First image samples taken with the new Olympus 14-150mm lens!

As you know by end of June Olympus will release the new Olympus 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 lens (preorder on amazon for $599).

Inside the forum photofan.jp there is one of those lucky guys that had the chance to test the new lens (google english translation). He says that focus speed is fast and very quiet. The lens it selft is very lightweight, zoom ring is very large and focus ring is very smooth.

I will post here two of the images he has taken with the lens. The first image has been taken at 14mm and the second at 150mm. Click on the image to enlarge!

Click here and scroll down to see the image samples: photofan forum

UPDATE: “Olddo” just sent us the link to the original image samples on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/olddo
Thanks!

found via Fotoactualidad.

Preorder the lens on:
Amazon / Adorama / BH / Amazon Deutschland

How-to install the Panasonic GH1 firmware hack (EosHD)

EosHD just made a wiki entry where he explains how to install the Panasonic GH1 firmware hack.

List of major improvements:
– 24p native footage, no need to unwrap from 60i or use pulldown on NTSC models
– Increase in image quality
– Higher bitrates in AVCHD mode
– Interface language can be selected from large range of international options

Sounds awesome. Let me know if the firmware hack works without any flaw. And please keep in mind that this is a hack soyou have to be aware of the risks!

What’s better: digital or optical distortion correction? (dpreview)

Dpreview tried to found an answer to the following question: Can software ever take the place of optical excellence?

They tested four cameras: Canon Powershot S90, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 and the Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1.

And what did they discover? “Purely optically-corrected design have an edge over the Micro Four Thirds lens that combines both optical and digital correction.
Interesting!

Read more on dpreview.

Olympus E-PL1 for dummies -> we talk about the book…not about us! ;)

You can now preorder the Olympus E-PL1 For Dummies on amazon (click here)! The book will be available on July 26, 2010. “For dummies” is a very popular series of instructional books and the fact that they publshed a book for the Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1Olympus E-PL1 prooves once again how popular the camera is. The same book is also available for pre-order on Amazon UK (click here) and Amazon Canada. I hope there will be soon translation in other languages.

But there are more new books coming (click on the link to visit the product page on amazon.com):
David Busch’s Olympus PEN EP-2 Guide to Digital Photography
Olympus Pen Series Tutorial DVD, including E-PL1 (E PL1) by QuickPro
David Busch’s Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Guide to Digital Photography

One thing we noticed is that in Germany you have tons of books about FourThirds and MicroFourThirds cameras. Check out the book list for Olympus PEN (click here) and Panasonic (click here) cameras.

The last new entries are the Olympus PEN and Profibuch Panasonic Lumix G.

The Olympus PEN book will be soon available in Amzon UK (click here). And click here to read the full list of books of Olympus and Panasonic books on amazon UK.

I only found Panasonic related books on Amazon France.

Do you have some book suggestions?
Thanks!
Ale

The need for speed: Four crazy 90mm f/1.0 Lenses

Most über-fast lenses (with f/1.1 or faster aperture) do have a focal length between 25-50mm. But there are some (crazy) exceptions. Take a look at the follwoing four items (clicking on the link will show you the lens on eBay):

1) FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0

2) Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0

3) Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0

4) Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0 -> Images samples on flickr

I found image samples for the Canon lens only and I don’t know if you can use all of them on a MicroFourThirds camera. Let us know if you ever used one of those lenses on your camera!
Thanks!