July 26, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic-Leica 25mm gets reviewed by SLRgear!

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There is a new full Panasonic-Leica review at SLRgear (Click here): “Panasonic has done very well with this lens. The only objectionable thing about it might be its price tag, which strikes a bit high for what some might see as the micro four-thirds equivalent of the nifty fifty. However, its fast aperture and high quality justify a higher price, and given the current lack of competition in its class, you’re just going to have to pay a premium price if you want what it can offer. That said, it’s well worth the investment.

The lens is already in Stock in asian stores (like Amazon Japan) and should be in Stock soon oin the rest of the world. Check the preorder status at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay! Click on shop names to visit the search page (Some websites may not do list the lens!).

Thanks Meganono and Rotislav

July 26, 2011
Posted in deals

Olympus E-P3 in Stock at BHphoto (+ new review at Biofos)


The E-P3 with 17mm pancake is now in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). And third party resellers do see it on Amazon too (Click here). The “older” E-P2 sells for $529.95 only at Amazon (Click here).

If you need to read one more review click here to see the first impression form Biofos: “The company has striven to produce a camera that has rapid AF – and succeeded. They have done this by doubling the sensor and processing speed which results in a much more responsive camera than its older siblings. They have also provided a new sensor albeit based on the well tried Panasonic 12.3MP that has featured in all their camera since the E-620. The processing engine is new too and boasts fine detail processing giving superior output equivalent to higher MP count machines. Olympus, for now, are sticking to their belief that 12MP is good enough for the vast majority of photographers.

Reminder: The new Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens is in Stock Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here) and eBay (Click here).

Other US deals reminder:
The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake is now in Stock for $329.97 at Amazon (Click here).
Black G3 with 14-42mm lens for $633 on Amazon (Click here)!
Adorama has the Voigtländer 25mm in Stock (Click here). And don’t forget that they are also accepting preorders on the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 lens (Click here)
You can now get the AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds camcorder with a free (!) 14-140mm zoom lens at BHphoto (Click here).
The Black and White Olympus XZ-1 are in Stock for $409 only at Amazon (Click here).

July 26, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Panasonic double announcement. GF PRO coming, but in very late 2011!


Image on top: The Panasonic L1 with built-in viewfinder.

I am currently working on the next “set” of rumors. I know now from top sources that like Olympus also Panasonic will have two more major Micro Four Thirds announcement this year. One in late August and one by very end of the year. Our sources also told us that the GF PRO announcement has been delayed to end of the year 2011. So do not expect it to be announced in August!

I should soon get more info about the August announcement and about the GF PRO. I am still not sure if it will have built-in viewfinder like the Panasonic L1 (Click here to see that cam on eBay) or be more like the old popular GF1 camera.

If can help me send me a text at 43rumors@gmail.com or use the anonymous contact form you can see on the right sidebar. Thanks!

 

P.S.: Keep sending me your renderings of the future PEN PRO and GF PRO cameras! And take some inspiration from the past:
See the Zeiss Ikon ZM (Click here to see it on eBay).
The amazing Contax G2 (Click here to see it on eBay)….very innovative camera!
The Konica Hexar RF (Click here to see it on eBay)…this was a better copy of the Leica M6!
The Minolta CLE (Click here to see it on eBay)…so small!

Reminder -> Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

July 26, 2011
Posted in reviews

New E-P3 news and reviews roundup!


Olympus E-P3 commercial in Malayasia.

Pekkapotka (Click here) posted a new E-P3 vs. E-P2 RAW comparison: “My conclusions (from these and other images): Images from these cameras are close to each other with E-P3 having better resolution and sharpness. Noise is equal or slightly lower in E-P3. E-P3 images show better surface texture in objects. That would suggest that filters in front of sensor are of a better quality in E-P3.

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) wrote an article about “Shooting Street Photography with the Olympus E-P3“: “The Olympus EP3 is a small camera; and as we’ve stated before, small cameras seem to be best for street photography. Though I used the white version of the camera (which is the sexiest and stands out the most) people would often just look out of curiosity but not be intimidated by it. Instead, they’d actually just be a bit mesmerized by how gorgeous and simple it was. Not intimidating your subjects is a big part of being able to capture a candid moment. If you combine this with reading one’s body language you’ll have a winning combination for getting the photo that you want.

Lori Grunin from CNET Asia (Click here) also posted the E-P3 test: “For what it delivers, the E-P3 is quite expensive–especially since the new models expected in the fall are supposed to have the same performance and sensor. Even if they’re not as fast, they’ll probably be fast enough. Once I get raw software and if Olympus possibly tweaks the defaults I may boost the image rating and the camera might rise in my estimation. But if you’re looking for a sleek model that delivers superb image quality, spend the extra $200 on a Fujifilm X100

And also Techradar (Click here) posted the final E-P3 review: “Olympus has been able to keep the price of the P3 down and maintain its rectangular, compact camera-like form. Provided the sensitivity is kept below ISO 3200, the P3 produces superb images, that are well exposed, have lots of sharp detail and pleasant colours.

 

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.

July 25, 2011
Posted in reviews

Leica 25mm worldwide shipment started (review at Clubsnap).

The new Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 is finally shipping worldwide. As usual japanese shops like Amazon.co.jp are the first to have them in Stock. The guys over at Clubnsap (Click here) were very fast in reviewing one of he first production samples. What are there conclusions? Read here (but please visit their website to see the full image samples!):
Bokeh:
Only one comment, Sweet ! Besides of Nokton f0.95, this is m4/3 largest aperture AF lens. f1.4 allow good indoor shot. (indoor/lowlight field test in next thread)
Optical Quality:
Very sharp. I have not shot with Leica Summilux/summicron mounted on m4/3 cam before, but up to date, this is the sharpens m4/3 fens I have used. It is certainly a mile ahead of Panny 20mm f1.7
Corner Sharpness:
Have not done pixel mapping or MTF chart. But based on eye ball judgment, the corner performance has held up pretty well. Only at the 3-5% corner, you would see some softening.
CA:
Very well controlled and hardly noticed. In extreme conditions, there is only small amount of purple fringe.
AF:
Though mounted on first m4/3 camera EP1, the focusing is pretty fast. I have also tested this lens on GF3 and EP3, the AF is almost instant. Hardly imagine how could the AF can further improved. However, similar to Lumix 20mm f1.7, it has some unpleasant motor sound when the apertures move during focusing.

Check the preorder status at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay! Click on shop names to visit the search page (Some websites may not do list the lens!).

One more thing: The Panasonic GF3 and G3 are still not in Stock in US stores? Are we experiencing the usual US supply problems?
Panasonic GF3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic G3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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