February 7, 2011
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HOT!!! Also Carl Zeiss joins Micro Four Thirds!!!


The Panasonic GH1 with Zeiss Cp+ lenses shown at Photokina 2010 (Thanks Terry!)

After Schneider Kreuznach also Carl Zeiss AG joins the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group! This is not a surprise, Zeiss already announced months ago that they would add an exchangeable m43 mount for the compact Prime CP.2 lenses (Click here to read our article). Those lenses are very expensive $3.900 each at eBay (Click here). Two anonymous sources also told us that Zeiss is taking into consideration to make a Micro Four Thirds version of the current 15.5-45mm f/2.6 Zoom lens. The lens could be available by mid 2011 (But keep in mind that those are rumors from unknown sources!).

Announced jointly by Olympus Imaging Corp. (President : Masaharu Okubo) and Panasonic Corporation in 2008, the Micro Four Thirds System standard has rapidly grown in popularity. Now, support for the standard is expanding with the decision of Carl Zeiss AG to join the Micro Four Thirds System standard, and the company is releasing lenses compliant with the standard.
For more than 160 years, the lenses of Carl Zeiss AG have been defining the state-of-the-art in optical technology. Now, as Carl Zeiss AG joins the Micro Four Thirds System group, ZEISS HD Video lenses will be available to users of Micro Four Thirds cameras, contributing to a vastly expanded product line and enhancing the joys of digital imaging with the Micro Four Thirds System.
As the originator of the Four Thirds System and Micro Four Thirds System standards, Olympus Imaging Corp. will continue to develop and enhance the product lineup for both standards to meet the diverse needs of our customers.

As you see the press release clearly mentions “ZEISS HD Video lenses“. It doesn’t sound like they are going to make “normal” m43 lenses (would love to see some zm-lenses for m43!).

Links to:
– Press release: http://www.olympus-global.com/en/news/2011a/nr110207zeisse.html
– CP+ lenses at BHphoto
– ZM lenses at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

P.S: All good things come in three, so after Schneider and Zeiss…who is next?

February 7, 2011
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POLL: Canon ignores mirrorless (+ fake rumor)

Short break from Panasonic/Olympus news. It really looks like Canon will be the last company the join the new mirrorless market. Today they announced new Rebels. The Canon QL-D1 mirrorless camera rumor was abviousely fake (read the rumor at mirrorlessrumors.com). Sum the Canon news with Schneider Kreuznach and Zeiss joining the m43 group and with Pentax making a tiny small sensor mirrorless system. What do you see? A bright future for Micro Four Thirds :)

Do you think Micro Four Thirds will be THE mirrorless system for the next years?

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February 6, 2011
Posted in reviews

New GH2 reviews and cool custom battery solution

Cool! GH2 Custom Battery Solution by Phil Hover.

Photoreview Australia tested the Panasonic GH2: “While the camera-plus-lens bundle we tested provides the best pairing for shooting stills and video movies, its very high price tag may deter some potential buyers.“. Editor’s note: In Austrlia the price for digital cameras is very high…that’s pity!

The second review has been made by digitalcamera-hq: “In the final analysis, the GH2 is an excellent camera. There’s very little to dislike about it.

GH2 and EPL1 comparison – JPEG and RAW with no NR (Dpreview forum).

Check GH2 price and availability at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

February 5, 2011
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New DxOmark test results for the E-PL2 and XZ-1!

And here it comes the next DxOmark test that will put the world up side down. Confess, you didn’t expect that the Panasonic LX5 RAW quality to perform so much better than the Olympus XZ-1 (which uses the same sensor!). Click here to see the XZ-1 vs LX5 comparison at DxOmark. I am surprised and you?

DxOmark also tested the new Olympus E-PL2. In that case results are on par with the GF2 and the older E-PL1 (Click here to see the DxO results). The only real change is that the E-PL2 has a sensible better ISO performance.

Olympus XZ-1 direct shop links: Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR
E-PL2 direct shop links: Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon FR

February 5, 2011
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a little bit of everything…

Panasonic GH2 Indian Vacation

A little bit of Fuji X100 camera porn at DC.watch. And a first impression review at Photoradar. Reminder: Sign up at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) or Amazon (Click here) to be notified when the camera will be in Stock.

Panasonic GH2 Baseball Auto Focus Test (Youtube)

Panasonic GF2 review at 01net.

GXR vs GF2 vs DP1x at DC.watch.

Olympus E-PL2 test at Ascii.jp and DC.watch.

Olympus XZ-1 review at DC.watch.

Which camera do you think looks the best? (E-PL1.net)

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