May 9, 2011
Posted in reviews

Thom Hogan about the GH2, XZ-1 and Fuji X100

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Image on top shows the GH1 which is discounted in US. The GH2 is still out of Stock.

Thom Hogan (Click here) posted a bunch of few “mini-reviews“:

1) Panasonic GH2
He doesn’t recommend the camera because of two reasosn:
– “what I’m getting out of it in images and video looks a lot like a GH1. (Of course, I hacked my GH1 to get better video out of it.)
-“because Panasonic’s distribution and sales in the US is so screwed up you’re not going to find one on your dealer’s shelves anyway.
That’s why you should a close look to the recent $50 to $200 instant rebate offers on the GH1 at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here). The GH2 is still ut of stock (or overpriced) at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

2) Olympus XZ-1.
The camera gets a positive review and it’s recommended: “The lens on this camera is superb, and the image quality is very good in raw“. The only problem the camera has is that “controls get reset too easily while handling the camera
Get the XZ-1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

He also tested the Fuji X100 and Sony VG-10. Both are not recommended cameras! (Click here to read more at bythom.com).

P.S.: Fuji X100 links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

 

May 9, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Small pieces of G3 rumors

I received very small pieces of rumors from people that claims to have seen and/or tested the G3. They all do confirm that the G3 has an updated body design. It’s smaller than the G2 (less high, less thick, less wide). The camera has less manual controls and is much more touchscreen oriented than the G2. The Q-button is integrated into trash button. The left dial is completely gone. As I already told you weeks ago it’s exactly like having the GF2 instead of the GF1.

The 16 Megapixel sensor definitely brings an upgrade compared to the G1/G2 sensor but it is not as good as the GH2 at High ISO.

There are no other new features (P.S.: price $649 with 14-42mm lens). And there will be no new lenses. The real exciting stuff will be announced in late August. And in June Olympus should announce at least two new Micro Four Thirds lenses.

P.S.: A wonder when the G3 will be in Stock in US if the eight months old GH2 is still out of Stock in US stores (See at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay). Hmmm…..

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

May 9, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Rumors roundup (This is the week of the G3)

This is the week of the new Panasonic G3. It’s going to be announced on Thursday (May 12 in Japan). But before to report the latest G3 rumors we should make a small summary of the last week rumors (including rumors of Sony, Samsung, Pentax and Nikon mirrorless cameras):

1) Olympus will make a own designed sensor for the Pen PRO (Click here to read the article).

2) Valentin Sama’s prediction about all camera manufactors (Click here to read the article).

3) Panasonic G3 with lens will be priced at $649 (Click here to read the article).

4) Nikon delayed the mirrorless camera announcement (Read at MirrorlessRumors.com).

5) Samsung leaks a 300mm f/2.8 XF-ED lens on youtube (Read at MirrorlessRumors.com).

6) Sony NEX-C3 manual and lens leaked (Read at MirrorlessRumors.com).

May 8, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…


Lomo Effect – Olympus E-PL2 vs Lomo LC-A (Click here to see the Lomo on eBay)

Review of the Pinwide Pinhole “Lens” for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (TheDigitalStory).

Advantages of DSLRs over video cameras (EosHD).

A new german Fuji X100 forum (http://www.fuji-x100-forum.de/). Visit it! 😉

NAB 2011 – Odds ‘N’ Ends (ProVideoCoalition).

Mails from our readers

1) toto22: “Not a rumor, unfortunately, :-)!
Maybe this will be interesting to someone visiting your site. A group of Russian enthusiasts made a trip which very close to the one made 100 years ago by Sergey Proskurin-Gorsky, the first Russian phorographer made the pics of the Russian countryside in color. There is a dedicated website now, which compares old and new pics of the same locations along the way. The address is as follows:
http://nashural.ru/Starina/chusovaya-100-let.htm
Cheers and good luck!!!

2) Melvin: “No rumor, but a blog post on micro and 4/3rds usage and the new sensor rumor.
If you think it is a nice read, a link in a little bit of everything post on 4/3rds romors is appreciated.
Thanks very much! enjoy reading your site, keep the good work up!
http://bit.ly/mmU2nm

P.S.: Today I am out with my family all the day. Will not be able to answer your emails! Have a nice Sunday!

May 7, 2011
Posted in news

Noktor is officially dead :(

Solomon Chase announced the dead of Noktor on Twitter: “Sadly, Noktor has come to an end. Thank you to all our customers and supporters. On to bigger and better things!“. The Noktor.com website has been shut down. It’s pity. They had a huge momentum at the time of the launch. They didn’t manage to exploit it. I have one of the Noktor lenses and I use it for mainly for video production. Wide open it isn’t good enough for stills. The Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 is definitely the much better choice.

The only place were you have some chance to find a Noktor is eBay (No auctions yet). What are the alternative lenses you can buy? Easy:
1) There are plenty of fast  50mm C-mount lenses on eBay (Click here and you will find plenty of Navitron, Angenieux, Canon and Noctilux lenses). They are far cheaper than the Noktor but you also have to buy an adapter.
2) JJeying sells reworked 55mm f/1.0 Kowa lenses on eBay (Click here). You don’t need any adapter.

We Thanks Solomon Chase for his work and we wish him all the best for the future!

P.S.: The Voigtländer 25mm is in Stock at Amazon France (Click here) for 749 Euro only (UPDATE: sold out now!). More links to the lens:eBay

Via Photorumors

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