New GH4 test videos (with 4K file for download)


GH4 first 4K shots in Paris (Pre Serial Camera with Beta Firmware) from Emmanuel Pampuri on Vimeo.

The video can be download as original 4K file which is extraordinary! You have to login into the vimeo account to get the download link! Pampuri also posted his first impressions at

And here are more test videos:

Panasonic GH4 2fps 1920×1080 24p

Panasonic GH4 – CineLike and Master Pedestal features for Filmmakers


North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998

Here is the updated GH4 preorder list:
Germany: Wexcameras,
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.



Nocticron beats the Fuji 56mm in terms of optical performance (says Admiringlight)


On top you can watch the Leica Nocticron 42,5mm f/1.2 lens video review made by frugalfilmmakers. But the big question of the moment is, can the lens beat the optical performance of the $600 cheaper Fuji 56mm f/1.2 lens? Both lenses have been released at about the same time, both have the same f/1.2 speed at the same focal length (85mm FF equivalent). While the Nocticorn is much more expensive it also has a built-in lens stabilization (the Fuji has not) and a faster AF performance. Admiringlight had the lucky chance to test both lenses at the same time and writes:

  • Wide open, the Panasonic Leica has notably higher contrast straight out of camera.  It really has remarkable contrast for an f/1.2 lens. You can process the Fuji images with a simple contrast adjustment in post to match this, but it doesn’t get that high contrast pop until about f/2.2 straight out of camera.
  • The Fuji exhibits some spherical aberration wide open, which may show as a glow with high contrast subjects such as white text on a black background.  The Panasonic Leica exhibits extremely minimal spherical aberration.
  • While both lenses can show some Longitudinal CA at wide apertures, the Nocticron displays it much more readily.   High contrast areas immediately in front and behind the focus point display as a magenta or green fringe.  Still, both lenses do a decent job in this department considering the speed.
  • Price.  Here’s it’a s huge win for the Fuji, coming in at $999 vs. the $1599 of the Nocticron.  You do get optical image stabilization with the Leica, but I’m not sure that makes up the full $600 difference between the two lenses.

So overall the Panasonic wins the performance test. But it’s up to you to judge if that edge in performance, the in lens IS and faster AF are worth the $600 price difference. Be sure to read the full review at Admiringlight to learn more about the lenses!

You can buy the lens at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). In UK at Wexphotographic (Click here). In Germany at Redcoon (Click here), Technikdirekt (Click here).

P.S.: Nocticron vs A7+Canon 85mm lens by Derrick Pang.


(FT3) Olympus working on a new digital TRIP-D camera?


Two anonymous sources told me that Olympus plans to launch a “TRIP-D” fixed lens camera with large sensor. The sources didn’t unveil sensor size or lens specs (they only said it’s a fast prime). For those (few) of you that don’t know where the name “TRIP” comes from just look at the great Olympus Trip 35 cameras on auction here on eBay.

A bit of history: What’s so special on the Olympus Trip 35mm?
First of all that Olympus sold ten million(!) of these cameras from the ’60’s to the early ’80’s. It has a super sharp 40mm f/2.8 lens. And Olympus managed to give you Automatic Exposure while the Trip 35mm uses no battery! How is it possible? It used a solar-powered selenium light meter.
It is a very compact camera with a rangefinder. I suggest you to watch this youtube review video to get an idea of the size and superb build quality of the camera. This was the perfect holiday camera of the time but also pro photographers used like the British photographer David Bailey.
That is simply put one of the most popular Olympus camera ever made.

I would certainly be happy to see a camera ike that! But I fear that the market for these kind of cameras is already full with great cameras like…
– The Fuji X100S (here one Bay) with the superb hybrid viewfinder and unique sensor.
– The Ricoh GR (here one Bay) which is the smallest and also the cheapest
– The Nikon Coolpix A (here one Bay) fixed prime lens.
– The Canon PowerShot G1 X (here one Bay) fixed zoom lens.

So what the heck can/should Olympus do to sell the TRIP-D???

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