September 9, 2010
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(FT4) First E-5 image!

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Some days ago I received that crop from a supposed “Olympus E-5″ camera. I thought that image was fake because it looks exactly like the older Olympus E-3. But two of my sources told me this is the real E-5 image! The trusted sources also sent me the camera specs.

– Weather-proof (Magnesium) body
– 12.1Megapixel sensor (We don’t know yet if it is the same Olympus PEN sensor!)
– ISO 100 – 6400 in 1/3 or 1 EV steps
– AVI Motion JPEG(30fps) HD (720)
– 5fps
– it can take a picture with sound.
– mono mic with stereo external microphone input
– 3 inch LCD with 920.000 dots resolution
– 11 points full-twin cross AF sensor (phase-difference detection system)
– 11 area multiple AF (contrast detection system)
– CF and SD dual slot
– Built-in wireless flash

The E-5 should be announced on September 14.

Reminder: That is what one of our sources told us a few weeks ago about the E-5: “Oh, will like to let you know that I have seen the new Olympus pro dSLR, the E-5, already. It’s a solid, wicked piece of camera that’s weather sealed just like the Olympus E-3. And, it will be announced prior to Photokina. I don’t have other specs on it, except i have tried it and the focusing is really fast. It still uses a 4/3 lens mount. From what i know, it will support HD video recording as well. The top control panel remains largely the same, and it will also have a flip and swivel screen like the E-3. Oh, the sensor resolution is still 12 megapixels, and it will compete against the 7D. Not sure if the megapixels will play a major role here as well. But olympus is hoping that it’s Zuiko lens can outdo Nikon and Canon. Early samples of photos taken with the E-5 shows that the picture quality is almost on par with the D300s and 7D.

September 9, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) More (false?) E-5 rumors

UPDATE: I post the following rumor because many people sent me the link to the rumor.  This is a lot simpler than answering everyone personally :)  I believe those specs are NOT real.

Via dpreview forum “Jason” gave us following E-5 specs:

Excellent video,
perfect glass optical viewfinder,
remote flash control (without the need to pop-up the flash),
horizon indicator,
low noise,
high dynamic range,
multi-aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 3:2 and 1:1,

magnesium and titanium body (for lightness, strength and water-resistance), durable shutter,
very unique sensor design,
super high-res OLED 3.5″ articulating screen,
6 stops of built in image stability,
1080p/720p up to 60 frames AVCHD,
super fast Live vIew autofocus – like
GF1/GH1,
dual memory slots SD and Compact – with custom write functions,
more intuitive pro interface/layout on back and top of camera,
studio Liveview for direct connect to computer

I don’t believe those are the correct E-5 specs :(

September 8, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) Panasonic will demonstrate a new technology (?)

Weeks ago a very good source wrote me a text: “stay tuned for the upcoming surprises by panasonic ;-)

I asked him if he was talking about the GH2 and the answer was: “No, we will definitly see a demonstration of a new technology, but I won’t tell you ,-)

It doesn’t sound like he is talking about the 3D technology and it is certainly related to photography. I tried to get some more information (also from other sources) but I didn’t find anything. That’s why I ask you here if you heard something about the “mysterious” new tecnology. I am sure there is something because that source always gave me correct informations in the past!

So please help us ;)

P.S.: Dear readers, feel free to start your own speculation :)

September 8, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Carl Zeiss will make MicroFourThirds cine lenses!!!

Carl Zeiss will soon offer the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses with Micro 4/3 mount.!!!!!! Those lenses are very expensive $3.900 each at BHphoto (Click here) or eBay (Click here) :(

Official press release (Source Zeiss.de):

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 08.09.2010.
In 4th quarter of 2010, ZEISS Compact Prime CP.2 lenses will be available with F-mount. The Compact Prime CP.2 series, presented last April, were the first lenses developed especially for shooting with HDSLR cameras. Since then, the lenses have been highly sought after by cinematographers and film photographers alike. In addition to the PL-, EF- and F-mount, Carl Zeiss will soon also be offering the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses with Micro 4/3 and A-mount.

The Compact Prime CP.2 lenses’ inter- changeable mount means the lenses can be used for many purposes. The lenses have a compact and robust build so that they can handle any demand on the film set.

“With the new enhancement of mounts we want to meet the needs of our customers”, says Michael Schiehlen, Head of Sales of Carl Zeiss AG Camera Lens Division. “The possibility of using our CP.2 lenses flexibly for three different camera systems is not only interesting for new customers. Stores that rent cameras and camera equipment also benefit from the lenses’ enhanced flexibility.”

Just in time for the IBC in Amsterdam, Carl Zeiss has announced two new focus lengths that will also be available with F-mount: Compact Prime CP.2 50 mm/T2.1 Makro and CP.2 100mm/T2.1 CF. They complement the seven focal lengths from 18 to 85 millimeters that are already available.

Current CP.2 lenses are:

Super Wide Angle Aperture CFD AOV Weight EF PL F
CP.2 18mm/T3.6* T3.6 – 22 0.3 69° 900 g
CP.2 21mm/T2.9 T2.9 – 22 0.22 60.9° 1000 g
Wide Angle ZE ZF ZF.2
CP.2 25mm/T2.9 T2.9 – 22 0.17 52.2° 900 g
CP.2 28mm/T2.1 T2.1 – 22 0.24 47.4° 1000 g
CP.2 35mm/T2.1 T2.1 – 22 0.3 38.5° 1000 g
Standard ZE ZF ZF.2
CP.2 50mm/T2.1 T2.1 – 22 0.45 27.3° 900 g
Tele ZE ZF ZF.2
CP.2 85mm/T2.1 T2.1 – 22 1 16.7° 900 g
Check out the current prices of the compact Prime CP.2 lenses on eBay (Click here)

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September 8, 2010
Posted in Rumors

The need for speed: The Voigtländer 35mm and 40mm f/1.4 lenses

Image courtesy: Cameraquest

Voigtländer joined MicroFourThirds and we hope that they are going to make many more lenses soon! Two of the nicest (and fast) lenses are the Voigtländer 35mm f/1.4 and 40mm f/1.4 pancakes. They are M-mount lenses (not m43!). I will soon start a poll soon to ask you what MicroFourThirds lens you want from Voigtländer.

The Voigtländer 35mm f/1.4:

Image samples:
– Taken with the GF1 (Flickr)
– Taken with the E-P1 (Flickr)
Video samples:
– Taken with the E-P1 (Youtube)
Camera porn:
– The lens attached on the GF1 (Flickr)
– E-P1 (Flickriver)

Check out current 35mm f/1.4 lens auctions on eBay (Click here)
Check the 35mm f/1.4 price on Amazon US (Click here)

The Voigtländer 40mm f/1.4:

Image samples:
– With the E-P1 (e-p1.net)
Video samples:
– Taken with the E-P1 (Youtube)
And again a little bit of camera porn:
– The lens attached on the G1 (Clubsnap)
– GF1 (mu-43.com)

Check out current 40mm f/1.4 lens auctions on eBay (Click here)
Check the 40mm f/1.4 price on Amazon US (Click here)

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