readers mail roundup…

Panasonic Australia Lumix camera GH3 Tech Tips – Videography

This will be an exciting week with Panasonic scheduled to announce the new LF1 and G6 camera on Wednesday. But before that let me catch up with some readers mails:

Russ:Here’s my latest vid, a promo for wood-fired hot tub delivered by bicycle! Shot with a GH2, 20mm 1.7, 45mm 1.8 and 50mm 1.4 Nikkor.

Matt:I just thought this was kind of an interesting project that I shot with a hacked GH2 in 720 60 for slow mo. It really ended up quite beautiful (though the ladies definitely help with that) and color corrected really well. If it’s interesting at all, feel free to share it. The video is for a kickstarter project for the swimsuits.

Anonymous:The project got funded!   I don’t see that you have published anything on the digital Bolex.  This might be a good time and to provide a link to the kick start project. 43rumors Editor’s answer. Sorry, I simply missed to read your mail. And when I found it hours before the kickstarter money collection ended I tweeted this with my 43rumors twitter account!

Vincent:I’ve shot a highway car race on the GH3. Maybe it’s interesting for the GH3 lovers!
What happens when young people start to listen to music in their cars? Well.. THIS happens!
You will probaly recognize yourself in this little short film. Young people tend to start racing when listening to music in their cars! In this film our main character starts to ‘visualize’ an entire racetrack on his way to work.
This film was pre-produced in 2 days and shot in 1 one day. The driving part was pretty dangerous as our actor had to drive like an idiot on the highway and our camera-car almost had an accident. We took the same driving route for 5 times. Between these ’rounds’ we switched angles and put people inside the cars with shakey Canon 5D’s and 550d

Marc:I thought you might be interested in my work, all taken on an Olympus E-P2, I run a photo blog and recently I’ve been contributing to Untitled Cities, a New York based online magazine about all things urban. Anyway just in case you fancy dropping me into the next readers round ups…

Lawrence: “Music Video in Hong Kong shot on the GH3 with a Voigtlander 17.5mm mainly. 50p .mov low bitrate mode. Rode Video Mic Pro. Thanks!

Cheap Speed Booster alternative coming? The “Lens Turbo”.

Last week Metabones officially announced that the new MFT Speed Booster adapter release has been delayed til late 2013. But there could be a good news soon. The Chinese company Zhongyi Optical announced the cheap alternative of the Speed Booster named “Lens Turbo” The first adapters are made for the Sony E-mount system but the MFT version should follow soon. There are some differences with the popular Speed Boosters:
1) They have no electronic contacts (no AF and no automatic Aperture control).
2) To avoid patent disputes with Metabones the adapter has a different design and a reduction ration of 0.726 (Speed Booster is 0.71)
3) The Lens Turbo price is set at US$239 which is half the price of the Metabones Speed Boosters

Zhongyi Optical also makes the Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 lens (here on eBay). But…I am not sure Metabones lawyers will stay calm on this…

Reminder: Here are the links to the lenses you can find on eBay and that will be supported by the Speed Booster MFT adapter:
Nikon F lenses Contax C/Y lenses Contarex lenses Alpa lenses Rollei lenses Canon EF lenses

Chinese creativity: They may do a Sigma DP MFT mount :)

I think Sigma Foveon sensors are the technology of the future and it’s only a matter of time until they solve the few remaining issues (like low quality at high ISO). That said a Chinese company promises right now that they can modify your Sigma DP camera in an interchangeable lens camera for every mount. On the picture you see the Leica M-mount version.

Just send in your DP camera at Taobab (translation here) and ask for the mount you want. The full modification costs you round $300.

A nice LF1 mockup made by Mike

43rumors reader Mike Bacchin made that nice LF1 rendering. Of course, expect the LF1 to be much different but I liked it so much that I wanted to share it with you readers :)

Thanks Mike!

P.S.: The G6 and the LF1 fixed lens (and with built-in EVF) compact camera will be announced soon (in 2 weeks from now).

The rumor/news week roundup! New LF1, G6, E-PL6, E-P5, GF6 and Blackmagic!

