a little bit of everything…(with lot of lens reviews)


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Good Morning! Here is a short roundup of news I collected the last days:

Olympus 75mm test at Pen And Tell (german).
Olympus PEN E-PL3 Up For Grabs (ePhotozine).
New E-m5 book in Japan (DCwatch).
A mini E-M5 spooted on DCwatch.
E-M5 pics at the Olympics by Smallcamerabigpicture.
Some thoughts about the E-7 by Preferredaperture.
Lepidi posted a 17.5mm Nokton review in two parts: part one and part two.
A Lumix G 20mm f/1.7, the Sigma 30mm f/2.8, and the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Bokeh comparison at m43photo.
This is the most through analysis I have seen on the shutter impact issue with the 14-42 X lens. He compares the resolution of the lens at different shutter speed with 3 different bodies (GX1,EP3,EM5). Wlcastleman.

  • MikeS

    Still waiting for Amazon to ship my 75mm…

  • Boooo!

    The E-7 blog entry is very, very funny :D

    “if Olympus wants to compete for the serious amateur or pro photographer market, they need a sensor at least 5000 pixels on the long side.”

    “Certainly the E7 will be mirrorless”

    “I now consider [focus peaking] a minimum requirement for any serious photography.”

    “I know the micro 4/3rds have a decent 300mm option, but f/4.8 is just barely acceptable for wildlife shooters.”

    “The other missing piece is a quality 150-225mm macro lens. (…) Make this one f/2.8 with ED glass for the bug and butterfly shooters.”

    “Another option would be to go APS-C”

    • Oh man, you’re so right. This guy is full of crap.

    • I wouldn’t call this funny. Sad is more like it.

      We are living in a realm of great expectations and little photographic skill (or talent). Photography is becoming a playground for theoretical engineering while its real purpose is often forgotten. Good, thoughtful photographers don’t ask for super telephoto lenses faster than f/2.8 which will be too expensive to buy and too heavy to carry. They don’t judge their gear based on what is available, but rather based on their real-life practice.

    • BLI

      I don’t qualify as a “serious amateur or pro photographer”. But for an unserious amateur photographer, I agree with the point on the “300mm option”: the 75-300/4.8-6.3 needs to be improved. The E-7 blog gives an impression of 300mm with aperture 4.8; the fact is that the aperture is 6.3 at 300mm *at best*, and the lens/E-M5 combo struggles with focusing in shadows on sunny days without a single cloud. Even worse: one cannot cheat by unzooming to 75mm, focus (works much better at 75/4.8), and zoom back to 300mm and expect to be (nearly) in focus — as I’m used to with Nikkor lenses.

      • It’s obviously a typo. Should read 300mm f/2.8 (the 4/3 enormous prime).

        • bli

          Typo? The blogger is referring to micro 43.

  • Brod1er

    On a more positive note, I thought the Castleman review of the PZ14-42 was useful. It’s overall conclusion about the lens was unsurprising, but the comparison of the different shutter vibration characteristics was helpful. I have long thought that the relatively loud shutter of my GH1 interfered badly with my 100-300. This test shows the quieter EM5 shutter does result in less vibration. This may be as important as 5axis IS in reducing vibration- and another good reason to buy an EM5.

    • Steve

      Considering all of the things people complain about, I am surprised this has been relatively ignored. Shutter vibration has a significant impact on maximum resolution. Panasonic needs to improved this with the GH3 as I do significant cropping with my 100-300 and I cannot have the shutter vibration that Panasonic bodies are currently providing. I’ll be watching this closely to see what my next body upgrade will be from my GH2.

      • Brod1er

        Exactly. The good 100-300 lens is really held back by the shutter vibration issue. Given the benefit of losing the mirror slap, it is surprising Panasonic have not tried harder to reduce the shutter vibration. An electronic shutter would remove all vibration and make the camera very stealthy. I too wait to see what the gh3 brings. At the moment my money is on an EM5.

    • Esa Tuunanen

      Yep, definitely nothing out of ordinary in PZ14-42mm:
      Those MTF charts tell that its sharpness catches others only when diffraction starts softening image and at 42mm it takes heck a lot of diffraction.

      Panasonic surely has work in shutter.
      Even after E-30 with its mirror GH2 is surprisingly noisy and E-30’s sturdier/heavier body and lenses surely damp vibration better.
      Electronic shutter sure helps but until it operates as global shutter capturing all pixels at the same time it has its problems.

  • Anonymous

    This video has already been posted here.

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