November 13, 2010
Posted in deals

Get the new Panasonic lenses directly from Japan/Taiwan (via eBay)


If you are in a hurry and can’t wait the 1-2 months delay that Panasonic needs to supply the rest of the non-japanese (or Taiwan) world with the new Panasonic stuff you can get the it on eBay right now.

Click on those links to see the eBay auctions from japanese resellers (P.S: Some non-japanese resellers are also selling the products but with a 29days auction ending)

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

November 12, 2010
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GH1+ Voigtlander video (+ final soundimages review)

Mike Kobal posted that nice Panasonic GH1 + Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 test. One more video from Mike is available here:

And finally Soundimagesplus posted the full Nokton review (part1part2part3). Those are some of the most interetsing statements:
– “there is some vignetting at f/0.95
– “CA and fringing is present, but its much better than on many lenses I have.
– “Wide open its very good, and moving through f/1.4 and f/2 the sharpness improves. I really wouldn’t have any problem using it at any aperture.
– “I’m very happy with the colour rendition of the lens also and the contrast, all of which combine to produce nice punchy pictures
– “Is it sharper than the 20mm f/1.7 pancake? My gut reaction says it is

I would say buy that lens if you can live with manual focus! There are three Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 lens for sale on eBay (worldwide shipment)

November 12, 2010
Posted in news

(UPDATED) Panasonic GF2 will be released on 24 January 2011 (says Amazon UK)

Now we have a more precise release date for the just announced Panasonic GF2 camera. For those people hoping the camera would be in Stock by early January..stop dreaming! According to Amazon UKthe item is due to be released on January 24” And as you can imagine only a few lucky people will get it on that day. The rest of us will still have to wait a little bit more.

(UPDATE) The price:
– GF2 with 14-42mm lens for £599.99 ($968 or 706 Euro)
– GF2 with 14 lens for £629.99 ($1016 or 742 Euro)
– GF2 with 14mm and 14-42mm lens for £729.99 ($1178 or 860 Euro)

No shop is accepting preorders right now. But you can sign up at BHphoto and Amazon and they will notify you when preorders will start.

Via Amazon UK

November 12, 2010
Posted in reviews

The Panasonic 14mm review by Craig Mod!

Stop reading those boring studio tests and reviews! Forget charts and comparisons! Read a real “human” world review of the new Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens. The reviewer…ops NO!…The photographer is Craig Mod: “This is a discussion of seeing (and by extension, photography) under the pretense of a lens review. If you want to read about what it feels like to use this lens, this is your place.

I do totally agree with his prime lens philosophie: “By using a prime, you train both your brain and your eyes to think in their space. A zoom lens allows you to shift the lens-space to your brain-space. But with primes you’re stuck in their world. You become intimate with life within their frame until composition becomes second nature.

And what does he say about the lens? “It’s a lovely, sharp, whisper quiet, quick to focus, unbelievably tiny, beautiful little prime lens. I highly recommend it.”

I soo enjoyed it to read that article. Thanks Craig for your awesome work. We want to see more of it ;)

You want to order the lens? Here you have a few direct links:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK

Via Craig Mod

November 12, 2010
Posted in deals

There is finally a discount on two (until now very expensive) Panasonic lenses

The Panasonic 45mm and the 8mm lenses are not really the most popular lenses. The problem is not their quality but the very high price. But it looks like Panasonic is recognizing that and the price is now much lower than it was a few weeks ago:

The Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 OIS macro:
Amazon (Click here) is selling the lens for $788 which is $111 less than the original price (or $754 via third party resellers).

The Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 lens:
The original price was $799 but you buy it now for $739 Amazon, Adorama or BHphoto.

As usual we europeans do have to pay a much higher price. That’s why I usually my US friends to bring me some nice lenses from there when they visit me in Europe :)

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