Preorder the new Panasonic 8mm fisheye. Check out the first image samples!

You can no preorder the lens on Amazon: Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 ED Fisheye Lens for $799. The lens is not available for preorder in Europe (price will be 790 Euro).

You can also check out some image samples posted by Panasonic Japan (found via noisycamera). The images were taken with the new Panasonic G2 (which is also in Stock at amazon!).

New image samples are also available on DPreview.

Official: Panasonic 8mm fisheye and new FX75/FX70 with F2.2-5.9 lens

Finally Panasonic released a new MicroFourThirds lens. The 8mm Fisheye will be available from July 2010 and cost £729.99 (according to dpreview).

UPDATE: Click here to preorder the 8mm fisheye lens on Amazon! ($799)

FX75/70 press releases on:
Dpreview
Imaging Resource
Letsgodigital
The PhoBlographer
Quesabesde (spanish)

Panasonic 8mm fisheye press release on:
Dpreview
Imaging Resource
Letsgodigital
The PhoBlographer
Quesabesde (spanish)

AF-assist beam mod to E-PL1


ZappB created an AF-assist beam mod 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. On dpreview forum he says that “With the AF light, I can take photos in pitch black conditions using the flash. Normally, this would be impossible. I also added a mode for the light to stay on constantly for video or whatever you desire with a constant light.

Now he wants to teaming up with a manufacturer to produce these device. Contact him if you want to collaborate!

Well don ZappB!!!

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.