a little bit of everything…


Angenieux 12-120mm C Mount Test on the Panasonic GH2 from Logan Stewart on Vimeo.

GH3 vs E-M5 at Hardwarezone.
Olympus 60mm macro review at Digitalcamerareview.
Second part of the 60mm macro review at Lepidi (translation here).
Panasonic 3D lens patent at Freepatentsonline.

Ben:We took the GH3 for a “TEST FLIGHT.” Panasonic liked it so much that they posted it on their Facebook page. I thought your readers would enjoy it too. Here’s the link:

Nicolas:I just posted the last post of my series on a cheap tilt adapter for Micro-Four third cameras: http://drinkcat.blogspot.sg/2013/02/tilt-adapter-for-micro-four-third-part3.html.At least for amateur work, and as long as you only want tilt, and notshift, my adapter does the trick. The only thing you need is a legacy lens (20-30$ on eBay), a body cap, a lens cap, and some plastic. I’m working on a more elaborate version that would allow to take videos,
will keep you posted ,-)

Ryan:Found the closest way to “Cinestyle” type profile is -5,-1,-1,-1. Shot this short travel piece with that setting on the GH3. It would be amazing if you could post this up at some point. Looking forward to NAB, waiting for rumors on a 2k or 4k micro four thirds panasonic. Its bound to happen at some point. https://vimeo.com/59450878

Ted:A 15-minute documentary I filmed using a Panasonic GH1 has been accepted at 5 film festivals, including the Boston International Film Festival in April, 2013. If you would like to see what the film looks like, I’ve posted a short trailer for it here: http://vimeo.com/57326102

Anonymous:A nice test of the Panasonic long zooms (70-200mm f/2.8 and 100-300mm f/4-5.6) on an Olympus E-M5. Great pictures of nature (especially birds). Also in the comments section and interesting remark by the author: “I always switch the lens stabilization off – the Olympus IBIS is much better in my opinion.” http://lindsaydobsonphotography.com/pets/panasonic-35-100-f2-8-and-100-300-f4-5-6-olympus-omd/

Aron:I just did a few GH3 iso and in camera noise reduction test.If your interested please check them out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3K3Y9r7T_U&list=PL4030B34F4B40FAC8&index=1   and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJpzR46vwOY&list=PL4030B34F4B40FAC8&index=2

Vittore: “Hi I’m Vittore Buzzi, I’m a professional photographer who uses only Olympus Om-D cameras I won the 3rd prize for sport stories at  World Press Photo here http://www.worldpressphoto.org/awards/2013/sports-feature/vittore-buzzi?gallery=6096&photographer=5961. I think that this could be an interesting story for your blog. Here my sites: http://photographer.photoshelter.com/   http://www.wedding-photographer.it/


Panasonic and Olympus rumors and news roundup.


We had a busy week and plenty of long discussion that shouldn’t get lost now. So here is a roundup if you want to read articles and comments posted this week:

Olympus will announce the E-P5 in June while a new OMD camera may be announced in September (Click here ot read the article).
New Panasonic MFT cameras coming soon (article here).
Panasonic and Olympus interviews. Panasonic wants to go PRO while Olympus will not use hybrid EVF (article here).
GX2 specs (article here).

GH3 got DxOmarked (article here).

Olympus denied their DSLR investment reduction (article here).
Detailed Panasonic Colour Splitter Sensor report (article here).

The Panasonic 12-35mm X lens has an issue on the stabilization system when shooting long exposure pics (article here).
GH3 Intervalometer issue (article here).


GH3 Intervalometer is not exact as it should be?


Panasonic GH3 Intervalometer Problem from time on Vimeo.

A couple of days ago we posted an article about the little 12-35mm X lens issue that causes  a “shimmer” effect on long exposure videos (article here).Today we have a seocnd issue to report: The website TimeLaps.org tested the GH3 Intervalometer and discovered that it doesn’t work as perfect as it should. The tester Rob told to me that: “it NEVER fires at the interval set.  Always fires early or late, and by not by any set amount.“. Hopefully Panasonic can fix this via firmware upgrade.


First time: Panasonic 12-35mm X for less than $1,000 ($999).


Right after posting on 43rumors about the long exposure stabilization issue of the 12-35mm X lens the price went down to $999 via Panacam at Amazon US (Click here). Would be nice if for every issue we found on a camera or lens the price would drop the same day :)

More new US deals:
White GF5 with 14-42mm lens for $349 at Amazon (Click here).
One GH3 in Stock for the regular price at 39mm (Click here).

Olympus deals reminder:
1) E-M5, E-PL5, E-M2 and XZ-2 got an up to $100 discount at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
2) Save $100 on Qualifying Olympus Lenses at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
3) Save up to $50 on Qualifying Olympus Flashes at Amazon (Click here).
4) $20 rebate on Olympus Point-and-Shoot Cameras (list here at Amazon).

And here are the other USA deals:
G5 kit for $499 at Amazon (ranking here). This is the same price you pay at BHphoto too (Click here) but they also have an additional offer for a dual lens kit for $56t with the 45-20mm lens.
GF5 with 14-42mm X lens for $399 at Groupon.
GF3 with 14-42mm X lens for $318 on eBay US (Click here).
Black Panasonic GX1 cameras with 14-42mm X lens kit for $499 on eBay US (Click here).
Olympus 40-150mm lens is now for sale for $99 only at Amazon and Adorama.
Silver Panasonic 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens for $199 at BHphoto.
$30 price drop on the Panasonic Wireless Flash at Shop Panasonic.
$30 price drop on the Panasonic GH3 battery grip at Shop Panasonic.


(FT5) New Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera(s) to be announced in late March-early April.


This news comes via very reliable sources. Panasonic will release new Micro Four Thirds cameras (or cameras) in the period between late March-early April. I am working on the details yet but rumors from December pointed at a new GF and G camera release.

Still no news from Olympus, but I expect Oly to release the new f/2.8 zoom and the E-P5 in June.

Some surprise? I am still not sure about the GX camera model release and I heard about a new Panasonic MFT top video camera. But it’s all coming from anonymous new sources and I need some time to check that info. Olympus heavy stuff is coming the second half of the year.

In short: Stay tuned. Finally, five months after Photokina we can go back to some exciting rumor time!

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