April 26, 2011
Posted in news

See how Cosina makes the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (yes all handmade!)

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The video on top shows how the amazing Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 gets assembled in the Cosina factory from Nagano (starting from 2:15min). It shows how much handwork is necessary to make that unique lens. The video does also contain an interview with a Cosina engineer. It’s not casual that our readers voted it as lens of the year 2010 (Click here to see the 43rumors poll). Damn, that video makes me even more like my Nokton lens :)

P.S.: As I already told you two days ago it’s almost impossible to find that lens in Stock. BHphoto (Click here) sells it for $815 only but they don’t know when they will receive supply from Japan. On eBay prices are usually higher. The most decent offers do come from a german eBay store (Click here) and a Thai eBay reseller (Click here).

Via Photographyblog

April 26, 2011
Posted in news

Wanderlust Cameras announces immediate availability of Pinwide

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.

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