This was a very busy week! And here are the rumor/news highlights to remember:

Links to the two new MFT cameras:
We had two new MFT camera announcements. Here are the preorder links for US. I still haven’t found EU preorder link options :(
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera specs and preorders at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Panasonic GF6 specs and preorders at t Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

Olympus E-P5 and E-PL6:
There is an Olympus announcement scheduled for early May. There will be a new E-P5 with no built-in EVF and likely same OMD sensor. It comes in black, silver and white and with the 17mm f/1.8 lens or with the 14-42mm.
There maybe also a new E-PL6 with small improvements over the previous E-PL5.

Panasonic G6 and LF1:
In late April Panasonic will announce the G& and the premium compact and fixed lens camera named “Panasonic LF1”. it has a built-in viewfinder.

Panasonic affordable lenses:
Panasonic showed their charts about the current Mirrorless sales and also said that they want to focus on the development of affordable lenses:

Metabones MFT adapter:
They have been delayed and will now come in late Summer:

That was a hell of a week! And there are plenty of new rumors and news to come the next week too!

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Kenmorecamera still sells the GF5 for an incredible low price:
1) $169,00 for the Black body only (Click here) 2) $217,90 for the Red body with kit lens (Click here)

a little bit of everything…(with readers work and mail roundup).

SLR/BLACKMAGIC | Blackmagic MFT and SLRMagic Primes from Camp Comet on Vimeo.

One to one macro with the Olympus 60mm lens by Footlessfish.
Test de l’Olympus 60 mm f/2.8 macro ED MSC [partie 4] at Lepidi.
Trade In To Buy A Panasonic Lumix G5 And Save (ePhotozine).
Field Test: Olympus 17mm f/1.8 at Digitalcamerainfo.

Thomas:Fashion video shot with olympus om-d:

Joe Gunawan:Hi! Would you consider the next time you run the “little bit of everything” section if you can run my Beauty for All Seasons beauty shoot? The mFT system doesn’t get much buzz for its fashion and commercial stills application, so I’d like to show how great lighting and production can create a professional look.
Interestingly, I shot Spring and Autumn back when I had the GH2. I used the 75mm with those two. By the time I show Summer and Winter, I had the GH3 and the 35-100mm. The difference in quality between the two cameras is very noticeable in stills.
You can see more of my fashion and commercial work at my website:
Almost all the images are shot with an mFT camera. Cheers!

Artem Yumashev:I’m from Russia. I would like to share music video to you. This is first clip work. I used a Gh2 with Driftwood hack:

Keith:I’m a regular reader of your website, and appreciate everything you do to keep us informed about the latest news for these cameras. I completed a short film shot on my GH2 a couple months ago and hope you might be willing to share it the next time you do an ‘a little bit of everything’ post.

Martin:Hola Alejandro. Soy Martin. Mi inglés es muy malo y te escribo en español. He hecho un pequeño tutorial de uso del flash en fotografía macro a mano (sin trípode), el enlace es éste: Y mi blog es éste:

Anonymous:Here is a blog from a wildlife photographer that has started using the Panasonic 100-300mm lens.!

Xiyu:I did another editing of a short video of Lyon. I shoot the sequences by GH3 in the end of year 2012 in 1080p 50fps at 50Mbps. When I smooth down the video shots into 50% speed it looks very natural. By the way I tuned the colour so it’s not the native colour of GH3. The link of the video is

Saffron:A documentary on the Working Mens Club of Saffron Lan on Youtube

Jesse:You’ve heard about the Movi? Did you see that there is footage shot with the GH3 on a Movi? It’s here: (It costs $3 but it goes to charity).
I also got to see the Movi in use first-hand and blogged about it here:
and here:

Anonymous:Lens & Shutter in Vancouver (Canada) has a Zuiko 300/2.8 E-ED for sale at $4999, $2000 off regular price (!!!).  It’s part of a lens sale that runs from today until April 30. There is only one in stock, and the company doesn’t ship outside of Canada, but I figured a fellow Canadian 43rumors reader might appreciate this info.