readers work roundup…(GF1 used bye Peter Jackson employee)

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Here is a list of works done by our 43rumors readers:

Farrukh: “I also visited a Michelin star restaurant today where I created this video clip and this photo set: implausibleblog.com Photos: flickr.com Really liking this lens!

RS: “Mirrorless, but not a system: flickr.com shots taken with pre-production sample of Lumix 3D1, original MPO-files splitted/converted with shareware GraficConverter 7.5 by Lemkesoft (http://www.lemkesoft.com). GraphicConverter handles other .MPO-files from photos taken with Lumix 3D-lens at G-models (and Fuji), too flickr.com. You can recommend GraficConverter to all Mac-users, which don’t want see their 3D photos only on TV. And you can recommend  in general – It’s a real swiss army knife for photo editing, not only 3D. I use GraphicConverter as main browsing instrument and fast everyday-editing, when I dont need some special Photoshop features. As long as you don’t register and pay the little share, you only have to wait a few seconds after starting the program, that’s all, no other limitations.”

Russ: “Thought you’d be interested.  I’m gearing up for a 3 month bicycle trip to New Zealand and have switched to PENs for stills and video. Some samples here! Travel Video shot with PEN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kYncfBywPw Review of 3 mics for PEN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcqaCbE2Dj8 CycloCross http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNdvcyk8HDw”.

Daniel: “I am currently living in New Zealand at the moment and working for Peter Jackson’s company Weta Digital.  We are all camera geeks there and I find your site very informative.
I made this little timelapse video with my Panasonic GF1 and wanted to share it with you.  My friend at worked built a motorized timelapse dolly for this short.  I thought it was fitting for you site so I wanted to share.
Keep up the good work and I look forward to hearing about updates.   I am waiting for that pro camera with a view finder from Panasonic still. 😉  I think my next camera may be the GH3 or that new Fuji you just showed!
vimeo
http://vimeo.com/32377031
youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9Ym1fKs6nA&feature=youtu.be&hd=1

Taz: “This is not a rumor but your site shared my SLR magic lens video a while back, so I was thinking it would be nice for people to see the Rokinon (Samyang) 7.5mm f3.5 lens as well. I did a quick unboxing with shooting video through the fisheye lens in the same video. Hope this helps! Here is the link: http://youtu.be/rcuBdqvlI-M

Melvin:Would like to share my new short film with 4/3rumors readers. Dolphins, killer whales, gannets, seals and puffins, all filmed on locations in the North Sea over 7 months time. Equipment used: GH2 with olympus zuiko lenses 9-18, 12-60, 35-100/2.0 150/2.0 and 300/2.8 and both zuiko converters. The close ups of the gannet were made with 300/2.8 and ec20. http://youtu.be/zSRpC3MfiM8 The gopro was used to film under water. A water proof housing for the GH2 could be an interesting option in future. GH2 and the zuiko lenses have proven to be a reliable setup for me. Great system!

As usual keep sending me your best videos and pictures! Thanks!

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Next GH2 superdeal at Amazon and BHphoto! (And superdeal on the 14mm lens in UK)

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I have good news for those of you that missed the GH2 Adorama deal. The Gh2 +14-42mm kit is now in Stock for $699(!) at Amazon (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here). And a $300 price drop is also ongoing on the GH2+14-140mm kit at Amazon (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here).

Other deals:
Panasonic compact camera specials on Amazon (Click here).
Black E-P3 with 14-42mm lens for $759 at Amazon (Click here). Only seven cameras left (at the time of posting).

UK
And finally I can report a supedeal ongoing in Europe. The Panasonic 14mm pancake sells for 179£ at Amazon UK (Click here).

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(UPDATED) Investigative panel report is out: “Olympus top management was rotten”

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The investigative panel published their Olympus report (Source: Reuters). UPDATE: You can download the pdf here.

