My little project How To (Slidoo.com).

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Almost three months ago I told you about my little new project named Slidoo.com. I did this because I wanted to have a reliable track of the stuff I search on eBay. I spent a lot of time on fixing bugs and speeding up the search. Now, if you want to know what Slidoo is and how it works I created this Cartoon How To: https://www.slidoo.com/page/how-it-works. I hope it’s funny and clear enough to make you understand how it works!

I make you some examples of searches I saved to get notified on great ebay deals:

1) Nokton 25mm in Europe (Click here). Every couple of months few dealers from France or Poland have a Stock of new Nokton lenses for less than 650 Euro! That’s why I saved this search to get notified when this happens.
2) Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens in US (Click here). And once in while I also find some great new or near new Olympus lens for less than the regular price of $899.
3) Panasonic GH3 in USA (Click here). Hot in US because of the limited availability of the camera!
4) Refurbished E-M5 in Europe (Click here). Every time Olympus sell refurbished E-M5 I know it :)

Thanks for joining!!!

P.S.: Slidoo Amazon
Like on eBay we have direct access to the Amazon Database throught heir API. But we noticed plenty of bugs and inconsistent results and we are working to add our own filters and rules to fix that. It’s quite a long work and I hope we can launch the Slidoo Amazon version in May

Metabones Speed Booster adapter for MFT delayed.

The launch of the Speed Booster adapter for Micro Four Thirds has been delayed. Metabones writes: “We apologize but the m4/3 schedule is slipping. Manual focus lenses such as Nikon, Leica R, Contax C/Y, Contarex, ALPA and Rollei will be supported in the second half of 2013. Canon EF lens (but not EF-S) support is planned in the future, but we do not have an estimated date yet.

The reason for the delay is almost certainly the incredible success of the E and X mount Speed Booster orders. And to better understand why that adapter is so special watch the very well made video by TheCameraStoreTV that I embedded on top of that article!

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

a little bit of everything (full with reviews).


AF during video, comparison GH2 vs GH3 by m43photo.

Panasonic 35-100mm X lens test at LensTip.
Olympus 75 mm f/1.8 test at Camerastuffreview.
E-M5 review at Photographyramblings.
E-M5 vs GH3 vs new Canon SL1 size comparison at Dicahub.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Lens Review at ePhotozine.
XZ-10 prueba de camp at DSLRmagazine.
Gh3 and hacked GH2 seen on set at Top gear.
Steve Gosling Flower & Plant Photography OM-D Event (ePhotozine).
Olympus Tough TG-1 review at Zuikoholics.
Olympus OM-D Free 2-Part Leather Case + Battery Offer (ePhotozine).
Comparing the X100s and the OMD by Andrew van Beek.
A year with the OMD by Lawrence Ripsher.
UK Investors sue Olympus (Amateur Photographer).
Nikon S1, Olympus E-PM2, Panasonic GF5, Samsung NX1000 y Sony NEX-F3: frente a frente (Quesabesde).
Head to Head: Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6 vs. Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 (Digitalcamerainfo).
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 Lens tested at Photoreview.
9-18mm review by Hendrik Johnsson.
Sigma 30mm lens review by Gianni Galassi.

Panasonic wants to expand the “affordable” lens range.

The guys over at DSLRmagazine (translation here) posted a report about the Panasonic event in Vienna.
Panasonic first showed some very interesting market analysis. The image on top shows the growing mirrorless system cameras market share. Asia is leading the innovation with over 40% of all system cameras being mirrorless. Europe follows with 20% and North America with 14% only. And Panasonic camera “owns” 17% of that mirrorless pie. And the strategy is also very clear with the GF and GX cameras goal to be to “Create New Demand” while the GH and G camera will aggress the DSLR market and focus on “Hybrid Photography

And on that image above you see that it’s Panasonic goal to expand the “affordable priced lenses to lead additional purchases“. That could explain why it will take one more year until the amazing 42.5mm f/1.2 lens hits the market :(

 

All images and full report via DSLRmagazine.

Panasonic GF6 officially announced!

Preorders and Price:
Preorder the GF6 at Amazon (Click here).
In Europe the GF6 will cost 549 Euro with the 14-42mm kit lens, 699 Euro with the X kit zoom and 749 Euro with double lens kit.

Hands-on, previews and reviews:
Dpreview, Photographyblog, Whatdigitalcamera, Techradar, Pocket-Lint, ePhotozine,

First image samples:
Panasonic official image samples, FourThirdsUser.

Videos:
Preview by Cameralabs (youtube), video samples by Panasonic (youtube), whatdigitalcamera (youtube).

Press release:
Dpreview, Pocket-Lint, CSCmagazine (Spanish), OpenPN (French), LeMondeDeLaFoto (French), SystemKameraBlog (German), FourThirdsUser, Cnet Asia, Photoscala (German), Photographyblog, Techradar, ePhotozine, DSLRmagazine (Spanish), Quesabesde (Spanish).

