It happens only few times in the year to find this very rare lens. And it happens even less times to find it in top conditions, with all caps and already a T-mount adapter included. It’s the Canon 50mm f/0.75 you can find right now on eBay US (Click here). Unlike some other f/.075 lenses like Carl Zeiss (f/0.7 used by Stanley Kubrick), De Oude Delft, Rayxar this is a proper camera lens (the others are X-ray lenses or in case of the one used by Kubrick a limited edition NASA lens). The lens is 2/3 stops faster than the Voigtlander 0.95 MFT lens series. This is the fastest lens you can use on your Micro Four Thirds camera!
43rumors reader Emmanuel is one of the few lucky people having a GH4 for testing! He just sent me this:
“I am the founder of « Les Machineurs » a rental house and post-production facility based in Paris. I started as a photographer in 1991 and I am directing for TV since 1993. I am crazy about cameras and I like to share my point of view on my blog I made for french speaking people (www.pampuri.net) this is maybe my first post in english, my apologize if my english is not good.
I had the chance since the GH2 to be a beta tester for Panasonic. And I am very honored to do that because I like this products and Panasonic Camera team is listening to people like me to improve the quality of their cameras.
When I just had the GH4 in my hands 2 weeks ago it was a very good surprise. All the good things in the GH3 are still here, the very good ergonomic form factor and this compact size I really appreciate a lot. And a lot of improvement also. At first, the picture quality in the EVF is now very sharp and you can use it for focussing manually with 2,3MP it’s amazing and you can now use peaking !
The new 4K video is insane, because of no down converting, and there is also a Cinelike D mode what I liked so much on the Varicam. For still photography the new shutter have a very quiet and sexy noise and it’s incredible fast. I have to wait about new Lightroom version to see how is the raw but Jpeg are better than GH3.
For video codecs, the 100mb 4K H264 4:2:0 looks good and the 1080p 200mb All-I mode is also very good. The dynamic range is also better than GH3.
we are in Beta 0.4c and there is some little bugs but nothing really bad to says about this new camera, I already love it and for me this is the most mature M43 hybrid camera ever built. I liked the Olympus OMD-EM1 very much for stills but there is a huge step for Olympus to improve the video part of this camera. And Panasonic GH4 still photography quality is now growing up. If we could merge the two products, that would be great.
For me GH4 is the most exciting versatile hybrid camera to shoot videos and photos I had in my hands. Of course you can have better quality, This picture quality regarding to the price is incredible.
I shot this video in Hong Kong in street night public lighting conditions and you can download the 4K file from vimeo (Click here) to see the quality. Or watching it on YouTube (Click here).
I will do some other footage in few days, stay tuned !
Readers are free to comment this post to questions for Emmanuel. He will answer you!
Thanks Emmanuel for the feedback on the GH4!
North American GH4 preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at TheCameraStore (Click here) and Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998
European GH4 preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.
A manager discussion about the Panasonic MFT future.
This is the fool news:
Two trusted sources sent me an information about a deep change inside the Panasonic structure. One of them also sent me the audio on top confirming the bad news: Panasonic will completely stop the Micro Four Thirds cameras development and the GH4 will be the last MFT product ever made by Panasonic.
The decision has been taken because reforms and changes necessary due to huge losses in the imaging division. Digital cameras division staff will be significantly reduced with all engineers working on new consumer camcorders and m43 cameras abandoning their work and moving to mobile division. And the next surprise is that the main focus now will be on High End cameras with larger Full Frame sensors!
UPDATE: Sorry, you ave been fooled by April 1 fools day rumors. Hope you didn’t get a heart attack :)
P.S.: I don’t know where you can have that sexy leather case for the new SH-1.
The first PEN looking compact camera has one unique feature: It’s the first camera with a 5 axis on sensor stabilization. Combine this with the super 25-600mm zoom range and you will have a great combination! A nice introduction of the camera with specs, video and images of the camera can be seen at GetOlympus (Click here). And here is the updated preorder list for the two new Olympus compact cameras and accessories:
Olympus Stylus SH-1 Digital Camera (Black) at Amazon (Click here), GetOlympus (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
Olympus Stylus SH-1 Digital Camera (Silver) at Amazon (Click here), GetOlympus (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
Olympus TG-3 camera in all colors at Amazon (Click here), GetOlympus (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
Olympus Stylus SH-1 Digital Camera (White) at GetOlympus (Click here).
Olympus CSCH-120 Body Jacket for SH-1 Digital Camera (Brown) at BHphoto (Click here).
Olympus CSCH-120 Body Jacket for SH-1 Digital Camera (Black) at GetOlympus (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
Olympus just released the new firmware update 1.3 for the Olympus E-M1! Like reported a while ago here on 43rumors Olympus this update mainly improves the audio quality of the camera. Here is the full improvement list:
- Dynamic range has been expanded when using the external mic. The sound level adjustment has been changed to adjust to 21 levels in accordance with this.
A function to turn the Volume Limiter on and off was added.
- * When it is on, it automatically limits the mic input volume if sound input volume exceeds the designated level.
- A 0 second setting has been added to Anti-Shock mode.
- The camera operation when the Frame Rate of live view is [High] have been improved.
All info about the update can be found here: http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/firm/e1/