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January 25, 2011
Posted in deals, reviews

Olympus E-PL2 in Stock in Europe (+ Kirk’s Definitive Opinion about the E-PL2)


Olympus is much faster than Panasonic in making announced products available in stores. Three weeks after the announcement many european stores do have the E-PL2 in Stock! Click the shop links to visit the shop links:
Germany ->,
France -> (available next week), (available next week),
UK -> (available next week),
Italy ->,
Austria ->,

Feel free to comment this post to add your shop links.

Kirk Tuck posted his final view over the new Olympus E-PL2: “While I like the EP2 I find that the real reason to want the EPL2 is its sheer stealth. The matte black finish is less showy and more businesslike. The lines of the design serve to visually reduce it’s profile. It fits in my hand with very little to spare around the edges and when I wear it against my chest on a black sweat shirt its aspect nearly vanishes. I can barely feel its weight on the strap. Little more than the premium compacts in size and weight and price but a huge step up in performance. At $599 it’s hard to make a case against it.” Please visit his website to read the very long article!

January 25, 2011
Posted in news

Help Vitaly to hack the new Panasonic GH2! (and maybe the AG-AF100 too)

The well known GH1 hacker Vitaly (or tester13) asked me to make a support call on 43rumors. That is the text he sent me:

As you may know, I have GH2 firmware now. But it is encrypted, and uses compacts UPD format. It’ll require bunch of resources and expertise to try to dump compacts firmware and learn how encryption is performed. Please publish this info with bold request all engineers NOR flash (and especially LSI with NOR) experience contact me. I can guarantee anonymity if they want.

If you can help him please contact Vitaly at the following address: More info are available here:

And Vitaliy is also working on a hack for the AG-AF100. Here is the link to the thread:

Thanks Vitaly for your great job!

January 25, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

HILLS GREEN teaser trailer from Ryan Glover on Vimeo.

Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 for m4/3 (suwenchee.blogspot).

E-P1 Birthday Cake (

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Test Images (Imaging resource).

Short Olympus E-PL1 review at Photocomment.

How to Launch a Camera: The Fuji X100 (arcrental).

Olympus camera service menu for E-5 and PENs:

Hold ‘menu’ button and power on the camera,
Go to LCD brightness page,
Press ‘OK’ and ‘Info’ together,
a display of your model number will display,
Then press N,S,W,E (the four direction button), press shutter and N again,
The service menu will show.

January 25, 2011
Posted in news

Panasonic introduces four new compact cameras

Panasonic just announced new compact cameras (Source: Dpreview):
1) The ZS10 and ZS8 compact superzooms.
2) The TS3 (FT3 in Europe) rugged compact camera
3) The FX78 ultra-compact with an F2.5-5.9 5x zoom lens starting at 24mm.

That’s it ;)

January 24, 2011
Posted in deals

Panasonic GF2 in Stock in Europe (+ new review at Clubic)

Good news from Europe. The new Panasonic GF2 is in Stock at (Click here). In USA you can preorder the camera at Amazon US and Adorama and should be available soon.

Meanwhile the french website tested the new Panasonic GF2 and the new 14mm and 12.5mm 3D lens. They posted lot of videos and image samples. They like the camera but do miss the manual controls from the GF1.

P.S.: As you know the GF1 has been discontinued so this is one of the very few deals that are ongoing now: BHphoto (Click here) has the GF1+14-42mm lens in Stock for $649 (Offer ends 01/29/2011).

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