November 21, 2010
Posted in news

The Olympus E-5 development story

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Olympus Asia posted a E-5 development story which should be of interest for all current or future E-5 owners: “To find out what makes the E-5 so special and where the E-System is going in the future, we talked extensively with Olympus development staff and with Mitsuaki Iwago, a wildlife photographer and long-time professional Olympus user who has made many helpful suggestions and participated in many fruitful discussions.

The most interesting new feature is the TruePiC V+ engine: “Since the image sensor of a digital camera consists of regularly arranged pixels, problems such as moire and false colors are inherent in the basic principle of digital technology itself. We came up with various solutions to these problems, and the biggest feature of the new “Fine-Detail Processing” is that it is able to retain the high resolution of the lens image in the final picture, while reducing moire and false colors. We also reviewed the noise reduction algorithm. One of the results of the development of the E-5 is that users can now discover the previously untapped potential of the lenses they already own.

The Olympus E-5 is in Stock at (Click on store name):
Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon Deutschland

One more news item for Australian readers: I have been told that there will be a new E-5 cashback action soon…

Via Olympus Asia

November 20, 2010
Posted in reviews

43rumors: Voigtländer vs Noktor size comparison (+ a few image samples)

The Micro Four Thirds system now offers two über-fast lenses. The Voigtländer 25mm and the Noktor 50mm lenses (both with the amazing f/0.95 aperture)! Sadly it is almost impossible to buy the Noktor. The website (Noktor.com) has no lens in Stock and there are a few and sometimes zero auctions on eBay (Click here to check)
The Voigtländer is available at local stores or on eBay via german and asian resellers (Click here to check).

2 days ago I received my Voigtländer lens and I made quick comparison with the Noktor 50mm. All images were taken with my Olympus E-P1. JPG at normal settings and resized in Photoshop.

Click the link below to see the minireview:
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November 20, 2010
Posted in news

Panasonic GH2 to be in Stock in Europe by early December (delay because of late tech adjustments!)

One of my best sources confirmed that Panasonic delayed the GH2 Europe introduction because of “late tech adjustments“. That’s why the GH2 will be in Stock 2-3 weeks later than expected (original release was planned by mid November, now early December). Those adjustments have to do with the European models only! I didn’t receive any further detail and I am still wondering what those adjustments could be…
I contacted Pixmania and Amazon and received an official answer from Pixmania. They confirmed that they will have the GH2 in Stock by early-mid December.

For our US readers:
Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto are expected to ship the first GH2 cameras next week. I contacted Amazon to ask why they removed the SIlver GH2 preorders but I got no answers.

GH2 preorders:
Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK, Amazon France.

November 20, 2010
Posted in deals

Next GH1 price drop: GH1 body for $220 only (because the lens is priced at $739)

You can now get the Panasonic GH1+14.140mm lens for $959 only at Amazon (Click here!). The lens alone is selling for $739 at Amazon (Click here). De facto you get the GH1 for $220 only!

Bye the way, if all works as it should US shops will start shipping the new GH2. Here the links to:
Amazon (you can’t preorder now), Adorama and BHphoto.

November 19, 2010
Posted in reviews

The GF2 is not the “linear” GF1 successor (says Luminous Landscape)

Luminous Landscape (“LL”) posted the new Panasonic GF2 hands-on: “Whatever the GF2 may be (and I’ll tell you in a moment what ecological niche I think it is intended to occupy) it is not a linear successor to the GF1.” and “Which brings us to the question of how does the GF2 handle and how does it compare to the GF1? Frankly, for myself (and yes, I own a GF1) the GF2 is a disappointment. I like cameras with manual controls.” but “Panasonic has shown that a small camera can have a usable interface, even when it might not appeal to photographers like me that prefer traditional tactile controls.

P.S.: LL should ask Panasonic why Japan will have the GF in Stock on December 3 and the rest of the world by end of January. And where is the GH2? Should we start to learn japanese just to buy those nice japanese GH2 cameras you can find on eBay? :)

Via Luminous Landscape

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