Panasonic interview: “we are developing lenses for sport photographers”

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There is a new Panasonic interview at Imaging Resource (Click here) with Mr Darin Pepple, senior marketing manager at Panasonic. There is a lot of talk about WiFi and mobile integration but also some talk about MFT. Here are some highlights:

1) Mr. Pepple says that “we’re seeing a lot of professional photographers who are in the wedding and event fields making the transition to video. In fact, in an upcoming trade event, you will see us present several photographers who are showcasing their ideas on how a traditional photographer can make use of video as part of their workflow.

2) Interesting: The GH2 and a lot of the hacks that you saw coming into the GH2 inspired Panasonic to do more.

3) Panasonic clearly underlines the advantages of contrast af that is far more reliable and accurate than phase detection AF. And Panasonic says that on sensor Phase detection is “really more of just a software trick.

4) About the development of a new bigger sensor mirrorless system he answers: “I don’t think we’re going to do that.

5) And finally a real new “rumor”. Mr. Pepple says that “a 300mm f/2.8 or even a 600mm f/2.8 would be a great thing to have. We don’t have that yet. So, at f/2.8 we go to up to about 100mm and that’s the limit for us. We’ve got some development to do in the optics to make the sports photographers interested.

6) There are also some interesting considerations about how to market Panasonic mirrorless cameras. They are no more trying to advertise the general “mirrorless” concept, they are now more and more focusing on advertisign the top features of the camera. That’s the right approach I think.

It’s a really interesting interview I invite you to read in full at Imaging Resource!

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Panasonic GF5 fading out from US stores. Successor to be announced soon.

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The Panasonic GF5 X is now no more available at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here). There are still a few left in Stock with the 14-42mm (non X) lens. I have no final specs of the GF5 successor but I have been told it is a minor upgrade and nothing super exiting. The new successor won’t be smaller than the current GF5.  It will be interesting to see if Panasonic will also launch a fixed lens RX100 competitor later this year. That camera will be the smallest camera with FT sensor ever made to date.

That said the current GF5 can be found for a very good price ($449) with X lens and new on eBay US in Black (Click here) and White (Click here).To get notified on further eBay US price drop login and save this search on Slidoo (Click here). And here is the link for the Slidoo Europe search (you can change country in your settings).

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New Metabones MFT adapter makes the magic: your lens faster, wider and sharper!

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It’s Monday Morning and this news will shock you and you wake you up! :)
Metabones just announced the new “Speed Booster” Adapter that makes any FF or APS-C (and not MFT!) lens faster, wider and sharper! Philip Bloom posted the news as first and explained how it works:

The Metabones ‘Speed Booster’ is a 0.71 x focal reducer, that will effectively turn your full frame 50mm f/1.8 lens into a 35mm f/1.2 lens. Note, doing so (as a guide) will increase the aperture of that lens by one stop. It will be available in January 2013 from Metabones’ web site http://www.metabones.com and its worldwide dealer network for US$599 / £372 plus shipping and applicable taxes and duties

The adapter reduces the image circle of FF or APS-C lenses and both will cover the MFT sensor area. The only not so good things about the lens are you can use only APS-C or FF lenses and not MFT or FT lenses!

Here is an image that shows you how it works:

The image circle gets reduced and this actually doesn’t decrease the image quality!

And here is a video sample shot by Philip on a NEX camcorder (APS-C):

194 grams from James Miller on Vimeo.

Take some time to read Philip Bloom post and than let me know:

How much do you like that new adapter?

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a little bit of everything…(with readers mail)

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Kisses from Vienna from Fabrys on Vimeo (shot on E-M5)

Full review of the Panasonic X Vario 12-35mm F/2.8 at Kurt Munger. And it has been selected as lens of the year by Photographyblog.

Olympus 17 mm 1.8 review at Camerastuffreview. The lens also got tested by Lepidi (part one and part two and part three).

GH3 test at Itmedia (translation here).

Phil:I posted this information about new equipment for the Nauticam housing systems for M43 cameras: http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/olympus-outlet/442771-new-m43-products-nauticam.html

Nico:I’d like to share with you and your readers a photo essay of black and white travel/street photographies shot in Viñales, Cuba, depicting the life of the Guajiros, who produce Cuba’s world-renowned tobacco. Here: http://www.nico-foto.com/guajiros/ My kit consisted of the Panasonic GF1 and GH2 bodies, Panasonic 14mm 2.5, 20mm 1.7 and the wonderful Olympus 45mm 1.8 lenses, all carried in a small and convenient Billingham Hadley Digital, a fantastic bag for a unconspicuous m43 outfit.  For other travel/street photographies shot in Cuba with this same kit, you can also visit my Cuba Flickr album here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolasraddatz/sets/72157632464051675/

Edmond:I’m the proud owner of what I assume is the only OM-D camera in my country Lebanon. For some reason Olympus’  distributor here does not offer this particular model, nor does Panasonic sell the GH2 and the GH3 either! (Had to buy mine via a friend from Canada) . I would like to share with you my first video shot with this camera. It was all done handheld using the kit zoom lens. It clearly shows the power of the IBIS as I’m not that experienced with holding the camera properly nor was I using any sort of rig or camera-stabilizing platform….I’m also new to editing and grading so not sure if I messed up hehe (it does look much better though than here on vimeo I promise) , but anyway here it is https://vimeo.com/56783856

Farrukh:Went stargazing at Stonehenge with the Olympus EP3 and the SLR Magic 12mm f1.6, great combination with great photos! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.341526195953643.63961.341504945955768&type=1

Omar:Below is a link to a photo essay published in the Courier Journal newspaper in case you would like to share it with readers. http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121216/OPINION04/312160038/Egyptians-show-Morsi-they-won-t-back-down. The images were all takein with the EPM2 and 20 mm shot at ISO 3200 or the LX7 at 24 mm f1.4 at ISO 800.  It was nice to abe to walk around and keep the cameras in my jacket pockets when I was not using them.

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Blackmagic MFT video sample…

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Sunset from John Brawley Tests with Blackmagic MFT and Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 and SLR Magic 12mm f/1.6.

There is not only the GH3 if you need an advanced Micro Four Thirds video camera. The video on top has been shot on the Blackmagic MFT camera which promises to be a very nice tool for low budget productions.It has been shot with the superb Nokton 17.5mm 0.95 (here on eBay) and the SLR Magic 12mm f/1.6 (here on eBay). Would love to see a comparison with the GH3 one day, and I am pretty sure the Blackmagic will top the Panasonic camera.

The body only is in Stock for $3000 at IDSMgroup (Click here) and (out of Stock) at BHphoto (Click here).

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