October 19, 2011
Posted in reviews

First 14-42mm X lens sharpness test and new 45-175mm X lens video.


ice skating shot with gh2 + panasonic lumix g x 45-175mm from Roderick Kar on Vimeo.

The Japanese website DSLR-check (Click here) posted a set of image comparisons between the 14-42mm pancake X zoom and other lenses. What’s really interesting with the test is that he used the lens on both Panasonic and Olympus camera. As you know Panasonic has a lens correction while the Olympus has not. You really can see the difference! At first glance I wouldn’t recommend that lens for the use on an Olympus camera if you shot JPEG’s only. Otherwise the lens performs very well on the Panasonic cameras! And keep in mind how tiny that zoom lens is, that makes the image quality of the lens look even more impressive!

You can click these links to search for 14-42mm X lens preorders: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay
The Panasonic 45-175mm X lens is in Stock in some stores. Check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

October 18, 2011
Posted in deals

Olympus 45mm for $399 at Amazon and Ritz! (Panasonic-Leica in Stock at Adorama).


Good news dear US readers. The amazing new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens is in Stock for the normal price ($399) at Amazon (Click here) and Ritzcamera (Click here). If you need some review to convince yourself to buyt the lens read here at Monumentphoto or Steve Huff or Dpreview or Lenstip :)

And the new Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens is back in Stock at Adorama (Click here)! Don’t knwo how much that deal will last!

P.S.: In Holland the E-PL1 is in Stock for 149 Euro only at fotohanskeuzekamp.

October 18, 2011
Posted in news

Interview with Woodford (and Olympus shares keep losing value).


You can see three (very similar) Woodford interviews made at Financial Times (recommended!), Bloomberg (on youtube) and Channel4 (on their website). Mr Woodford said that he sent a report to the Serious Fraud Office in the UK. That’s going to be a tuff and long battle. Meanwhile the shares are losing another 8% today (Source: Bloomberg).

October 18, 2011
Posted in reviews

First Nanoha 5x macro lens video


Our friend Seb Farges shot this video with the new Nanoha 5x macro lens: “I’ve just receveid the Nanoha Macro 5X lens, micro 4/3 mount! It’s an amazing lens that is opening to me the very macro world. It has a lighting LED unit, you can plug it with USB cable, on your computer for example. You also have a target holder to maintain the object in front of the lens to avoid motion blur. I did not use it on this movie, except on the euro bill shot and the alone hair. Not so easy to film nano objects, the D.O.P is very short. The focusing point is 11mm from the lens top. You can adjust the point about 8mm with focusing ring. The magnification will be changed between x5 to x4 with focusing. This is a first quick test, hope you will enjoy it.

More info about the lens here: yasuhara.co.jp/​nanoha/​index-e.html. P.S.: Yasuhara is known for making M-mount lenses and cameras.

One more thing: Someone sent me the link to a mysterious Lo-fi 25mm f/1.4 M43 lens (Photojojo). To me it looks like this is a copy of the SLRmagic 26mm f/1.4 toy lens (Click here to see that lens).

October 17, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GF3 review at Popphoto and Cameralabs (and G3 and 12mm lens reviews)


Popphoto (Click here) posted the full Panasonic GF3 review: “The Olympus E-PL2, which can still be found at some retailers, matches the GF3’s performance in many ways, but is larger and doesn’t focus quite as fast. In short, the GF3 offers plenty of bang for the buck and is pretty much the camera to beat in this class“.
A second review of the GF3 has been posted by Cameralabs (Click here): “Panasonic’s repositioning of its GF range as ‘consumer’ models aimed at casual photographers looking to upgrade from a point-and-shoot has long been apparent and, in my view, they’ve succeeded admirably“.
The GF3 is in Stock at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

DigitalPhotographySchool (Click here) tested the Panasonic G3: “excellent colour capture with images as sharp as a tack
The G3 is in Stock at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

The german SystemKameraBlog (Click here) posted a full Olympus 12mm review. You have to be a member to download the review (in german).
Also ePhotozine (Click here) tested the Olympus 12mm lens: “Although this lens comes at a premium price point, you get premium build and premium optical quality. The wide aperture is very useful for taking images in low light conditions and this dinky metal lens makes a perfect companion for street photography due to its compact size and excellent performance at fast apertures.”
Click these shop links to check the price and availability of the Olympus 12mm lens: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.



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