Small surprise: New Voigtlander 25mm II lens shows small improvements in sharpness and contrast (ePhotozine).


Image courtesy: ePhotozine

ePhotozine reviewed the new II version of the popular Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95 lens. And there seems to be a small surprise as there is a small Image Quality improvement too:

This sample also appears to offer improvements in sharpness and contrast over the copy of the first version we tested some time ago. Whether this is down to natural variation between lens samples, or improvements to the optical construction is difficult to say at this point, without having a few of each lens version to test and compare.

The lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).


(FT3) Is the E-PL7 the only new PEN for this year?


As you know the new generation E-PM and E-PL camera were usually always announced together (September 17, 2012 and June 30, 2011). But according to one anonymous source this isn’t going to happen this year. He only heard about the new E-PL camera and it’s going to replace both the E-PL5 and E-Pm2.

If that’s true than not only Panasonic (no G and no GF) but also Olympus is finally streamlining their PEN range. It makes much more sense to keep the E-PL as low-budget PEN and the E-P as high-end PEN series. But while I am sure about the Panasonic not updating the G and GF series in 2014 I still have no 100% sure confirmation from trusted sources about the E-Pm series being dropped. So this is just a pure unconfirmed rumor for now.

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GH4 review by Blunty. First (few) cameras in Stock in Germany.


Blunty posted his full GH4 review and he quite loves the camera! he also shared a 4K video on Youtube. And finally the GH4 is also shipping in Europe. A first batch of GH4 cameras arrived in Europe too and is in Stock for example via eBay and in a small German Store (via DL). Readers told me that also in Holland the GH4 is shipping.

North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Ritz Camera and Panasonic. Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek.
GH4 camera with interface unit at Adorama and BHphoto. Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. Price: $1,998

Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras,
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.
Spain: Fotoboom.

Asian preorders, shipping date and price: