July 29, 2011
Posted in reviews

Mercedes Benz making of made with the GH2! And GH2 on safari (Luminous Landscape).

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You want to see some professional work done with the Panasonic GH2? Than take a look at the following two works:

1) Click on that link http://vimeo.com/25474377 to see the Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG making of shot in Malaysia! They used the following lenses:
The Nokton 25mm f0.95 -> Get that lens on eBay (Click here).
The Olympus 9-18mm -> Direct links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The Panasonic 20mm -> Direct links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The Panasonic 14-140mm -> Direct links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Glidecam HD-1000 -> You can get it on eBay (Click here).
Glidetrack -> You can get it on eBay (Click here).

2) Mark Dubovoy went on Safari with the GH2 (Click here ot read the full article at Luminous Landscape): “I was surprised by how well thought out this camera is.  Far superior to anything Canon or Nikon or Sony or Fuji have to offer.  As complicated and feature laden as the camera is, the locations of the controls and the ergonomics (other than the traditional film type shape of the camera which is all wrong, but no manufacturer seems to want to deviate from) are excellent.  Much better than any other Japanese camera I have tested to date.” And now hear that: “On the other hand, the user manual establishes a new low point in my experience.  It is the absolute worst manual I have ever seen.  Shame on you Panasonic.  If I had hired a crew with the sole purpose of writing the worst manual ever, I do not think it would have been half as bad as this one is.

Those are the links to the GH2 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay. For US readers, the Black GH2 with 14-42mm is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

Just a reminder: Panasonic officially said they are working on the GH3 with new EVF and faster AF. My guess is that it will come by early 2012. If you know more about the GH3 drop me a line at 43rumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

July 29, 2011
Posted in reviews

New GF3, E-P3, 12mm reviews

Dcresource (Click here) posted the final Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 review: “Overall, I like the features, performance, and photo quality of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3, but I’m a lot less excited about its design (speaking as a GF1 owner). It’s one of those cameras that you’ll absolutely want to try in person before you buy it. If you can handle the compromises that come with producing such a small camera, then it’ll definitely serve you well.

The korean website SLRclub (Click here) posted the full Olympus E-P3 review. As you know google translation tool doesn’t work because korean websites do love to post the text as a JPG image! But you can still look at the graphs and image samples!

Hinting (dpreview forum user) made a review with some of the m43 wide angle lens against the New Olympus 12mm f/2.0. And first shots with the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens on the e-p1 (E-P1.net forum).

REMINDER: Those are the direct search links to all the new Pana/Oly stuff:
Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

July 28, 2011
Posted in deals

Black G3, GH2, GF3 and E-P3 in Stock at B&H and Amazon!

Finally some of the new announced stuff is in Stock in US stores:

1) For the very first time the new Black Panasonic G3 is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). The Red G3 is already in Stock at Amazon (Click here) since yesterday.

2) Also the Black GH2 with 14-42mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

3) Both Black E-P3 kits are in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).

4) The Panasonic GF3 is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) and J&R (Click here).

5) The Olympus 12mm lens is already in Stock at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

July 28, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Rumors from others: Nikon sensor versus m43 sensor, NEX-7 specs, NX200 rumors.


Image source: Jorginho (Dpreview forum user)

There are a couple of new interesting “mirrorless” rumors:

1) Nikon could announce their new mirrorless system on August 24. As you see from the image on top the sensor is smaller than the Micro Four Thirds sensor. How will the image quality be compared to m43 cameras? Thom Hogan says: “What if–and please, this is a what if, not a will–but what if Nikon was able to put a 10mp+ sensor into a Coolpix P7000-sized body (Click here to see that camera) that had an m4/3 level of image capability? I believe that’s in the realm of possibilities.

2) Sony will announce a NEX-7 with built-in viewfinder by end of August. It should have an ISO range of 100 up to 25.600 (Source: SonyAlphaRumors).

3) There are also new NX200 rumors coming from Russia. No built-in EVF, no touch-screen, no tilt-lcd. Sounds boring! (Source: MirrorlessRumors)

July 28, 2011
Posted in news

UPDATED: VF-3 price in Europe 199 Euro and not 150 Euro! (a note about the missing built-in flash)

It looks like some website yesterday reported the wrong european price of the VF-3 (Dpreview said the street price was 150 Euro). According to openpn.com (CLick here) the real price of the VF-3 is 199 Euro (not 150 Euro). By the way they made an analysis of the VF-3 compared it to the VF-2 and to OVF such as E-450, D3100 or 1100D in order to give an idea of what you get. The price is now official on Olympus Germany website too! UPDATE: It looks like even Olympus America itself doesn’t know the real price of the viewfinder. The Olympus Facebook page says the VF-3 price is $149 instead of the official $179! (Thanks E-P1.net for finding this).

Concerning the E-PL3, the price of the 14-42 kit is 649 Euro… same as NEX-C3 with its 18-55. You can see a comparison between both again at openpn.com (Click here)… The E-PL3 has many features not present in the NEX. (Click here to read the google english translation).

UPDATE: a note about the wrong built-in flash rumor. The info came from external websites and I trusted them to much also because the leaked picture really gave us to believe that this might be true. Will be more careful next time with rumors coming not form my trusted sources! Thanks for your understanding!

 

And here is a list to some of the article I found on the web and I didn’t post yesterday:
Olympus PEN E-PL3 gets a price tag, release date (Engadget).
Olympus PL3 pricing, availability, and new viewfinder announced (Imaging Resource).
Olympus America brings a new 36x Camera with the SP-810UZ (Akihabaranews).
Olympus PEN Lite price announcement (Letsgodigital).
Olympus PEN family gets new electronic viewfinder (Dpnow).
Olympus SZ-11 & VG-145 (Photographyblog).
Olympus VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder (Photographybay).
Olympus reveals specs, pricing for PEN E-PL3 (Cnet).
VF-3: Elektronischer Sucher für Olympus Pen und XZ-1 (Photoscala).

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