Summary: Olympus had a huge speculation loss in the nineties. To cover the losses (and save Olympus?) Hideo Yamada and Hisashi Mori elaborated a “loss separation scheme” to hide the losses ($1.7 Million $) in acquisitions and fees. The report states that part of the management was aware of that (“rotten”), but that there is no link to the organised crime. That damaged the shareholders and the report clearly says that “fraudulent accounting” has been done. The report clearly advice the responsible managers to resign. In short, a revolution is needed.

The reaction of the market has been positive. Olympus shares had jumped as much 9% percent today (Source: Bloomberg). The main reasons for the jump is the chance that Olympus will not be delisted at the Tokyo exchange and that part of the board will probably have to resign.

But here is the “bad” question to you: What if they tried to hide the losses to keep the Olympus business alive? Wondering if Olympus would have survived if they wouldn’t have done that “loss separation scheme”.

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a little bit of everything…

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Teaser on a project about Sevillanos universe shot by Steph on GH2 with Voigtländer 0.95 and Noktor 12mm.

An Olympus camera sculpture at Henry Road.

OLYMPUS SH-21 12.5x optical zoom, High-sensitivity shooting, Touch shot (Olympus Global).

GF2 with Olympus 45mm lens samples at Google Plus.

Will Canon buy Olympus? (Zone-10).

The Panasonic GF1 – A Landmark Camera by KJ Vogelius (SteveHuff).

New aluminium grips for the E-P3 (DC.watch).

Mitmachen: Lumix Festival für jungen Fotojournalismus 2012 (Photoscala).

 

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(FT4) First Schneider Kreuznach Micro Four Thirds lenses coming at Photokina 2012!

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A source just sent me the first info about the future Schneider Kreuznach Micro Four Thirds lenses. Schneider will offer a “range of lenses for the MFT-System starting Photokina 2012. Details will be announced in the first half of 2012“. Thanks to the anonymous source for sending me this! Keep us up to date with your “rumors” 😉

So we don’t know yet what kind of lenses they will announce but it is good to hear that they will offer a “range of lenses” suggesting that there will be many of them! I don’t know if these lenses will be mainly “cine lenses” like the one offered by Zeiss or more “photographic lenses”. Schneider has a long history of high quality lenses for Large and Medium format cameras. Currently Schneider isn’t making many lenses for the “pure” digital photography system. There are only two for Canon/Nikon/Sony:
PC TS Super-Angulon 50mm f/2.8 Lens (Click here to see on eBay).
PC TS Super Angulon 90mm f/4.5 Lens (Click here to see on eBay).

But Schneider also made many C-mount, FD, SL and M42 mount lenses in the past. Here are some of them:
Xenon 16mm f/1.2 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 25mm f/0.95 (Click here to see on eBay).
Curtagon 35mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Componon 50mm f/1.4 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 50mm f/1.9 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 50mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 75mm f/3.5 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenotar 80mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 180mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).

I am sure Schneider completely new designed and high quality lenses. But just to make them know in what kind of lens you would prefer:

What of the current C-mount lenses would you love to see in native MFT version? (3 votes max)

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In February 4 Schneider announced their membership of the m43 standard. And that was the press release:

SCHNEIDER KREUZNACH now a member of the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group
BAD KREUZNACH, 4 February 2011. Schneider-Kreuznach has joined the “Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group” – a consortium of companies with the objective of improving the possibilities and quality of compact digital cameras. Developed by Olympus and Panasonic, “Micro Four Thirds” is a standard for lens mounts that is tailored to digital system cameras. “This standard has great potential. It simplifies and improves the options for compact digital cameras and offers an excellent opportunity for the industry as a whole, as well as for us as a lens manufacturer. We are working intensively on a corresponding series of lenses,” says Dr. Josef Staub, CEO of the Schneider Group.
The standard defines the sensor size, the lens mount together with the communication protocol, the aspect ratio and the flange back distance, as well as the optical requirements for production and construction. The industry standard has been developed deliberately without taking into account conventional lenses, cameras or sensor sizes. In this way, compatibility problems with older components are avoided as is the need to compromise when designing new components.
The forum standard policy means that any member company can make and distribute accessories for the system that meet the standard. It is therefore possible to combine components from different manufacturers.

Download the press release from Schneider (.pdf)

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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