July 28, 2011
Posted in news

Nanoha lens for m43 shipment start around the end of July 2011 (yes now!)

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Yasuhara (the company that makes the Nanoha lens) just announced that “We are now planning to release NANOHA arond the end of July 2011. But we estimate we cannot provide enough amount of NANOHA in first several month. It costs some time to purchase NANOHA on your demads. Sorry for your inconvenience. After NANOHA appeared on the web, we got many contacts from all over the world, especially from Europe. Now we don’t keep any sales stations in oversea countries but we understand some useres do want to use such kind of the lens. So we are now planning to provide NANOHA directly to the oversea useres in the early period of our business. We will release new informations at the end of July on this page.

The Nanonha is a macro lens for m43 with 5x magnification. On Nonoha’s website you can find a description written in English: “The magnification is much more than ordinary macro lens. The magnification is up to x5. It means 1 pixel on the picture is about 1 micrometer on the shooting target. With NANOHA, you can find small wonders easily without using microscopes. And we added some patented features for your good shooting.” Yasuhara made some really nice lenses in the past like the MC 50mm/f2.8 (Click here to see that lens on eBay). The company went bankrupt or something around 2004 I think, and this is new starting project.

You can find some mage samples posted on DC.watch (Click here). Price of the lens should be around 450 Euro.

July 27, 2011
Posted in deals

GF3 in Stock at Amazon and J&R!!! G3 ships within 6 to 10 days. E-P3 in Stock at B&H

Hurry! The very first Panasonic GF3 cameras are in Stock at J&R (Click here) and Amazon US (Click here). While J&R has almost every kit option in Stock at Amazon you can get the:
Black GF3 with 14mm lens (Click here).
Brown GF3 with 14mm lens (Click here).
Red GF3 with 14mm lens (Click here).

And the new Panasonic G3 will ship within 6-10 days at Amazon (Click here).

The new Olympus E-P3 is in Stock at B&Hphoto (Click here).

UPDATE: The black GH2 with 14-42mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

July 27, 2011
Posted in reviews

Voigtländer reviews roundup (in Stock at Amazon!)

0.95 NOKTON a test by Dario Viola from Dario Viola on Vimeo.

Lawrence (Click here) posted his first impressions about the Nokton lens.

A full 50min long video shot completely with the 25mm Nokton lens (Vimeo part one and Vimeo part two).

Voigtländer with Duclos Lenses Cine-Mod (seamless focus gear, 80mm front ring, smooth clickless aperture ring) at Matthewduclos.com.

There is a korean review at Popco. But you can still visit the website to check the graphs and image samples!

In US you can now get the lens at Adorama (Click here) and Amazon (Click here). The best price is at BHphoto (Click here). It’s almost $400 cheaper but sadly never in Stock! Where you can find plenty of lenses is on eBay (Click here).

As you know the Nokton is a manual focusing lens only. If you need af than go for the new Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4! Preorder links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

July 27, 2011
Posted in news

Olympus announces the new VF-3! E-PL3 priced at $699.


Image source and press release at Quesabesde.

There are a couple of Olympus news today!

1) The new VF-3 is finally official. It costs 190 Euro (or $180). From the Press Release (Source: Dpreview):
The VF-3 is perfect for photographers who like the option of holding the camera up to their eye to compose. With 100-percent field-of-view, none of the recordable subject area is cropped, making composition with the VF-3 easy and accurate. The magnification and built-in diopter adjustment of the VF-3 allow for easy viewing. The VF-3 can be rotated up to 90-degrees to accommodate more obscure shooting angles for additional creative control. Furthermore, if you are the kind of person who likes to tweak the settings on your TV, you’ll love the ability to adjust the brightness and color temperature to your own particular tastes.
So which One shoudl you buy? The Olympus VF-3 or VF-2? Answer at ThePhoBlographer (Click here).

2) The E-PL3 will start to ship in September for $700 with kit lens. (Source: Photographybay).

3) They also announced the SZ-11 a new compact shooter (Source: Akihabara). And another compact camera in Japan (the Olympus VG-145) Source: Dc.watch.

4) And than we have a new ultra zoom camera, the Olympus SP-810UZ. Source: Photoscala.

July 27, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) First picture of a fullframe Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens (don’t know the mount yet)

I just found that image in my mailbox. It’s the picture of a new upcoming fullframe 50mm f/0.95 Noktor lens that I have been told will have an impressive image quality and can be adapted for us on Micro Four Thirds too! From the photo it seems to have a slide out hood and round aperture openning. I have no more details yet…

Reminder: As you know SLRmagic is the new owner of the Noktor company. They already made some lenses for m43:
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here)
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here)
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here)

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