April 26, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Olympus E-5 review at Biofos (including speculation about the 43 and m43 Apocalypse!)

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A few days ago ex Olympus chief Mr. Watanabe reassured that there will be new Four Thirds products coming soon. Today Biofos (Click here) posted a very detailed Olympus E-5 review you might want to read. And he starts with the following (to much pessimistic?) statement “Here we really see history repeating itself. Pen F (half-frame SLR) was launched in February 1963 and ceased in April 1971, a period of 8 years. Pen F was judged to be a commercial failure due to lack of acceptance by film processing manufacturers. FourThirds (quarter-frame DSLR) was released in October 2003 with the E-1 and remains in production with the E-5 today but I suspect the last batch of E-5’s will be made sometime in 2011 – another period of eight years! FourThirds has also been a commercial failure due, basically, to a lack of acceptance by the DSLR buying masses. Whereas Pen F was a derivative of the popular viewfinder Pen series, MicroFourThirds is a derivative of 4/3rds. The original viewfinder Pen cameras remained in production until the mid 80’s with an overall production life of 25 years; let’s hope the m4/3rds machines achieve half of that!

and after the long E-5 testing he writes: “Am I disappointed with the E-5 – in short no but there are things that Olympus could have done better – but we must remember this is the 4/3rds swan song so it is not brimming with technology or a great deal of thought either. I just get the feeling that the Olympus did not want to make the E-5, they did so purely as a sop to E-System users on the cessation of the rest of the system. It follows that not a great deal of enterprise or original thought has been levered into the camera and I suspect most of the technology comes from m4/3rds offerings anyway.

and he doesn’t stop here: “Personally, I think Olympus have lost their way. How can micro-fourthirds be their future when it too is dependent on a non-standard sensor size which still has innate problems with noise and DR. This is the same set of problems that beset 4/3rds. Perhaps Olympus think that m4/3rds users will not be as critical or demanding. Maybe they are right, I hope so. But as all the other manufacturers introduce their own mirrorless versions Olympus and Panasonic will be back to square one. Either that or mirrorless cameras will prove to be a short lived fad and simply disappear. I genuinely fear for the camera divisions future. And that’s a great pity as in 2019 the company celebrates its centenary.

Read the full article at Biofos (Click here) and feel free to discuss his very (provocative?) statements on 43rumors with reasonable and respectful argumentations ok?

Check out the E-5 price, availability and specs at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay (Click on shop names to visit the E-5 product page).
For your curiosity: Link to the Pen F on eBay (Click here).

April 26, 2011
Posted in news

See how Cosina makes the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (yes all handmade!)

The video on top shows how the amazing Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 gets assembled in the Cosina factory from Nagano (starting from 2:15min). It shows how much handwork is necessary to make that unique lens. The video does also contain an interview with a Cosina engineer. It’s not casual that our readers voted it as lens of the year 2010 (Click here to see the 43rumors poll). Damn, that video makes me even more like my Nokton lens :)

P.S.: As I already told you two days ago it’s almost impossible to find that lens in Stock. BHphoto (Click here) sells it for $815 only but they don’t know when they will receive supply from Japan. On eBay prices are usually higher. The most decent offers do come from a german eBay store (Click here) and a Thai eBay reseller (Click here).

Via Photographyblog

April 26, 2011
Posted in news

Wanderlust Cameras announces immediate availability of Pinwide

I just got an email from Wanderlust (the creators of the Pinwide cap for Micro Four Thirds):

Press release:

Wanderlust Cameras is proud to announce the general availability of Pinwide, the world’s widest digital pinhole. Designed specifically for Micro Four Thirds cameras, the impressive 11mm focal length (22mm equivalent) finally brings real wide-angle pinhole photography into the digital era.
Wanderlust’s Pinwide is a true Kickstarter success story, with 100% of the US-based tooling and manufacturing costs funded by preorders from Kickstarter backers. After shipping over 600 preorders, Wanderlust Cameras is excited to invite everyone to join in the fun!

About Pinwide
Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds. With the exception of the Panasonic AF100, Pinwide
is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Aperture: ƒ/96 ~ ƒ/128
Field of view: ~ 80°
Focal length: 11mm (22mm equivalent)
Materials: Precision injection molded polycarbonate with a scientific-grade metal
aperture
Designed and manufactured in the United States
Software: Specialized Pinwide processing software arriving May 2011 allows fine-tuning
Price: $39.99, shipping today at http://wanderlustcameras.com

There are more pinwide caps for sale on eBay (mostly made by asian companies):
– Skink Pinhole Pancake Pro Lens Kit for Olympus PEN on eBay (Click here).
– Pinhole Cap Lens for m43 on eBay (Click here).
– Skink Pinhole Pancake Creative Kit for Four Thirds on eBay (Click here).

April 26, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…


Panasonic GH2 + C-mount Pentax 6mm 1:1.2 lens (Click here to see that lens on eBay).

Panasonic to shift more lithium battery (Reuters)
Mini E-PL2 review at Macworld.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 Review (Photographyblog).
Panasonic Lumix ZS10 review (DigitalcameraHQ).
Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 and Pentax DA 21mm f/3.2 – An Informal Easter Shootout (Seriouscompact).
The Compact System Camera’s big moment in the US… (Dpreview forum).

April 25, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Happy Easter!

I am right now traveling back from my home in Antwerp to the the home in the middle of the Alps. I will be back online late at night. In the meanwhile you can take a look on rumors posted on the partner websites:
– A new Pentax teaser (mirrorless camera?) at MirrorlessRumors.com
– A new Sony mirrorless camera at SonyAlphaRumors.com.

I wihs all of you a Happy Easter with your families. I hope you can have a nice time and a nice rest!

P.S.: A special Thanks goes to the people that met me in Antwerp!

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