July 15, 2011
Posted in reviews

HOT: Full Olympus 12mm f/2.0 review at SLRgear!


HOT UPDATE: One single 12mm lens is in Stock now at Amazon (Click here). I bet it will be sold out within minutes!

And here is the next hot review of the (let me say) wonderful Olympus lens! You can read the full and very detailed test at SLRgear (Click here). There are almost only good news! First the sharpness test proves that the lens is already sharp wide open. Chromatic Aberration is only slightly present and only in the corner when shooting wide open. Also Vignetting is a non issue. The distortion is very low and harmonic (easy to correct in Postproduction). Conclusion: “There isn’t much to add here that the tests don’t already say for themselves – the Olympus 12mm ƒ/2 M.Zuiko offers excellent results for sharpness in a quality package. The price might be prohibitive for some, but if you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed.

No doubt, that lens is a winner! The lens should be in Stock very soon (late July) and you can already preorder it (UPDATE: I fixed the link. Sorry for the mistake. Now all links should work fine!):
In US at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here), J&R (Click here), eBay (Click here)
in Europe at Amazon Deutschland (Click here) and eBay (international resellers).
in Asia at Digitalrev (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).

P.S.: And I can’t wait to read the first Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens tests too! Preorder search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.


Thanks to the guys that sent me the link to SLRgear!!

July 15, 2011
Posted in deals

Panasonc GF3 in Stock in Asia, and on July 18 in Europe (no idea about US and Canada).

The Panasonic GF3 is finally shipping in Asia! Check at Amazon.jp and Digitalrev. It will be soon available in Europe too. Amazon UK says it’s coming on July 18. DOn’t know yet when it will be available in US. Click here to order or preorder the GF3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

One more thing, the new Leica 25mm f/1.4 worldwide shipment starts on July 22. Preorder search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

July 15, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Panasonic is working on a lens with powerzoom!

The image on top shows a Micro Four Thirds camera prototype from Panasonic (Source: Egami). But what is also interesting is that zoom lens mockup. One of my very good sources told me that Panasonic is indeed working on a Micro Four Thirds zoom with motorized zoom. I am not sure how that will work but there will be  probbly a button on the lens to move the zoom. Maybe that new feature is the reaosn for the 12-50mm f/2.5 lens delay? We still hear that the lens will be announced in late 2011 early 2012. If true this would become the perfect lens for video shooters and will put Panasonic on the top of the HDSRL war against Sony and Canon! Imagine that the GH2 or AG-AF100 with the 12-50mm f/2.5 lens! Amazing or not?

The currently only optimized video lens is the Panasonic 14-140mm (but it has no powerzoom!). Check the lens price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Check the links of the two best Panasonic videocameras:
– The GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
– The AG-AF100 (101) at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

July 15, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

Olympus Pen tiny-mini are available for $7 at Micgadget.com.

All new PEN cameras in 3D at Olympus Spain.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Review at DigitalPhotographySchool.

Demos of the forthcoming adapters for the Panasonic AF100 (Birger.com). Check the AG-AF100 price and specs at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Panasonic GF3 Image samples at Quesabesde. GF3 search links for preorders at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Panasonic G3 review at Popco. Check the G3 availability at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Olympus PEN E-P3 Hands On Preview at Dphotographer. E-P3 search links for preorders at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Panasonic AG-3DA1 Full HD 3D Camcorder En Route to Space Station Onboard the Final NASA Space Shuttle Mission (Imaging Resource). See the camera price and features at BHphoto.

Panasonic GF3 Ad in Japan, very nice! (Thanks Chris!)

July 14, 2011
Posted in deals

US deals reminder (20mm pancake for $345, G3 discounted, new Olympus flash in Stock)

There is a new price drop on the Panasonic 20mm pancake at Amazon (Click here). it is now in Stock for $345 only!

As you know Olympus announced many new products on June 30. And the first to be in Stock (in non asian countries) is the new Olympus FL-300R Compact Flash at Amazon (Click here).

Some of you may preordered the G3 long time ago. But you might re-order it now because there is now a $66 discount on the black G3 with 14-42mm lens on Amazon (Click here)!

More deals

You can now get the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake for $334 on Amazon (Click here)
Adorama has the Voigtländer 25mm in Stock (Click here). And don’t forget that they are also accepting preorders on the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 lens (Click here)
You can now get the AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds camcorder with a free (!) 14-140mm zoom lens at BHphoto (Click here).
The Black and White Olympus XZ-1 are in Stock for $409 only at Amazon (Click here).
BHphoto sent me an email to say that the very last GH1 cameras are now in Stock (Click here). Once sold out there will be no more GH1 cameras for sale anymore! And if you purchase the GH1 body (for $399) you will get $100 on any Panasonic m43 lens you buy. You have to click on “Save $100 on Select Panasonic Lenses” to see the deal.
The same deal is ongoing at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

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