(FT5) Panasonic GF5 will already ship in late April in Japan. G5 pic is real.

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The GF5 will soon be announced and the good news is that it unlike so many times before we will not have to wait a long time until it ships out from the fab. Trusted sources told me that it will be delivered to Asian stores in late April and in European and US stores a couple of weeks later.

I am still not sure when the other new m43 camera will ship, the G5. But all I have been told by other good sources is that the other G5 picture is definitely real:

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$100 price drop on the Panasonic GX1. (+ new nauticam housing and Japan sales)

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The camera that I suspect uses the same E-M5 sensor (LOL) just got a super price drop. It’s now sold for $599 by Adorama on eBay (Click here). That’s $100 less than you can find it on Amazon (Click here).

If you were wondering how good the camera sells in Japan just look at the graph posted by Kakaku (Click here). The camera easily beats the direct competition like the Sony NEX-5n or Olympus E-P3.

And Nauticam (Click here) just announced the new housing for the GX1.

More USA deals:
E-PL2 with kit lens for $399 at Amazon (Click here).
E-PL1 with kit lens for $289 at Amazon (Click here).
E-P2 body for $249 at Amazon (Click here).

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UPDATED: SLRmagic versus Leica 50mm f/0.95 battle (Seb Farges).

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The Shires from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

UPDATE: Andrew from SLRmagic told us that Seb got a very early lens prototype that very likely has an issue. This means the video on top very likely doen’t show the full potential of the Hyperprime lens! A more represenative video has been shot by EosHD (Click here).

Seb Farges (Click here) tested the two lenses on the hacked Panasonic GH2 and writes: “My opinion ? mmmm the Noctilux is an extraordinary lens, good rendering at f/0.95, smooth focus ring. This lens is a little smaller and lighter than the SLR Magic lens. It’s in M mount (Leica). The problem : the Noctilux is too expensive for me, 8000€ (10600$)!!! Please note that the SLR Magic I’ve used here is a prototype lens. It’s be available in september in M mount, it’s price is not fixed yet, but it will be around 2300€ (3000$), 3.5X less cheaper than the Leica. The SLR has more color aberration (purple fringing), mostly when the focus is not perfect.”

P.S.: The Leica Noctilux crazy price check on eBay (Click here). Speaking of our m43 0.95 lenses here are the links to:
1) Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 on eBay (Click here).
2) Voigtländer Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 on eBay (Click here).
3) SLRmagic 50mm f/0.95 on eBay (Click here).

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Sigma 30mm review and 19mm test (cute pic on the E-M5)

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Looking at the picture on top made by DSLRmagazine the new Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens doesn’t look bad at all. But the naked truth is that the lens specifications aren’t appealing at the first look. But we are ready to get over this if the lens performance is top notch. So let’s read the latest review from Valentin at DSLRmagazine (Click here to read the translation). In short, the lens has no flaws. It performs well in every aspect with just a slightly Chromatic Aberration you can easily correct in post production. Overall this is not a bad lens you get for $200 at Hphoto.

Laoburi (Click here) posted a set of image samples taken with the other new Sigma 19mm f/2.8 lens. I haven’t yet found any preorder option of that lens.

Rankings: Silver E-M5 kits are still selling more than the black ones and than more than the Fuji X PRO 1 according to Amazon US rankings (Click here).

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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EosHD video test: Panasonic GH2 versus new 5DmarkIII (support Vitaly NAB coverage)

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I know you guys are all waiting to hear more about the future GH3. But look at the hacked GH2 versus the super new 5DmarkII video resolution comparison posted at EosHD (Click here). The new super featured $3499 Canon 5D markIII (here on Amazon) is just marginally better than the $860 hacked GH2 camera. Of course the 5DmarkIII is vastly superior when it comes to still image quality but It has to be said that Panasonic does a great job when it comes to deliver a high quality video performance. It really makes me wonder what kind of surprise we should expect from the GH3!

Speaking of the hacker Vitaly, I kindly ask you to support him for the NAB show coverage (Click here). The NABshow is the biggest broadcast video event of the year (Click here to see the official website)

P.S.: From time to time the Gh2 gets some super deal like it was with the now ended GH2 with 14-140mm for $899 on eBay (Click here). Drop me a message if you find more deals like that so that I can share it with other 43rumors readers! Thanks!
Here are some GH2 search links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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