October 26, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) No new Olympus E-P3 in November?


The Olympus E-P2 is exactly one year old. It has been announced in November 2009. So will there be any replacement during the next few weeks? According to two 43rumors sources this is NOT going to happen. The E-P3 will be unveiled in February along the new Olympus lenses (finally!!!). The sources also said the E-P3 will use a new Panasonic sensor. Not the same Panasonic GH2 sensor but definitely a sensor with more Megapixels than the actual E-PL1/E-P2. A few months ago 43rumors posted a rumor about the E-P3 having a built-in EVF which would make it look like the Fuji X100. The E-P3 would still remain very compact but be a little bit higher than the current E-P2.
So will we finally get our digital Olympus 35RC? If you know more about the future Olympus PEN camera and lenses feel free to contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com. Or use the contact form on the right sidebar to contact me anonymously. Thanks!

P.S.: The Olympus 35RC is one of my favorite cameras and you can get it cheap on eBay (Click here)

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October 26, 2010
Posted in news

Adobe Camera Raw 6.3 supports the GH2 (+ new GH2 and 100-300mm image/video samples)

Les Machineurs just uploaded a new GH2 video. He used the 50mm f/1.4 Pentax Asahi SMC and 17mm f/1.7 Panasonic lens. ISO 1600 except the last shot at 3200. 1080p24 AVCHD 24mb/s. Edited with Final Cut Pro and QuickTime ProRes HQ codec.

Adobe annouced the Camera Raw 6.3 Release Candidate which supports the Panasonic GH2 (http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/cameraraw6-3/)

P.S: Hybridcams.fr posted one single GH2 image sample and some other smaples by Katten on Flickr . At Dpreview you can find one full size 100-30mm image sample.

Panasonic GH2 preorders (Click on store name to visit the product page):
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Japan

Via Adobe

October 26, 2010
Posted in deals

US deals: E-PL1 for $480.

At Amazon you can get the black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm Lens for $480 (Click here)

Other deals:
– Panasonic 7-14mm lens in Stock for $999 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
– Olympus 9-18mm lens for $550 at Amazon

October 25, 2010
Posted in reviews

New Panasonic AG-AF100 video samples by Philip Bloom

Philip Bloom just posted a new Hands-on diary about the Panasonic AG-AF100. He used the Panasonic 7-14mm and the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 lens. Those are his most interesting critics:

– It was a real pleasure shooting with this camera, wide lenses and pre-production aside. The low light was really good, not full frame DSLR amazing but MILES better than my GH1. User friendly. Great exposure assistants like waveform and zebras. Two features to help you focus. Proper sound. Minimal rolling shutter but best of all. I could not see ANY moire or aliasing in things that would show up with my DSLRs normally…this is a big deal.
– I did a few rolling shutter tests with it. Yes, skew is still present but pretty minimal with this lens.
– The lowest ISO is 200, the highest is 3200 which of course has noise but is pretty damn good. Not 5Dmk2 good but better than the 7D for sure
– The waveform/ vectorscopes are fantastic, 100 times better than what the histogram on the Canon DSLRs.
– The thing that REALLY excited me was the overcrank mode. I could record 1080p 25p at 50FPS or 60FPS in 24p mode!! Being able to shoot full HD overcranked to 50FPS or 60 and the ability to record high quality audio in camera has totally sold me on this camera.
– Downsides, UK price…ugly, menus a bit fiddly (but this may improve with the production version), sensor size being micro four thirds means most of your 35mm lens are a bit telephoto.
– Ergonomics…it’s awkward handheld. More so than the other cameras of this size due to still lenses being used. It needs a handheld rig.
– Panasonic urgently need to bring out some fast wide lenses. it’s the single biggest issues with the camera
– Will I buy this camera the moment it comes out? Bloody right.

You can preorder the AG-AF100 at BHphoto (Click here)

P.S.: Did you listen Pana? We need some fast wide lenses ;)

Via Philip Bloom

October 25, 2010
Posted in deals

Worldwide Panasonic GF1 and Olympus E-PL1 price drop analysis.

As you might now the Panasonic GF1 is now selling for $599 at Amazon. That’s an incredible $90 price drop compared to last week price and a $220 price drop compared to the last month price. The Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm Lens (Black) sells for $499. Such price drops do allow the mirrorless market to compete against the low-entry DSLR. The Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm Lens sells for $646 and the Canon EOS Rebel T2i with 18-55mm Lens for $849. For a long time an argument against the new mirrorless camera was that those cameras were too expensive. Of course DSLR can offer some advantages but so do mirrorless cameras (compact cameras and lenses, less weight and no mirror movement, etc.). The recent price drops could become more important than any new camera announcement. No excuses now, if you want a compact high-quality camera it’s time to get the GF1 or the E-PL1!

The graph from Idealo.de shows the GF1 price drop in Germany (on the Panasonic GF1-14-25mm kit). The graph below shows the Olympus E-PL1+14-42mm price drop.

Check your Pixmania or Amazon store to see the current GF1 prices:
Pixmania Deutschland, Pixmania Belgium, Pixmania France, Pixmania Austria, Pixmania UK, Pixmania Nederland, Pixmania Poland, Pixmania España,Pixmania Italia.
Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK and Amazon France

Trendy.Nikkei.jp worte an article about the recent Panasonic GF1 price drops. On the graph above you see the price trend comparison bertween the Panasonic GF1 (violet) and the Sony NEX-5 (green). Even if there is a GF2 coming in a few months they suggest to buy the GF1 because the price is very low.

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