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November 30, 2010
Posted in reviews

Voigtländer Nokton preview at Luminous Landscape

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Image courtesy: Leonard Goh/CNET Asia

Luminous Landscape(LL) had the chance to play a little bit with the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95. That is what LL says about the Build Quality: “Simply put, this is a $900 lens that could easily go to a masked ball as a $3,000 Leica product, at least when it comes to visible and tactile fit and finish.” And LL doesn’t have any problem with the fact that the Nokton has no AF: “Because it takes about the same amount of time and effort to focus the Nokton on an MFT camera as it does to use AF technology properly“.

About the image quality: “Indeed in every shot that I took with the Nokton wide open I unfailing was impressed with its ability to not let me down and turn into glowing mush.” And there is also room for a surprise. At f/1.4 aperture the Nokton has slightly more contrast and is slightly more shaper than the Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens!

The only minor issue is: “If your shots have any light sources, like all ultra-fast lenses the Nokton will show some considerable glow.

Conclusion: “If you’ve gotten the impression that I really like the Voigtlander Nokton f/0.95, you’re right. It creates a quite unique way of viewing and recording the world that can really get one’s creative juices going.”

You can get the Nokton at Cameraquest or on eBay (via german and asian resellers).

Thanks Luminous Landscape for your nice work!

November 30, 2010
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

Anthony sent me the video and with the following message: “Hey guys, can you help me out, we at spiked – www.getspiked.co.uk – have just launched an anti bullying campaign and filmed a small interview with one of the ambassadors, it was shot on a gh13 with a 7-14mm lens, 300mm sigma 2.8 and sigma 1.4 lens, interview was on a steady cam in the ring. This campaign should hopefully help get rid of bullying in our schools. Thank you for your time!!

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

A wide new world – my new Panasonic 14 mm f/2.5 (Exposingpixels)

The Panasonic GF1 is off the system chart: http://www.panasonic.net/avc/lumix/systemcamera/gms/pdf/g_series_system_chart.pdf (Thanks Peter)

Some Olympus MZD 75-300 sample photos taken by EPL1 at Macau Grand Prix 2010.

Face Off: Canon S95 vs Leica D-LUX 5 (ThePhoBlographer)

New Panasonic FZ100, FX700, FX75 / FX70 firmware released (Imaging Resource).

Olympus E-5 review at Ganref.

November 29, 2010
Posted in deals

Cyber Monday deals! (GH2+Lensbaby bundle at Adorama)

Today is Cyber Monday and you can find many deals in US stores:
Cyber Monday deals homepage at Amazon
Deals at Adorama
Holiday Offers 2010 at BHphoto
Cyber Monday at Olympus store

And here a detailed Micro Four Thirds deal list (Click on store name to see the deal):
– Panasonic GF1 with 20mm lens for $599 at BHphoto.
– Panasonic GF1 bundled with the Lensbaby Composer and Tilt Transformer for $649.00 at Adorama.
– Panasonic GH2 bundled with the Lensbaby Composer and Tilt Transformer for $1,199 at Adorama.
– Panasonic GH1 for $959 at Amazon via J&R
– Panasonic G2 for $549 at Amazon.
– Olympus E-PL1 + 14-150mm lens kit for $859.00 at BHphoto.
– Olympus E-P2 with 17mm f/2.8 Lens for $584 at Amazon
– Panasonic 7-14mm lens for $909 at Adorama.
– Panasonic 20mm lens for $315 at Adorama.
– Panasonic 8mm Fisheye Lens for $725 at Adorama.
– Olympus 9-18mm Lens for $549 at Amazon.

November 29, 2010
Posted in news

Panasonic G2 hack released!

Vitaly (the hacker) just announced the new Panasonic G2 hack at DVXuser forum:

PTool 3.51d released
Added support for Panasonic G2 v1.10 firmware.

Please, consider all patches status, except MJPEG and AVCHD end user patches, as “very risky”!
Download link is present in first post of this topic.

P.S: There is a discount on the G2 at Amazon (now $549)

Via Dvsuser

Thanks Jerry R.

November 29, 2010
Posted in news

The waiting has come to an end: “Canadian” GH2 unboxing pictures!


Image courtesy: Dockti.me

Finally a lucky candian 43rumors reader received the new Panasonic GH2: “Toronto supply of GH2s and unboxing… I preordered a GH2 Thursday from Vistek and at the time they told me I would have one late December. I also needed some other stuff they didn’t have in stock so later that day I dropped by Henry’s, got the stuff, and jokingly asked about the GH2. They said there were at least three IN the warehouse and they will hold one for me. Saturday they called me and I went down and picked it up. It was pretty busy so I couldn’t find out if they had more besides the fact that lately they have been getting a lot of ‘first’ shipments of new goods. I called Vistek to cancel my order to which they then said would have had a DEC 3-4 arrival… something for you to follow up on. I posted my unboxing here if it’s of any interest: http://dockti.me/journal/2010/11/28/docktech-panasonic-dmc-gh2.html

Thanks Oj!

Good news doesn’t end here: Amazon UK says the GH2 will “Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 weeks“.

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