December 8, 2010
Posted in reviews

New Camera RAW 6.3 + Panasonic GH2 test (+GH2 at Pixmania)

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Image Courtesy: 3Dkraft.de

As you know Adobe announced the new Camera Raw 6.3 and DNG Converter 6.3. Support for the Olympus E-5Panasonic DMC-GF2 and the Panasonic DMC-GH2 has been added. 3DKraft.de (Click here) tested the new Camera RAW with the Panasonic GH2. The Silkypix DS 3.1 software doesn’t retain the same detail as Camera Raw can do: “The guys at Adobe are master of their trade whereas the software engineers of Panasonic’s JPEG engine and SilkyPix’ raw processor still may have some homework left for my taste!

One more news for us europeans. Pixmania will have the GH2 in Stock by next week! You can preorder now:
Pixmania.de (should be on list in a few hours). Is in Stock at Amazon.de!
Pixmania.fr
Pixmania.uk (should be on list in a few hours). Is in Stock at Amazon.co.uk!
Pixmania.it
Pixmania.pl
Pixmania.es
Pixmania.at (should be on list in a few hours)
Pixmania.be (should be on list in a few hours)
Pixmania.nl (should be on list in a few hours)

December 7, 2010
Posted in reviews

Thom Hogan: “Short opinions about the current m4/3 lenses”

Our friend and 43rumors reader Thom Hogan posted an article sharing his “Short opinions about the current m4/3 lenses“.

Lenses that are highly recommended:
Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 -> “Expensive. But it performs quite well in almost every situation I’ve used it in.
Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 -> “This lens was the biggest surprise of the bunch for me. Optically it delivers very good performance for a low-cost telephoto.

Lenses that are recommended:
Olympus 9-18mm f4/-5.6 -> “As it turns out, the 9-18mm spends a lot of time on my m4/3 bodies.
Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 -> “Optically very good, and a good match for most users.”
Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 -> “Thus, this lens really starts to shine when you’re shooting in low light, as it slows you from bumping the ISO on the body too much.”

Lenses that are qualified recommended:
Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 -> “it’s a modestly specified lens.
Panasonic 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 -> “The lens’ mediocre aperture specs do hurt low light use of the m4/3 bodies.

Lenses that are not recommended:
Olympus 17mm f/2.8 -> “All you get is a smaller, less flexible lens over the kit lens, and it doesn’t really seem like that’s worth the money.
Panasonic-Leica 45mm f/2.8 macro -> “The question becomes one of price versus expected performance, and I think this current iteration fails.”

Read the full opinions at http://bythom.com/m43lenses.htm

Thanks Marko

December 7, 2010
Posted in news

New Panasonic 14-140mm firmware update (+ Camera RAW update)

Panasonic announced a new firmware for the Panasonic 14-140mm lens. The new FW improves the stability of O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) and AF(Auto Focus) in movie recording. According to a first 43rumors user report the “OIS does seem to be more efficient at the long focal length“.

Download: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/index2.html

Thanks Rotislav, Helge, Forum Olympus France for sending me the link!

Adobe announced the new Photoshop Lightroom 3.3, Camera Raw 6.3 and DNG Converter 6.3. Support for the following Olympus/Panasonic cameras has been added:
Olympus E-5
Panasonic DMC-GF2
Panasonic DMC-GH2

December 7, 2010
Posted in reviews

The Olympus E-5 with a new positive review!


Olympus E-5 Video Sample 1 from ykkok on Vimeo.

The next positive Olympus E-5 review has been published by the German magazine colorfoto.de (click here to read the google english translation). The camera gains 73/100 points. By comparison the Nikon D7000 has 69.5/100 points only. The real strength of the camera is the new Truepic V+ imaging processor. And the only major weakness is the high price. You can download all image samples and chart results here: http://www.colorfoto.de/produkte/olympus-e-5-1036192.html.

Also the hungarian website Pixinfo.com posted a new E-5 review (google English translation toll doesn’t work here).

E-5 direct shop links:
Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Deutschland.

December 6, 2010
Posted in deals

Continually updated: Where to find the Panasonic GH2 in Stock!

Many readers sent us links to shops where you can find the Panasonic GH2 in Stock. Please keep in mind that the status can change quickly (and I will go to sleep soon). I can’t check all websites at any time :)

US:
Amazon US has one silver GH2 camera in Stock (Click here). I bet that it will be sold within one minute but you might check every little while if it will come back in Stock!
Samys has the GH2+14-140mm lens in Stock! Hurry!
“canadian” Panasonic GH2 eBay auction
P.S.: I guess also Adorama, BHphoto will start to ship soon…

Europe:
Amazon UK has the GH2 in Stock.
In Germany many online stores do it have in Stock (check idaelo.de to find the full list).

Help other 43rumros readers to find the GH2. Comment this post to add your shop links!

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