Readers work roundup (alJazeera, hacked GH2, Pakistan…)

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D600 vs OMD comparison at Soundimagesplus.
Four refurbished FT lenses at Oly market: 35-100mm, 50-200mm, 12-60mm, 150mm.

Elena (and her E-PL1) are telling us more about the Greek-Suisse scandal at Greekdiaries.

Gregory:I’m a regular follower of your blog, which I open each morning before drinking my coffee :), and I was wondering if you could mention mine, which presents my urban photography work in Istanbul – most exclusively taken with a GF1 or E-M5. www.semiocity.com

Sam:I just wanted to share some shots from an amazing website/blog I follow: http://www.alpineexposures.com/blogs/chamonix-conditions/6796926-charakusa-valley-pakistan On his last expedition to Pakistan, his 5D MkII died upon arrival. Luckily he brought an OM-D E-M5 as backup. He’s amazed by the quality. I’m into mountaineering myself, where everything has to be as lightweight and small as possible. My GF1 and pancake lenses have proven to be the perfect companion for this type of use.

Andrew:shot with a hacked GH2, intravenus apocalypse now patch, shot in 720/60p https://vimeo.com/52519478

Plochmann:No rumor, sorry.  I just finished a blog about using the GH2 for a videography camera.   I compare it to the FS100, its stiff competition, and I also mention things in light of the GH3s immediate release.  I haven’t read anything thorough on using the GH2 for event video work, so I thought it would be worth sharing.  http://www.production1studio.com/2012/09/29/880/

Lazar:noticed that you sometimes show published work taken with Oly cameras. I’m a freelance photojournalist and one of my first stories shot with the OM-D E-M5 (except for the second photo that was taken with a Pentax K-5) is now on Al Jazeera: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2012/10/20121031112633999227.html

Atom:Not a rumour, but good news for the often neglected Australian and Kiwi consumers.  Olympus Australia has just announced three promotions for AU and NZ, running from 1 November until end of January.
– 20% rebate of RRP on some of the lenses (I’ll be getting a rebate on the 60mm macro I bought on Thursday)
– bonus 15mm lens cap and leather strap with E-M5 (body or kit)
– bonus 8Gb FlasAIR card with E-PL5 or E-PM2 (tempted to get the E-PL5 as a back-up body now)
Details are at http://www.olympus.com.au/Learn—Explore/Current-Promotions.aspx

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Panasonic 35-100mm X lens review at Lensrentals….

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The Panasonic average resolution diagram posted by Lensrentals (please visit the website to see full test)

Roger Cicala from Lensrentals tested the Panasonic 35-100mm X lens: “At 35mm the lens is awesomely sharp; every bit as good as the 12-35 f/2.8 OIS is at 35mm. There was a slightly different story at 100mm, though, where resolution dropped significantly (100mm mtf50 is 86% of what it is at 35mm, hence the article title). This is still good, but it’s not what I was hoping for.

Sgoldswoblog also posted some new 35-100mm X lens image samples: “On the basis of today’s experience I’m willing to assert both that the 35-100 is sharp but also that it provides shooting opportunities that wouldn’t arise with primes. Clearly the price for that is a limited low light performance and (subjectively) inferior bokeh.

The Panasonic X lens is certainly a good quality lens but from these early tests it still doens’t 100% match the exceptional Oly FT zooms. In case you don’t care about the big size than you may be interested in getting a refurbished (but faster and super high quality) Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama (Click here) or here at Olymarket Europe (Click here). A full list of acutions are availebl on Slidoo eBay.

The Panasonic 35-100mm X lens is in Stock at Technikdirekt Germany, Wex UK and preorders are available at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), Panasonic US and eBay (here on Slidoo).

 

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a little bit of everything…

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Paris / Nuit Blanche 2012 from Fabrys on Vimeo.

