New Micro Four Thirds reviews roundup (with Seb Farges and Tyson Robichaud)


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I have to catch up on the reviews front and here is the post that contains them all :)

A special mention goes to my friend Tyson that  wrote a couple of “must-read” articles:
Lumix G3 vs the mighty might GF1, or why I chose to upgrade my MILC (tysonrobichaud): “the G3 provides enough of an argument to not be ignored.  It ends up, in my mind, as the poor man’s NEX7 or GH2, and I’m happy I saved my money.“. And there are two more articles from Tyson you have to read. One is about the “Holy Trinity” of m43 (Click here) and the second is a GX1 vs GF1 sensor comparison (Click here).

More reviews:
My final thoughts on the Panasonic GX1 vs E-P3 (Steve Huff).
Field Test of the Panasonic Lumix GX1 at The Digital Story (Click here): “Overall I’m very satisfied with the GX1. It feels great in the hand, has lots of external controls, an intuitive menu system, and excellent RAW image quality (albeit JPG just so-so). Overall I’d rate it at least 4.5 stars (out of 5).
Olympus E-Pm1 tested at Diwa (Click here). Lots of charts for experts!
Panasonic 14-42mm kit lens test at Camerastuffreview (Click here): “Few users will be dissatisfied with the optical qualities of this lens. You can already take surprisingly good shots in terms of image quality with this lens. Simple instructions for the Panasonic 14-42 mm: put the lens on aperture choice, choose aperture 5.6 and try to avoid the highest focal length.
Panasonic 100-300mm kit lens test at Camerastuffreview (Click here): “The Panasonic 100-300 mm surprises with high optical performance almost over the entire zoom range. At focal lengths above 250 mm (500 mm @ full frame) optical performance rapidly becomes less.
Olympus 12-50mm review at Fengniao (Click here).
Olympus 12mm review at Sansmirror (Click here): “Absolute pixel peepers will have some problems with the corners wide open, but as fast wide angle primes go, the 12mm f/2 is actually a very good lens.

P.S.: There is a new 12mm f/1.6 SLR magic lens is now on auction on eBay (Click here).

  • Steve Huff’s “final thoughts” consist of a long rambling plaint about the fact, basically, that the GX1 isn’t an Olympus Pen. Believe it or not, this is an actual quote from his essay: “If a Leica talks to my soul, the PEN talks to my heart.”

    ‘Nuf said. If you’ve got ANYthing else to do… walk the dog, clip your fingernails, count the spots on the wallpaper… don’t bother investing time to read his , uh, thing.

    • Gokhan

      You saved my time, thank you!

    • Thomas

      Hmm, I thought I was the only one who perceived that.

    • BLI

      …posted by someone with the point of view that the Olympus Pen isn’t the GX1?
      Steve Huff’s review is well worth reading, in my view. Through 5 posts, he evaluates what he perceives as the strong and less strong points of the GX1. His final assessment is basically that on balance, he likes the Pen better than the GX1 — in spite of the superiority of the GX1 in some areas. Does this prove that he had made up his mind before starting the review? Or might it be that he finds both cameras to have strong and weak areas, and that he has to weigh the positive and negative points in the final assessment?
      Of course, if a reader has already made up his mind on the GX1, then the conclusion of Huff is perhaps “provocative”. But if a reader has an open mind, isn’t it of interest to see where Huff finds that the Pen is weaker than the GX1, and vice versa? It is obviously possible to disagree with Huff (and any reviewer) on the weights, and even on whether a property is weak or strong (is a heavy body good or bad? Are small knobs good or bad?). But only a reader who has already made up his mind and looks for reviews to confirm his choice has anything to fear from reading reviews.

      • Brod1er

        Come on. Never mind the reader, Steve Huff is renowned for his Oly bias. I am not saying his material is valueless (nobody is totally objective), but it is important to recognise this trait. Although he looks at the pros and cons, I was fairly sure what the end conclusion would be!

  • > Olympus 1250mm review at Fengniao (Click here).


    I almost got the “f***, how could I have missed that – 1250mm! – lens!?” shock.

    Ah, sweet dreams.

  • ange7

    “why did she leave you?”
    “I don’t know!..she’s perfectly exposed and focused”

    I see loads of people (including me) here get sidetracked by tech details and lose sight of what’s real about photography….but wow, this guy has it bad.

  • Bob B.

    Nice find on both articles at the Tyson Robichaud website…great articles!!!!! He is spot on with his discussions and I learned some things, too!
    I left a post and he got right up there with a reply…great guy…
    Hope you point us in his direction more often!

    • admin

      Will do it! I also like him a lot!

  • “the G3 provides enough of an argument to not be ignored. It ends up, in my mind, as the poor man’s NEX7…”
    As much as the Mazdz 3 is the poor mans Toyota Corolla!

    (nothing bad about the G3, just the stupid expression)

    • domDdom

      Maybe for someone with Ferrari money :D For the rest of us, price difference is pretty substantial.

  • DonTom

    Nice viewppint from Tyson on the 14mm pancake. Like him, I waited to see what Olly produced at 12mm (too big, too pricey). Now I’m waiting for the Panny 12-35mm. But I’m sure it will be too big and pricey for me too. I should just nod to my Scottish background and buy the cheap wee 14mm…….

    • Brod1er

      The 14 pancake is great- save money and weight and be proud that you haven’t been suckered into a trophy lens purchase!! Use it with the Oly 45f1.8 and the Panny 100-300 and you have the ‘unholy trinity’!! =-)

    • The oly 12mm is not very big at all. It might not be flat, but the lens barrel is narrower than the mount. I’d wait and see the 12-35mm performance as well. But if you can afford the 12mm oly, it’s worth it. It’s around $700 now :)

  • ShatteredSky

    Now does that sound interesting? : “upcoming Olympus micro-three-type single-camera”. So, Foveon after all?? ;-) I love translations …


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