March 13, 2011
Posted in reviews

Head to Head: Panasonic 100-300mm vs Olympus 75-300mm lens. Which is the best?


Olympus and Panasonic are not only partners inside the Micro Four Thirds world but also very strong competitors. So let’s compare some of their camera and lenses. Today you have to chose between the Olympus 75-300mm and the Panasonic 100-300mm lenses. There are not many reviews out there and I can give you only a few useful links:

Olympus 75-300mm

Photographyblog (Click here)
Diwa labs
Image samples at Olympus website
Customers reviews at Amazon US (There are no user reviews in European Amazon stores).
Price and availability checks at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Panasonic 100-300mm

Diwa labs
Outback Photo.
Image samples at Panasonic website.
Customers reviews at Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK.
Price and availability checks at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

And now the big question:

Considering price, Image-build quality and size. Which lens is the best for you?

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If you own one of those lenses feel free to add your personal rating at:
43rumors Olympus 75-300mm rating
43rumors Panasonic 100-300mm rating
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March 12, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Panasonic GF2 and Olympus E-PL2 Reviews


The GF2 vs E-PL2 review battle keeps going and going. Almost everyday you can find new tests about both cameras! Before to start reading the reviews a quick reminder for our US readers (they are the last to get the GF2): The Black GF2+14mm is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). And today also the body only Black GF2 is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).

Panasonic GF2

Panasonic GF2 review at CNET: “Though we still really like Panasonic’s GF series, there are several trade-offs to take into account before you buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2. Its raw-format images look extremely good, but JPEG shooters looking for best-possible photo quality may get frustrated by image artifacts. And while lots of photographers will appreciate its relatively compact but functional design and zippy performance–though still not for action shooting–there’s nothing special about its feature set, including underpowered video capture.
The polish website Fotopolis tested the GF2: “In terms of picture quality Panasonic GF2 is very good, always at the forefront. In terms of noise and detail reproduction, we can safely shoot up to ISO 800 without too much concern about the quality of images.
Panasonic GF2 review at EosHD: “The GF2 is an ambitious exercise in miniaturisation which satisfies consumer demand for Canon DSLR quality in a Panasonic compact body. Something still not offered by Canon despite the hints from the market that people want it, i.e. a 10% reduction in Canon’s sales!!
Check the GF2 price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Olympus E-PL2

Imaging Resource (Click here) posted the Olympus E-PL2 review: “With the 12.3MP Olympus Pen E-PL2, the company has gone a long way to correcting many of the problems that have plagued this line in the past. In particular, the Olympus E-PL2 is a faster and more enjoyable camera to use all around; starting up quicker, focusing quicker, and capturing images quicker“.
Gsnowdon posted a E-PL2 hands-on review.
Check the E-PL2 price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 12, 2011
Posted in deals

US Sunday deals (GH1, E-PL1 and lenses). And first Fuji X100 review.

The deal of the day is the Panasonic GH1 body only which is in Stock for $399 only at Amazon (Click here).
The Black GF2+14mm is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). And today also the body only Black GF2 is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) with an extra $100 discount whwn purchasing Adobe Lightroom 3.
There is also a good Olympus deal. You can get the E-PL1 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses for $599 on Amazon (Click here). That’s $66 less than the sum of the single camera and lens value.

For all Fuji X100 fans. The japanese website wrote the very first complete X100 review (Click here to read the google english translation). Preorders available at Adorama and Amazon UK.

March 12, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

Sun Flares taken with the GH2 and C-mount Canon 35mm 1:1.2 (Click here to see that lens on eBay).


Olympus E-PL1 design patent (Freepatentsonline).
The Complete Olympus EPL-2 Review (ThePhoBlographer).
Test Olympus E-LP2 : colorimétrie et précision (Focus Numerique).
E-PL2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.


Panasonic GH2 Review (Seriouscompacts)
GH2 studio samples, a closer look (DPreview forum).
GH2 + wide C-mount Cosmicar 12.5mm 1:1.4 (Vimeo).
GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Other news

Olympus VG-130 Review (Photographyblog)
Panasonic introduce new SDHC UHS-I memory cards (ePhotozine)
Photos from the panasonic stand at Focus On Imaging 2011 (lumixg2photographer).
Panasonic launch the ‘A City Exposed’ campaign (ePhotozine).
Panasonic Announces Pricing For Its 2011 Premium Lineup Of Lumix Digital Camera Models (Imaging resource)
Fuji FinePix X100 Review: First Impressions (Photoradar).
Self-tutorial 01: Photographing interiors (Jjsemplephotography).

Videos you sent me

Solar Powered – Keep your camera charged (Vimeo)
Macklemore – The Making of Wings 01 (Youtube)

March 11, 2011
Posted in news

GH1 for $399 + Adobe brings XZ-1 and E-PL2 support + Olympus lens converters coming on March 18

Right now you can get the Panasonic GH1 body only for $399 at Amazon (Click here).

Adobes new Camera RAW 6.4 and Lightroom 3.4 release candidates bring support for the newest Olympus’s XZ-1 and E-PL2 cameras:
Click here to download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom v3.4 release candidate
Click here to download Adobe Camera Raw v6.4 release candidate
You can order the XZ-1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
and the E-PL2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

And Olympus Japan just announced that worldwide shipment of the new Olympus lens converters will start on March 18. The Fisheye, wide and macro converter do work on the new 14-42mm II lens, and on the 14-150mm and 40-150mm lenses. P.S:: The Japanese website (Click here) tested the three new E-PL2 converters a few days ago.

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