October 7, 2010

a little bit of everything…


Original Panasonic GH2 Footage – 720p50 (part 2) from Uwe Lansing on Vimeo.

Olympus Japan announced that the white E-P2 and all-black E-P2 kit will be available from October 15th.

Exclusive: Sigma and Foveon discuss the forthcoming SD1 (Dpreview)

Olympus FE-5050 Review (Trustedreviews)

Panasonic Lumix G2: King ergonomics (Digimanie.cz)

DIWA Gold Award for Olympus E-PL1 (Photographyblog)

Panasonic Lumix G Photography Gift Pack for UK (ePhotozine)

Field Review: Olympus PEN E-P2 (ThePhoBlographer)

October 6, 2010
Posted in deals

Modified Kowa 55mm f/1.0 on eBay

This is a modified Kowa 55mm f/1.0 lens. You can use it on your Micro Four Thirds camera without using any adapter. It is currentlz for sale on eBay (Click here). Didn’t find any image smaples taken with that lens :(
A High quality alternative is the Canon 50mm FD 1.2 (Click here to see current auctions on eBay)

P.S.: As you might know Kowa announced that they will be making the 350mm f/4, 500mm f/5,6 and 850mm f/9,6 telephoto lenses for Micro Four Thirds.

October 6, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Panasonic GH2 without 25p in PAL regions? (P.S.: 14-140mm firmware upgrade)

Panasonic GH2 30P Test

EosHD reports that:”I’ve been told by a source close to Panasonic that the final (non-prototype) PAL camera does indeed lack 25p and only has 24p“. If the rumor prooves to be correct than this is really a sad decision. I would love to know from Panasonic why they didn’t add 25p!

P.S.: Panasonic new14-140mm lens firmware update is now available for download at Panasonic Japan. The new firmware improves the speed of AF(Auto Focus) performance.

October 6, 2010
Posted in reviews

New Olympus E-5 tests…

Robin Wong (Click here to read) posted a new E-5 test. This time he tested the Low Light performance: “What I can tell you is that, there is a noticeable improvement. At ISO3200, the noise level was evident, but still the details are well maintained. Overall sharpness was very good too, but of course that was due to the presence of luminance noise all over. One good news is how the JPEG engine handles the chroma noise. Up to ISO3200, I almost did not detect (yet again, some people have super magnifying eyes that can spot pixels 6 feet away from the computer screen) any chroma noise. Even at ISO6400, the majority of the noise is luminance, and I do not mind much luminance noise, which was of course, again my preference.

Great work Robert!

One more E-5 test: Fotopolis.pl (google english translation) previewed the E-5.

High quality ISO 3200 E-5 RAW filed developed by OlympusClub user ‘qbic’ – using Lightroom 3 (2shared.com)

October 6, 2010
Posted in news

Private message: Thanks for your help at Photokina!

During Photokina I received tons of mails from you with links to news, rumors and deals. With over 600 mails and comments per day it was impossible to answer every single message. That’s why I am writing to thank you for your help on this website. Without you 43rumors would not be alive.

In general 43rumors has a big role in my life now. There are many reasons why it is so. First it takes me several hours per day to work on it. And to find the balance between 43rumors, my real work as documentarist/photographer and my private life has been not easy! I always travel with my iPhone in my pocket and when there is some important news I write the article during coffeabreaks! That explains some of the misspellings, because I am always in a hurry. And when I am at home I am often in front of my laptop trying to chat with my rumor sources (I have 20-25 sources), to answer emails, check for news and fix issues. There are times (like Photokina) were I really had no time for my private life. But all works fine now, I have taken some rest, I will make some nice trip with my girlfriend (We will be in Barcelona soon) and in a few days I will know if I can shoot a documentary in Africa (Malawi).

There are so many stories I could tell you about the work behind 43rumors. There is so many people I am in touch with that I never met (and I wish to meet one day). There are so many mistakes I made so many things I learned and so many new ideas I have. I really like it to work on 43rumors and without you I could not do that. So once gain, I thank all of you!

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