First Olympus 40-150mm PRO lens hands-on video. Lens patent spotted too.


As you know the next Olympus PRO lens will be the 40-150mm f/2.8 lens. It will be released in 2014 but exact pricing and availability are still unknown. Mathieu Gasquet had the pleasure to “touch” a mockup of the lens (see the video on top). And those of you interested in the lens design should know that Egami (translation here) just spotted the lens design patent. There is also a description of a new 1.4 Teleconverter.
Great lens, just let’s hope Olympus will not go crazy high with the price!


Panasonic GM1 test by Pier-Yves.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Video Test Review | Bnf Paris from Pier-Yves Menkhoff on Vimeo.

This is a guets post by our friend Pier-Yves. He tested the new Panasonic GM1:

It has been a long time since I looked for a “video photo pen”. A device which knows how to get to the point without sacrificing to the quality of the image. Just a “presses button”. A device where the effects would be just as a “cherry on a cake”. For one year, most of our professional realizations are filmed with the Panasonic DMC-GH3. Whether it is for commercial, legal, marriage, fiction, etc.. The Panasonic is a marvel. It is just damage which Panasonic France does not assure as regards the collaboration with the professionals. Panasonic France does not like the small independent directors.
How to bring the DMC-GH3 on holidays ? In week-end ? I want something compact and performing. A device with fix focal one . There is the RX1 of Sony, but it is very expensive. For me.
In September, Panasonic announces the DMC-GM1. I tear. It is magnificent. Simple. Basic. Compact. Only the lens bothers me. I do not like zooms for a private use. It is without mattering, I shall replace the lens by the Panasonic 14 mm f2.5 or the Olympus 17 mm f/1.7 f/1.7.
On Friday, November 22nd, 2013, my friends of Images Photo Paris announce me that the DMC-GM1 arrived. About 2 weeks beforehand. I exult.
Today, the DMC-GM1 is in my hands. It is almost too small. Nevertheless, I have no big hands. The menu is similar to that of the other Panasonic. Clear and immediately available. We are far from the “labyrinthine system” of Olympus and Fuji.
An element begins to bother me. It is impossible to place a quick release plate for photo or video tripod with another lens than the Panasonic 12-32 mm or 14 mm. With the Olympus 17 mm, it is limit. With the Panasonic 20 mm or 12-35 f / 2.8, you should not dream. It is impossible. Direction La Grand Bibliothèque de Paris behind my home.
It is cold. Paris is grey. The recording is going to change that of these dear Americans where their images are always full of sun and blue sky. Panasonic DMC-GM1 holds perfectly well in the pocket of my coat. It is even feels at ease.
Right out, it becomes different. To hold a metallic object is not very pleasant. I would have to buy these famous gloves for photographer. I am surprised by the reactivity of the DMC-GM1. It is immediate. Faster than the DMC-GH3. The touch-sensitive screen is reactive too. Even too much. Take care where you put fingers. Too low on the screen, you modify the white balance without being careful. It happened to me. The screen glorifies the images but without betraying them really. What you see is what you will get …
Return at home. The editing is also simple as for the DMC-GH3. The audio dubbing is essential. The audio recording is mediocre. Including with the wind filter. To use only indoor.
Now it just needs a nice case to carry the DMC-GM1. Enjoy your Panasonic.

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Reminder: 104 Euro off (yes already!) on the GM1 at Amazon Germany (all colors, via DL).

GM1 preorder list:
In US at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at Amazon Germany, Wex Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Cyberphoto Sweden and Wex UK.


UPDATED: GH3 for $898! E-M5 for $799. And more new deals on Olympus-Panasonic stuff!


It’s a damn good deald ay for all USA readers! You can see all the ongoing brand new deals at Amazon Deals page (Click here). Let’s start:

1) The Panasonic Gh3 sells for $698 only(!) at Amazon US (Click here). UPDATE: NOW SOLD OUT! Now lowest price is $898 at  Samys (Click here).

2) There will be a “mysterious” Panasonic camera Gold Box deal at 7.55PST at Amazon US (Click here).

3) Up to $200 off on all Olympus MFT cameras. The E-m5 sells for $799. Full list at Amazon (Click here). And here are the single links:
$200 on the Olympus E-M5 at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Now $799 for the body, $899 with 12-42mm kit lens and $1049 with 12-50mm kit lens.
$100 off on the Olympus E-P5 at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Now $899 for the body only and $1349 for the superkit.
$100 off on the Olympus E-PL5 at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Now $499 for the body with kit lens!

4) Up to $100 off on all Olympus lenses. Full list at Amazon (Click here). Single links here:
$50 off on the 45mm prime lens at Amazon (Click here).
$100 off on the 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 12mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$150 off on the 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 75mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 40-150mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 17mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).

