December 2, 2010
Posted in deals

Incredible E-P2 price: Is BHphoto clearing their E-P2 stocks?

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We just noticed that BHphoto is selling the Olympus E-P2+17mm lens for $529.95 only (Click here)! Officially BH says the price is $799 but if you add it to the cart the final price is $529.95. That’s $270 less than the usual price!
And there is an even better deal when you add the Olympus E-P2+with 14-42mm lens to your BH cart (Click here). The final price is $506.19!
We received some rumors about a possible E-P2 replacement in February. So maybe that’s the reason for the price drop…

And an interesting deal is back: Panasonic GF1 with 20mm Lens in Stock for $599 at Amazon (Click here).

And here are the other current deals:
Panasonic 7-14mm for $908 at Amazon (Click here)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 with 14-42mm Lens (Black) for $518 at Amazon (Click here)

Thanks Juan

December 2, 2010
Posted in reviews

Diwa Labs tested the new Panasonic 100-300mm lens and the Zuiko 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7

Diwa labs compared the two new Micro Four Thirds tele-zooms:
Click here to see the Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 test results
Click here to see the Olympus 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 test results

After a quick look on the graphics I can’t see any big difference between the two lenses. The Olympus lens has more Chromatic Aberration and Geometric Distortion. The Panasonic has more Luminance Blur. Resolution is quite similar. So now it is up to you to choose between the two lenses!

Panasonic 100-300mm direct shop links:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK

Olympus Zuiko 75-300mm direct shop links:
Adorama, BHphoto, AmazonDE, AmazonUK.

December 1, 2010
Posted in news

Panasonic GH2 vs GH13 (+Canadians are happy and Brits also)


Hunter Richards posted a very interesting GH2 1080/24p codec vs GH13 codec (44mbs 1080/24p hack) image comparison at DVuser.com. The GH2 is definitely resolving more detail and at 3.200 ISO the image is almost clean! And Panasonic guru Barry Green explained why the 24Mbs AVCHD codec is better than the 44Mbs: “Even then, this isn’t as good as it gets. The AVCHD in the Gh2 is much better than the GH1’s version, but it’s still not up to the standards that the AF100 can do. Bigger hardware, bigger memory buffers, more efficiency. Even at the same bitrate. I really do hope this dispells once and for all the notion that “more megabits = better footage” because, very frequently, that just isn’t correct. It’s the type of megabits, and how they’re used, that determine the efficiency and how good the final pictures look. The only way you can say “more = better” is if you’re talking about the exact same thing (i.e., AF100 at 21mbs vs. AF100 at 17mbps… in that case, yes, more = better).

Meanwhile our canadian 43rumors readers are sending me many mails because they received the GH2 from Henrys, Downtown Camera in Toronto and other shops. You guys have to explain me why you are the first (non-japanese) to get stuff form Panasonic. I hate you ;)
British readers are the next! Mathers of Lancashire, Amazon UK and other known stores should have the GH2 in Stock next week.
US readers are using the guerrilla strategy with the hope to get the camera sooner or later. They simply preorder at any online store that has the GH2 on list :) Panasonic is now accpeting preorders and so Amazon and Adorama.

P.S.: Let me know if you find the GH2 in Stock in Europe! Thanks!

December 1, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Olympus will go “PRO” within the first half of 2011!

I received quite a few emails from trusted and new anonymous sources. Finally something is happening around Olympus ;)
According to my trusted sources Olympus will release a few new “PRO” Micro Four Thirds product within the first half of 2011. They confirmed that between January and March Olympus will announce the three new pancakes you can see on the roadmap on top. One Fisheye lens, a 12mm(?) and the 50mm pancake. I hope to get some detail about those lenses (and maybe other lenses) as soon as possible. After that Olympus will release the first Micro Four Thirds “PRO” camera with TruepicV+ engine, new Panasonic sensor, Built-in Viewfinder and weatherproof body. I don’t know yet if the camera has a Rangefinder design (à-la Fuji X100 and Panasonic DMC-LC1) or DSLR design (à-la Panasonic GH2). The camera should be in store by Quarter 2 (between April and June). I am are currently “collecting” info about the camera so if you want to help me feel free to contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com or use the contact form on the right sidebar. I really need every little help you can give me to avoid mistakes and confirm the other rumors I received. Thanks!

There is one more unconfirmed rumor: (FT3) According to two new sources the PRO camera should be announced by late January-early February and be in Stock bye end of Quarter 2. The camera itself could be named “E-PS1″ (The “S” stay for super where with the E-PL1 the “L” stays for lite).

Reminder -> Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

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Thanks to all Anonymous Sources ;)

December 1, 2010
Posted in reviews

UPDATED: New Panasonic GH2 review at Letsgodigital (and first HDMI captured video!)


The video has been made with the GH2 using the Blackmagic HDMI capture.

Letsgodigital reviewed the Panasonic GH2: “Panasonic is creating a point of reference with the GH2 with which the competition can measure itself. Panasonic’s years of video experience are clearly visible and is very effectively integrated into an existing concept.” The camera gains the “Excellent” rating with 84%.

P.S.: You can download a few RAW image samples at megaupload (dpreview forum)

P.P.S.: A 43rumors readers is selling his Apollo High Speed Lens 25mm F/0.85 lens on eBay.

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