May 3, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) Nobody else will join MicroFourThirds (no Fuji, no Sigma, no Kodak, no Leica)

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As you can see here on four-thirds.org many companies joined the Four-Thirds coalition a long time ago. The current question is: will the same companies produce a MicroFourThirds camera?

Sigma:
We received the rumor from two different sources. Both do confirm that Sigma will not make any MicroFourThirds camera. This doesn’t mean that they will not make MicroFourThirds lenses. But the interesting thing is that apparentely Sigma developed a MicroFourThirds camera! Sadly the final decision has been to not produce it for the mass market. We already told you that Leica and Fuji were also playing with the idea of joining MicroFourThirds but they have choosen not to do so. According to one of our sources Fuji developed a FourThirds sensor.

It is very difficoult to get reliable rumors from other companies but if the (many) rumors we received during the latest months are correct no other company beside Olympus and Panasonic will make a MicroFourThirds camera. No Kodak (read our Kodak rumor), no Leica (Leica rumor), no Fuji (Fuji rumor) no Sigma.

Not good news.

P.S: Please contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com if you can confirm/deny the rumor.


May 2, 2010
Posted in news

The need for speed: Voigtländer 50mm f/1.1

Now that I am testing the Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens I wish to own the $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

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Steve Huff wrote a complete Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1 Lens review
– E-PL1 + Voigtländer 50mm f/1.1 test on pen-and-tell.blogspot.com
– Image samples on flickr
– Olympus E-P1 + Noktor on e-p1.net
– Olympus E-P2 + Noktor on flickr

Check out the price on Ebay: $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

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Do you have any experience with the Voigtländer lens? Let us know what you think!

May 2, 2010
Posted in reviews

a little bit of everything…

The author used the 25mm, 50mm, and 85mm all t/1.8 Red primes. Mounted with the Hot Rod PL deluxe adapter kit.

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17-68 T2.2 Angénieux zoom from 1956 with a Panasonic G1 (Forum Olympus France)
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Mirrorless will be like Netbook (bythom)
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Panasonic GF-1 and Sigma 10-20 4/3s Review (Davidclapp.co.uk)
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Deals:
Amazon: Olympus E-P2 + 14-42mm lens for $899!!!
BHphoto: Panasonic GH1 2-Lens Kit with 14-140mm & 45-200mm Lenses ($1,320.90)

May 2, 2010
Posted in deals

Olympus America E-PL1 deal (-$50!)

Today Olympus america launched a new deal. You can save $50 on every Olympus E-PL1. The mother’s day deals is valid from May 2 to May 8 only! Click on those links to visit the E-PL1 deals page:
Amazon / Adorama / BH.

Once again this kind of offers are not available for Europe :(

May 2, 2010
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My very first video with the Noktor 50mm f/0.95

This is my very first video taken with the Noktor 50mm lens. All images have been taken at f/0.95.
The images with the two women were taken inside a Pizzeria. My goal was to move from one person to another and see how well I can focus when recording with f/0.95 aperture. The focus ring from the Noktor is very smooth but you also have to rotate very long from 60cm (distance of the young lady) to 2-3m (distance from the “older” women). That was the main issue I had because I needed to rotate the focus ring two times (with a short stop in between). That’s why you see the delay when I try to focus from on person to the other. The good news is that images do look pretty decent. Focusing the eyes of the person is easy when you shoot indoors (on the Olympus E-P1 screen).
One thing I did not like was the position of the focus ring which is close to the mount. I would preferr to have the aperture ring close to the mount and than the focus ring and not viceversa.

My first impression is that the Noktor lens is far more usefull for video purposes than photography (at f/0.95). I will add more videos soon.

Let me know what you think and what you want me to test for you!

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