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Blackmagic official press release for the Pocket Cinema MFT Camera! Coming on market in July.

Finally we have the official press release for the new Blackmagic MFT camera. UPDATE: Preorder are now available at BHphoto (Click here). There is also a hands-on at Engadget. The full dedicated page is up at Blackmagicdesign. A first review has been written by John Brawley.

Official Press Release:

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

NAB 2013, Las Vegas, USA – April 8, 2013 – Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, a beautifully designed, pocket sized digital cinema camera that includes powerful features such as Super 16mm sized 1080HD sensor, super wide 13 stops of dynamic range, built in SD card recorder for Apple ProRes, lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW capture and active Micro Four Thirds lens mount, all in an attractive compact design for only US$995.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2013 booth at #SL218.

Since the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera was launched at NAB 2012, it has been celebrated by industry professionals for its amazing film look and accurate and cinematic color. The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has most of the features of its bigger brother, including its feature film look, but has been redesigned with a dramatically smaller size that is less than an inch thick and can be held easily in your hand.

This compact design allows the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to be used in more situations where a larger camera would not be practical. It’s so small that it can be used in situations in the field where a larger camera could be dangerous. The camera’s film look even allows personal video to be shot with the style and creativity of a motion picture film!

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features an industry standard Super 16 sensor size, so it’s perfect when using Super 16 cine lenses via MFT adapters, as the shooting experience is the same as using the same lens on a Super 16 film camera. The 13 stops of dynamic range look of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is almost identical to shooting on a professional Super 16 film camera. The Micro Four Thirds lenses offer a wide range of low cost lenses with amazing image quality, and they are compatible with mount adapters such as PL mounts for large lens and professional motion picture film rigs.

One of the most important features of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is its super wide dynamic range of 13 stops, allowing feature film quality images. A common mistake in the television industry is the assumption that more resolution means higher quality. Most cameras, even ones with higher than HD resolution, can produce”video” looking images that suffer from highlight and black clipping that limits details. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera’s wide dynamic range eliminates this problem and provides film quality with dramatically more detail retained in black and whites in the image. Once the shoot is complete, DaVinci Resolve Lite color correction software can be used to adjust images and take advantage of this extra range in the images.

To eliminate the damage that low bit depth and high compression video storage creates, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera includes a easy to use SD card recorder that allows the full sensor dynamic range to be recorded in professional ProRes 422 (HQ) format, as well as 12 bit Log RAW lossless compressed CinemaDNG format. These files can be read by high end video software as they are all open standard. In addition to the regular CinemaDNG RAW format, Blackmagic Design will also be implementing a QuickTime wrapper for the open standard CinemaDNG and companion codec, allowing the camera to record in a format that allows RAW editing in popular editing software.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has been designed as the perfect companion to editing software such as Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer. Unlike other cameras, which require the use of custom video file formats, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera includes absolutely no custom video file formats, and every file type included is open standard.

The built in large LCD display makes focus easy, and allows playback of captured files. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera includes a built in microphone, as well as external jack based mic/line level balanced audio connections. When reviewing recorded clips, audio can be played through the built in speaker and routed through the headphone port or micro HDMI output. The HDMI output includes all camera data such as timecode, transport control, shutter angle, color temperature setting and ASA information overlaid in attractive anti aliased fonts.

“This is an extremely exciting camera and its been amazing to work on. Our original Blackmagic Cinema Camera was small, but this new model is so much smaller than the original, we almost cannot believe it features very similar image quality,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “We think customers are going to really enjoy this new model and use it both personally and professionally. It’s going to allow shooting in situations that could never have been achieved at this quality level previously. It’s also going to be the camera that thousands of new up and coming cinematographers use as their first camera for their independent films. It’s going to be exciting!”

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Key Features

  • High resolution 1080HD Super 16mm sized sensor with superior handing of image detail.
  • Super wide 13 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look.
  • Compatible with extremely high quality Micro Four Thirds lenses. Compatible with other mounts via common third party adapters such as PL mount and Super 16 cine lenses.
  • Built in SD card allows long duration recording with easy to use media.
  • Open file formats compatible with popular NLE software such as ProRes 422 (HQ) and lossless compressed CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW. No custom file formats.
  • Features all standard connections, including mini jack mic/line audio in, micro HDMI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay, headphone mini jack, LANC remote control and standard DC 12 power connection.
  • Built in LCD for camera settings via easy to use menus.
  • Supports 1080HD resolution capture in 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps.
  • Compatible with DaVinci Resolve Lite color grading software.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is available in July for US$995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide. UPDATE: Preorder are now available at BHphoto (Click here).

Source: Blackmagicdesign.

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