November 22, 2010
Posted in reviews

A very positive Olympus E-5 review at ePhotozine

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ePhotozine posted a surprising positive articel about the new Olympus E-5. De facto they say that “If this is the last of the mirror type DSLRs in the Four Thirds range that will be a great pity. Olympus have a finely made product that delivers exceptionally good results. Does the smaller sensor compromise quality? Not in the E-5, that’s quite clear.

Those are just a few of the many positive statements you can find inside the article:
– The E-5 instantly inspires confidence
– In terms of exposure, the camera is not susceptible to errors from bright light sources and backlighting.
– Focusing in all modes is crisp, fast and accurate. Very impressively, the camera seems able to focus upon almost featureless dark subjects with the same snap as more normal ones.
– I have no complaints about colour reproduction either. Colours are accurate and correctly saturated at the Natural setting.
– AWB deals very convincingly with mixed lighting sources and low light levels, so it is a mixed bag of settings to achieve the best results.
– The dynamic range of the sensor is not a problem. Highlights and shadows are recorded with detail over a surprisingly wide range.

It looks like despite the not so attractive features the E-5 is capable of delivering a very good image quality! Now Olympus, bring us the Pro-MFT camera ;)

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

P.S.: You can download the japanese E-5 system chart and brochure here: http://www.olympus.co.jp/jp/support/cs/ctlg/index_ctlg.html. The english version is available here: http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/208_manuals.cfm?prodID=MN4279292

Via ePhotozine

November 22, 2010
Posted in deals

Panasonic 14mm lens in Stock at Amazon US (GH2 shipment to start today?)

Hurry up! The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 Lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here). This time the offer is fulfilled by Amazon (that means you can even use prime on it).
The second good news is that today Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto should start the GH2 shipment. Please let me know if you received some kind of notification from those stores. European customers have to wait until early December because of late technical adjustments. Thanks!

There is also a new price drop to report: The Olympus E-P2 is in Stock with kitlens and without EVF for $636.78 (Click here)

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November 22, 2010
Posted in reviews

Philip Bloom: The GH2 is better than the hacked GH1!


Home Cooking…avec le GH2! from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Philip Bloom had the chance to play around with the new Panasonic GH2 and the new Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 lens.

What are his thoughts about the GH2?
“Very easy to operate. LCD touch screen great and intuitive and nice resolution. EVF lovely, great resolution and makes handheld a dream! Nice to have audio meters on screen. Image… gorgeous. SO MUCH better than GH1. No mud, no nasty vertical lines…Although all shot at low ISO I did some 2500 ISO tests and there were really good! I found ISO 800 almost unusable at times on my GH1, and any underexposure in dark areas even at low ISOs…UGH, no problem now…” . And after his first short test he says the GH2 is better than the hacked GH1!
What does he say about the lens?
It’s simply my new favourite lens, shame it won’t go on my Canons or Leica M9. It has a beautiful look to it, great bokeh, so solid and well made and can focus as close up as a macro. LOVELY!

You can order the lens on eBay (Click here) or Amazon Germany (Click here)

P.S.: The GH2 should start shipping today in US (let us know if you receive it!). Those are the GH2 direct links to some of our affiliate shops:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK, Amazon France.

Via Philip Bloom

November 22, 2010

a little bit of everything…

It’s a long time since I posted the latest ” a little bit of everything” post. Thanks all our readers for sending me links to news and videos. I will try to post your videos during the next weeks. And here you have the very long news list:

24Mbit AVCHD versus 100Mbit AVCHD-Intra on the Panasonic AF100 by Crews.tv (EosHD) and Mini resolution test – Hacked Panasonic GH1 versus AF100 in 1080p (EosHD)

Micro 4/3 vs Full Frame (Dpreview forum)

Olympus mju 9010 Review (Trustedreviews)

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Panasonic Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 vs Lumix FZ100 Real-life resolution (Cameralabs)

New Olympus E-PL1 deep blue kit (ForumOlympusFrance)

Our Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10 Review (Steves Digicams)

Canon PowerShot S95, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 y Samsung EX1 (Quesabesde)

FF vs micro 4/3 (Dpreview forum)

Lumix 20mm compared with Sigma 30mm (m43photo.blogspot.com)

New firmware update for the Lumix DMC-FZ100 superzoom (Panasonic.japan)

Pinwide cap for Micro 4/3 at Wanderlustcameras: 11mm f/96 (22mm equivalent). Price US $39.99

Samples from an Infrared Olympus EP1 at Photo Plus 2010 (ThePhoBlographer)

November 21, 2010
Posted in news

The Olympus E-5 development story

Olympus Asia posted a E-5 development story which should be of interest for all current or future E-5 owners: “To find out what makes the E-5 so special and where the E-System is going in the future, we talked extensively with Olympus development staff and with Mitsuaki Iwago, a wildlife photographer and long-time professional Olympus user who has made many helpful suggestions and participated in many fruitful discussions.

The most interesting new feature is the TruePiC V+ engine: “Since the image sensor of a digital camera consists of regularly arranged pixels, problems such as moire and false colors are inherent in the basic principle of digital technology itself. We came up with various solutions to these problems, and the biggest feature of the new “Fine-Detail Processing” is that it is able to retain the high resolution of the lens image in the final picture, while reducing moire and false colors. We also reviewed the noise reduction algorithm. One of the results of the development of the E-5 is that users can now discover the previously untapped potential of the lenses they already own.

The Olympus E-5 is in Stock at (Click on store name):
Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon Deutschland

One more news item for Australian readers: I have been told that there will be a new E-5 cashback action soon…

Via Olympus Asia

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