November 18, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Panasonic GF2 to start shipment on December 03, 2010 (in Japan)

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Panasonic Japan just announced the Panasonic GF2 will start to ship in Japan from December 03, 2010. The expected retail price of a single body around 60,000 yen. The 14mm kit costs 80,000 yen and the double kit (14mm +14-45mm) 90,000 yen.

As usual the rest of the world has to wait 1-2 months more before to get the GF2 :(
Amazon UK already confirmed that the GF2 is due to be released on January 24, 2011. Amazon US and BHphoto have no delivery date.

Hmmm, maybe we will see the GF3 announcement before we have the GF2 in Stock? :)

Via Digi-came.com

November 18, 2010
Posted in reviews

New Voigtländer reviews (I received my Nokton!)

First I have to say that I just received my Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 and I had that nice WOW feeling when I opened the box. It’s extremely well built lens and I love to play with the smooth focus ring and I already love that nice “tic” sound when changing the aperture ring. The first thing I noticed is that you have to make a 1 and 1/2 turns to move from a close focus distance (17cm) to infinite focus. I will try the lens this weekend and compare it with the other wide open king, my Noktor 50mm f/0.95. For the record: I bought that lens from Foto Mundus on eBay.

There are two new reviews:

Peter Lueck reviewed the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm lens. Also ThePublicEye published a short test. And a few image samples can be found at dpreview forum.

November 18, 2010
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November 18, 2010
Posted in news

Panasonic G2 new firmware update (Version 1.11)

  1. added a function for recording 3D pictures.
  2. added a function for playing back 3D pictures.
    *1 The 3D interchangeable lens(optional) is required for 3D recording.
    *2 A 3D compatible TV is required to view 3D images.
    *3 To comfortably view 3D images in the correct way, be sure to read the safety precautions in the operating instructions of 3D lens.
  3. Improved operability of AE lock by maintaining the setting even when touch shutter function is used.
November 17, 2010
Posted in reviews

First detailed Panasonic GF2 review at Photographyblog

Photographyblog just published their veeery long Panasonic GF2 review (6 pages!). “Cheaper than the GF1 was on launch, the new DMC-GF2 takes Panasonic’s compact system cameras in a new direction, aiming to appeal to a wider base of users who are looking for DSLR-like results from a simpler and more compact design. While it’s certainly not a logical upgrade for current GF1 owners, the GF2 deserves to make a big leap forward both for Panasonic and for the Compact System Camera market as a whole.
Photographyblog gives a very positive rating for the GF2 but the GF1 is still a very tempting camera and very cheap now ($599 at Amazon)

P.S.: Amazon just changed the status of the new Panasonic lenses from “usually ships in 1-2 months” to “temporarily out of stock“. This usually means that they started to ship the first preordered lenses :)
Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5 (Click here to check status on Amazon)
Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 (Click here to check status on Amazon)

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