October 26, 2010
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US deals: E-PL1 for $480.

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At Amazon you can get the black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm Lens for $480 (Click here)

Other deals:
– Panasonic 7-14mm lens in Stock for $999 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
– Olympus 9-18mm lens for $550 at Amazon

October 25, 2010
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New Panasonic AG-AF100 video samples by Philip Bloom

Philip Bloom just posted a new Hands-on diary about the Panasonic AG-AF100. He used the Panasonic 7-14mm and the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 lens. Those are his most interesting critics:

– It was a real pleasure shooting with this camera, wide lenses and pre-production aside. The low light was really good, not full frame DSLR amazing but MILES better than my GH1. User friendly. Great exposure assistants like waveform and zebras. Two features to help you focus. Proper sound. Minimal rolling shutter but best of all. I could not see ANY moire or aliasing in things that would show up with my DSLRs normally…this is a big deal.
– I did a few rolling shutter tests with it. Yes, skew is still present but pretty minimal with this lens.
– The lowest ISO is 200, the highest is 3200 which of course has noise but is pretty damn good. Not 5Dmk2 good but better than the 7D for sure
– The waveform/ vectorscopes are fantastic, 100 times better than what the histogram on the Canon DSLRs.
– The thing that REALLY excited me was the overcrank mode. I could record 1080p 25p at 50FPS or 60FPS in 24p mode!! Being able to shoot full HD overcranked to 50FPS or 60 and the ability to record high quality audio in camera has totally sold me on this camera.
– Downsides, UK price…ugly, menus a bit fiddly (but this may improve with the production version), sensor size being micro four thirds means most of your 35mm lens are a bit telephoto.
– Ergonomics…it’s awkward handheld. More so than the other cameras of this size due to still lenses being used. It needs a handheld rig.
– Panasonic urgently need to bring out some fast wide lenses. it’s the single biggest issues with the camera
– Will I buy this camera the moment it comes out? Bloody right.

You can preorder the AG-AF100 at BHphoto (Click here)

P.S.: Did you listen Pana? We need some fast wide lenses ;)

Via Philip Bloom

October 25, 2010
Posted in deals

Worldwide Panasonic GF1 and Olympus E-PL1 price drop analysis.

As you might now the Panasonic GF1 is now selling for $599 at Amazon. That’s an incredible $90 price drop compared to last week price and a $220 price drop compared to the last month price. The Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm Lens (Black) sells for $499. Such price drops do allow the mirrorless market to compete against the low-entry DSLR. The Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm Lens sells for $646 and the Canon EOS Rebel T2i with 18-55mm Lens for $849. For a long time an argument against the new mirrorless camera was that those cameras were too expensive. Of course DSLR can offer some advantages but so do mirrorless cameras (compact cameras and lenses, less weight and no mirror movement, etc.). The recent price drops could become more important than any new camera announcement. No excuses now, if you want a compact high-quality camera it’s time to get the GF1 or the E-PL1!

The graph from Idealo.de shows the GF1 price drop in Germany (on the Panasonic GF1-14-25mm kit). The graph below shows the Olympus E-PL1+14-42mm price drop.

Check your Pixmania or Amazon store to see the current GF1 prices:
Pixmania Deutschland, Pixmania Belgium, Pixmania France, Pixmania Austria, Pixmania UK, Pixmania Nederland, Pixmania Poland, Pixmania España,Pixmania Italia.
Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK and Amazon France

Trendy.Nikkei.jp worte an article about the recent Panasonic GF1 price drops. On the graph above you see the price trend comparison bertween the Panasonic GF1 (violet) and the Sony NEX-5 (green). Even if there is a GF2 coming in a few months they suggest to buy the GF1 because the price is very low.

October 25, 2010
Posted in reviews

Panasonic LX5 news and reviews

Cameralabs posted a long Panasonic LX5 review: “So ultimately a great camera has become even better, but the biggest problem facing the Lumix LX5 is the availability of compacts boasting considerably larger sensors and the flexibility of interchangeable lenses.” And how does the LX5 compare with the Micro Four Thirds sensor? A dpreview forum user tried to find the answer by comparing the LX5 with the E-PL1.
Amateur Photograher says about the LX5: “Yet the new sensor design does go some way towards improving both the dynamic range and noise beyond what we have seen from the last generation of compact cameras. Overall, I am very impressed with the LX5.
Also Digitalcamerareview and Infosync tested the LX5.

And as you know there is a Leica clone of the LX5 which of course is much more expensive. But ThePhoBlographer gives you 4 Reasons why You Should Get the Leica D-LUX 5 vs Panasonic LX-5.

Support 43rumors and use those affiliate links to purchase the LX5

US:
Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

Europe:
Pixmania Deutschland, Pixmania Belgium, Pixmania France, Pixmania Austria, Pixmania UK, Pixmania Nederland, Pixmania Poland, Pixmania España,Pixmania Italia

October 24, 2010
Posted in reviews

First Panasonic 100-300mm lens review!


The czech website Fotografovani just posted a detailled Panasonic 100-300mm review. They have taken many image samples at different apertures and focal lenghts (including vignetting test). In summary they”were surprised by the high quality of the optical output“. And those are the pros and cons:

Advantages:

  • Excellent resolution by stopping down to medium apertures
  • Very low levels of chromatic aberration
  • Quiet and quick AF Focus
  • Effective optical stabilization system
  • Good contrast
  • Compact size and weight
  • High zoom performance (200 to 600mm on 135 format)
  • Good price
  • Lens Hood for the price

Potential drawbacks:

  • Plastic body (except the lens mount)
  • Focal length markings are not painted entirely accurate (about 2mm difference at some focal lengths)
  • No distance scale for manual focusing
  • Initial aperture begins at the value of F4

Amazon UK says that: “This item is due to be released on November 8, 2010.

Click ont store name to visit the product page and check price and availabilty or to preorder the lens:
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan

Thanks Ivo

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