July 30, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Panasonic GF2 ghosts :)

I guess I am starting to see ghosts :)
I am almost certain that we will see a new Panasonic “GF” camera at photokina. That’s why I am scanning forums all over the world to find some hints. I also made a “stupid” search inside amazon.com for “Panasonic GF2“. Probably this is just some kind of amazon mistake but I found three results with blank entries. I have taken a screenshot but if you perform the search again you will not see that results anymore!

Click here to search for Panasonic GF2 on amazon

Anyway, try to look for some leaks because I am now sure that there is people (photographers and journalists) holding and testing the camera righ now!

July 30, 2010
Posted in Rumors

An interesting story about the E-5

I have been very silent about the upcoming Olympus E-5. I didn’t give you much news about that camera because we had received conflicting reports. Finally my sources allowed me to tell you why I had received such different rumors.

As I told you in April Olympus made a very last minute decision to not announce any new low and middle class FourThirds DSLR (->The cameras were ready for the worldwide launch!).
In case of the E-5, Olympus tested different prototypes (with different sensors, features and designs). Of course it is normal that a company reviews different camera versions, but what I am telling you is that they only decided a few weeks ago(!) how the camera will look! Even the name wasn’t sure until few weeks ago.

An example? According to our sources Olympus had two prototypes, one working with the Kodak sensor and one working with the new Panasonic sensor. We don’t know what sensor has been choosen but we suspect that Olympus will use the new Panasonic sensor

1) We believe the E-5 will be announced mid-September (14 or 15)
2) The E-5 will be in Stock months later (by end of the year). Reason for the delay could be the new Panasonic sensor which had a longer than expected development history.
3) We don’t expect the new sensor to have an electronic global shutter but two of our sources told us that we should expect a intermediate solution (?)
4) More Megapixels -> 14-16MPX
5) UPDATE: One source told me that it has a more current design (E-30 and E-3) and another source that is very similar to the Olympus OM4ti design (we still need to confirm that part of the rumor). I guess they saw two different prototypes :(
6) A special mount solution (could also use MicroFourThirds lenses?)

We hope to get 99% proof detailled rumors soon!

Thanks!

July 30, 2010
Posted in deals, reviews

The need for speed…and the need for cheap :) SLRmagic 35mm f/1.7

If you need a fast lens but you don’t want to spend a lot of money this lens is probably the right lens for you! The SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens only costs you $79.99!

And the image quality is not bad at all…check out following post on dpreview (click here). Does one of our readers own the lens? Are you satisfied?

You can find the SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here)

UPDATE:
Ruy sent us those links where he explains how to get a similar lens for $15 only!!!
http://www.dchome.net/viewthread.php?tid=790031&highlight= (japanese)
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=34012546

July 29, 2010
Posted in news, reviews

The reason why Leica didn’t join MicroFourThirds (+ Leica lens test on the E-P2)



Popsci tested the Leica Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 lens ($2,400) on the Olympus E-P2 ($850 body-only) using the Novoflex’s Leica M-Mount Micro Four Thirds adapter ring ($270). They also shot with the Olympus 17mm f/2.8 lens ($275) for comparison.

Christian Erhardt, Leica’s VP of Marketing tells why that combination doesn’t work very well:

Our lenses our designed to work best with full format, the light can hit different pixels of the sensor at a very extreme angle–once you have that, the image may be slightly out of focus, or not as bright around the edges.”.

But he also explained why Leica choosed to not join the MicroFourThirds alliance: “One reason why we’ve decided not to move into Micro Four Thirds is that we have looked at the sensor size and realized that it cannot produce the image quality that we need. Therefore we decided to stick with the full format in addition to APS-C. It’s all about the ratios“.

Do you really think the Leica X1with fixed lens(!) that sells for $1,995.00 is a better solution?
By the way, Popsci came to the conclusion that the price difference doesn’t justify the use of the Elmarit instead of the Olympus 17mm lens :)

Source: Popsci
Found via: Noisycamera

July 29, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Samyang 35mm f/1.4 for FourThirds to be announced at Photokina

Samyang just revealed that “We would like to show a sample on Photokina. It starts 21 September of this year.
35mm will be 1.4 we don’t plan to make it 1.2. It should be available at the end of this year.”

We form 43rumors already told you months ago that this lens will also be available with native FourThirds mount!

Source: Fredmiranda

Samyang lenses for FourThirds are also sold with different brand names like “Falcon” and “Vivitar”. Check it out:
- Falcon (Vivitar) 85mm f/1.4
- Samyang 85mm f/1.4 IF MC
- Opteka 8mm f/3.5
- http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=9&pub=5574825908&toolid=10001&campid=5336351024&customid=&icep_uq=Samyang+8mm+Olympus&icep_sellerId=&icep_ex_kw=&icep_sortBy=12&icep_catId=&icep_minPrice=&icep_maxPrice=&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg”>Samyang 8mm f/3.5
- Falcon 8mm f/3.5
- Rokinon 8mm f/3.5
- Bower 8mm f/3.5

Maybe you will surprised to read how well those lenses do perform! Check out the latest Samyang reviews on photozone…not bad at all!

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