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Panasonic LUMIX GX7 Introduction Video

The Cosina 42,5mm f/0.95 will be on sale in Japan from August 23 (Kakaku).
Olympus VF-4 Electronic Viewfinder: Terrific Improvement over Built-In E-M5 EVF (diglloyd).
Olympus Stylus SH-50 Review (ePhotozine).
Sigma Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN test in German at Julifoto.
examples of flash photography for portraits (Olypmus OMD facebook).
Panasonic LF1 Firmware Update Version 1.1 at (Panasonic Japan).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 Review (ePhotozine).
Panasonic 100-300mm first imrpessions at ThePhoBlographer.
GX7 first impression at Bestmirrorlesscamerareviews.x\
New Samyang Cinema 16mm Lens Four Thirds Lens (ePhotozine).
Panasonic 35-100mm lens test at DC.watch.
Sigma A 60 mm f/2.8 DN review at Lenstip.

 

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New fast SLRmagic 17mm lens coming soon. And new 35mm f/0.95 version too.

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SLR Magic 35mm T0.95 test footage with 5 axis Olympus stablisation from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

The upcoming SLRmagic 35mm f/0.95 has been reviewed by EosHD. But I have been told that there will be a new updated version of the lens that will ship in September. Everyone having the current lens on preorder will get the updated (and even better quality) lens.

And not only that. Also a new fast 17mm prime lens will be announced soon! SLR Magic is really pushing a lot on the MFT lens development. And some of their lenses are now really of very good optical quality too. Nice to see so much third-party lens offer on the MFT system.

Current SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR magic Cine 12mm T/1.6 Lens at Adorama (Click here).
SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 at Adorama (Click here).
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here).
Noktor SLRmagic 50mm on eBay (Click here) SLR Magic Pin Hole Lens at Adorama (Click here).

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First full Panasonic GX7 reivew posted at ePhotozine (with RAW files).

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And finally the first Panasonic GX7 review has been posted at ePhotozine (Click here). They also posted the first RAW files (but how the heck open them?). The conclusion is:

The Panasonic Lumix GX7 introduces a truly unique experience thanks to the tilting electronic viewfinder, and with a new sensor the camera delivers excellent image quality, with particularly impressive noise performance beating the previous class leader at high ISO settings.

Great cam. Let’s hope the new E-M1 has some surprise we are not aware of yet. Otherwise it’s the Panasonic that will that run as best new MFT camera.

GX7 preorder list (Click on store name to open the GX7 price, specs and preorder page):
Silver GX7 body at Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Samys, Henrys and Wex Deutschland, Wex UK ,and Amazon JP.
Silver GX7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Samys, Henrys and Wex Deutschland, WexUK.
Black GX7 body at Henrys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK and Amazon Japan.
Black GX7 with 14-42mm lens at Henrys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK.
Black GX7 with 20mm lens at Henrys, Wex UK and Amazon Japan.
Silver GX7 with 20mm lens at Henrys, Wex UK and Amazon Japan.

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Super US deal: Panasonic G5 for $239. And Olympus deal reminder.

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This is really a great deal. The Panasonic G5 Body sells for $239 at Roberstcamera eBay (Click here).

More US deals of the day:
4% Back in Reward on almost all cameras and lenses at Amazon US (Click here).
Olympus PEN E-PL3 Silver 12.3MP Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens at Newegg (with code “EMCXMXL34”).
Sony 32GB UHS1 R40 for $19,95 at Adorama eBay (Click here).
All other US and EU deals of the day at DealsRunner.com.

Reminder: New Olympus US deals roundup:
E-P5:
$5o off on the Black E-P5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$5o off on the Silver E-P5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$5o off on the White E-P5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
E-M5:
$150 off on the E-M5 with 12-50mm kit lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the E-M5 with 14-42mm kit lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
E-PL5:
$50 off on the E-PL5 with 14-42mm kit lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the Black E-PL5 Kit with 14-42mm lens, case, mini tripod, and memory card at Amazon (Click here).
E-PM2:
$50 off on the E-PM2 with 14-42mm kit lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the Black E-PM2 Kit with 14-42mm lens, case, mini tripod, and memory card at Amazon (Click here).
Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds lenses:
$150 off on the Four Thirds 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Four Thirds 8mm f/3.5 Zuiko Fisheye at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Four Thirds 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (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).
$100 off on the 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 60mm f/2.8 macro lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 75mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 40-1500mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the Four Thirds Olympus 25mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
Micro Four Thirds accessory:
$80 off on the Olympus MMF-3 4/3 to Micro 4/3 Adapter at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$75 off on the Olympus FL-600R Wireless Flash at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$75 off on the Olympus FL-300R Wireless Flash at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$75 off on the Olympus HLD-6 Battery Holder at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the Olympus View Finder VF-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the Olympus View Finder VF-3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).

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Mirrorless Cameras Lose Their Shine? NYC and USA Today report with Panasonic-Olympus analysis.

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That mirrorless wasn’t a huge success in US and Europe as in Asia is known. And two articles at The New York Times (Click here) and USA Today (Click here) analyzed the situation. I cite three parts of their articles:

1) Nikon manager Okamato said “In Europe and the U.S. the ratio of mirrorless to SLRs hasn’t grown at all, unlike in Asia, where it’s quite popular with women because it’s light. We had higher expectations for other regions. But people who like cameras tend to just go for SLRs, even though they’re very heavy.

2) Olympus Corp said on Thursday that its sales of its signature mirrorless model, the PEN, had fallen 12 percent in the first quarter, below its expectations.

3) Panasonic manager Darrin Pepple said “In the U.S. at least, [DSLRs are] still what they know and what they understand. We’re continuing to innovate in the way of lenses, size, form factors, trying to find the magic bullet.” Panasonic has found that DSLR-style feature sets are more attractive to Americans, and simpler mirrorless models failed to find an audience.

Mirrorless growth now stucks in US and Europe. I personally have the feeling that it’s only a matter of time until mirrorless will grow again. But I have to admit, this is just a feeling not based on real facts.

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