September 1, 2011
Posted in Rumors

No source heard anything official about a possible Panasonic-Olympus acquisition plan.

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Two days ago we posted a rumor with low credibility (FT2) that Panasonic could buy the Olympus Imaging division. External websites + some new (and completely unknown sources) told me Panasonic and Olympus are talking about that since a couple of months.

Meanwhile I asked some of my very good sources if they heard anything about that. All do say that they don’t know anything about a possible sale of the camera division to Panasonic. There is absolutely no word about that going around at Olympus. This doesn’t mean that this would not be possible as such an acquisition would only be dealt by the very top Japanese managers from Panasonic and Olympus. So only time will tell if the rumor is true or not.

As I said earlier, I hope it is a wrong rumor as I think the whole Micro Four Thirds system would lose some of their “appealing”. What do you think?

If Pana would buy Oly: Would the m43 system lose or gain something?

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August 31, 2011
Posted in reviews

New E-P3 reviews (Kirk Tuck talks about why he keeps coming back to Oly)


I have a lot of cameras. Why do I keep coming back to the Olympus ones? That is the title of the latest article written by Kirk Tuck (Click here). He had the chance to test the E-P3: “One of the nicest cameras I’ve had the pleasure to caress and certainly on my list of stuff to pick up next time I’m in Precision Camera.

Olympus PEN E-P3 Mini Review at Photofocus (Click here): “The Olympus E-P3 is probably the best camera in its class – for now at least. Compared with the hot Fuji X100 the Olympus is in my opinion, a much better choice.

Out on the street with the Olympus E-P3 and 12mm f/2 lens by Steve Huff (Click here): “If you have been on the fence about the E-P3 and are invested in the M 4/3 system, I’d say GO FOR IT. It is wonderful and a big improvement in just about every area over the E-P1 and E-P2.”

There is a nice field test written by Gakuranman.com and fiedl test at Hendralauw (Click here): “Just like my Panasonic GF1, the Olympus PEN E-P3 is great for street photography. It’s small, un-intimidating and powerful enough to create great images. And I love its combination with the new Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 lens. Great wide angle lens.“. He also posted an ISO 10.000 picture :)

And than we have a Nikon 5100 versus E-P3 battle at Mashable (Click here): “After extensive testing, the two cameras’ performance was similar, but I think the Olympus E-P3 does a better job of fulfilling that mission.”

Click those direct search links to check if the E-P3 is in Stock at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

P.S.: Silkypix now supports the E-P3

REMINDER: Those are the direct search links to all the new Pana/Oly stuff:
Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

August 31, 2011
Posted in news

Panasonic says they can be better than DSLRs (via Techradar). And X lenses cannot be Leica (BJP).


Video on top: A Panasonic X commercial.

At British Journal of Photography Barney Sykes (Lumix product manager) explained why the new X lenses are not having the Leica brand: “Leica has very strict standards when making lenses,” says Sykes. “For the X line, we’re using digital technology to get the same quality [in a more compact product]. This would not have conformed to Leica’s standard.”

Amy Davies from Techradar (Click here) interviewed Mr. Uetmatsu from Panasonic. The most interesting points:
– Mirrorless are no second rate compared to DSLR.
– Image quality is not only about sensor size, but also about signal processing and optical performance.
– compact system cameras have an advantage is in the camcorder market.
– Many manufacturers will introduce mirrorless cameras, but we have a distinct advantage because we are already two years ahead
It is the second interview from Amy with Mr. Uematsu. A couple of months ago Uematsu confirmed to Techradar that they are working on a GF PRO model.

 

August 31, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

Walk On The Wet Side: Lower East Side, NYC: Hurricane Irene Aftermath: Panasonic GH2 in DIY Hurricane proof housing from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

Olympus E-PL3 review at DC.watch (google translation).

Richard Franiec grip coming soon for Olympus PEN E-PL3 (Dpreview).

New thumbs for our M43 cameras from Elva (SLRclub).

A cool image of the GF1 with Leica Visoflex at Tokyocamerastyle.

FourThirds – The End or The Beginning? (Zone-10).

Davi H. E-PL3 unboxing pics and XZ-1 unboxing pics.

Olympus E-5 wildlife gallery by Pekka Potka (Click o gallery and than on wildlife).

Comparison between Panasonic G3 + 12mm f/2 and Sony NEX-C3 + 16mm f/2.8 (Soundimageplus).

August 30, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Olympus E-P3, Panasonic G3 reviews and another Toy lens review


There is a new full Olympus E-P3 review at Engadget (Click here): “For those dead-set on this category, though, the E-P3 doesn’t innovate enough from an image quality standpoint to justify an upgrade, and for newcomers, that $900 price point is awfully hard to swallow. Here’s hoping the E-P4 will hit with an MSRP that doesn’t give us so much pause.“. Get the E-P3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Quesabesde (Click here to read the translation) posted a full Panasonic G3 review: “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 deserves to rank among the best options for those who walk looking for a compact camera with affordable price“. Get the G3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Steve Huff (Click here) tested the 11mm f/2.4 Toy lens: “The lens is small, light, has a metal mount, and focuses quickly and easily. If you buy this lens, do not expect perfection, straight lines, or super sharp images. Instead, expect some cool “SLR Magic” funkiness and you will be quite happy“. You can check the Toy lens price on eBay (Click here)

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