May 9, 2010
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UPDATED: New Panasonic GH1/GF1/G1 firmware update

Firmware ver.1.3 for $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'JA' OR $loc == 'JP')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($loc == 'US')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GH1 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Panasonic GH1

1. Improved operation menu for image stabilizer ([OFF] will be added under [STABILIZER] only when LUMIX G VARIO 14-42 mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014042) is attached).
2. Availability of AF performance in FHD (full HD) movie recording mode with Four Thirds lenses that are compatible with contrast AF.
3. Improved AF performance in movie recording with $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-ES045) if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-ES045) if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-ES045) if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-ES045) if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-ES045) if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-ES045) if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-ES045) if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-ES045) if ($loc == 'JA' OR $loc == 'JP')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-ES045) if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-ES045) if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-ES045) if ($loc == 'US')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-ES045) if ($sel != '1')
{?>LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm / F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-ES045).
4. Improved modulation accuracy of flash.
5. Improved AF (auto focus) performance with lenses of other manufacturer.
Click here to download the firmware: Panasonic Japan

$loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'US')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($loc == 'JA' OR $loc == 'JP')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Panasonic GF1 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Panasonic GF1 firmware update (Ver 1.2):
1. Improved operation menu for image stabilizer ([OFF] will be added under [STABILIZER] only when LUMIX G VARIO 14-42 mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014042) is attached).
2. Improved AF (auto focus) performance with lenses of other manufacturer.
Click here to download the firmware: Panasonic Japan

Panasonic G1 firmware update:
[ Warning ]
For our customers safety, after this firmware update to Ver.1.3 or later, your Panasonic Digital Camera (DMC-G1) cannot be operated by unauthorised 3rd party batteries.
(Currently there is no authorised 3rd party battery available in the market.)
1. Improved operation menu for image stabilizer ([OFF] will be added under [STABILIZER] only when LUMIX G VARIO 14-42 mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014042) is attached).
2. Improved modulation accuracy of flash
3. Improved AF (auto focus) performance with lenses of other manufacturer.
Click here to download the firmware: Panasonic Japan

Thanks CK!

May 9, 2010
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New Noktor video. Noktor f/0.95 lens shipping.

Large format photography from 43rumors on Vimeo.

The cool thing about the Noktor is that f/0.95 aperture. So why not test the lens inside the darkroom? With no other lens I would be able to shoot in such a place. Take a look on the video to see the results. And keep in mind there was almost no light in the darkroom!
I found the f/0.95 aperture good enough for video shooting. Almost every part of the video has been taken at that aperture. Shooting handheld with a 100mm (50mm x2) lens is not easy. In fact you really need a tripod to take some “calm” pictures. But I didn’t have anyone with me on that day.

You asked me to post RAW images and original videos. Right now I am putting all the images together and I will upload them soon (it will take few hours).

By the way, the lens is in Stock now: http://noktor.com/products.php.

May 9, 2010
Posted in news

In case you missed it: Macro extension tube for MicroFourThirds

One of our readers just sent us the following Ebay link which shows the Macro extension tube set for micro 4/3 cameras. I tried to google around and did not find any user report.

If you ever tried the set please let our readers know your impressions!
Thanks!

May 9, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Rumors from others: Sony NEX to be announced on Tuesday. New Samsung NX camera very soon. And Leica EVIL fullframe?

I will give you a quick update about the competition. Sony is going to announce the new NEX camera on Tuesday. The specs have been published on SonyAlphaRumors.

Samsung will also announce a new NX camera very soon (k-rumors.com). The new NX5 will be a cheaper $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samsung NX10 if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samsung NX10 if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samsung NX10 if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samsung NX10 if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samsung NX10 if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samsung NX10 if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samsung NX10 if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samsung NX10 if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samsung NX10 if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samsung NX10 if ($loc == 'US')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Samsung NX10 if ($sel != '1')
{?>Samsung NX10 version which is aimed to compete in the same league of the Panasonic G2 and G10.

And finally a crazy rumors: Leica will announce a fullframe EVIL system for Photokina (Leicarumors.com)

May 8, 2010
Posted in news

Panasonic wants to become one of the top 3 camera makers and to build a super-thin, super-light and super-high picture quality camera

Panasonic just published the “Reports Fiscal 2010 Annual Results” and the “New Midterm Management Plan
In the digital still camera business, Panasonic aims to be one of the industry’s top three makers by achieving sales of 20 million units per year. In the digital interchangeable lens system camera business, the company strives to achieve the world’s smallest and lightest camera. Establishing a dedicated marketing structure for its single lens cameras in each major region of the world, Panasonic will target a market share of 10 percent or more in the segment. In the compact camera category, Panasonic aims to capture new demand mainly in emerging countries by strengthening its lineup through collaboration with SANYO. Further, Panasonic will advance its black-box technologies in lenses and optical image stabilizer to build a super-thin, super-light and super-high picture quality camera

A super-thin camera? Sounds good! Can’t wait to see that on Photokina :)

via: noisycamera

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