December 4, 2010
Posted in deals

New Panasonic lenses available in Europe and Asia (but not in US)

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Do you remember the days when US shops were the first to have the stuff in Stock? These days are gone. We learned with the GH2 that European shops are getting the camera before the Americans. The same thing is happening with the new Panasonic lenses. Those shops are all having the lenses in Stock:

Panasonic 100-300mm:
Pixmania -> Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Netherland, Belgium, Poland
Amazon -> Germany, UK, France

Panasonic 14mm:
Pixmania -> Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Netherland, Belgium, Poland
Amazon -> Germany, UK, France

Panasonic 3D lens:
Pixmania -> Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Netherland, Belgium, Poland
Amazon -> Germany, UK, France

In US not a single store has them (Check Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto).
For our US readers the only way to get them is through eBay (non US resellers):
Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 eBay acutions
Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 eBay acutions
Panasonic 3D 12.5mm f/12 eBay acutions

Looks like japanese companies are “preferring” the EURO over the DOLLAR currency.

December 3, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(UPDATED) Reworked Sigma mirrorless camera. (Soon with Micro Four Thirds mount?)

(Article updated)
A chinese photographer reworked the Sigma DP1/2, he removed the fixed lens to add a lens mount (The picture shows the Sigma with the Leica Elmarit f/4 90mm). According to the author:
1. He can put a M4/3 mount on it, then you can use mount adapter to convert to other mounts.
2. The author had tested drive an additional mechanical shutter to replace the original electronical one. He is ording parts from a Japanese factory.
3. The author vaguly mentioned possibility to drive AF lens, I don’t know if he/she had done any prototype or it is just doable.

Interesting!

(Source: Xitek)

Thanks Guokai

December 3, 2010
Posted in deals
December 3, 2010
Posted in deals

GH2 (Body only) ships within 1-3 days at Panasonic.com store! (+E-P2 and 14-150mm deals)

Panasonic.com has the Panasonic GH2 (Body Only) in Stock (UPDATE: Deal is DEAD now!). They are selling the Body Only version only, in black (Click here) and in silver (Click here). The Safari webbrowser doesn’t work well on Panasonic’s website. Use Explorer, Firefox, Opera or Chrome!

And here we have two new deals:
– Olympus E-P2 with 17mm lens for $567 at Amazon (Click here).
– And the Olympus 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom Lens for $389.00 only at BHphoto (Click here).

43rumors note:
BHphoto confessed that they made a mistake with the yesterdays E-P2 price. There was an error with the online calculation system :(

December 3, 2010
Posted in reviews

Which is the best compact mirrorless camera? Thom Hogan gives you the answer…

Thom Hogan posted a new “Mirrorless Shootout“. He tested four compact mirrorless cameras, the Olympus E-PL1, Panasonic GF1, Samsung NX100 and the Sony NEX-5.

The Panasonic and Samsung are the two serious photographer-friendly cameras in this bunch, while the Olympus has a little more compact gimmicky and the Sony is way over the top in changing the way you interact with a camera.

Thom also explains why you shouldn’t wait for Canon, Pentax and Nikon to enter the mirrorless battle: “At the moment, neither Nikon nor Canon have chosen to play in the mirrorless arena. Nikon is likely to be the next entrant, and I expect to see their model hit the shelves by about March 2011. Ditto Pentax. No word on Canon. Frankly, I think waiting for a maker to enter this market is probably a waste of time. Why? One word: lenses.”

Conclusion? “I can wholeheartedly recommend the Panasonic GF-1″ and there is a surprise: “I can’t really recommend the Sony NEX-5 directly“.

Read the full review at http://www.bythom.com/compactmirrorless.htm

Via Thom Hogan

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