October 18, 2010
Posted in news

Transform your Micro Four Thirds camera in a digital Holga.

I was one of those guys that played some time with the old medium format Holga Pinhole camera. What I didn’t know is that there are Pinhole kits on eBay that do tranform your Micro Four Thirds camera in a digital Holga. Check out the current auctions on eBay (Click here). You can also find some image samples!

October 17, 2010
Posted in news

Is the Panasonic AG-AF100 the future of video (and the death of VDSLR)?


Panasonic AF-100 Hi-RES Extended RE-Cut evaluation by CREWS.TV from Yves Simard on Vimeo.

With the release of the Nikon D90 and the Canon 5D MarkII (over two years ago) the age of the VDSLR (DSLR with video cameras) began. But according to the director Frank Glencairn that age is already past: “Okay, this is it. VDSLR is dead. It was cool, it was fun, it was great but it was also a major pain in the ass. It´s over. Panasonic came out with the AF100 at IBC and then there is Sony and the Scarlet soon. We finally come back to real camcorders, without moire and all the other problems to deal with. Sorry Zacuto.”

Panasonic is about to release the very first professional (bye bye Sony NEX-VG10), useable (bye bye Canon 5D) and cheap (bye bye RED) big sensor videocamera. I am one those guys that shot documentaries and I really like that camera. That’s why my production company preordered the AG-AF100 (at BHphoto). It’s great news for the Micro Four Thirds folks (even if you don’t care about video). I hope the success of that camera will push Olympus-Panasonic and other third party lens makers to delivers us new lenses!

A message to our european readers: BHphoto is the only worldwide store accepting preorder. Click here to add the camera to your basket and select your country. They have an online calculator that tells you how much taxes you have to pay for your country and they will manage all the burocratic stuff!

One more video: http://vimeo.com/15107117

Via Frank Glencairn

October 16, 2010
Posted in deals

Olympus E-PL1 for $488 (+ Sunday deals summary)

Hot new deal. The Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm Lens (Black) is in Stock for $488 at Amazon.

And those are ll the other current deals:
CAMERA DEALS (As usual click on store names to see visit the relative product page):
1) The Panasonic GF1+ 14-45mm lens is in Stock for $649 at Amazon.
2) The Panasonic GH1 with 14-140mm lens is in Stock for $999 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. A real deal!
3) Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens and Electronic View Finder for $779.00 at Amazon.
4) The new Panasonic AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds camccorder is available for preorder at BHphoto.
5) Panasonic G2 for $633 at Amazon.
6) Not a Micro Four Thirds camera but the Panasonic LX5 is in Stock for $442 at Amazon and BHphoto.

LENS DEALS:
1) Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 for $328 at Adorama and BHphoto.
2) Panasonic 7-14mm for $999 at Adorama and BHphoto.
3) The new Panasonic 8mm fisheye is in Stock for $784 at Amazon
4) The Olympus 9-18mm lens is in Stock for $555 at Amazon and BHphoto.
5) Out of Stock but available for preorder: The Panasonic 45mm lens for $819 at Adorama and BHphoto.

October 16, 2010
Posted in news

What’s the future for the E-system? (Biofos interviews Terada)

Biofos published a very interesting interview with Mr. Terada from Olympus! De facto Olympus confirms that the classic Four Thirds system will continue and every customer will be supported for a very long time.

This are the most interesting parts of the interview (but please read the complete interview because there is really a  lot of information!):
– Asked if Olympus is contractually tied to Panasonic MR. Tarada answered that “We always look for all possibility to have better product” and “We will choose whatever we think is best for our products. We are free and have selected current sensors as the best ones for our products.
– “We said pixel race was becoming less significant than before, and thought 12MP would be able to satisfy most of the customers. But we are not sticking to any specific MP.
– “Although there are no Four Thirds lenses currently under development, it does not mean that there will be no future lenses based on this technology.
– He gave a “positive answer” when asked if there could be a Pro-level, weather-proof m4/3rds body and lens(es) at some point.
– “Having a large magnification optical finder with small body is a difficult to design. One of the benefit to have a EVF is to overcome this difficulty.
– About the high price of the new Olympus E-5: “The price reflects both the performance we believe the camera delivers and the cost of producing it. To meet the professional level of robustness, we pay some costs on it.
– When asked about the modular camera concept he said that “We can’t say concrete product plan.”

Thanks Biofos!

More E-5 news:
Zone-10 published new articles
Photographyreview has new image smaples
– At Pixiq: Digital Infrared Photography and the Olympus E-5

Olympus E-5 preorders at Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama

Thanks JimG

October 15, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) New rumor about a Ricoh GXR Micro Four Thirds module.


Image courtesy: Photoscala

Mobile01 went to the GRD 5th Anniversary Party in Tokyo and they interviewed many RICOH employees and photographers. Unofficially they got the information that RICOH will launch the new Micro Four Thirds sensor module for the GXR system during 2011. Their goal is to move Micro Four Thirds fans to the RICOH GXR system.

This is not the first time we hear that RICOH is preparing a Micro Four Thirds module. Ricoh has already shown a “mysterious” Expansion Unit on their road map but without specifying what kind of mount it will use.

Found via Mirrorlessrumors.com

Via Mobile01

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