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November 15, 2010
Posted in deals

Panasonic GF1 price drops also in Europe (finally!)

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Panasonic GF1+14-45mm price drop (idealo.de)

Oh finally we have some price drops in Europe too. It looks like most shops are busy to clearance their stocks of Panasonic GF1 cameras. In Germany the GF1 price dropped by 50 Euro on both kits. As usual keep in mind that I can’t check all stores in all countries!

Germany: Pixmania, Amazon, eBay
UK: Pixmania, Amazon, eBay
France: Pixmania, Amazon, eBay
Italy: Pixmania, eBay
Spain: Pixmania, eBay
Belgium: Pixmania, eBay
Holland: Pixmania, eBay
Austria: Pixmania, eBay
Poland: Pixmania, eBay

P.S.: One of our readers (Phil) went for a bike ride with the GF1 in the back pocket. It fell out at 30 mph but survived. Here’s a link to a photo of the damage. http://www.clubantietam.com/2010/11/14/photos-from-summer-rides/
. He said that the GF1 “still works like a charm – no need to upgrade to the GF2 yet :)

November 14, 2010
Posted in deals

UPDATE:HOT deal reloaded: E-PL1 for $399, GF1 for $599!

It looks like Amazon is very busy this weekend in cutting the price of Micro Four Thirds cameras. The Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm Lens is in Stock for $399 only at Amazon (Click here)! Does it mean there is really a new E-PL1s coming soon? Our sources didn’t hear anything about the rumored E-PL1s.

And the Panasonic GF1 with 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Lens is in Stock for $599 again at Amazon (Click here)!

And the cheapest MFT camera is the Panasonic G1 with 14-45mm lens ($399 at Amazon).

And if you are a Four Thirds user you can get the Olympus E-5 which is finally in Stock at Amazon (Click here)

P.S.: We europeans are getting more and more frustrated :(

November 14, 2010
Posted in reviews

Philip Bloom and the 3 days in Japan with the Panasonic AF100/101


Hirano San: Shot on Panasonic AF101 from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Philip Bloom flew to Japan to test the new Micro Four Thirds Panasonic AG-AF100/101 camcorder. And he became a big fan of the camera! “I saw no moiré on any shots. Check out the artist in the park at around 1:40 or so, look at his jacket. That would moiré on my Canons, not here. A joy! I also saw no sign of aliasing. Rolling shutter issues as expected were still present but way less pronounced that DSLRs. I did shoot out the side of the bus whilst moving and there was still some skew, enough for me not to use it but a lot better than what I have become used to.

I really do believe that this camera will cement the Micro Four Thirds success. I am a filmmaker for myself and I not a few of my collueges already have preordered that camera. And I bet they are now playing with the idea to buy a Micro Four Thirds photocamera too!

Reminder: You can preorder the Panasonic AG-AF100/101 at BHphoto (Click here). Even if you are european feelf ree to buy at BHphoto. They calculate shipping and tax costs for your country!

Via Philip Bloom

November 13, 2010
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Get the new Panasonic lenses directly from Japan/Taiwan (via eBay)

If you are in a hurry and can’t wait the 1-2 months delay that Panasonic needs to supply the rest of the non-japanese (or Taiwan) world with the new Panasonic stuff you can get the it on eBay right now.

Click on those links to see the eBay auctions from japanese resellers (P.S: Some non-japanese resellers are also selling the products but with a 29days auction ending)

Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 eBay acutions
Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 eBay acutions
Panasonic 3D 12.5mm f/12 eBay acutions

November 12, 2010
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GH1+ Voigtlander video (+ final soundimages review)


Mike Kobal posted that nice Panasonic GH1 + Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 test. One more video from Mike is available here: http://www.mikekobal.com/blog/?p=926

And finally Soundimagesplus posted the full Nokton review (part1part2part3). Those are some of the most interetsing statements:
– “there is some vignetting at f/0.95
– “CA and fringing is present, but its much better than on many lenses I have.
– “Wide open its very good, and moving through f/1.4 and f/2 the sharpness improves. I really wouldn’t have any problem using it at any aperture.
– “I’m very happy with the colour rendition of the lens also and the contrast, all of which combine to produce nice punchy pictures
– “Is it sharper than the 20mm f/1.7 pancake? My gut reaction says it is

I would say buy that lens if you can live with manual focus! There are three Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 lens for sale on eBay (worldwide shipment)

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