November 7, 2010
Posted in deals

The need for EXTREME speed: Rodenstock 50mm f/0.75 in m43 mount!

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The eBay reseller “jieying-usa” is reworking lenses so that they can fit on Micro Four Thirds cameras without the need of any adapter! And the Rodenstock 50mm f/0.75 is one of those lenses with m43 mount (Click here to check the acution on eBay). The lens focuses from 3ft to infinity. Wide open, images are very soft but unlike C-mount lenses the circle covers the full m43 size. You can see a few image samples on Flickr. The same reseller also makes the Kowa 55mm f/1.0 with m43 mount.

P.S.: A question to our readers. How many stops difference do you have between f/.075 and the f/0.95 from the Voigtländer?

November 7, 2010
Posted in reviews

New GH2 very nice short film and GF2, E-5, and 14mm image samples

The Boxer: A short film made with the Panasonic Lumix GH2 from UniquePhoto on Vimeo.
GH2 preorders at: Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK, Amazon France.

New Panasonic GF2 image samples on Flickr and Photographyblog. And a GF2 Hands-on on Flickr.

Panasonic 14mm 2.5 lens review (Ueberlicht). Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon Japan.

At Lucifer-doom you can read a new Olympus E-5 review from a E-3 user perspective. An Olympus E-5 ISO test can be found at DCfever.
Olympus E-5 preorders: Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Deutschland.

November 6, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Thom Hogan 2011 predictions for Panasonic and Olympus

Our friend and 43rumors reader Thom Hogan just published his 2011 predictions. I copied the part related to Olympus and Panasonic. Please click here to read the full article at bythom.com.

  • Olympus. We should get three m4/3 bodies from Olympus in 2011, but we’ll probably get two: E-P3 and E-PL2. The latter will be the incremental improvement to the E-PL1 and attempt to try to keep them in the game at the low end of the mirrorless realm. Basically, that means a US$499 camera or less with lens at retail, which means that the main development drive is in engineering out costs, not making a better product. At the other end, Olympus needs a solid-as-a-brick, pro m4/3 body, and I’m guessing that Olympus will make that the E-P3 and keep the E-P2 in the lineup as the middle. There’s a possibility I’m wrong, and that they’ll update the E-P2 to the E-P3 and add a higher end, more pro model, but that seems like a lot of work for Oly in a short time. True, the 4/3 DSLR engineering teams aren’t doing anything any more, so that argues for the three-body introduction scenario. Okay, so I’ll take what I wrote back and say E-PL2, E-P3, and E-P5 will appear. Like Panasonic (see below), we’ll have the lower models continuing the current sensors (with modest updates) and the upper models upping the megapixel numbers. We already know that we’re getting a super telephoto zoom (~70-300mm variable aperture, or is it the 90-250mm f/2.8 in m4/3 garb? I want the latter, but it’ll probably be the former), a 50mm macro, an 8mm fisheye, and a 12mm wide angle lens in early 2011. I think we’ll only get one additional lens delivered in 2011, and that would be a pro-caliber mid-range zoom (14-45mm f/2.8?) with the high end body. But by the end of the year I suspect that we’ll have a new lens roadmap that shows us a couple more high specification m4/3 lenses (fixed aperture zooms), another prime (likely 25mm), and another consumer zoom of some sort.
  • Panasonic. The GH2 got launched late in the year, so the high end for Panasonic seems set for 2011. Meanwhile the G2 isn’t out of date, either. Thus, it’s the GF1 type camera that’s where the action will be. We’ll actually get two variants: a lower level replacement for the GF1 (call it the GF-2 [actually announced a week after I wrote that line]) and a higher level supplement (call it the GP-2). The lower end continues the current 12mp sensors (updated slightly), the upper end gets the GH2 sensor. Lenses are tougher to figure. But I suspect that, like Olympus, by going upscale with a model Panasonic needs to do the same with lenses, so we’ll get something like a 14-45mm f/2.8 and a 45-100mm f/2.8 pairing, maybe in Leica garb. What we really need is a 10mm or 12mm prime, though. Panasonic seems to be hot on the wides, so I’m going to bet that we get something like that in the lineup announced in 2011, too. We already have good word that we’ll see a 25mm f/1.4 in the coming year from them. Panasonic is making decent cameras, but they need to get their marketing and sales up to a higher level. And all the “G’s” and “2’s” in their naming (GH-2, G2, G20, GF-2) aren’t helping. Talk about confusing the potential buyer.

So what do you think? Feel free to comment this post. Thom is reading us!

P.S.: The first camera to be replaced is the E-P2 (which is currently in Stock with lens and EVF for $799 only….).

Via Bythom

November 6, 2010
Posted in deals

(UPDATED) Three Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 lenses at Bayern-fotoversand (+ CNET test)

Image courtesy: Leonard Goh/CNET Asia

I make no secret here. I am a big fan of that lens and I noticed that it is very very difficoult to find it in Stock somewhere. My sources told me the lens has been sold out at least until early 2011! Bayern Fotoversand is now selling three of them on eBay (Click here). They ship to Europe only but if you are located outside Europe feel free to contact them. They may will make an exception for you!

CNET Asia posted a Hands-on with the Cosina Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 + image samples on Flickr.

If you need autofocus you might want to wait until Panasonic announced the 25mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds lens (To not confuse with the Panasonic/Leica 25mm lens for Four Thirds)

UPDATE: Link corrected. Sorry!

November 5, 2010
Posted in news

Four Thirds: Alive petition!

All those of you that want to keep Four Thirds alive should take a look at the following petition: http://www.photocommunity.qtp.it/petition/index.php. This initiative is presented by the italian four-thirds users forum www.qTp.it. The petition expires on December 15th.

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