New MFT reviews…

Let me catch up with a couple of new reviews of MFT cameras and lenses:

Nokton 25mm f/0.95:
I own this lens and I am always carrying it with me. Definitely my favorite lens! ePhotozine just posted a new review of the Nokton. Another review has been posted in German by Heise.de. The cheapest price I found in Europe is 810 Euro in France (Click here) and 830 Euro in Germany (Click here). As I mentioned yesterday yu can check for price drops via Slidoo :)
The newer sister lens sells for 1.010 Euro via Fotomundus (Click here).

Olympus E-M5:
James Harold posted a 24hours OMD review made while traveling across Europe. And the Crazy Comparison Returns! The $999 Olympus OM-D vs the $7995 Leica Monochrom by Steve Huff.
DOn’t forget that there are always plenty of new auctions with refurbished E-M5 at Olympusmarket (Click here).

More reviews:
Olympus 75mm f1.8 Lens reviewed at ThePhoBlographer.
Olympus 60mm amcro review by Steve Huff.

GH3 shipping at BH and Adorama. RAW support from Apple.

Mme Sokhna Fall from Bas de Meijer on Vimeo.

We have been told that after Amazon, Wexphotographic UK and Wex Germany also stores like Adorama, BHphoto and Samys are shipping the camera. The official Panasonic store is also set to ship the camera today.
Apple also released the Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.02 that now brings support for the GH3 and for the new PEN cameras.

Kimletkeman used the new Focus Numeriqe RAW files to post an interesting High ISO Shootout between the GH3, E-M5 and G5. A very well written articele!

Readers keep sending me links ot their work done on the GH3:
Arnoud sent me the video you can watch on top of this post: “Very well made video of Story on madame Sokhna Fall, worker in the informal economy in Dakar, Senegal. She runs a shop, but is also president of a ‘groupement mutuelle’, a kind of micro credit. The group is supported by the national trade union UDTS (Union Démocratique des Travailleurs de Sénégal).  via Pf.nl
Dario Battaglia shot this GH3 movie in Sicily (on vimeo).
Nick Driftwood posted the second part of his ongoing GH3 review (on vimeo).
Bass:Not really a rumour but first pictures from my new GH3 that people may be interested in. I will update this gallery over the next few days. http://www.pbase.com/bassrock/gh3
John:Not a rumour: apologies if I come through on wrong channel! (Please put me right) Taking up Steve’s point about overpriced GH3 in Scotland, you might like to ask Panasonic UK why prices there are so much higher than elsewhere.  UK price GH3 £1199.  I can buy in Europe at €1199 (£972). My brother in Canada can buy at $1299+13% tax = $1468 (£924), and USA price similar. Why are UK photographers always penalised?

Check price and delivery dates at Amazon , Adorama, BhphotoPanasonic USSamys and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK, Wex Germany, Technikdirekt and soon on eBay (via Slidoo).

Panasonic GH3 ISO test at Focus Numerique (with E-M5 comparison).

The French website Focus Numerique (translation here) tested the Panasonic GH3 ISO performance. You can compare the ISO results with those of the Olympus E-M5 and Sony NEX-7. As expected the JPEG engine of the Olympus manages to get slightly better results at High ISO. But if you shot in RAW than there is really little difference between the two (you can download the RAW files at Focus Numerique).

The GH3 is right now in Stock at Wexphotographic UK (Click here) and at Wex Germany (Click here) and preorders are shipping at Amazon, Adorama and Samys. Plenty of them are also available on eBay (Click here).

 

E-M5 news roundup (grips, deals, issues and tests)

Mirrorless reviews posted that EM-5 Third Party Grip vs. Olympus HLD-6 Grip Review video

Time to catch up with a list of news I got from 43rumors readers!

Deals:
First off Stefano found that amazing deal on eBay Italy (Click here). It’s the first E-M5 with 15mm lens kit and sold for 829 Euro (sadly it ships to Italy only). Weird to see that in Italy and France the price for the E-m5 is much lower! Just check them on Slidoo eBay (it’s our little new website so feel free to login and use it).
If you want to try to get the E-m5 for cheaper than the normal price you may check the refurbished auctions on Olympusmarket (Click here). They ahve eight of them on auction!

Reviews:
A Weekend of Extended Use With the Fujifilm X Pro 1 and Olympus OMD EM5 (ThePhoBlographer).
Shooting the SF Auto Show with the Olympus OM-D (TheDigitalStory).
Zelko:I thought you might want to know, that the OM-D has become “an important EVIL camera for underwater use.” as said in this (http://wetpixel.com/i.php/full/using-the-olympus-om-d-e-m5-underwater/) article. Wetpixel is a serious website dedicated to u/w photography by professional photographers. Actually the writer Alex Mustard is a very well known one.

Issues:
Anonymous:this is not a rumor but a kind request to evaulate the opportunity to highlight a recent discovered E-M5 manufacturing/design weakness:
there are a lot of confirmations that the LCD bezel develops crack near the bottom fixing screws. This should not to be considered a trivial cosmetic-only issue, the crack, growing up, could easily compromise the weather sealing and will lower the price of an used body when sold. Please, for further details see here: http://www.mu-43.com/f42/omd-em5-crack-bottom-bezel-screen-normal-36685/index2.html  and here: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50330633. Your support could greatly help to put some pressure to Olympus in order to officially acknowlegde the issue.

Some more readers mails:
Robert:I just wanted to let you know that one of the biggest Swiss electronics dealers (www.digitec.ch) currently offers a 10% discount on all Olympus products. The offer is valid until 3rd December 2012. Unfortunately, they only ship to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, but still the discount is nice. Have just ordered an OM-D Kit with the 12-50mm zoom.
Pierre:Like other sites, you missel the BEST deal available for Olympus OMD: 1049.99$ WITH 12-50 mm. A 249.99$ rebate! Link: http://www.henrys.com/68950-OLYMPUS-OM-D-E-M5-BLACK-W-12-50-LENS.aspx

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E-M5 order links:
Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

E-M5 Case:
There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.

E-M5 Batteries, and other things:
The Olympus GS-4 strap and the DSTE E-M5 batteries you have to use with an extra charger. There is an E-M5 car charger a new E-M5 LCD screen and a Front Cover+ Top Panel.

New GH3 and E-PL5 reviews.

Panasonic Lumix GH3 vs GH2 – High ISO test from emeric on Vimeo.

Our french friends at Hybridcams (translation here) posted the full GH3 review and included a comaprison with the “older” GH2: “Meticulously designed, well thought out ergonomics and obviously excellent performance not only at the video where it was expected, but also in photo.

And because Panasonic is alreayd shipping the first camera you can see first user reviews like these High ISO samples that have been posted on Dpreview forum. Check price and delivery dates at Amazon , Adorama, BhphotoPanasonic USSamys and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK, Wex Germany, Technikdirekt and soon on eBay (via Slidoo).

And CameraLabs posted the full E-Pl5 review: “This-all round versatility is something that’s not easy to achieve but Olympus has pulled it of with great style and panache, a feat which earns the E-PL5 our Highly Recommended award.“. E-PL5 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France and eBay (via Slidoo). And gariz case in Black (Click here) and Brown (Click here).