Seriouscompact mirrorless size comparison and RiceHigh “provocation”: What’s the Meaning of Micro-4/3 Now?

Serious compacts posted a mirrorless size comparison (well done!). Images and text below are from Amin Sabet (please visit SeriousCompact to see the full article).

Above (left to right): Olympus mZD 14-42mm lens (kit zoom for Olympus Micro 4/3 cameras, shown collapsed), Sony NEX 18-55mm lens (kit zoom for Sony NEX cameras), Panasonic 14-45mm lens (kit zoom for Panasonic G1 and GF1), Panasonic 14-42mm lens (kit zoom for Panasonic G2 and G10), Samsung NX 18-55 (kit zoom for Samsung NX10)

Above (left to right): Sony NEX 16mm f/2.8, Samsung 30mm f/2, [shoplink 14796]Panasonic 20mm f/1.7[/shoplink].

Above (left to right): Olympus E-PL1 with Olympus mZD 14-42 (collapsed), Sony NEX5 with Sony 18-55, Panasonic GF1 with Panasonic 14-42 (Sorry, wrong kit lens pictured; should have been the 14-45, which is slightly smaller as shown in the first image in this post)

Above (left to right): [shoplink 14828]Panasonic GF1[/shoplink] with Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, [shoplink 14908]Sony NEX5[/shoplink] with Sony 16mm f/2.8, [shoplink 14832]Olympus E-PL1[/shoplink] with Panasonic 20mm f/1.7

Source: SeriousCompacts.com


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And I would like to know from our readers what they think about the folowing post from RiceHigh “If Size Really Matters, What’s the Meaning of Micro-4/3 Now?

Just my two cent…The [shoplink 14908]Sony NEX-3(5)[/shoplink] surprised us all with their compact size, but they also had to sacrifice the usability. Anyway, I am sure Panasonic and Olympus will soon release even smaller cameras…

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More NEX vs MFT comparisons:

E-P1 vs [shoplink 14834]G2[/shoplink] vs Nex-5 (dc.yesky.com / google english translation)

Leica X1 vs [shoplink 14830]E-P2[/shoplink] vs NEX-5 Jpeg comparison test by Steve Huff

[shoplink 14908]Sony NEX-5[/shoplink], [shoplink 14898]Samsung NX10[/shoplink] and Panasonic’s Lumix G2 Shootout on Popphoto

[shoplink 14908]Sony NEX-3[/shoplink] vs. Olympus E-PL1 vs. Leica X1 at Motimotion

[shoplink 14908]Sony NEX-5[/shoplink] vs [shoplink 14828]Panasonic GF1[/shoplink] (DPreview forum)

The need for speed…and the need for cheap :) SLRmagic 35mm f/1.7

If you need a fast lens but you don’t want to spend a lot of money this lens is probably the right lens for you! The [shoplink 14881]SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens[/shoplink] only costs you $79.99!

And the image quality is not bad at all…check out following post on dpreview (click here). Does one of our readers own the lens? Are you satisfied?

You can find the [shoplink 14881]SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]

UPDATE:
Ruy sent us those links where he explains how to get a similar lens for $15 only!!!
http://www.dchome.net/viewthread.php?tid=790031&highlight= (japanese)
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=34012546

The reason why Leica didn’t join MicroFourThirds (+ Leica lens test on the E-P2)



Popsci tested the [shoplink 14883]Leica Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 lens ($2,400)[/shoplink] on the [shoplink 14830]Olympus E-P2[/shoplink] ($850 body-only) using the Novoflex’s Leica M-Mount Micro Four Thirds adapter ring ($270). They also shot with the Olympus 17mm f/2.8 lens ($275) for comparison.

Christian Erhardt, Leica’s VP of Marketing tells why that combination doesn’t work very well:

Our lenses our designed to work best with full format, the light can hit different pixels of the sensor at a very extreme angle–once you have that, the image may be slightly out of focus, or not as bright around the edges.”.

But he also explained why Leica choosed to not join the MicroFourThirds alliance: “One reason why we’ve decided not to move into Micro Four Thirds is that we have looked at the sensor size and realized that it cannot produce the image quality that we need. Therefore we decided to stick with the full format in addition to APS-C. It’s all about the ratios“.

Do you really think the Leica X1with fixed lens(!) that sells for $1,995.00 is a better solution?
By the way, Popsci came to the conclusion that the price difference doesn’t justify the use of the Elmarit instead of the Olympus 17mm lens :)

Source: Popsci
Found via: Noisycamera

New Panasonic 7-14mm, Olympus 14-150mm and Leica lens on PEN review!

Image courtesy: @forumolympusfrance

Forum Olympus France tested the Panasonic 7-14mm lens on the Olympus E-P2. Pleas notice that you can read the review in Français, English and Español (you can choose the language on the top of the article)

SLRclub tested the new Olympus 14-150mm lens. Translation is not available because they post their articles as Jpegs(!!!). But there are videos and a lot of image samples and comparisons.

PEKKA POTKA: Leica lenses on Olympus PEN. Interesting to see the same lens perform on the Leica M9 and then on the Olympus E-P2