December 4, 2010
Posted in reviews

(UPDATED with Popphoto review) Olympus E-5 DxOmark results


I am convinced that following DxOmark test results will start a heavy discussion on 43rumors! A week ago the DxOmark test came to the conclusion that the “old” GH1 sensor is better than the new GH2 sensor. Yesterday DxO posted the E-5 sensor results: The E-5 sensor is almost equal in performance with the older E-3 sensor! DxO doesn’t take into account the imaging processor. Probably all improvements on new cameras are archived with the use of new processors and algorithms.

UPDATE: Popphoto posted a new E-5 review: “For DSLRs in this price bracket, if you’re looking for a powerful imaging tool with rugged construction and a lot of versatility, the Olympus E-5 may be your match.“.

What do you think about those results?

Olympus E-5 direct shop links:
Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Deutschland and eBay.

December 4, 2010
Posted in deals

New Panasonic lenses available in Europe and Asia (but not in US)

Do you remember the days when US shops were the first to have the stuff in Stock? These days are gone. We learned with the GH2 that European shops are getting the camera before the Americans. The same thing is happening with the new Panasonic lenses. Those shops are all having the lenses in Stock:

Panasonic 100-300mm:
Pixmania -> Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Netherland, Belgium, Poland
Amazon -> Germany, UK, France

Panasonic 14mm:
Pixmania -> Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Netherland, Belgium, Poland
Amazon -> Germany, UK, France

Panasonic 3D lens:
Pixmania -> Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Netherland, Belgium, Poland
Amazon -> Germany, UK, France

In US not a single store has them (Check Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto).
For our US readers the only way to get them is through eBay (non US resellers):
Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 eBay acutions
Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 eBay acutions
Panasonic 3D 12.5mm f/12 eBay acutions

Looks like japanese companies are “preferring” the EURO over the DOLLAR currency.

December 3, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(UPDATED) Reworked Sigma mirrorless camera. (Soon with Micro Four Thirds mount?)

(Article updated)
A chinese photographer reworked the Sigma DP1/2, he removed the fixed lens to add a lens mount (The picture shows the Sigma with the Leica Elmarit f/4 90mm). According to the author:
1. He can put a M4/3 mount on it, then you can use mount adapter to convert to other mounts.
2. The author had tested drive an additional mechanical shutter to replace the original electronical one. He is ording parts from a Japanese factory.
3. The author vaguly mentioned possibility to drive AF lens, I don’t know if he/she had done any prototype or it is just doable.


(Source: Xitek)

Thanks Guokai

December 3, 2010
Posted in deals
December 3, 2010
Posted in deals

GH2 (Body only) ships within 1-3 days at store! (+E-P2 and 14-150mm deals) has the Panasonic GH2 (Body Only) in Stock (UPDATE: Deal is DEAD now!). They are selling the Body Only version only, in black (Click here) and in silver (Click here). The Safari webbrowser doesn’t work well on Panasonic’s website. Use Explorer, Firefox, Opera or Chrome!

And here we have two new deals:
– Olympus E-P2 with 17mm lens for $567 at Amazon (Click here).
– And the Olympus 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom Lens for $389.00 only at BHphoto (Click here).

43rumors note:
BHphoto confessed that they made a mistake with the yesterdays E-P2 price. There was an error with the online calculation system :(

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