November 10, 2010
Posted in reviews

New Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 review and image samples.

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Mike Kobal posted a new set of image samples taken at f/0.95 aperture only! (http://www.mikekobal.com/blog/?p=869). Those are very nice and sharp images! It has much better results than my Noktor 50mm f/0.95 :)

Soundimageplus posted the first part of his Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 review and those are some of their key findings:
– I was concerned that I may have problems focusing at f/0.95 but these fears proved unfounded.
– This lens focuses to just over 6″ or 17 CM. This is INCREDIBLY useful.
– The Bokeh is “Incredible“.
– I’ve detected very little CA and fringing

I just checked eBay again and there are Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 three shops from Hong Kong and Germany selling the lens (Click here)[/shoplink]. Worldwide shipment!

November 10, 2010
Posted in news

Panasonic GH2 news roundup

Lumix On The Road / GH2 From Paris to California from Jean-Baptiste Lefournier on Vimeo.

Many of you sent me links to new GH2 videos. That post will sum all those links (and thanks for your help):

[Panasonic GH2] amusement park at night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3FbDkfJUMs
[Panasonic GH2] Nedujinja shrine: http://vimeo.com/16497211
Panasonic Lumix GH2 ISO test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3qQbdH8A9I
Some new GH2 image samples can be found on Flickr.
Panasonic GH2 hands-on at Camera.itmedia.co.jp

Panasonic GH2 price and availability check:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and eBay.

November 10, 2010
Posted in deals, reviews

Panasonic 14mm lens in Stock in Europe and on eBay!

Finally non-japanese stores do have some of the new Panasonic stuff in Stock :)
Amazon Deutschland has the new Panasonic 14mm lens in Stock right now!. And so Amazon UK.
That leads us to hope that also Amazon US, Adorama and BHphoto will have it in Stock soon!

I don’t advice you to buy the japanese GH2 (which are currently in auction on eBay) because you have to deal with the japanese menu. But you don’t have that problem when you buy a lens! Japanese resellers are currently selling some of these lenses on eBay (Click here).

P.S: ThePublicEye posted a few Panasonic 14mm image samples.

November 10, 2010
Posted in news

Panasonic and Olympus financial reports (making less money with cameras)

The first half of the fiscal year 2010 for the Japanese company Panasonic is extremely profitable but the digital camera and mobile phone sales are in decline. The operating division’s profit is 61.3 billion yen (about € 548 million) – an increase of 481% over the previous year (quarterly figures, see table below). Panasonic attributes the huge increase in profits to reduce fixed costs and economies of scale. Source: Photoscala

The Olympus sales

In the second fiscal quarter of 2010/11 Olympus is continuing the downward trend of their photo section. Overall earnings of the “Imaging sector” decrease of 22.4% over the first half of last year. Source: Photoscala

November 9, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) Olympus to use a 16 Megapixel Kodak sensor with electronic shutter?

For some months we received info about a possible future Olympus and Kodak partnership. Now we received small details about a Kodak sensor which could be used inside the next Micro Four Thirds cameras. We learned from one of our trusted sources that the Olympus-Panasonic sensor agreement will expire by early 2011. That agreement didn’t allow Olympus to use other non-Panasonic sensors. Once the agreement ends Olympus has the choice to renegotiate the agreement or to sign a new partnership with Kodak. That could be one of the reasons why Olympus didn’t release any new PEN (or the rumored modular cameras) at Photokina.

According to the info we received the Four Thirds sensor has 16 Megapixel and true electronic shutter. Two of our sources claim to know that there are already working prototypes!

We have to warn you that we are talking about prototypes that might will never be produced for the mass market. I am not sure yet if Olympus will give up Panasonic in favour of Kodak. But I trust my sources when they say that Olympus is currently re-thinking the future sensor partnership.

Kodak recently announced the 29Megapixel W-RGB Interline Transfer CCD which is supposed to be used with the next Leica M9 successor. Although this is not the “Kodak-Olympus sensor” we are talking about, it might be of interest to see some of the features (via ImageSensorWorld):
– The TRUESENSE technology is claimed to provide a 2x to 4x increase in light sensitivity compared to a standard Bayer color sensor by adding panchromatic pixels to the standard RGB elements that form the image sensor array
– The new sensor is also available in a regular Bayer and monochrome versions (Cool!)
– electronic shutter

For all Olympus readers. We are currently collecting info about the following three main rumors:
1) Modular camera
2) Olympus-Kodak partnership
3) New Super43 camera system

If you have some info you can share please contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com or use the contact form on the right sidebar. Thanks!

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