October 23, 2010
Posted in reviews

The need for speed: Canon 25-100mm f/1.8 (a cheap zoom lens for the GH2 and AG-AF100)


It’s hard to find good, fast and cheap prime lenses and it is even harder to find zoom lenses! The Canon 25-100mm f/1.8 is one of the few cheap and fast zoom lenses. You can find some image samples at 406club.dyndns.org. They used the Panasonic G1 to take the pictures.
Advent (DVXuser forum user) tested that lens on Micro Four Thirds cameras and said that it is “extremely fast zooming and very sharp
A cameraporn pictures can be found here at getdpi (Canon 25-100mm on the GH1).

The lens is available at eBay (Click here to see current auctions and price).

P.S.: A high-quality alternative is the Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 Zuiko Lens for E Series DSLR Cameras but it is 10 times more expensive.

October 22, 2010
Posted in deals

Incredible Panasonic GF1 price drop (and yes GF2 within few months coming)

Oh yes guys, the GF2 will come within few months (very early 2011!) and that’s why we are continually having new price drops on the Panasonic GF1.

Just look at Amazon US: The Panasonic GF1+20mm lens is now in Stock for $599 (Click here to get the camera!). One month ago the price was over $800!

And there are also many price drops in Europe. As usual I can’t check every shop in every european country so I give you only a few links to my affiliate shops. Pixmania usually is one of the stores that has very good prices (Click on country name): Pixmania Deutschland, Pixmania Belgium, Pixmania France, Pixmania Austria, Pixmania UK, Pixmania Nederland, Pixmania Poland, Pixmania España,Pixmania Italia.

And here you have the links to european Amazon stores: Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK and Amazon France

We told you that Panasonic would lower the price but I don’t believe it will become cheaper as it already is. So if you want the camera buy it ;)

October 21, 2010
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GH2 image samples, comparison and availability update

Philippe posted some image sample of the new GH2 on Flickr

David Long made that nice GH1 vs GH2 comparison graph based on the latest Diwa-award test. DR= Dynamic range SNR= Signal to noise ratio. Click on pictures to enlarge!

Ananonymous source told us that “the 100-300 lens will be available in mid-November, and the GH2 is scheduled to arrive in the US on Nov. 28 or 29.

PanasonicGH2 preorders:
You can preorder the GH2 at Amazon US but unlike BHphoto they don’t have the body only option :(
In Europe Amazon UK and Amazon France do accept preorders!

October 21, 2010
Posted in deals

Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 finally in Stock in Germany (+ RAW image samples)

The german store Fotomundus is the first store having the new Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds lens in Stock (UPDATE: Now sold out!!). Check out the Fotomundus website or the Fotomundus eBay store (Click here). ANother german store will have the lens in Stock in a few days: Bayern-Fotoversand eBay store (Click here).

Björn Utpott posted two images taken with the GF1+Voigtländer 25mm combo. Thee is also one RAW image zou can download here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1778054/BU_100924_120308_F095.RW2

The new Voigtländer is 1.5 stops brighter than the 20mm f/1.7 lens. The lens alone weights 410g and Björn noticed that “the camera be somewhat unstable held at arms length, reflections on the rear screen can make it difficult to judge the optimum focus distance“. “I’m still debating whether adding this lens will be a priority. On the one hand, it has amazing potential as a low light lens where you can choose to work with a relatively shallow depth of field. On the other hand, it’s quite heavy, expensive and automatic control of focus and aperture are not supported.

October 21, 2010
Posted in news

Olympus [ib] updated (+40-150mm lens review)

Olympus [ib] version 1.3 has been released today (Download at Olympus Japan). Following features have been added:

– Added the function to upload images to Flickr.
– Added the function to upload movies to YouTube.
– Added the function to upload images to “Private Space” on [ib on the net].
– Added the function to upload images to “Share Space” on [ib on the net].
– Added the function to back up images to “Photo Bank” on [ib on the net].
– Added the function to order online-prints (Photo Print, Photo Book) on [ib on the net].

Meanwhile DC.watch posted a new Olympus 40-150mm lens review. Reminder: The new Olympus Lens is in Stock at Amazon (Black lens) and Adorama (Black and White lens).

Via Forum Olympus France

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