March 14, 2011
Posted in reviews

Does the GH2 Extended Tele Converter affect the video quality?


M43photo made a very interesting Tele Converter test on the GH2 and 14-42mm lens. The ETC mode gives a tele conversion of 2.6x when recording 1080 lines in and 3.9x in 720 lines (Video mode).

As you can see from the image samples on the website: “It appears that the video stream recorded using ETC has worse image quality than the normal stream, at all ISO values. There is some lack of sharpness and contrast, and more noise in the ETC video streams.

M43photo explains the (little) quality loss with the fact that ETC recording doesn’t have the option of scaling down from a larger number of pixels (in normal recording mode the whole sensor area is used and scaled down).

I suggest you to make your own tests. Let us know if you can confirm the conclusions from m43photo! Thanks!

P:S.: GH2 direct links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

UPDATE: A good friend of us (and very good tester) said:
The extender 2,6 function depends on the optic that is used. The Leica 45mm Macro[/shoplink] gives the same frame quality in extender mode as a HI Q optics. The same for 7- 14 mm. Both tested result! The 14- 42 is the weakest lenses in the Panasonic lens set. So the result can be right but the result is not easy to apply on other optics

March 14, 2011
Posted in news

Panasonic: Energy supply limitations will affect production (and probably delay the new product release)

Image on top: The Panasonic Fukushima plant

In an official press release Panasonic announced that Fukushima factory activity have been stopped. There is a lack of electricity, gas and water that forces them to shut down the production (Source: DC-watch).
Panasonic said that: “A few employees working at the Fukushima factory, the Sendai factory of AVC Networks Company and at the Koriyama factory of Panasonic Electronic Works received minor injury. Some part of the ceiling and wall were damaged, but there has been no fire or collapse. As regards the impact on our business operations we are in the process of investigation.” (Source: AP).

I guess this will cause supply problems with current cameras (they are made in Fukushima). Also the future new product release could suffer from some changes and delays. Reminder: The Panasonic G3 should have been announced between late March and late April.

P.S.: I didn’t hear anything about Olympus (don’t recall them to have their factories in the affected regions).


March 14, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Last week rumors summary

Before to start the new rumors and news week let’s make a short summary of all last weeks rumors:

1) Panasonic 16mm f/1.4 and more prime lens specs (Click here to read the article). The latest Panasonic patent shows a list of possible compact wide and prime lenses.
2) Panasonic UK confirms the 25mm f/1.4 is coming this summer (Click here to read the article).
3) Olympus PEN pro camera in 2-3 years (Click here to read the article).
4) Samyang announces the development of a new compact Fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds (Click here to read the article).

What was the most exciting rumor/news?

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March 13, 2011
Posted in reviews

Head to Head: Panasonic 100-300mm vs Olympus 75-300mm lens. Which is the best?

Olympus and Panasonic are not only partners inside the Micro Four Thirds world but also very strong competitors. So let’s compare some of their camera and lenses. Today you have to chose between the Olympus 75-300mm and the Panasonic 100-300mm lenses. There are not many reviews out there and I can give you only a few useful links:

Olympus 75-300mm

Photographyblog (Click here)
Diwa labs
Image samples at Olympus website
Customers reviews at Amazon US (There are no user reviews in European Amazon stores).
Price and availability checks at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Panasonic 100-300mm

Diwa labs
Outback Photo.
Image samples at Panasonic website.
Customers reviews at Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK.
Price and availability checks at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

And now the big question:

Considering price, Image-build quality and size. Which lens is the best for you?

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If you own one of those lenses feel free to add your personal rating at:
43rumors Olympus 75-300mm rating
43rumors Panasonic 100-300mm rating
Reminder: You have to be a registered 43rumors member to add your rating. If you have any registration problems contact me at

March 12, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Panasonic GF2 and Olympus E-PL2 Reviews


The GF2 vs E-PL2 review battle keeps going and going. Almost everyday you can find new tests about both cameras! Before to start reading the reviews a quick reminder for our US readers (they are the last to get the GF2): The Black GF2+14mm is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). And today also the body only Black GF2 is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).

Panasonic GF2

Panasonic GF2 review at CNET: “Though we still really like Panasonic’s GF series, there are several trade-offs to take into account before you buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2. Its raw-format images look extremely good, but JPEG shooters looking for best-possible photo quality may get frustrated by image artifacts. And while lots of photographers will appreciate its relatively compact but functional design and zippy performance–though still not for action shooting–there’s nothing special about its feature set, including underpowered video capture.
The polish website Fotopolis tested the GF2: “In terms of picture quality Panasonic GF2 is very good, always at the forefront. In terms of noise and detail reproduction, we can safely shoot up to ISO 800 without too much concern about the quality of images.
Panasonic GF2 review at EosHD: “The GF2 is an ambitious exercise in miniaturisation which satisfies consumer demand for Canon DSLR quality in a Panasonic compact body. Something still not offered by Canon despite the hints from the market that people want it, i.e. a 10% reduction in Canon’s sales!!
Check the GF2 price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Olympus E-PL2

Imaging Resource (Click here) posted the Olympus E-PL2 review: “With the 12.3MP Olympus Pen E-PL2, the company has gone a long way to correcting many of the problems that have plagued this line in the past. In particular, the Olympus E-PL2 is a faster and more enjoyable camera to use all around; starting up quicker, focusing quicker, and capturing images quicker“.
Gsnowdon posted a E-PL2 hands-on review.
Check the E-PL2 price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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