July 16, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic Interview and new Panasonic/Olympus reviews


On top: E-P3 Video Review from Digitalrev.

Fotopolis published an English interview with Michiharu Uematsu from Panasonic. In short, he confirms they are working on new viewfinder technology and focus speed improvement. And for him the future is Mirrorless (not DSRL).

Panasonic Lumix GF3 review at Trustedreviews: “It’s really hard not to like the GF3 – it’s very small, very stylish, very easy to use and is capable of delivering very good image quality too. On top of this it also offers a generous amount of user control, some useful shooting features and excellent HD video recording abilities. Our only real concern is that the removal of the hot-shoe is a step backwards in terms of flexibility. ” New GF3 studio shoots are available at Imaging Resource.

Panasonic G3 review at Fotopolis (google translated!): “Panasonic Lumix G3 is an interesting proposition for amateurs and for those who prefer a little more size than access controls. It offers image quality comparable to the SLR, but it is closed in a much smaller package. Items that are missing in the new Lumixie is primarily the removal of the proximity sensor with an electronic viewfinder and the lack of artistic modes, HDR images and vast panoramas

Olympus E-P3 review at Adorama: “Would I recommend this camera for photojournalism, street, documentary, and travel photography? Absolutely—even with the higher price tag, and even though I would have to pay extra for an eye-level viewfinder—because in the tradeoff between speed and quality, in these particular areas of photography speed will inevitably win, and the E-P3 is faster than anything else out there in its size and price class for capturing the decisive moment.

Those are all the directs search links to the new Oly/Pana products! Click on shop name to visit the search pages of every single product:
Panasonic G3 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay
Panasonic GF3 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay
Olympus E-P3 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

July 15, 2011
Posted in reviews

HOT: Full Olympus 12mm f/2.0 review at SLRgear!

HOT UPDATE: One single 12mm lens is in Stock now at Amazon (Click here). I bet it will be sold out within minutes!

And here is the next hot review of the (let me say) wonderful Olympus lens! You can read the full and very detailed test at SLRgear (Click here). There are almost only good news! First the sharpness test proves that the lens is already sharp wide open. Chromatic Aberration is only slightly present and only in the corner when shooting wide open. Also Vignetting is a non issue. The distortion is very low and harmonic (easy to correct in Postproduction). Conclusion: “There isn’t much to add here that the tests don’t already say for themselves – the Olympus 12mm ƒ/2 M.Zuiko offers excellent results for sharpness in a quality package. The price might be prohibitive for some, but if you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed.

No doubt, that lens is a winner! The lens should be in Stock very soon (late July) and you can already preorder it (UPDATE: I fixed the link. Sorry for the mistake. Now all links should work fine!):
In US at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here), J&R (Click here), eBay (Click here)
in Europe at Amazon Deutschland (Click here) and eBay (international resellers).
in Asia at Digitalrev (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).

P.S.: And I can’t wait to read the first Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens tests too! Preorder search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.


Thanks to the guys that sent me the link to SLRgear!!

July 15, 2011
Posted in deals

Panasonc GF3 in Stock in Asia, and on July 18 in Europe (no idea about US and Canada).

The Panasonic GF3 is finally shipping in Asia! Check at Amazon.jp and Digitalrev. It will be soon available in Europe too. Amazon UK says it’s coming on July 18. DOn’t know yet when it will be available in US. Click here to order or preorder the GF3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

One more thing, the new Leica 25mm f/1.4 worldwide shipment starts on July 22. Preorder search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

July 15, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Panasonic is working on a lens with powerzoom!

The image on top shows a Micro Four Thirds camera prototype from Panasonic (Source: Egami). But what is also interesting is that zoom lens mockup. One of my very good sources told me that Panasonic is indeed working on a Micro Four Thirds zoom with motorized zoom. I am not sure how that will work but there will be  probbly a button on the lens to move the zoom. Maybe that new feature is the reaosn for the 12-50mm f/2.5 lens delay? We still hear that the lens will be announced in late 2011 early 2012. If true this would become the perfect lens for video shooters and will put Panasonic on the top of the HDSRL war against Sony and Canon! Imagine that the GH2 or AG-AF100 with the 12-50mm f/2.5 lens! Amazing or not?

The currently only optimized video lens is the Panasonic 14-140mm (but it has no powerzoom!). Check the lens price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Check the links of the two best Panasonic videocameras:
– The GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
– The AG-AF100 (101) at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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