October 11, 2010
Posted in news

Panasonic AG-AF100 news by Barry Green (and preorder at BHphoto!)

The Panasonic AG-AF100 is the first professional Micro Four Thirds camcorder. According to BHphoto the camera will be in Stock within 6-10 weeks. The price without lens is $4,795.00 (Click here to preorder the AG-AF100).

We collected some of the recent comments made by Barry Green at DVXuser forum:

– In PH (24Mbit/s) mode the AF100 supports uncompressed LPCM audio in addition to the AC-3 audio supported by the HMC series.

– Three chips still deliver superior color to a single-chip system. The reason everyone’s going with a single chip is NOT increased color fidelity; a Bayer chip is inferior to three chips for color fidelity, and that’s why every broadcast camera on the market has three chips and a prism. But there are some things that just can’t be done with three chips — primarily, emulating the way a film camera works and the ability to use lenses that have been developed for film cameras. A single sensor directly emulates the way a film sensor works, and you don’t need to make accomodations in the lens design for a beam-splitting prism.

– I expect we’ll see many comparisons just like the 5D vs. Red comparisons, where people show a whole bunch of shallow-DOF headshots and say “see, the 5D is just as good as the Red One.” If people shoot AF100 vs. 5D/7D and they limit themselves to those kinds of shots, then they’ll probably look quite comparable and there won’t be any “blowing away” going on. Where the AF100 will be hugely superior is in wide-angle deep focus shots, in terms of actual resolved detail, and in features and usability.

– So, is AVCHD a “step down” from DVCPRO-HD? In some ways, yes, in some ways no. It’s 4:2:0 instead of 4:2:2. And it’s long-GoP instead of intraframe. However, it’s also 2001-era technology, vs. 2010-era technology. So would it be fair to say that AVCHD can deliver comparable images as compared to DVCPRO-HD? Possibly. An intriguing question.

– DVCPRO-HD is 4:2:2, but it also prefilters the recording resolution down from 1920×1080 to 1280×1080. AVCHD is 4:2:0, but it retains the full 1920×1080. So DVCPRO-HD will have twice the color resolution but only 2/3 the horizontal resolved detail.

– And DVCPRO-HD is bulletproof as far as motion artifacting, whereas AVCHD is a long-GoP codec. However, as a long-GoP codec, it’s really good; I compared it against XDCAM-EX and found AVCHD to be much more robust regarding motion artifacts from cases where the codec gets overloaded. So while it isn’t a true intraframe codec, it’s much less susceptible to the issues that caused long-GoP codecs to get the reputation they got in the early days of HDV.

Reminder: You can read his initial report at DVXuser (Click here)

And don’t forget. You can support this website by preordering the Panasonic AG-AF100 at BHphoto clicking here! (Thanks!)

October 11, 2010
Posted in poll

POLL: What do you wish the new Panasonic µ4/3 25mm f/1.4 to be like?

Panasonic announced that they will release a new 25mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds lens. I expect the lens to have the same high image quality as the current Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 (for Four Thirds).

What do you wish the new Panasonic µ4/3 25mm f/1.4 to be like? (Select a maximum of two options)

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October 10, 2010
Posted in reviews

New Olympus E-5 image and more Panasonic GH2 video samples!


LUMIX GH2 test – Marionette maker in Vienna

Click the following youtube link to see a GH2+20mm f/1.7 video test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoZfQoXRCx4&feature=related
Here to see a GH2 + 8mm fisheye test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za9lmqUNKKQ&feature=related
And here to see a GH2 + 14mm f/2.5 slow motion test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfU5JxEov4o
To read all our GH2 news and previews click here: http://www.43rumors.com/?s=GH2

Dcyesky (google english translation) posted a detailled Olympus E-5 review. A user on dpreview forum compared the E5 with the E-620 and the Canon 5D. There is also a new review made by pixelmania.nl.
To read all our E-5 news and previews click here: http://www.43rumors.com/?s=Olympus+E-5

Panasonic GH2 preorders:
Amazon US, Amazon UK and Amazon France.

Olympus E-5 preorders:
Amazon US, BHphoto and Adorama.

October 9, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Mirrorlessrumors from others: NX200, Sony mirrorless, Ricoh and more

Sony scheduled a press release for October the 12th.

Sony mirrorless product announcement on October 12 (SonyAlphaRumors)

Hoya-Pentax says they will not use the Samsung NX mount for their mirrorless system (Source: RiceHigh)

Nikon to enter mirrorless DSLR camera market  (Source: Nikonrumors)

New Ricoh GXR roadmap (Source: Mirrorlessrumors)

Sony NEX lens roadmap (Source: Mirrorlessrumors)

Two new Samsung NX cameras to be announced in March. (Source: X-rumors)

October 9, 2010
Posted in reviews

The need for speed: Zoomatar 75mm, 180mm and 250mm….all f/1.3 !!!

While searching for some news about the new Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds lens I found those awesome fast and tele manual focus lenses on eBay (Click here). The Zoomatar 250mm f/1.3 pictured above is the fastest tele lens I have ever seen (Did you ever find a faster lenes at 250mm?). The lens uses a Hassellbad mount!

The lens above is the Zoomatar 180mm f/1.3. It uses the Nikon F-mount. I found only a few image samples on a taiwanese blog (blog.xuite.net) and some info at Cameraquest.

There is also a Zoomatar 75mm f/1.3 (mount is unknown to me) and I found one image of the lens used on the Panasonic G1.

Currently only the Zoomatar 180mm f/1.3 is for sale on eBay ($10.000!!!).

I didn’t find any image samples of that lens used on a Micro Four Thirds camera! Would love to see that 250mm f/1.3 on my tiny Olympus E-P1 :)

Can you find some more details about those lenses? Thanks!

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