May 3, 2011
Posted in deals

One of the very last chances to get the GF1 for cheap (Display Units to buy) + Olympus lens rebates

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Damn did we all love the GF1! The bad news is that you almost can’t find it in Stock anymore. Panasonic discontinued the camera and if you find them than certainly not for a reasonable price.. There are still readers asking me where they can get it for a decent price. One of our readers found a nice deal. You can get three display units for $400/270 Euro (body only):
– first display unit on eBay (Click here).
– second display unit on eBay (Click here).
– third display unit on eBay (Click here).

I don’t know how long those deals will last. Wish you Good Luck!

Olympus also launched a bunch of new deals:
– Olympus America launched the new E-PL1 deal. You can get the camera + les for $399. Click those direct links to get the E-PL1: Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here), J&R (Click here).
– Olympus 9-18mm lens for $599 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here), J&R (Click here).
– Olympus 14-150mm lens sells for $50o instead of $599 on Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here), J&R (Click here).

May 3, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Panasonic G3 with lens for $649.


Image on top: The Panasonic G2.
We just learned from our sources that the Panasonic G3 with 14-42mm kit lens will be priced at $649. That’s $150 less than the price of the Panasonic G2 (original launch price in March 2010).
As we already told you the major changes will be the new 16 Megapixel sensor with FullHD recording and the new more compact design (with focus on touchscreen controls). There will be no other big changes. Announcement is expected around May 11/12. The new Panasonic lenses will be announced in late August only.

Links:
– The current Panasonic G2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

May 3, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…(GH2 vs X100, GH2 Noise reduction issues?)

The dpreview forum user “Morepix” found something really interesting about the GH2:”
1) The NR +2 shot had less noise and slightly less fine detail than the NR 0 shot.
2) I ran Topaz DeNoise on the NR 0 shot and compared the NR +2 image OOC. By comparison, the NR 0 shot with Topaz processing was better in every respect than the one with in-camera NR.
3) For some reason, the NR +2 shot showed chroma noise (blue) which the NR 0 shot did not.
4) My conclusion: Don’t use in-camera NR on RAW images. But if you want to clean up noise at higher ISO, Topaz does the best job I know of.

ISO Test GH2 vs X100 (Dpreview forum)
Panasonic GF2 review at Blog.Paran.
PL-Mount and otherwise, cine-style lenses are proliferating (ProVideoCoalition).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS18 / FH5 review (CameraLabs).

There are three refurbished E-PL1 cameras you can now get on Olympusmarket: First black E-PL1 on eBay (Click here), Second black E-PL1 on eBay (Click here) and a silver E-PL1 on eBay (Click here).

Links to:
GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
GF2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Fuji X100 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

May 3, 2011
Posted in deals

First Fuji X100 in Stock at Amazon US

You can get the Fuji X100 right now at Amazon US (Click here). In Stock for the normal price $1199!

It is still not in Stock in Europe…Only one European reseller has two Fuji X100 on eBay UK (Click here).

P.S:: ISO Test GH2 vs X100 (Dpreview forum)

May 2, 2011
Posted in reviews

Fuji X100 is shipping (and gets reviewed)


The Fuji X100 Very First Look (Steve Huff).

Let me make a quick roundup about the news of the most popular camera of the moment, the Fuji X100.

Reghardware (Click here) tested the X100: “In these days of interchangeable lens, electronic viewfinder cameras, what possible appeal can a fixed-lens camera like this hold? Surprisingly, the answer is: quite a lot.”..”Finding a compact that forces you to engage with manual photography is a novelty that doesn’t wear off, and the result is a camera that’s intensely satisfying to use. But at a thousand pounds it’s next to impossible to recommend.

The Fuji X100 shipment has started in many US stores. I got reports that Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here) were the first to ship. The next stock of X100 cameras will arrive in two weeks. If you are willing to pay more than the normal price than you can find it in Stock right now at Amazon (Click here) via third party resellers.

In Europe shipment hasn’t started yet (Amazon UK still says “temporarily out of stock”). Only one European reseller has two Fuji X100 on eBay UK (Click here).

P.S.: Fuji is a member of the Four Thirds coalition but has yet to release any 43 or m43 camera (let’s hope they will join us sooner or later).

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