Finally a first Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 test via OpenPN!

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video by Fotomundus.

About time! Thanks to the french website OpenPN (Click here to read the google translation). They found that the sharpness is very good even when shooting at full f/0.95 aperture. The only major issue at that aperture is the high Chromatic Aberration. The bokeh is wonderful (says the reviewer).

My personal judgment after seeing the image sample is that the Lens is damn good already at f/0.95. Of course it’s not perfect but if you seek for perfection at that extreme aperture than you have to spend over 10.000 Euro/Dollars for the Leica Noctilux!

Europenas can preorer the lens at Digitalhandel (Click here), Bayern Fotoversand (Click here) and Fotomundus (Click here).

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(FT5) Pictures of the White and Black GF5. Noise performance is on par with 7D.

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The mysterious Asian source from nPhoto just sent me the pictures of the white and black Panasonic GF5. The new revised grip makes the GF5 looks better than the Panasonic GF3. The source was also so kind to inform me that the high ISO noise-level is as same as the Canon 7D and 60D. It’s nice to know you can get that kind of performance on a camera that fits in your pocket 🙂

Here is the picture of the black GF5:

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P.S.: Also the G5 will arrive along the GF5. Announcements soon (I am still checking for the right announcement date and hour).

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Olympus E-M5 and Panasonic GF5 news…

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Panasonic GF5: I just learned who was the person leaking the GF5 picture. It was the Hong Kong model Angela Baby showed! She is very likely shooting a commercial for the new GF5 and made the big mistake to post the picture of the camera on her instagram profile 🙂

Olympus E-M5: Robin Wong (Click here) tested the E-M5 effectiveness of the 5-Axis IS and continuous autofocus with 3D tracking with the 75-300mm lens. And your reaction after seeing the studio samples form Dpreview has been impressive. Over 81% liked the image quality of the E-M5 (Click here to see the poll).

NEX-7 versus X PRO 1 versus E-M5 USA sales: Finally the two highest quality mirrorless cameras are shipping. The X PRO 1 (Click here) and the NEX-7 (CLick here). But the E-M5 still sells well and is right behind the two at Amazon US rankings (Click here). My guess is that the E-M5 will sell better than the other two cameras. Let’ see in a few months if I am right!

E-M5 preorders (Click on the names of the stores to see the product page):
Black E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, and Amazon Japan.
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto , Digitalrev and J&R.
Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland , Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.

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New wave of refurbished PEN for Europeans.

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Olympusmarket is now offering a new wave of refurbished PEN cameras. This includes many new E-P1 cameras which is also the camera I use for my every day shoots. If you are lucky you will may get it for less than 170 Euro:

Silver E-P1 with 14-42mm lens White E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens Black E-PL2 with double lens kit Silver E-P1 with 14-42mm lens Black E-PL1 with double lens kit Black E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Black external viewfinder Silver E-P1 with 14-42mm lens Black E-PL1 with double lens kit White external viewfinder Silver E-PL2 with 14-150mm lens Silver E-P1 with 14-42mm lens Black E-P2 with 17mm lens Silver E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens White VF-3 external viewfinder Silver E-P1 with 14-42mm lens Silver E-P1 with 14-42mm lens

Good Luck!

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(FT5) First picture of the new Panasonic GF5

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And here it is the first clear picture of the new Panasonic GF5. As you see it has pretty much the same shape of the current Panasonic GF3. The grip looks like the one used for the new Panasonic GX1. As I already told you last week the new GF5 has a 12 Megapixel sensor with an improved SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio). THE SNR is as good as the one on the Panasonic G3. It goes up to ISO 12.800, super fast AF of 0,09seconds and a new 920k dots touch screen LCD. The touch screen interface has been revised. Don’t know if you should wait for this GF5 or go for the now very cheap and hackeable GF2!

One more thing: Also the Panasonic G5 will be announced soon and use the same G3 16 Megapixel sensor…

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