  • Initial aperture begins at the value of F4

Amazon UK says that: “This item is due to be released on November 8, 2010.

Click ont store name to visit the product page and check price and availabilty or to preorder the lens:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan

Thanks Ivo

October 23, 2010
Posted in reviews

Olympus E-5 tested at Digitalcamerareview (+ more E-5 news)

Digitalcamerareview posted a 6 page long E-5 FULL! review. You can read their conclusion at page 5 (Click here): “E-3 owners and Olympus fans will be glad to know that the E-5 is a highly capable and rugged imaging tool. Others may be put off by some of the limits of the comparitively smaller and lower-resolution sensor.“.

First lucky user got the E-5 and posted some image samples inside the dpreview forum here here and here.

Olympus E-5 preorder links:
Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon Japan

October 23, 2010
Posted in deals, news

Panasonic GH2 to ship in Europe from November 14 (Adorama takes GH2 preorders)

We just received the info that Panasonic will ship the GH2 from November 14 (Europe). Reminder the GH2 will start shipping from October 29 in Japan and by end of November in US.
UPDATE: Katten posted some GH2+100-300mm lens image samples on Flickr.

A 43rumors reader noticed that: “I had a GH2 Body on my wish list at BHPhoto for the past two weeks. Logged in to my account last night and the GH2 Body is no longer on my list, and BH have removed all references to GH2 Bodies from their price list. Interesting…“.

Meanwhile also Adorama has the GH2 available for preorder.

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

UPDATE for our canadian readers:
Both www.vistek.ca and www.henrys.ca have the GH2 available for pre-order and ship date in canada is december 17th, body and 14-140 lens only tho. (Thanks Scott)

October 23, 2010
Posted in reviews

The need for speed: Canon 25-100mm f/1.8 (a cheap zoom lens for the GH2 and AG-AF100)

It’s hard to find good, fast and cheap prime lenses and it is even harder to find zoom lenses! The Canon 25-100mm f/1.8 is one of the few cheap and fast zoom lenses. You can find some image samples at 406club.dyndns.org. They used the Panasonic G1 to take the pictures.
Advent (DVXuser forum user) tested that lens on Micro Four Thirds cameras and said that it is “extremely fast zooming and very sharp
A cameraporn pictures can be found here at getdpi (Canon 25-100mm on the GH1).

The lens is available at eBay (Click here to see current auctions and price).

P.S.: A high-quality alternative is the Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 Zuiko Lens for E Series DSLR Cameras but it is 10 times more expensive.

October 22, 2010
Posted in deals

Incredible Panasonic GF1 price drop (and yes GF2 within few months coming)

Oh yes guys, the GF2 will come within few months (very early 2011!) and that’s why we are continually having new price drops on the Panasonic GF1.

Just look at Amazon US: The Panasonic GF1+20mm lens is now in Stock for $599 (Click here to get the camera!). One month ago the price was over $800!

And there are also many price drops in Europe. As usual I can’t check every shop in every european country so I give you only a few links to my affiliate shops. Pixmania usually is one of the stores that has very good prices (Click on country name): Pixmania Deutschland, Pixmania Belgium, Pixmania France, Pixmania Austria, Pixmania UK, Pixmania Nederland, Pixmania Poland, Pixmania España,Pixmania Italia.

And here you have the links to european Amazon stores: Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK and Amazon France

We told you that Panasonic would lower the price but I don’t believe it will become cheaper as it already is. So if you want the camera buy it ;)

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