September 13, 2011
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Olympus E-5 and Panasonic LX5 firmware update.

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Today it’s firmware update party! Also Olympus announced a new Olympus E-5 firmware: “Firmware version 1.2 ensures the movement of the dial on the optional HLD-4 battery grip matches the movement of the selected AF point.“. You need the Olympus Digital Camera Updater software to upgrade the E-5: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_downloads_updater.asp

It is not a Micro Four Thirds camera but many on 43rumors do own it and the news is worthy to be posted :)
Panasonic released a major firmware upgrade for the Panasonic LX5 high end compact camera. You can download it here: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/LX5/index.html

The main changes are:
Auto Focus speed-up.
[HIGH ISO NR] has been added to the [REC] menu.
Improved auto white balance performance.
[ACTIVE MODE] has been added to the [MOTION PICTURE] menu.
The AF/AE Lock operated by half-pressing the shutter button has been improved.
When [MF] is set, you can make fine adjustments to the focus using a simpler operation than before.
The position and size of the AF area you have set are now stored.
The upper limit of the shutter speed in Manual Exposure Mode has been raised. (Max 250 seconds approximately)
[MINIATURE EFFECT] has been added to My Colour Mode.
[MONITOR] / [VIEWFINDER] has been added to the [SETUP] menu.

And those are the direct LX5 search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

September 13, 2011
Posted in news

Panasonic firmware update for four m43 lenses!

Panasonic Japan announced a new firmware upgrde for the following lenses:
LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm / F4.0 ASPH. (H-F007014)
LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm / F3.5 (H-F008)
LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH. (H-H014)
LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014042)
LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014045)
LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS045200)
LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300)

The update improves the tracking focusing for video recording, the silent auto focus, and the exposure control. The stability of the optical image stabilizer is also enhanced for video recording.

Doanload the firmare at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/index.html (via Slashgear).

September 13, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Panasonic 25mm image samples and “crazy” unboxing video.


Panasonic Leica 25mm unboxing and testing

The new Panasonic-Leica standard lens should be availble in “western” country any time soon. Time to give you an update about the latest image samples and in Stock status. First there is a comparison shot of M9+50mm and Leica 25mm on G3 on Flickr (its huge size!). Also at Steve Digicams Forum you can find image samples of the E-P3 with the Leica 25mm. And a lucky owner shared some pictures at Dpreview forum.

So, where can you find the lens in Stock?
Of course in Asia at Amazon Japan and eBay. In Europe there are some of them in Stock at Amazon UK at Amazon France. US readers have to be patient (preorders at Adorama and J&R).

September 13, 2011
Posted in reviews

First Samyang 7.5mm fisheye lens review at Lenstip.


The Samyang is the second third party lens (non Oly non Pana lens) after the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95. I am not a fisheye fan but I know Samyang can do very good lenses. I do hope they will announce more m43 lenses soon! Meanwhile let’s see how this lens performs! Lenstip (Click here) tested the brand new Samyang 7.5mm. And there are only good news! The lens has a “sensational image quality in the center of the frame…excellent image quality on the edge of the frame, including the maximum relative aperture“. There is only ver low chromatic aberration, almost no astigmatism, no coma and well balanced vignetting. The only “Cons” for the polish website is the lack of depth of field scale. You can find plenty of image samples after their conclusion text.

The lens is already in Stock on eBay:
Click here to buy the Black Samyang 7.5mm lens.
Click here to buy the Silver Samyang 7.5mm lens.

UPDATE: There is a hands-on video on the facebook page of ThePhoBlographer.

September 12, 2011
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UPDATE: 14-42mm X lens for $349 at Adorama!

UPDATE: Good news folks! You can preorder the new 14-42mm X lens for $349 only at Adorama (Click here). That’s $50 less than you pay at Amazon (Click here) or BHphoto (Click here). That’s a quite good price for the new high quality lens with powerzoom and with that incredibly tiny size.

Now the only question is. When will that lens be in Stock? BH says the arrival is October but if Panasonic is going to mess it like it did with the Leica 25mm standard lens than we will have to wait at least a couple until November :(

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