5) Get a Free Memory Card and Case with the Purchase of the GF6 at Amazon US (Click here).

6) Get Free Accessories with Purchase of the GX7 at Amazon US (Click here).

7) Massive discounts ont he Olympus viewfinders too at Amazon US (Click here).

8) 4% back in reward at Amazon US (Click here).

9) Panasonic GX7 with kit lens for $898 at Amazon US (Click here).

10) Panasonic G6 with kit lens for $534 at Amazon (Click here).

Damn, those are many new deals! Hope I didn’t forget anything :)



Readers’ work roundup…


You’re Ruining Our Party from alan marino on Vimeo.

43rumors editor’s note: This is the latest roundup of 43rumors readers work. To share your work just send me a message at Thanks!

Alan (video on top):I’ve found over the years that the Tele – Conversion or Crop Mode on the G -Series of Lumix cameras really comes in handy if you want to extend the zoom range of your lenses and even helps on the other macro end of shooting. Here’s an example of how it can turn a lens that has a short focusing distance like the Voigtlander 25mm f0.95 into almost a macro.

Markus:Perhaps someone may be interested in my blog where i have quite alot of phots taken with the em-5 and CV Nokton 17.5 and 42.5.
Alot of casual photos and some more edited and with a little more thought and work behind them:

Gonzalo:I recently finished shooting and editing my first Music Video with the Lumix GH3 and the Olympus M. Zuiko 45mm for a couple of very talented girls. I hope you enjoy it! (More technical info in the video’s description):

Desy:Hi there, just wanted to share a short film with you that we shot with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.  We used the Panasonic 12-35mm 2.8 about 80% of the time and 20% with the 25mm 1.4.

Seb:I don’t know if you saw my latest film, a sharp pocket anamorphic set on OM-D E-M5 with Qioptiq Linos MeVis-C 35mm f1.6 C-mount lens and my baby Berthiot Hypergonar 1.75X anamorphic lens:

LaDP:I wanted to share a recent piece of work that we shot completely with GH3s and Voigtlander/SLR Magic primes. Its a music video for the band Capital Cities, who have had some decent success with their last two releases. I DP’d the shoot and chose the GH3s because of their combination of size, wight, and lens choice. Those primes I mentioned are great video tools. The editor and post production crew both commented positively on the look of footage and how it didn’t feel like an HDSLR – or at least it didn’t look like the 5D footage they normally see. Nice to change it up every now and then. Anyhow, the video went live a few days ago, and I thought the 4/3 community would like to check it out:

Brian:i have a small 12-40 lens review, infrared with the em1 and full frame vs micro 4/3 blogs that i want to see if you can post the links the next time you post ” a little bit of everything”

Digital Bear:  and

Dario Viola:This video is done with the Lumix LX7, testing g the slow motion 100fps, i did it in a tv studio during the rehearsal of the comedy-show Colorado (kind of our SNL)

Wasim:I thought you might be interested in sharing with your readers a piece I did about Hurricane Sandy in the Breezy Point/Roxbury area of New York (next to where all those homes burned down). I shot the piece almost entirely with a Panasonic GH3 and a bunch of lenses (Oly 75mm 1.8, 45 mm 1.8 and Panasonic 20mm and 14-140). I used a Nikon D600 to shoot the photos right after it happened last year, but I found that using a smaller kit like the GH3 and whatever lenses I had that day helped me move around this very tight-knit, private community with much greater ease than my larger gear. People opened up to me a lot easier when I had a camera that wasn’t as intimidating. Really helped make the piece happen. In any case, here’s a link to the piece:

Izhar:A date with the Zookeeper’s Boys is a short I made in London leading up to Danish band Mew’s concert. Shot with my hacked GH2, using Lumix 7-14mm, 20mm, 14-140mm and Canon FD 50mm/1.4 lenses. Edited with FCPX.
Anonymous: “Hello there, thought your readers may like this video I made. It is a short mini-doc on a street artist friend of mine. It was shot using two GH3’s. The main interview was shot with the Lumix 12-35 f2.8 and a Rokinon 8mm fish eye on an automated slider. The timelapse was shot with the 12-35 and most of the B-Roll shots are Canon FD lens: the 28mm f2, 50mm f1.4, and the 85mm f1.8. I really love the Canon FD lenses. They have much less contrast then the Lumix lens so I end getting a much flatter picture profile which is what I prefer for color grading. For the intro POV shots I used a GoPro. The video was color graded using FilmConvert. Hope you enjoy! ABCArtAttack: The Art of Bryce Chisholm from Bryon Evans Films:
Thomas:Just wanted to share a test I did of the Black magic pocket cinema camera here in NYC as well as a very quick shadow recovery test