September 24, 2010
Posted in news

Thom Hogan likes the new GH2, not so the new E-5.

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Thom Hogan just shared his toughts about the new product announcements. I copied only a part of the text related to Olympus and Panasonic. I strongly recommend you to read the whole post!

Panasonic: the big news was the GH2, which looks like a winner (disclaimer: I’m shooting almost all my video these days on a hacked GH1). Coupled with new lenses, the LX-5, and a the other new Panasonic compacts, and taken together with the recent G2, Panasonic seems to be running engineering at full tilt. I’m curious, though. 18mp in a m4/3 body seems a bit ambitious. I’m hoping that Panasonic has made a noise breakthrough at the sensor level, not taken to more post processing noise reduction. I’ve always thought Panasonic’s engineers seem more like actual camera users than those at other companies, so I have high hopes for their new offerings. I just wish they’d quit crippling certain aspects in their designs (like video bandwidth).

Olympus: the E-5 seems like a warmed over E-3. The 4/3 pot was therefore stirred, but it didn’t produce a sauce any different than before. No new m4/3 bodies, though some lens action was visible. The big story was the prototype of YALSC (Yet Another Large Sensor Compact). Or is it a large sensor compact? Hard to say from what little info was revealed, but the use of the Zuiko name on the lens and the way it was discussed, the prototype is at least in the G12/P7000 category, perhaps better. Personally, I’d rather have seen Olympus concentrate on fixing the user interfaces on their m4/3 bodies (especially after another trip to Africa with them and constantly fighting the controls, which tend to set random things when you’re not looking). I suspect Olympus is in a lull between major offerings. They spent a lot of engineering energy on the E-P1, E-P2, E-PL1 set, and it’ll be a bit before the true second generation of m4/3 bodies appears. Shame, that. As Panasonic and Sony seem to be slowly getting more momentum in the arena that Olympus pioneered.

Preorder the GH2 and the lenses:
BLACK Panasonic GH2 with 14-42mm lens for $999 at Amazon (Click here)
BLACK Panasonic GH2 with 14-140mm lens for $1,499.95 at Amazon (Click here)
SILVER Panasonic GH2 with 14-42mm lens for $999 at Amazon (Click here)
Panasonic Lumix 12.5mm f/12 3D G Lens for $249.95 at Amazon (Click here)
Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5 G Aspherical Lens for $399.95 at Amazon (Click here)
Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 G Vario Aspherical MEGA OIS Lens for $599.95 at Amazon (Click here).

September 24, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Rumors from Photokina (Olympus)

Photokina is the perfect place to talk with the big guys from Olympus. We collected some news and rumors from users that talked with them. Here a roundup of “rumors” collected from here and there. Cannot guarantee that every info is correct!

1) Fotopolis asked Olympus “What future for smaller SLR cameras? Are you going to let their successors?

Olympus answer was: “We do not have concrete plans to replace the E-620 and other newer Class “entry level” SLR can be completely replaced Pen system, in terms of performance. Current amateur SLR users can move to the Micro Four Thirds system, along with their Four Thirds lenses and use them through an adapter or buy the E-5.

2) A DSLR-Forum.de user had a small talk with Olympus Japan. He sounds really honest when he reports the content of the chat:
Translation by Google:
In the conversation with the engineers and managers it became also clear, in which difficult situation the development occurred. Still last year was not clear, whether this rail (E x row, not DSLR in himself!) generally wide should be served. Nevertheless, by the economic crisis the Imaging area has clearly broken. The success of the E-PL1 has provided again something upward wind, nevertheless, the default scarce for the E-5 – she must be profitable from the outset, only than it would be factured. However, after the experiences with
E-3 it was just also clear that the whole one must become an evolution. Now the rest we know.

3) More info I received via email: “The E-5 is the only Olympus DSLR in production right now

September 24, 2010
Posted in reviews

Some Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 image samples (Photokina)

The Flickr user “Itemsis” just sent us an email to his latest images samples taken at photokina using the new Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 on a Panasonic G1. You can see two mroe pictures here at Flickr.

We already posted some images few weeks ago (http://www.43rumors.com/voigtlander-nokton-25mm-f0-95-preorders-on-ebay-and-in-australia/)

If you want the new Voigtländer instead of the Noktor you can preorder the lens on:
FotoMundus on eBay (Click here)
Mainlinephoto Australia
Cameraquest (one of my favorite shops!)
The classic camera

Let me know if other stores do accept preorders! Thanks!

September 23, 2010
Posted in poll

Select the best new (Micro)FourThirds products/news

Dear 43rumors readers.

It is now your turn to express your opinion about the new products and Panasonic/Oympus news. Photokina gave us some nice products but the manufacturers also lead us to believe that 2011 will become even more exciting. They promised us new pro lenses, even better cameras and more!

Select the best Photokina MicroFourThirds products and/or news! (You can select a maximum of 5 products/news)

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September 23, 2010
Posted in reviews

First images samples with the new Pansonic 14mm and 100-300mm lenses! (+ GH2 hands-on at Quesabesde)

On OMuser forum a lucky guy had the chance to test both new lenses. Check it out here: http://www.omuser.com/viewthread.php?tid=133813&extra=page%3D1
More samples are available here: http://www.omuser.com/viewthread.php?tid=133972&extra=page%3D1

P.S.: That 14mm f/2.5 lens looks nice on the GF1!

A Panasonic Gh2 Hands-on is available at Quesabesde (Click here to read the google english translation)

A report from the Panasonic Photokina stand at Digitalcamerainfo, DPreview, Photographyblog and Dkamera.de.

Preorder the new lenses on Amazon US (they are not available in Europe now):
Panasonic Lumix 12.5mm f/12 3D G Lens (Click here)
Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5 G Aspherical Lens (Click here)
Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 G Vario Aspherical MEGA OIS Lens (Click here).

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