Olympus 40-150mm review at Photozone. 60mm macro at SLRgear.


Image courtesy: Photozone

The Olympus 40-150mm has been tested by Photozone (Click here). The lens has no spectacular specs but “it is a quite good entry-level telephoto zoom lens. It may not be a cracker in terms of delivered resolution but it is no show-stopper either. The image quality is quite impressive in the low to mid portion of the zoom range. At 150mm it is somewhat weaker but not terribly so.
Welld odne Olympus…and now give us some f/2.8 Zuiko! :)

More new reviews:
Winterimpressionen – Sigma 19 mm F2.8 EX DN (PenAndTell).
Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 zoom at 100mm – GH3 EVF and Screen (Soundimagesplus).
Olympus 75mm f/1.8 compared to Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 at Soundimagesplus.
60mm macro test at SLRgear.
Lumix X 12-35mm f/2.8 sharpness evaluation (M43blogspot).


(FT5) List of Panasonic compact cameras coming at CES.


As I told you yesterday there will be new compact cameras only from both, Panasonic and Olympus. This is the list of the Panasonic cameras:

  • DMC-TS25 (In Japan, the FT Series)
    – 16.1MP sensor
    – 4x zoom
  • DMC-TS5 (In Japan, the FT Series)
    – 16.1MP sensor
    – 4.6 times zoom
  • DMC-XS1
    – 16.1MP sensor
    – 5 times zoom
  • DMC-ZS25 (In Japan, the TZ series)
    – 16.1MP sensor
    – Zoom 20 times
  • DMC-ZS30 in Japan (Japan (TZ series)
    – 18.2MP sensor
    – Zoom 20 times
  • DMC-LZ30
    16.1MP sensor
    35x zoom
  • DMC-SZ3
    – 16.1MP
    – 10x optical zoom
  • DMC-SZ9
    – 16.1MP
    – 10x optical zoom
  • DMC-F5
    – 14.1MP
    – 5 times zoom
  • DMC-FH10
    – 16.1MP
    – 5 times zoom

via Digicaminfo


GH3 electronic vs mechanical shutter (M43photo). First complaints about the GH3 viewfinder…


Gh3-Playing with sharpness and ETC from Christopher Mayer on Vimeo.

Electronic shutter:
M43photo (Click here) wrote a very accurate article about the GH3 electronic shutter. It’s a must read post if you want to learn the difference between the mechanical and electronic shutter!

EVF issue?
Now that people is receiving their first batch of GH3 cameras you can also read about the first complains. 43rumors reader J.Russell sent me this email to sum up a problem with the GH3 viewfinder: “Many people are unhappy with the viewfinder and/or the flip out screen on the GH3.  My viewfinder is amazing soft and completely unusable for focusing – the menu items are sharp.  People are also complaining about a green cast in their viewfinders and/or the flip out screen.  This all seems like a firmware problem to me, but see below:
In one thread on Vimeo someone claims special knowledge and makes reference that Panasonic is changing the manufacturer of the viewfinder/panel and that the new batch of cameras will have the new parts.  Here is the thread in the comments section of this video: https://vimeo.com/55741316
Here are other discussions:

More GH3 news:
Panasonic GH3 image samples at Outbackphoto.
GH2 vs GH3 Comparison http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNrctjyPqxs
GH2 vs GH3 Night Lens Test 1 Christmas Lights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM_6ZKCFuPs
GH2 vs GH3 Night Lens Test 2 – Honolulu City Lights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pwNZxfa1uM
GH2 vs GH3 Night Lens Test 3 – High ISO Tests http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UK0Ck7jQbM

GH3 store links and in Stock status check:
12-35mm GH3 kit: Wex UK, Wex DE, Photoexpress UK, FotoHansKeuzekamp (NL),
14-140mm GH3 kit: Wex UK, Amazon UK, Photoexpress UK, Wex DE, Amazon FR,
Body only: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Panasonic store, Samys, Henry, Vistek, Wex UK, FotoHansKeuzekamp (NL), Amazon FR, Webdistirbution FR.


(FT5) One new MFT camera from Olympus to come soon (likely end of January).




The E-P3 marked as “discontinued” at Bhphoto.

Finally trusted sources could confirm that one single new Micro Four Thirds cameras will be announced “soon”. They didn’t unveil me any specs or other detail but It’s easy to guess that the camera will be announced in late January for the CP+ show in Japan. The only I received from unknown (also non trusted) sources was that there will be a “completely new PEN”.

Sources that may want to share what they know about the camera can send me an anonymous message using the contact form on the very right of their website or by sending me an email at 43rumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

And you readers stay tuned! Christmas Holiday time is officially over…at least for me :)