July 21, 2010
Posted in deals

Adorama sells the new Olympus 14-150mm for $519.99 only (+ deals summary)


There is an $80 dollar instante rebate for the Olympus 14-150mm lens on Adorama (click here). It says “out of stock” but if you preorder the lens you will get the discount!

Brief summary of other current deals:
1) Cheapest price ever for the Olympus E-PL1 ($523.95 on amazon) and on BHphoto
2) Still ongoing: Free EVF with the Panasonic GF1 and 14-45mm Lens -> $729.99 on Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto
3) Very last days for the Olympus 9-18mm $100 instante rebate ($599 instead of $699): Amazon, Adorama and BH
4) The NEW Leica 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Summilux-M now ships within 1 to 3 weeks (it’s a veeery expensive lens!)

July 21, 2010
Posted in news

A deeper look to the new Panasonic LX5 sensor…

Image courtesy: Quesabesde.com

For all those of you interested in MicroFourThirds the new Panasonic sensor (used for the new Panasonic LX5) may give us some hints about the next generation of MicroFourThirds sensors.

According to Panasonic the sensor has a new design which allows to capture more light for every single pixel. Quesabesde also noticed a better chromatic noise control (but this maybe depends form the new Venus engine). You can judge the difference between the LX3 and the LX5 sensor by looking at those images: http://www.quesabesde.com/camdig/noticias/Lumix_LX5_muestra_02g.jpg. Panasonic itself claims that the new sensor is noiseless at ISO 800 which (if true) is a very good news considering that the sensor has a much higher pixel density than current MicroFourThirds sensor. Panasonic also said that the LX5 sensor has a better sensivity (by 31%) and saturation (38%) and greater dynamic range compared to the older Panasonic LX3. More image samples have been posted here at DPreview and by RealityScanner on flickr

Image courtesy: Quesabesde.com

P.S.: You can now preorder the Panasonic LX5 on Amazon

July 21, 2010
Posted in news

Continually updated: New Panasonic cameras officially announced!

Preorder the cameras on Amazon US:
Click here to get the LX5 ($499 and white model not available yet)
Click here to get the FZ100 ($499)
Click here to get the FZ40 ($399)
Click here to get the FX700 ($399)
Click here to get the TS10 ($249)

Interesting news:
– Optyczne.pl: LX5 and FZ100 presentation (in polish!) + LX5 and FZ100 image samples
– HOT-> First LX5 vs LX3 image comparison here: http://www.quesabesde.com/camdig/noticias/Lumix_LX5_muestra_02g.jpg
– LX5-> According to Panasonic it’ll prove noiseless at ISO 800!
– LX5-> Panasonic has added LED technology to the 3-inch LCD screen
– The LX5 sensor has better sensivity (by 31%) and saturation (38%) and greater dynamic range compared to the older Panasonic LX3

Announcements and Hands-on (latest added link on top):
Photoradar: Panasonic LX5 review
Image samples on dpreview
Reality Scanner: Images samples on flickr -> LX5 and TZ100
Photoscala (german!)
Quesabesde: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 toma de contacto (Spanish) with first image comparison between the LX3 and LX5!
DPreview announcement of the TS10, FX700, FZ45, FZ100 and LX5
CNET UK: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 review (but it’s more a preview!)
Fotointern.ch (LX5 -german!)
Photographyblog: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Hands-On and Image Samples, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Hands-On and Image Samples
Photographyblog: FT10, FX700, FZ45, FZ100, LX5
Pocket-Link: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 – First Look review
PCpop.com (Click here to read the page about the new sensor!)

First videos made with the LX5:

July 20, 2010
Posted in news

Beta version of new forum online: mirrorlessforum.com

Dear readers!

We have almost finished our new mirrorless forum. Now we need your help to fix all the bugs! it’s time for official testing! Click here at: http://mirrorlessforum.com/forum.php

It is the first worldwide mirrorless camera forum!!!

July 20, 2010
Posted in news

Panasonic GF1 hack improvements (now with manual movie modes!)

The firmware patch is now bringing manual movie modes for the Panasonic GF1 (it works like on the Panasonic GH1). This includes all M, A, S modes.

Vitaly told us that “You need to go to menu and set appropriate mode. Also if you go to menu in picture shooting mode it’ll convert to corresponding movie mode, just turn wheel one click and return it back to go to back to normal picture mode. This can be even handy :-)
Tested and working. Including shutter control during recording, etc.
So, GF1 can be used as second camera now.

How-to and firmware download are available here: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=206788&page=225

Side note: Both cameras are sold in US stores with the cheapest price ever. Oh yes Photokina is getting closer…
Click on those store names to check the price and availability of the GF1: Amazon / Adorama / BH
and here for the GH1: Amazon / Adorama / BH

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