News and reviews:
G5 test at Dtown and DCview.
X-cap on the E_M5 on google+.
A 43rumors reader made this: MEMOVY photo app on iTunes (Click here).
Panasonic GF5 review at Imaging Resource.
Olympus XZ-2 preview at ThePhoBlographer.
60mm macor lens test at Fengniao.
Panasonic GX1 review at Photographylife.
Lensbaby Composer Pro for MFT with Sweet 35 Optic (ThePhoBlographer).
Adobe RAW now supports:

  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ200
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G5
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7

Readers mail:
John:I recently found a way to make the iDC System ZERO friction follow focus work with the GH2 and small prime lenses that I think your audience might appreciate in one of your catch all posts: https://vimeo.com/51918199
Jam:Long time reader here! I made this video with my Panasonic GF2, which I consider highly underrated for it’s video abilty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nD3rWjOCzI. I shot it using my GF2 and a canon FD 50mm f1.8 legacy lens. I would love if you could give this camera (and my video) some love on your site!
Twills:I entered a video contest for Misty Mountain Climbing. A link to the video I entered is below. If you want to help me out then please click on the picture at the link below and then “like” the picture on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=488161051214714. Here is the video that I entered: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otxKw48QyJw
Ben:Just finished up a video on the GH2 with the Voigtlander 25 0.95 and an old Canon FD 50mm  1.2. https://vimeo.com/51004409
Anonymous:This is not simply rumour but a very serious concern, in the EU it is illegal to price fix, i.e. to set a minimum price or to limit sales to certain region or to enter agreements formal or otherwise that would result in a region paying more for goods.  There appears to be at least some evidence the GH3 price is being made artificially high in the UK and that sales at the EU price are being prevented to UK citizens. I have detailed some findings here and will be making a formal complaint to the UK’s Office of Fair Trading on Monday 5th November if Panasonic has not replied.  Panasonic have been refusing to reply on questions about the UK’s GH3 price on their Twitter account and at least one large UK dealership has failed to honour its own claim of having an EU price match on the GH3. More details can be found here: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?295430-EU-retailer-leaned-on-by-Panasonic-to-prevent-affordable-UK-GH3-!

For EU readers. Refurbished deals Reminder:
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens (auction two) Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens (auction three) Silver E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens Black E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens Red E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens White E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens Brown E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens Violet E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens White E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens Silver 75mm f/1.8 lens Silver 12mm f/2.0 lens Black 12-50mm lens Silver 12-50mm lens 9-18mm lens

Full list of auctions is available at Olympusmarket.

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Amazon&Cameta&BH: E-PL5 First time in Stock with normal price!

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Le’ts put aside the E-Pl5 vs E-M5 image comparisons sequel. The E-PL5 is finally in Stock with the normal price via Cameta (Click here), Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and eBay (Click here).

UPDATE: Adorama has a $100 instant rebate on all current E-P3 kits (Click here).

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E-Pl5 tests roundup: PhotographyBlog, Pekka Potka, DSLRcheck. E-PL5 and EPM2 Leather jacket (here on eBay).

E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,

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Olympus book writer says: “2013 will be an exciting year”

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UPDATED: On advice of the author Reinhard Wagner I corrected some statements:

Olympus camera book writer Reinhard Wagner (book list at Amazon Germany) wrote at OlyForum.de that “2013 will be an exciting year” and later in the post he writes: “Aber die FTs sind so dermaßen gut, dass ich lieber noch mit der E-5 und der E-M5 arbeite, bis dann die E-7 kommt. Denn die kommt.” Which in short (according to my knowledge of the language) means “The E-7 will arrive” (without to specify the data). Of course, this is not a surprise as Olympus itself admitted that they are working on such a camera. Reinhard is just repeating what we all already know.

I have no doubt FT lenses will be have new cameras to work with (with 100% compatible AF speed and functions). But I am also sure that Olympus is seeking for a way to have full FT lens support on a professional MFT camera. The E-7 may be the first hybrid FT and MFT camera? :)

Check out (and have fun with the sliding) the list of  SWD lenses on Slidoo US, Slidoo EU and Slidoo Worldwide. P.S.: It’s a little website we made to keep track of ebay auctions. You may register to save your searches and set your country!

Reminder: FT refurbsihed deals:
Save $2250 on the Olympus Zuiko 90-250mm f/2.8 ED at Camteacutions or Cametastore. Original price (new condition) here at BHphoto.
Save $650 on the Olympus Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD ED at Camteacutions or Cametastore. Original price (new condition) here at BHphoto.
Save $700 on the Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED at Camteacutions or Cametastore. Original price (new condition) here at BHphoto.
Save $900 on the Olympus 150mm f/2.o at Camteacutions or Cametastore. Original price (new condition) here at BHphoto.
Save $300 on the Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8 F2.8 ED at Camteacutions or Cametastore. Original price (new condition) here at BHphoto.

 

 

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