(FT5) UPDATED-> Samyang will make two new FourThirds lenses! The 85mm f/1.4 and 8mm f/3.5 fisheye!

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Samyang_85mm

The Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Manual Focus Lens

UPDATE: Samyang will also launche a new 35mm f/1.4 lens in Q2!

Source: lenstip
In an Interview with Lenstip Mr. Lee (Director of Sales & Marekting Samyang Optics) confirmed that they will produce the two lenses for FourThirds mount (no word about MicroFourThirds)
LensTip.com: Do you plan to introduce lenses with the 4/3 mount?
Mr. Lee: We are currently adding this mount to 85mm and 8mm products. They will be released in 1st quarter of 2010. 4/3 mount will be available for all future products.

More informations about the lenses:
Samyang 8mm
Samyang 85mm f/1.4

Lenstip reviewed both lenses:
Samyang 8mm review
Samyang 85mm review

Thanks Jerry for sending the link!

You can find Samyang lenses (Canon/Nikon/Sony/Pentax mounts) in:
Amazon UK / / Adorama

Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye lens

Samyang 8 mm f/3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye lens

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Not a joke: Panasonic organizes a women only photo seminar (in Osaka)

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Here the google translation of the official japanese text:

Panasonic, interchangeable lens type digital camera “LUMIX DMC-GF1” women-only seminar in January 2010 using 16 and Jan 17 days Panasonic Center in Osaka. The event is free.

The card for users who want to post photos and personal belongings, DMC-GF1 perform basic operations and shooting experience. Mr. Hitoshi Shigeru Sato instructor and photographer. DMC-GF1 who is considering making a purchase , if you bring a camera has already purchased their own.

Panasonic Center Osaka request to join the “LUMIX digital camera class” call addressed to Section (06-6949-2111) performed at. Hours are 10:00 to 18:00 (Wednesday, closed on holidays).

MicroFourThirds camera do have a lot of appeal on women! And it is probably not a case they show the white on the press release…

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a little bit of everything…

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A new E-P2 owner is showing his camera!

– The E-P2 is available for preorder at Amazon US / Adorama / BHphoto / Amazon DE
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Olympus FE-5020 Review at trustedreviews.com.
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D300S vs DMC-G1 Vs 7D (dpreview forum)
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Bradford sent us a link to his new GF1 Gigapan images: “You will find a 300+ megapixel 5-shot bracketed night shot panorama, a 1+ gigapixel panorama, a 400+ megapixel handheld panorama as well as a few others.
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Not only Japanese giant industries can produce DSLR in motion cameras!
http://www.kinor.ru/en/products/camera/dc2k/
http://www.ikonoskop.com/support/faq_sp16/
http://www.pixpolar.com/company.html
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We found the first lucky E-P2 owner inside the dpreview forum ;)
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Inside the dpreview forum we also found a megacomparison: The SonyA550 fights against the A380/A700/Pentax K-7/Olympus E-620/Canon 50D/Canon 500D/Canon 7D/Nikon D300s!!!
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Something different: Polaroid business is back in Japan!
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Today deals:
Amazon US: Olympus E-P1 with 14-42mm Lens (Silver Body/Black Lens) for $703.98.
Adorama: Panasonic 20/1.7 lens in Stock.
Amazon US: Panasonic GF1+20mm and GF1+14-45mm lens will be in Stock on December 13!
Amazon US: Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 Lens in Stock for $399.
Pixmania Deutschland: The Panasonic GH1 für 1.290 € mit dem Promo-Code DE181209.
Pixmania Italia: Una serie di sconti su fotocamere Panasonic a Pixmania!

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Panasonic GH1: worldwide price drops.

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We noticed that the Panasonic price dropped in many countries. As you may remember few weeks ago we posted a rumor which said that the GH1 could become a successor in February-March. We don’t know (and we don’t believe) that the current price drops has something to do with the rumored successor release.

Check for yourself the worldwide price drops:

US
– Today amazon US sells the Panasonic GH1 with 14-140mm lens for $1,299.00. In few weeks the price dropped $200 (-13%).

Germany
Let’s take a look on the 90 days price history:
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The cheapest price you can find is in Pixmania Deutschland: 1 290 € mit dem Promo-Code DE181209 .

Other European countries
Pixmania dropped the prices in Netherland, Belgium and Italy.

UPDATE:
And that’s the UK price history (Thanks Andy!)
Panasonic_Lumix_GH1_+_14-140mm_lens_graph

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E-P2 – Manual Focus

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I found an interesting post inside the dpreview forum:

Dear all,

Manual focus on E-P2 works a bit different than on E-P1 – at least in case of m4/3 and 4/3 lenses.

Moving focus ring automatically brings up magnification view (it is by default, but you can change it through menus). That part is the same as with E-P1, but the difference is that when you stop with focus adjustments (when you stop moving focus ring), E-P2 automatically closes magnification view, and you can see the whole scene.

You can check video sample at:

http://www.mah-productions.com/pics/E_P2_ManualFocus.mp4 (approx 8MB)

and the result photo is available at:

http://www.mah-productions.com/pics/E_P2_ManualFocus.JPG
http://www.mah-productions.com/pics/E_P2_ManualFocus.ORF

Best regards,
Boris

– The E-P2 is available for preorder at Amazon US / Adorama / BHphoto / Amazon DE

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