March 7, 2011
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New Olympus E-PL2 review (+ converter test at DC.watch)

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There is a new Olympus E-PL2 review at CNET (Click here): “A great interchangeable-lens model if you’re looking for better photo quality and/or a more advanced feature set than your current point-and-shoot offers, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 still doesn’t satisfy for photographing active kids and pets.”

Also Enticingthelight (Click here) tested the E-PL2: “Olympus have built a beautiful-image maker with this E-PL2; if you like shooting JPEGs, you’ll love this camera. It is also a camera that is simple to operate, yet can be customised in hundreds of ways, thus appealing to both the newbie and the experienced shooter.”

The Japanese website DC.watch.impress (Click here) tested the three new E-PL2 converters. There are many full size image samples you can analyze!

Click those links to visit the E-PL2 product page: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Reminder:
The new Olympus E-PL2 accessories are on auction at eBay and in Stock in some stores:
– MAL-1 Led Light at eBay, Amazon US, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon France.
– PenPal bluetooth module at eBay, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon France.

March 6, 2011
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The most popular camera starts worldside shipment: The Fuji X100.

Almost every day you can find news about the Fuji X100. The camera worldwide shipment started yesterday in Japan (see Amazon Japan). It should be in Stock soon at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here) and in April in Europe (See Amazon UK). This is the latest news summary:

Leica M3 versus Finepix X100 (Source: Nokton on Flickr).
Download the Fuji X100 manual in english (.pdf): https://files.me.com/kylebarrow/dxsgl2
First image samples on Flickr.
First Impressions of the Finepix X100 from a rangefinder shooter by Pieter Franken (SteveHuffPhoto.com).
Those are the first unboxing pictures coming from Japan (More at dmaniax.com). Shots with the x100 from the same person: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotois/sets/72157626059913905
The dpreview forum user “Ncruces” posted the patched source code to open the Quesabesdes RAW files with DCraw. Download from here: http://db.tt/jSGfK7R.
The dpreview forum user “ebrandon” posted two links to download the “before” (unprocessed TIFF) http://db.tt/uM3tnCm and the “after” (post-processed TIFF) http://db.tt/dvXlxHS.

P.S.: I am still hoping Fuji will join m43!!!

March 6, 2011
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Panasonic GF2 review at Cameralabs (E-PL2 slightly better)


There is a new Panasonic GF2 review at Cameralabs (Click here): “Ultimately though the Lumix GF2 is a desirable and welcome new addition to Micro Four Thirds camp and one that will undoubtedly find favour with enthusiasts and ambitious novice photographers alike. It’s a lovely camera to use and one that’s also physically very desirable, but the issues discussed on this page – or perhaps more fairly, the benefits of its rivals – means it just falls short of our top rating in direct comparison. It still earns a hearty Recommended though.

Where does it fall short? “Overall we’d say the Olympus E-PL2 has a slight edge over the GF2. The GF2 crops look less contrasty and softer than those from the E-PL2“. Interesting: “With a larger sized sensor you might expect the Sony NEX-3 to produce superior result to the micro Four Thirds cameras, and it does, but the differences aren’t that marked at least at this lowest sensitivity

Panasonic GF2 direct links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus E-PL2 direct links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 5, 2011
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Surprise: Last minute design changes for the Samyang 35mm f/1.4 lens

Over a year passed without Olympus announcing any new Four Thirds lens. At least Samyang announced that nice 35mm f/1.4 manual focusing lens with 43-mount. There is a last minute surprise. Samyang added a red ring and an useful focusing scale to the lens. And they announced the final price which will be 389 Euro. All Samyang lenses for Olympus can be found on eBay only and under seven different brand names (Click on it to see all Four Thirds lenses from the specific brand!):
Samyang
Walimex
Rokinon
Opteka
Falcon
Vivitar
Bower

Unbelievable or not? :)

Click the link to read the press release:
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March 5, 2011
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a little bit of everything…(Fuji X100 in Europe in April only)


I was inspired when I saw the $195 Kipon EOS-m4/3 adapter so I decided to build my own. I salvage old parts from my father’s spoiled Hi8 video camera and fixed onto a standard EOS-m4/3 adapter.

The Fuji X100 will be in Stock at Amazon UK on April 11 (Click here). In US Adorama should start shipment in March (Click here).
A few X100 image samples can be found on Flick here. A few body pictures on Flickr.

HDMI Capture Problem SOLVED (DVXuser forum).
Panasonic GF2 ISO charts at tech.sina.
Olympus E-5 charts at tech.sina.
Dutch Panasonic GF2 hands-on at bright.nl.
M.Zuiko 40-150 Tested against the Panasonic 45-200 (Dpreview forum).
Day 3 of the Olympus EPL-2 Field Review (ThePhoBlographer).
AG-AF105 preview at pronews.jp (japanese!)
Using protective filters on lenses (m43blogspot).
Olympus SP-800UZ review at CNET.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Review at Steve Digicams.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 Review at Photographyblog.
Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH Leica on a GH2 (Image samples at 3Dkraft).

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