February 22, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Olympus XZ-1 and 75-300mm lens reviews.


Photographyblog (Click here) tested the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 Micro Four Thirds lens. After a five page long review the conclusion is: “Overall, we enjoyed shooting with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 a lot and have been pleased with the results. Most of our photos came out sharp, with acceptable levels of distortion and almost no chromatic aberrations. However, a long telezoom like this will always be a speciality lens and with the M.Zuiko costing as much as it does, it seems one needs a very good reason to commit to a purchase.
Check the lens price and availability at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

Pocket Lint (Click here) posted their Olympus XZ-1 review “Shoehorning in almost as many features as its E-PL2 bigger brother, if you don’t want to change the F/1.8, 28-112mm equivalent lens on the front, the XZ-1 is the easier to use, as well as transport. Sure, an asking price of £399 is not inconsiderable, but at least it’s comparable with its immediate rivals that are also priced at a premium. After practically holding a wake with the release of the E-5 DSLR, fortunately it’s now party hats and streamers time for Olympus in the case of the XZ-1.
Chek the camera price and availability at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

February 22, 2011
Posted in Rumors

New cheap Micro Four Thirds lenses coming from China…

Image source: xinhuanet

Zhongyi Optics from China is developing a 28mm f/2.8 lens for Micro Four Thirds, which will have a 4 group and 5 lenses design. Price will be around CNY 500 (around 80 USD).

We already have a few cheap chinese manual m43 lenses:
SLRmagic 26mm f/1.4 eBay (Click here)
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 eBay (Click here)
Loreo lenses on eBay (Click here)

Via MirrorlessRumors

February 22, 2011
Posted in deals

Incredible GF1 deal in UK (not so in US).

The british online shop Parkcameras is selling the GF1 body for 199 Pounds only. That’s a huge deal for the GF1! As you have certainly noticed there are not many cameras in Stock. The graph above shows how the price of the GF1 is increasing at Amazon US. It proves that there is still a considerable demand for the GF1 but also that there are only few in Stock. Check out at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay!

P.S.: The newer Panasonic GF2 is already in Stock at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

February 22, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

Test Olympus E-PL2 : écran et autofocus (Focus Numerique). E-PL2 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
E-PL2 studio photography in P mode and in Jpeg (Flickr).
The japanese blog capacamera tested all new Olympus lens converters.
E-PL1s review at ganref.
ThePhoBlographer posted a teaser of the Olympus EPL-2 field review in the form of the gorgeous photo on their Facebook wall.
Panasonic GF2 review at Hybridcams. GF2 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
GH2+Nokton 25mm test at DC.watch.impress. Check the Nokton auctions at eBay.
Panasonic GH2 review at mobile01. GH2 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Fujifilm Finepix X100 first look at Photoreview Australia. X100 preorders at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Short Olympus E-5 review at faz.net (german). E-5 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

February 21, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 almost as big as the kit lens.

One of our sources told us the upcoming Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds lens will be almost as big as the current Panasonic 14-42mm kit lens. If the rumor turns out to be true than the size will be a bit more than we expected (or hoped) to be for a lens that is “rumored” to come without in lens stabilization (OIS). It has almost double the size of the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens pancake. We still don’t have the 100% certain specs so I hope there is room for a surprise that can explain the size (a bit faster than f/1.4? Incredible image quality? or last moment added OIS?). The lens is expected to be announced late March/early April.

– I used the awesome Four Thirds matching simulation to compare the lens size!
– The Four Thirds Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens (which should have almost double the size compared to the little Micro Four Thirds sister)
– The Panasonic 20mm pancake at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

UPDATE: Samsung doesn’t make any big secret about their lens roadmap and they just announced 5 new NX lenses (Click here to read more at MirrorlessRumors.com)

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