November 10, 2010
Posted in deals, reviews

Panasonic 14mm lens in Stock in Europe and on eBay!


Finally non-japanese stores do have some of the new Panasonic stuff in Stock :)
Amazon Deutschland has the new Panasonic 14mm lens in Stock right now!. And so Amazon UK.
That leads us to hope that also Amazon US, Adorama and BHphoto will have it in Stock soon!

I don’t advice you to buy the japanese GH2 (which are currently in auction on eBay) because you have to deal with the japanese menu. But you don’t have that problem when you buy a lens! Japanese resellers are currently selling some of these lenses on eBay (Click here).

P.S: ThePublicEye posted a few Panasonic 14mm image samples.

November 10, 2010
Posted in news

Panasonic and Olympus financial reports (making less money with cameras)

The first half of the fiscal year 2010 for the Japanese company Panasonic is extremely profitable but the digital camera and mobile phone sales are in decline. The operating division’s profit is 61.3 billion yen (about € 548 million) – an increase of 481% over the previous year (quarterly figures, see table below). Panasonic attributes the huge increase in profits to reduce fixed costs and economies of scale. Source: Photoscala

The Olympus sales

In the second fiscal quarter of 2010/11 Olympus is continuing the downward trend of their photo section. Overall earnings of the “Imaging sector” decrease of 22.4% over the first half of last year. Source: Photoscala

November 9, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) Olympus to use a 16 Megapixel Kodak sensor with electronic shutter?

For some months we received info about a possible future Olympus and Kodak partnership. Now we received small details about a Kodak sensor which could be used inside the next Micro Four Thirds cameras. We learned from one of our trusted sources that the Olympus-Panasonic sensor agreement will expire by early 2011. That agreement didn’t allow Olympus to use other non-Panasonic sensors. Once the agreement ends Olympus has the choice to renegotiate the agreement or to sign a new partnership with Kodak. That could be one of the reasons why Olympus didn’t release any new PEN (or the rumored modular cameras) at Photokina.

According to the info we received the Four Thirds sensor has 16 Megapixel and true electronic shutter. Two of our sources claim to know that there are already working prototypes!

We have to warn you that we are talking about prototypes that might will never be produced for the mass market. I am not sure yet if Olympus will give up Panasonic in favour of Kodak. But I trust my sources when they say that Olympus is currently re-thinking the future sensor partnership.

Kodak recently announced the 29Megapixel W-RGB Interline Transfer CCD which is supposed to be used with the next Leica M9 successor. Although this is not the “Kodak-Olympus sensor” we are talking about, it might be of interest to see some of the features (via ImageSensorWorld):
– The TRUESENSE technology is claimed to provide a 2x to 4x increase in light sensitivity compared to a standard Bayer color sensor by adding panchromatic pixels to the standard RGB elements that form the image sensor array
– The new sensor is also available in a regular Bayer and monochrome versions (Cool!)
– electronic shutter

For all Olympus readers. We are currently collecting info about the following three main rumors:
1) Modular camera
2) Olympus-Kodak partnership
3) New Super43 camera system

If you have some info you can share please contact me at or use the contact form on the right sidebar. Thanks!

November 9, 2010
Posted in deals

Get the “japanese” Panasonic GH2 on eBay (shipping worlwide)

The first two Panasonic GH2 cameras are for sale on eBay! They are located in Japan so you have to deal with the japanese menu :( The good news is that we have two different GH2 cameras:
Click here to see the current Panasonic GH2 (Body Only!) auction
Click here to see the current Panasonic GH2+14-140mm lens auction

Time left for the auction: 5 days!

Finally also Amazon Germany has the GH2 (Gewöhnlich versandfertig in 1 bis 3 Wochen.)
Panasonic GH2 ohne OBjektiv
Panasonic GH2+ 14-140mm Ojektiv
Panasonic GH2 + 14-42mm Objektiv

Other preorder links (Cameras will be in Stock between 22 November and end of December):
Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Japan.

Let me know if you find the GH2 somewhere in Stock! Thanks!!!

November 8, 2010
Posted in reviews

Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 lens preview by Mike Kobal

Mike Kobal made that very nice video with the GH1 and the Nokton 25mm (Source: “The aperture was set to 1.4 for all clips, ISO to 100. I like the results, the Nokton lives up to the hype, it is very sharp at 1.4 (except for the extreme corners).” He also posted one more “night” video taken with aperture set at f/0.95(Click here).

He also posted a nice set of images on flickr:

My impression of this lens so far:
@0.95 slightly soft in the center and in the corners, but sharpens up nicely in ps, extreme corners are very soft, very usable overall.
@1.4 very sharp in the center and in the corners, extreme corners are still soft.
@2.0 extremely sharp in the center and in the corners, extreme corners are still soft.

The built quality is excellent, the focusing ring is fantastic, very well dampened and it is very easy to pull focus during video takes.

Thanks Mike for your nice work!!!

If you have some luck you can find the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 on eBay (Click here to see current auctions).

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