April 26, 2011
Posted in news

Wanderlust Cameras announces immediate availability of Pinwide

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I just got an email from Wanderlust (the creators of the Pinwide cap for Micro Four Thirds):

Press release:

Wanderlust Cameras is proud to announce the general availability of Pinwide, the world’s widest digital pinhole. Designed specifically for Micro Four Thirds cameras, the impressive 11mm focal length (22mm equivalent) finally brings real wide-angle pinhole photography into the digital era.
Wanderlust’s Pinwide is a true Kickstarter success story, with 100% of the US-based tooling and manufacturing costs funded by preorders from Kickstarter backers. After shipping over 600 preorders, Wanderlust Cameras is excited to invite everyone to join in the fun!

About Pinwide
Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds. With the exception of the Panasonic AF100, Pinwide
is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Aperture: ƒ/96 ~ ƒ/128
Field of view: ~ 80°
Focal length: 11mm (22mm equivalent)
Materials: Precision injection molded polycarbonate with a scientific-grade metal
aperture
Designed and manufactured in the United States
Software: Specialized Pinwide processing software arriving May 2011 allows fine-tuning
Price: $39.99, shipping today at http://wanderlustcameras.com

There are more pinwide caps for sale on eBay (mostly made by asian companies):
– Skink Pinhole Pancake Pro Lens Kit for Olympus PEN on eBay (Click here).
– Pinhole Cap Lens for m43 on eBay (Click here).
– Skink Pinhole Pancake Creative Kit for Four Thirds on eBay (Click here).

April 26, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…


Panasonic GH2 + C-mount Pentax 6mm 1:1.2 lens (Click here to see that lens on eBay).

Panasonic to shift more lithium battery (Reuters)
Mini E-PL2 review at Macworld.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 Review (Photographyblog).
Panasonic Lumix ZS10 review (DigitalcameraHQ).
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 and Pentax DA 21mm f/3.2 – An Informal Easter Shootout (Seriouscompact).
The Compact System Camera’s big moment in the US… (Dpreview forum).

April 25, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Happy Easter!

I am right now traveling back from my home in Antwerp to the the home in the middle of the Alps. I will be back online late at night. In the meanwhile you can take a look on rumors posted on the partner websites:
– A new Pentax teaser (mirrorless camera?) at MirrorlessRumors.com
– A new Sony mirrorless camera at SonyAlphaRumors.com.

I wihs all of you a Happy Easter with your families. I hope you can have a nice time and a nice rest!

P.S.: A special Thanks goes to the people that met me in Antwerp!

April 25, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Olympus 40-150mm review and E-PL2 and GF2 shootout

Photographyblog (Click here) tested the cheapest of all Micro Four Thirds zoom lenses, the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6: “The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6 is a tiny, lightweight and attractively priced telezoom lens that delivers a much better optical performance than its all-plastic exterior and wallet-friendly price tag would suggest.
To see the price of the lens click those links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Pixiq (Click here) made an Olympus E-PL2 vs. Lumix DMC-GF2 Shootout: “There’s no obvious “winner” in this shootout since both cameras have their own pros and cons. The one that’s likely to be right for you depends on your experience level and the types of subjects you often shoot. I preferred the Olympus camera’s controls/operation and its high ISO quality but found that the Lumix contender was faster and provided more pleasing JPEGs without overrides.”
The 43rumors readers already expressed their vote on which of the two cameras is better. The E-PL2 won!
Check the E-PL2 price: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Check the GF2 price: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

April 24, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Voigtländer Nokton review (in Stock for the normal price on eBay!!!)

It’s still quite difficult to find the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 lens in Stock. Request have been much higher than Cosina expected and there are still consistent supply shortages. Also eBay resellers do often sell the lens without having them in Stock (and when they are in Stock they are usually very expensive). But there are two exceptions:
The german shop Deutscher Digitalhandel is selling five Nokton lenses (Click here) for the normal European price (899 Euro). They are all in Stock (“sofort lieferbar”). They ship worldwide.
The less known thai shop Rangefinder2008 (from where the picture on top comes from) is selling four Nokton lenses for the same price as the German shop (Click here).

We posted many Nokton reviews on 43rumors but today we can add a new one, the first Spanish review made by DSLRmagazine (Click here to read the google english translation). They posted many graphs showing the Center and Border Resolution, Vignetting, Chromatic Aberration and Distortion. The conclusions is not different from the one made by other reviewers: “it is one of the best options in this range, especially if we consider the peculiar aesthetics of the image – more than interesting for pure photographic purpose – or their value standard for video and optical for its luminosity and comprehensive manual focus.”

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