New reviews roundup (primes battle, Sigma lenses and more)

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Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Review at Photographyblog (Click here): “The Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN therefore comes highly recommended as an unobtrusive, lightweight and above all affordable performer.
Sigma 19mm lens tested at Optyczne (Click here): “It’s a little worse than his brother’s optical focal length of 30 mm.
The 30mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).
The 19mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).
Olympus M.ZUIKO ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 Lens Review at ePhotozine (Click here): “Optically, this lens performs reasonably well, producing good sharpness across the frame, at least. Compared to other lenses compatible with the Micro Four Thirds system, it falls short of the performance of the best lenses available.
Panasonic 14-140mm lens gets tested at DxOmark (Click here).
Japanese GF5 review at Itmedia (Click here) and Mynavi (Click here).
PEN portraits by Damian McGilliCuddy (Click here).
Pdc:Have posted some purple fringe test shots taken with the Nokton 17.5mm received to-day.
http://www.drivehq.com/file/df.aspx/publish/pdcsylva/JPEGsCV17TestingPDC
#23/#32 are F0.95, #31/#40 are F16, in between are full click stops. All Lightroom processed. -2 is LR “all edges” defringe. -3 is defringe plus “Direct Positive” preset. No other adjustments applied.
Bottom line – in modest backlight, significant edge fringing at F2 and wider. LR defringe only modestly useful. Strong backlighting would increase fringing. Avoid strong backlights when shooting wide open. GH2 used for this test.” (P:S.: The lens is in Stock at Foto Hans Keuzekamp).

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Olympus E-M5 body will be in Stock on May 16!

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Good news for USA folks! Finally the Black E-M5 body will ship by May 16th at Amazon (Click here). I hope there are plenty of cameras coming because it’s alreayd the most ordered mirrorless camera at Amazon (here is the ranking).

Meantime Kirk Tuck (Click here) wrote “Why I think the Olympus OM-D, EM-5 is making so many waves“. But at the end he writes: “The reality is that while I like the camera just fine and would love to own one I’m intrigued by rumors of a new Panasonic GH3.“. Then dear Kirk you will have to wait until September 😉

E-M5 (Pre)order links (Click on store name): Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Bestseller list. Check the list (changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 1/6/12 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 21 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 2/4/16 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 4/10/16 (Click here).

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Record $10 billion annual loss for Panasonic.

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I know guys, it’s not really the best news to start the weekend. But here it is. After Olympus also Panasonic announced a “record $10 billion annual loss” (Source: Reuters). The problem is the shrinking TV market. Also Sony and Sharp are having huge troubles within that segment. There is no word about the digital camera business and I don’t think their (major) problems have to do with that. The global crisis, the strong YEN and maybe the now (too) conservative handling of Japanese companies are the main cause. Almost all Japanese companies are facing tuff times.

A personal addition: The crisis affects the life around me too. It’s not just a perception, I see that around me prices of houses are falling, companies not paying bills and friends losing jobs. It’s hard to think how we should act and what we need to change. My girlfriends best friend lives in Greece and I get so many bad news form there. I will be there in September for a very personal short documentary about those friends. I want too understand more!

 

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There is a new cool Asahi E-M5 customization kit!

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Asahi (Click here) announced the customizable leather skins for the E-M5. You can see a video that explains everything on youtube (Click here). I don’t know where you can buy that stuff, haven’t found anything on eBay. P.S.: Found a new E-M5 grip while searching for stuff on eBay (Click here).

And here are the latest news collected via 43rumors readers mails (Thanks!):
Echenique (Click here) will soon receive his E-M5 and use it for professional dance photography. AF mode by Lepidi (french).
Thomas wrote:I ordered on March 7th, EM-5 Black body only at Amazon (Click here). Just got a Estimated arrival date: May 16, 2012 – May 19, 2012
Thierry wrote:This guy has some great telephotos also shot with an E-M5: http://collinorthner.wordpress.com/. Amazing macro photos a.o. taken with an E-M5 at Pen3 (Click here).
Per K. wrote:much positive about the EM5 but look here: http://ranger9.net/2012/tenthings/
It pinpoints the usability a la Oly that is not as good as Pana. I could add you always have to toggle (info button”) to view different informaton on screen/EVF. In total 8 different views… Fast AF is great, but if things happen while you are toggling you miss the shot anyway. The Pana UI is much more stringent and straight forward. But a GX2 with built in EVF and same IQ as EM5 would be something!
BTW: Have you noticed that DPR D800 review analyze of DR uou can compare with the EM5: According to DPR way to measure EM5 har better DR than Nikon D800!!??

E-M5 (Pre)order links (Click on store name): Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Bestseller list. Check the list (changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 11/12/13 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 7 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 2/9 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 3/4 (Click here).

 

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USA deals roundup: 45-200mm for $184 (and many other Mothers day deals).

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The super hot lens is the 45-200mm which is now priced at $181 at Amazon (Click here). And is one of the overall most sold system camera lenses at Amazon (here is the ranking). Speaking of the cameras we had so many new mirrorless cameras this year but there is one camera that still remains on the top three of all mirrorless sales at Amazon (Click here to see the ranking). It is again…as you know…the E-PL1!

The USA “Mothers Day Deals” have extended to Olympus lenses (before it was cameras only):
$100 price drop on the 75-300mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 price drop on the 14-150mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 price drop on the 14-150mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 price drop on the 40-150mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$30 price drop on the 40-150mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Camers:
$100 price drop on all Olympus E-P3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 price drop on all Olympus E-PL3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 price drop on all Olympus E-PM1 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Panasonic deals:
GX1 body back at $549 at Amazon (Click here). 14mm pancake for $283 at Amazon (Click here).

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