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Nokton 25mm, Olympus E-PL2, XZ-1 and Fuji X100 reviews (Black GH2 in Stock at BH)

Short US deal update: You can now get the black GH2 at BHphoto (Click here)

EosHD (Click here) posted a new Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95: “All in all this is currently THE best investment you can make in the Micro Four Thirds system and it will be in your possession long after the GH2 has been consigned to history. It is the best all-round lens you can buy for Micro Four Thirds and it is unique.”
The only place where you can get the lens is on eBay (Click here).

Focus Numerique (Click here) posted the full E-PL2 review: “When asked the E-PL2 is it a worthy successor to the E-PL1 we answer yes!
Get the E-PL2 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Pocket Lint (CLick here) posted a Fuji X100 review: “For the niche market it’s aimed at, the Fujifilm FinePix X100 delivers in droves. Those aspiring to own a Leica camera may consider, and not just for the sake of their bank balance, to give the X100 a whirl. Indeed, in almost all areas, the X100 is a far better offering than the mighty-similar Leica X1 for example.”
Get the X100 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Thedigitalstory (Click here) posted an Olympus XZ-1 poadcast.
Get the XZ-1 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

  • Ulli

    imho the lumix 20mm 1.7 should deserve the “best allround lens” title more then this, otherwise excellent, big Nokton.

    • I have both (20/1.7 and 25/0.95) and must say that I fully agree with you. The Nokton is a very good lens, but not an “allrounder”. Too big (for m4/3), too heavy, and MF.

      • Ulli

        i have none of the lenses you mentioned :-)
        but it should be obvious that this nokton and the other big ones from voigtlaender (i do own the 50 1.1) are more specialty lenses, not ones you keep on your body all the time, unless that specialty is your main style.
        the 20 mm 1.7 is on my wish list though….

  • Chris H.

    Re: X100 I liked the review showing pros/cons. For more daily user comments you can always checkout because thats the “niche market” this camera is aiming for. People who don’t understand the need (or the price) for this camera are not in that market.

    But I hope this camera creates more cameras like it, something with a usable Optical Viewfinder that is compact enough to carry around daily.

  • O/T:

    Rise of BSI. Sony leads the pack, Samsung follows – Canon (unexpectedly) trails.

    It seems the mobile market is going to be (or is it already?) the cash cow to bankroll the dSLR sensor development.

    On other note, is the BSI any relevant to the dSLRs?

    • Chris H.

      I think BSI won’t be relevant to larger format (35mm sensor size i mean) for a while. I think the immediate challengers are Fuji’s Super CCD EXR sensor and Sigma’s Foveon. As they claim higher IQ in smaller sensors (to simplify things). Fuji specifically said they don’t plan on using their EXR technology on dSLRs. The Foveon looks great on paper, but Sigma can’t seem to get it working right (and could also be the Megapixel myth working against them).

      my 2 cents.

  • gnosisdog

    I have both too- the 20mm is a great lens but the Nokton is really something. A full stop and third faster and the image is in that Leica Summ/Noctilux magic realm. The 20 is sweet but doesn’t have the bokeh or as unique a contrast/color character. And I shoot a lot of video where the autofocus on the 20 is unuseably loud. And the Nokton’s MF ring is super smooth. I have a GH2 so the size of the Nokton actually balances the camera. The 20mm is a better lens for the GF1 & 2.

  • dettty

    Hi, The lens is incredible. Nevertheless I sell it here ebay: 150585414489 because I change my System

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