September 20, 2011
Posted in reviews

Full Rokinon/Samyang 7.5mm and Panasonic 8mm fisheye reviews.


ThePhoBlographer (Click here) tested the newest of all Micro Four Thirds lenses, the Samyang (Rokinon in USA) 7.5mm fisheye: “I want to recommend this lens to everyone simply on the matter that the build quality is something that everyone should experience and that this lens is truly how Micro Four Thirds manual lenses should be created. The lens exhibits exceptional sharpness, color rendition with no fringing, little to no vignetting, and meters well with the camera. It’s a lens that everyone would ask for.
You can find plenty of image samples taken with the lens on his website!

P.S.: The lens is already in Stock on eBay:
Click here to buy the Black Samyang 7.5mm lens.
Click here to buy the Silver Samyang 7.5mm lens.

And ePhotozine (Click here) tested the much more expensive Panasonic Lumix G 8mm Fisheye Lens: “The compact size, and excellent optical performance of this fisheye optic will make it certainly worthy of consideration if the distorted fisheye effect is what you’re after.“.
You can click these links t check price and availability Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

September 20, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Two small info, Nikon and me busy at work.

Before to get back to regular m43 news I want to share two small news:
FIRST: Tomorrow (Wednesday) Nikon will announce their new Mirrorless system. As Thom Hogan writes “we have three very distinct choices:

  • Samsung and Sony have chosen a large (APS) sensor. While the cameras are compact, the lenses tend to be the same size as those for consumer DSLRs. These competitors have chosen a quality advantage for a size disadvantage.
  • Nikon has apparently chosen a small (2.7x) sensor. This should result in an advantage in size at the disadvantage of quality. (Pentax also picked small, but they picked “too small.” )
  • Panasonic and Olympus, who really kicked off the craze, are right in the middle, with a sensor (m4/3) that is one notch below consumer DSLRs in size but one notch above Nikon’s choice. Technically, that position compromises size and quality compared to different competitors, but represents a possible Goldilocks choice (“just right”).

What we have here is a marketing opportunity. Each group has something that they can point to that distinguishes them from the others. The question is thus “who’s going to be the best at marketing their advantage?”

Read the full article on his website (Click here). I will follow and write about the Nikon announcement tomorrow on

SECOND: I am again travelling around the world. I have scheduled some news on 43rumros so that you will (almost) not feel that I am actually NOT online. If I miss to post some news or if I miss to answer your mails don’t get angry. On Sunday I will travel back at home and try to answer you all as soon as I can! Thanks!

September 20, 2011
Posted in reviews

Full Olympus E-PL3 review at Dpreview

Dpreview (Click here) posted the complete Olympus E-PL3 review. So what they think after the 22 pages of testing? With an overall score of 73% the camera earns a respectable Silver Award: “We find the PEN Lite to be a well-thought out attempt to lure compact-camera upgraders to both higher image quality and the opportunity to explore manual controls while providing a day to day handling experience that will be far from intimidating.

For me the real question is why Olympus didn’t simply make one camera instead of splitting it into two, the E-PL3 and E-P3. Hmmm…

Those are the search shop links to all three new PEN cameras. Click on it to check price and availability:
Olympus E-P3 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-PL3 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-PM1 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

September 19, 2011
Posted in reviews

Olympus 45mm first impression article at Dpreview.

The new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens gets previewed by Dpreview (Click here): “Even at F1.8 it is sharp enough to give plenty of detail in subjects’ eyes. Just as importantly, at sensible working distances, it gives a usefully shallow depth of field on the Four Thirds format and renders out-of-focus regions rather pleasantly

Dpreview confirms what other reviewers said before. This is simply an amazing lens for the price you have to pay for it. Well done Oly!

Check the lens price and availability by clicking these sear links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

September 19, 2011
Posted in news

Short Panasonic X lens news roundup

Image courtesy: Quesabesde.

Quesabesde (Click here) posted a Panasonic X lens hands-on: “the new 14-42 mm zoom has managed to surprise us

More pictures of the upcoming 12-35mm and 35-100mm Panasosnic X lenses at Focus Numerique (Click here).

Panasonic 14-42mm X preorder search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic 45-175mm X preorder search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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