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New Panasonic GH3 and 35-100mm X lens hands-on. E-PM2 in Stock at Amazon and Cameta!


The E-PM2 is for the first time in Stock (via third party reseller) at Amazon (Click here).

UPDATE: Also Cameta (Click here) has a lot of E-PM2 kits in Stock! They sell them also on Amazon (Click here) and on eBay (Click here) -> found via Slidoo.

ThePhoBlographer posted the GH3 first impression review: “I feel that Panasonic here has a chance to put a real clamp on Canon’s waning grasp on the video community. This camera has some promising features.

Sgoldswoblog is among the first to have received the new 35-100mm X lens: “Contrast and colour seem excellent and the sharpness improves as you stop down. I was very happy with it. CA, which is an issue with the 12-35mm, didn’t seem to be apparent to the same degree as the 12-35mm

Panasonic and Olympus Preorder Links with specs and price:
Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here)Panasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt.
35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), Panasonic US.
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
60mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
12mm Black prime lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
15mm cap-lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

  • MDavid

    Can someone explain why a clean HDMI out (and 4:2:2 quality at that) is not offered?

    I still, after all the discussion, don’t get the reason it isn’t offered. It seems like an obvious, valuable and useful upgrade, especially on a camera close to twice the price of the outgoing model. Is there some technical reason that I don’t understand?

    I really ask: why don’t they do it?

  • Anonymous

    Wow. That is the most useless and uninformative report on the GH3 I’ve seen yet. This blogger is pretty close to clueless.

  • Phoblographer says GH3 HDMI is not clean, according to a rep, but other early reviewers say it is. It’s probably clean, but is it interlaced? Conversely, internal 72mbps AI at 24/30p (or 50mbps at 60p) to the mov format means a lot of shooters might not record HDMI as the high bitrate could satisfy professional and personal requirements.

    Nonetheless, recording onto an external device in-the-field is one bit super hassle, with cabling, battery, mounting, etc., to consider.

    • Anonymous

      Well, I went to Photo Plus on friday and play with the GH3 for a few minutes. Did you go to Photo Plus? No, right? So with the time I know the reviewer had to play with the camera he did his best. If you want the best assessment of new equipment you have to test it yourself. Anything else is extra info.

  • Boooo!

    Admin, why doesn’t the site remember me any longer? I need to type stuff every time I want to comment. The cookie is in the browser, just not used.

  • Bob

    Can someone tell me the main differences between the E-PM2 and the E-PL5?

    • Brian

      E-PL5 has an articulating display, function dial removable grip (and one extra control button?). E-PM2 has none of that. A bit thinner due to no articulating screen. That’s about it. Same sensor and guts.

      • Bob

        Thank you, Brian. You explain that quite well in few words!

        • Brian

          You’re welcome Bob. I don’t think you can go wrong with either. I was a long time Lumixian, but the E-PM1 converted me to Oly.

          I still prefer the Panny design, menus and lenses, but I took my PM1 to Yosemite this summer and the colors were stunning. I keep bouncing between the PM2 & PL5, but I’m pretty sure I’ll go with the latter. I miss having the function dial. Can’t wait to try the new sensor.

  • Anonymous

    It’s interesting seeing how the reputation if the 12-35 2.8 changed over time. When the professional websites first reviewed it, it was 100% pure quality. But when real people started using it, the CA issue came to light. Now it is mentioned in passing without blinking an eye. Wait for real users to post on forums.

    • homer

      Just troll the fuk off and die already. The 12-35 remains pure quality, how long do you want the internet to buzz about it? CA occurs on Olympus bodies and its fixed automatically on panny bodies, and quite frankly is not even that much worse than the Canon 24-70. AND IT’S FIXED IN LESS THAN 2 SECONDS in lightroom 4. Get over it.

      • Anonymous

        Wow, how about you check the aggression. Look at Admins original post. The CA is mentioned up there.

        L4. That’s a heck of a firmware fix.

        • lisi

          It doesn’t matter what the admin says, he doesn’t have the lens. You’re gonna have to correct CA in some instances with any lens you buy for any brand. There is almost no difference in CA between using the 12-35 in an om d and a gh2, I know from experience. I too get angry at people who troll away at things they’ve never tried out in their lives.

    • Simon

      The CA is a non-issue on the 12-35mm in that it can be removed with a click or two in lightroom. My regard for the 12-35mm has only grown over time, particularly as these ludicrously overblown trolling threads have cropped up on internet fora! Panasonic are obviously selling more now too as the price has started to edge back up…

    • JF

      Yeah, very easy to correct CA in lightroom 4, 3 clicks and then synchronize to all pictures…around 30 s ! I like the 12-35 mm very much, colors and contrast really stand out. The edges are not tack sharp at 12 mm but good enough and center is tack sharp. It becomes better and better when you reach 35 mm. 12-35 shots:

  • Yun

    35-100mm F2.8 , no thanks .
    Better save for 42.5 F1.2 , hopefully this will be groundbreaking lens in term of bokeh & image quality .

    • MAFAv8r

      It depends what you want to do with your camera Yun. I would guess you are a street shooter, concentrating on portraiture. It comes down to style. If I was going to get a zoom it would be in the 12-35 realm where I shoot. Looking at what I used over the last two years in that realm, I would have no need of anything less than 2.8 as I don’t do alot of portraiture. There is to me plenty of prime lenses, for ever trying to get rid of the DoF is to me not necessary. I will get the 60 macro and maybe something around the 12mm, as 95% of my photograph on the 12-60 are at 12 and 60. And amazingly most of my 12-60 is at aperture of 4-8. Although I use other mm lens, the rest will need some walking or cropping. Its the same with my 50-200. Its all at 50 and 200 or 283 with the 1.4 convertor. Here is my figures for my last 1800 shots that have been keepers on the 12-60. Aperture, number and percentage. Not what I expected.

      0 1 0
      2.8 14 0
      3.1 3 0
      3.2 30 1
      3.4 4 0
      3.5 55 3
      3.6 9 0
      3.7 5 0
      3.8 6 0
      3.9 5 0
      4 73 4
      4.5 87 4
      5 251 13
      5.6 532 29
      6.3 165 9
      7.1 165 9
      8 129 7
      9 61 3
      10 64 3
      11 82 4
      13 11 0
      14 7 0
      16 16 0
      18 7 0
      20 9 0
      22 3 0
      However I would say that getting the OM-D will probably mean I will do more street work requiring a larger aperture than previously. And of course being limited by the ISO on the E5 will improve making me more adventurous at night. This will affect my apertures.

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