January 25, 2011
Posted in news

Help Vitaly to hack the new Panasonic GH2! (and maybe the AG-AF100 too)


The well known GH1 hacker Vitaly (or tester13) asked me to make a support call on 43rumors. That is the text he sent me:

As you may know, I have GH2 firmware now. But it is encrypted, and uses compacts UPD format. It’ll require bunch of resources and expertise to try to dump compacts firmware and learn how encryption is performed. Please publish this info with bold request all engineers NOR flash (and especially LSI with NOR) experience contact me. I can guarantee anonymity if they want.

If you can help him please contact Vitaly at the following address: info@pentax-hack.info. More info are available here: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?236360-News-about-GH2-firmware

And Vitaliy is also working on a hack for the AG-AF100. Here is the link to the thread: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?236194-Good-news-about-AF100-firmware

Thanks Vitaly for your great job!

January 25, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

HILLS GREEN teaser trailer from Ryan Glover on Vimeo.

Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 for m4/3 (suwenchee.blogspot).

E-P1 Birthday Cake (E-P1.net).

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Test Images (Imaging resource).

Short Olympus E-PL1 review at Photocomment.

How to Launch a Camera: The Fuji X100 (arcrental).

Olympus camera service menu for E-5 and PENs:

Hold ‘menu’ button and power on the camera,
Go to LCD brightness page,
Press ‘OK’ and ‘Info’ together,
a display of your model number will display,
Then press N,S,W,E (the four direction button), press shutter and N again,
The service menu will show.

January 25, 2011
Posted in news

Panasonic introduces four new compact cameras

Panasonic just announced new compact cameras (Source: Dpreview):
1) The ZS10 and ZS8 compact superzooms.
2) The TS3 (FT3 in Europe) rugged compact camera
3) The FX78 ultra-compact with an F2.5-5.9 5x zoom lens starting at 24mm.

That’s it 😉

January 24, 2011
Posted in deals

Panasonic GF2 in Stock in Europe (+ new review at Clubic)

Good news from Europe. The new Panasonic GF2 is in Stock at Amazon.co.uk (Click here). In USA you can preorder the camera at Amazon US and Adorama and should be available soon.

Meanwhile the french website clubic.com tested the new Panasonic GF2 and the new 14mm and 12.5mm 3D lens. They posted lot of videos and image samples. They like the camera but do miss the manual controls from the GF1.

P.S.: As you know the GF1 has been discontinued so this is one of the very few deals that are ongoing now: BHphoto (Click here) has the GF1+14-42mm lens in Stock for $649 (Offer ends 01/29/2011).

January 24, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) Coming soon: A mirror tele lens from Panasonic?

That is a surprise! One of our very good sources just told us that Panasonic is developing a new 500mm mirror(reflex) tele lens! UPDATE: The source doens’t know if that lens will be announced within 2011. The picture I posted above shows the Minolta 500mm reflex. According to the source Panasonic is working with some of the minolta specialist that made that lens. The Panasonic version will have AF (autofocus), O.I.S. (in lens stabilization) and be smaller than the Minolta version. What I don’t know is if there is really a “market” for such a lens. That’s why I added a poll at the bottom of the post to ask you if you would be interested in buying such a lens. And if you know more about that lens drop us a line at 43rumors@gmail.com or use the contact form on the right sidebar. Thanks!

For reference:
– The Minolta 500mm lens is out of production. You can get it for $500-$700 at eBay (Click here to see the current lens auctions).
– The new verison of the Minolta lens is the Sony 500mm f/8. Price $750 at Amazon (Click here to see it).
– Opteka offers a 500mm lens with Four Thirds mount. You can get them on eBay (Click here) or Amazon (Click here).

Would you buy the Panasonic 500mm mirror lens?

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