September 30, 2011
Posted in reviews

Olympus 45mm f/1.8 shipping and first AF test.


And finally also US citizen are receiving their pre ordered Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lenses. About time! The lens has been announced exactly three months ago! The video on top is made by Mike Kobal which shows a short AF test. And Adam compared that lens with the Canon 50mm 1.8 FD and Minolta 50mm 1.7 MD on a video you can see on youtube (Click here). A first user review is also available on Amazon (Click here).
You can check the availability of the lens by clicking those search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

September 30, 2011
Posted in reviews

Nikon sensors as good as Micro Four Thirds?


Now that test is going to create a lot of buzz here. DxOmark tested the new Nikon J1 and V1 sensor and surprisingly they get the same score of the Panasonic G3 sensor. But at that point I want to remind you that DxOmark doesn’t take into account the resolution of the sensor! That’s in that case a huge disadvantage for the 6 Megapixel bigger G3 sensor. Anyway, I am surprised to see that Nikon managed to deliver a slightly better Dynamic range and Color depth than the G3. Really, we need a new generation of sensors! Photokina would be a perfect show for that or not Panasonic?

Click the links to see the comparisons:
Nikon J1 vs Sony NEX-C3 vs Panasonic G3
Nikon J1 vs Nikon V1 vs Olympus E-P3

September 30, 2011
Posted in news

First 30 unit of SLRmagic spotting lens discounted


SLRmagic just sent us this: “There is a photo of the Spotting Scope mounted on the GH2 for digiscoping of wildlife videography. It is a prototype but it is close enough to what the final version will look like.
The effective focal length is 420-1260mm. In 35mm terms it is 840-2520mm. We recommend using this scope at lower magnification for best results. Due to long focal length a tripod should be used to reduce camera shake.
The SLR Magic 12-36×50 spotting scope has extra low dispersion optics for the best image quality. The micro four thirds version comes with an adapter that has to be bought at the time the spottting scope is purchased. The adapter is an objective that is compatible with the spotting scope and will mount directly in mFT mount. Traditional spotting scopes require a universal adapter wich require complicated horizontal and vertical alignment. Depending on the brand it is a trial and error process as universal adapters are actually not so universal since there is another trial and error process as to which lens and which eyepiece to match with the camera. Some adapters have a hole cut out for setting adjustment. We have decided to leave that out to prevent light leak for the best image quality as well as less controls so the bird photographer can just concentrate on shooting. Ours is an all in one solution aimed for ease of use and at an affordable price for leisure bird photographers.
The 50 size is good for portability. The scope looks big but it is actually quite compact as the built-in metal lens hood is fully extended in the photo. The lens is weather sealed and weather resistant but we will not advertise it that way as the camera mounted to it is not! Some readers suggest it is a rubber scope with duct tape. We usually prefer metal body but we made a rubberized outer design to protect the scope from accidental fall, light rain drizzle, and comfort when used in cold weather.
Please kindly tell your readers we are offering the first 30 units at a discount as we wish to have some sample photos from our customers. People interested may email us for details and price at

These are the links to the other current lenses:
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)
Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens on eBay (Click here)

September 29, 2011
Posted in news

Lightroom v3.5 and Camera Raw v6.5 now with support for all new PEN cameras and GF3/G3.


Adobe announced a new update for Lightroom and Camera RAW. You can download it here: Finally following m43 cameras are supported:

• Olympus E-P3; E-PL3; E-PM1
• Panasonic DMC-G3; DMC-GF3

September 29, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Uematsu (Panasonic) says: There will be no GH3 this year (not a surprise).


Ok, that’s certainly not a surprise but at least it is official. Techaradar (Click here) talked with Mr. Uematsu from Panasonic and confirmed that “there will not be an upgrade to the GH2 by the end of the year“. And he also said that “Photokina 2012 would be very important for Panasonic“. All I know from my sources is that the GH3 will support AVCHD 2.0 with 1080/50p(60p) recording at 28mbit/s. EVF will be MUCH improved and the sensor will very likely have global shutter (like the Nikon J1 and V1 cameras).

The only camera we will see long before Photokina will be probably the GF PRO camera (named GF7, or GX1) which could be a sort of Panasonic L1 in Micro Four Thirds version(Click here to see that cam on eBay). The GF PRO will be announced in December/early January right before the CES event in Las Vegas.

Reminder -> Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct


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