May 25, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic G3 is the best Panasonic camera ever made -> says Trustedreviews! (+First SLRmagic 11mm f/1.4 test)

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SLR Magic Toy Lens 11mm 1:1.4 on GH2 : the daylight tests from Seb Farges on Vimeo.

This is the very first test of the new SLRmagic 11mm f/1.4 lens. Recorded with the GH2 at 160 ASS (640 ASA in the church). The lens costs $129 and is available for preorder in eBay (Click here).

Trustedreviews (Click here) made a complete Panasonic G3 test and said: “Overall, we remain mightily impressed by the specifications, handling, performance and overall image quality of the G3. Having spent some extended shooting time with it, we’re confident enough to say that it’s Panasonic’s best G-series model yet.” You can see the high-ISO samples on page six (Click here). The camera earns an overall rating of 9/10!

Preorder the G3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

 

 

May 24, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4-FT5) Also Olympus will make a very small PEN. And the E-P3 is “PRO”!


Is the new PEN light almost as small as the Olympus XZ-1?

It’s very hard for me to get a clear picture about the upcoming Olympus products. But after a long work with many sources (Thanks!) I can share some pieces of reliables rumors with you.

(FT4) It’s almost certain that there will be two new PEN cameras in June. A couple of new sources even said there are three new PEN’s coming. But according to two of our known sources that doesn’t sound to be right (or only two of them will be announced in June, and the other model some time after?).

(FT4) One camera will be a very LIGHT Pen. And it sounds like it will be placed BELOW the actual E-PL2!!! It has a completely new design. I don’t know how it will look but I wouldn’t be surprised if it would take the shape and form of the current Olympus XZ-1. But that’s my speculation only for now. Hope to learn more about the design soon. I got no specs about that camera from my known sources (new sources said that there will be a new 12 Megapixel sensor).

(FT5) I am almost 98% sure the Olympus E-P2 is going to be replaced by the newer E-P3. It will be announced in late June. My trusted anonymous sources said that this is a “PRO” model. But that’s all I got from them. I hope the word “PRO” defines a camera that it is a step above the actual E-P2. To me the new E-P3 has to be very different from the current E-PL1/2 line otherwise it doesn’t make sense at all! Let’s hope Olympus will not repeat the product reiteration they had the last two years. The big question is: Does it have an integrated viewfinder or not? Will the E-P3 resurrect the old Olympus SP rangefinder design? I didn’t get a definitive answer on that until now. If some of my sources knows something than please send me a message using the contact form on the right sidebar. Thanks! :)

I really do hope Olympus will make it right with both new models. An ultrasmall PEN makes sense to me and it will compete against the upcoming GF3. Let’s see if Olympus manages it to keep the in body IS or not. And than let’s also hope the new Olympus E-P3 will be one of those cameras that can hurt the current Fuji X100 hype. that would be something amazing!

P.S.: I got some rumors about the second portrait lens from Olympus. Hope to get some confirmation form other sources too!

Links to cameras discussed in that article:
Olympus E-P2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus E-PL2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Fuji X100 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus SP on eBay (Click here).

Reminder -> Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

May 24, 2011
Posted in deals

(UPDATED: X100 in Stock) Get the GH2 at Amazon US and J&R now!

UPDATE: The Fuji X100 is in Stock at Bhphoto (Click here).

Sorry if I do bother all our European and Asian readers. But Americans still have to struggle to find a GH2 in Stock. And right now they have the chance to get the GH2 with 14-140mm lens at Amazon US (Click here) and J&R (Click here) for the normal price. Hurry!

UPDATE: Also the silver GH2 body only is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here).

P.S.: I hope the Panasonic G3 will not be afflicted by the same GH2 availability problems. Also because I need to buy one before July!!!

May 24, 2011
Posted in reviews

ISO 3.200 images of the Panasonic G3 (looks nice)

You can find a couple of 3.200 ISO images on the korean SLRclub forum (Click here). Looks very clean to me! I am going to buy that camera for my little brother :)

I know it’s a bit to early to make a final judgment about the HIgh-ISO performance of the camera. Anyway feel free to share your opinion:

Do you like the G3 ISO 3.200 images?

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You can preorder the camera in Europe at Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here),
and in US at Amazon US (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

May 23, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Panasonic to launch a new ultrasmall GF3 camera! (but there will be one more GF this year?)

A GF3 fac simile. Not the real camera!

In mid June Panasonic will announce the new GF3 which will be an ultra small camera that will replace the current Panasonic GF2. That’s a huge surprise if you do consider the GF2 is only eight months old! But it’s also not a surprise if you see the success of Sony’s NEX cameras which are as small as the current GF2 but do use a larger APS-C sensor. And the upcoming Sony NEX-C3 will be even smaller (Click here to see the NEX-C3 versus GF2 size comparison). So after the Megapixel and the High-ISO war Sony and Panasonic started a new kind of competition….the miniaturization battle!

To compete against the upcoming NEX-C3 the new Panasonic GF3 will be around 10-15% less high, less wide, less thick than the current GF2. I have been told it has about the same size of the current Panasonic TZ cameras (Click here to see them on eBay). De facto the mount ring is higher than the camera itself! And to make it that small Panasonic removed some of the GF2 buttons and also the hot shoe is no more present! Some of my sources told us that this is the first camera that easily fits in any pocket when the 14mm pancake is attached. It feels like a real compact camera! A new source told us the GF3 has the same G3 sensor and specs (and that’s good news!). That means it has the new 16 Megapixel sensor FullHD recording.

And here is what Steve Jobs would call the …one more thing surprise:

The fact that the GF is going to be smaller and smaller doesn’t mean that we don’t want to see a GF model with more advanced manual controls. Three sources confirmed that we should expect a second GF model to be announced within the second half of the year. It’s aimed for semi-pro photographers. That’s all I know for now, but it’s enough to make me dream the Micro Four Thirds L1 might be coming for real (Click here to see that amazing camera on eBay)!

I am constantly working to provide you with FT5 rumors about Olympus and Panasonic. Lots of stuff is coming! Stay tuned! Don’t miss any rumors: Join us on Facebook and Twitter! Subscribe our RSS feed!

Links to the cameras discussed in that article:
The current GF2 camera at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay. P.S.: You can get the Panasonic GF2 with 14-42mm lens for $499 only at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
The current Sony NEX cameras at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
The Panasonic L1 Four Thirds camera at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
The Panasonic TZ compact cameras at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Will you buy an ultra compact GF3?

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Reminder -> Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

Thanks to all sources that sent me rumors about the GF3

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