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Panasonic Lumix GH4 Unboxing by heykillerfilms

Best Zooms for the GM1 by DxOmark.
Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro Review (Photographyblog).
Leica 15mm test at Kasayapa.
EM1 touch focus options for stills and video at BetterFamilyPhotos.
EM1 tracking drifting BMWs at BetterFamilyPhotos.
Shooting Interior Decoration with M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 (Samudranil).

Jaziah:a shortfilm shot with panasonic gh3 and panasonic 20mm 1:7 lens illuminati AMS x willy cartier 24fps 50 mbps .mov https://vimeo.com/93476958

David:I have a link here for you which may be of interest to your readers http://davidferrone.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/tripod-collars-for-panasonic-lu
Its all about finding ways to tripod mount micro4/3 lenses which I have been working on for some time, its particularly relevant to people shooting with the GH3 and GH4 with battery grip. I am also working on a Metabones Speadbooster tripod collar that also will work with the GH4 and grip.

Cody: GH4 & Nocticron combo. Better than a fine steak & glass of wine :) https://www.flickr.com/photos/princecody/sets/72157644446986106/

Philip:I ordered the GH4 on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at B&H in the USA and had it in my hands on Friday, May 2, 2014. Here are two initial “camera test” videos that I shot within moments of getting this fun camera: http://youtu.be/xGFX4MltQVI http://vimeo.com/93919825
I will follow up with a more in-depth review at http://www.pluckey.com in the near future.


Still some GH4 in Stock at Ritz Camera! And how to get the GF2 for $49 only!


The only US store having the GH4 in Stock is Ritz Camera (Click here). European and Asian readers can grab the GH4 at Digitalrev (2-3 weeks shipment).

And an anonymous reader just told me you can grab the GF2 for additional $49 only when you buy the GH3 at Adorama (and then click on the “save up to $150 with bundle”) link.

extra $100 gift card offered on the GX7/GH3/GM1 cameras at Adorama (Click here).
Preorders of the 4K recorder Atomos Shogun (here at BHphoto).
First English GX7/GM1 book written by our readers Rob Knight on Amazon US (Click here).
All current Olympus US deals can be seen on that GetOlympus page (Click here).
The Panasonic GX7 with kit lens now sells for $899 only at Amazon US (Click here).
The Panasonic GF6 with kit lens now sells for extremely lo $347 at Amazon US (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).


New GH4 reviews and tests. Potential audio issue (and possible fix).


Panasonic GH4 96fps Tricking from Giulio Calisse on Vimeo.

The video on top shows how much fun some people has with the GH4 for 96fps shooting :) But now back to “serious” GH4 reviews and a first issue report:

PocketLint published the GH4 review and rated it with the full 5 stars:

The GH4 sees the GH series finally land with a bang. It’s not a budget device, but there are points of brilliance throughout all its important areas. It’s really the best-in-class video mode that makes the GH4 one serious camera to be reckoned with. It’s no longer so much “compact system vs DSLR”, it’s about which camera is best, and the GH4 ticks so many boxes it’ll be known as one of the best cameras to arrive in 2014.

Also Camera.Reviewed tested the Gh4 and says:

When you start to compare the GH4 to professional video and cinema cameras. On its own, this new Lumix is a more capable, more impressive package than anything else for under $2,000. It’s flexible, adaptable, and riggable to accomplish whatever you might need it to. Nothing else for the money offers such a well-thought-out feature set or a quality no-compromises interface.

First GH4 issue:
As usual with early buyers once you start testing the GH4 camera you will find some quirks :) Sol.M discovered that: “There appears to be a potentially severe audio issue with the GH4.  There’s a discussion here, where I’ve also uploaded an example: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?323353-audio-bug-discovered&p=1986435983&viewfull=1#post1986435983. Dvxuser TheTrickster seems to have found the solution to get rid of the noise:

I was listening to the noise (as I was testing more mics here) while the mode was in ‘M’ mode, I then moved the mode dial around to M-Movie and the hum disappeared….”

The good news is that it’s almost imperceptible and Panasonic engineers are already investigating the small issue (see their facebook repsonse).

More 43rumors readers feedback:

Gh4 opinions and first impressions video, test footage and 4k frame grabs at Stronzvanderploeg.

Twills:Here is a video I shot with the GH4 at the Ring of Fire Climbing competition at the Central Rock Watertown climbing gym in Massachusetts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DYfnPhxD8A. The video was shot entirely with the GH4. I used the 4K @ 30 FPS mode for most clips. However, there was some 1080p @ 60 FPS and 1080p @ 96 FPS used for the slow motion. I even used the 4K @ 30 FPS for one of the slow motion shots. Can you tell which one? Ironically my GH4 was not the only one there. I looked to my right and someone else had setup a GH4 on a tripod with a manual focus Canon lens. The operator of the camera had no idea how to work it at all. I tried to help him at least put it in 4K mode but he insisted that the lowest resolution was all he would need because it was just for web use only. Seemed like an awful waste of a 4K camera to me. I wonder how many people bought the GH4 just to say they had a 4K camera even though they never intended to use it?””

Filippo:Nothing special video, it’s only a simple preliminary test. http://vimeo.com/94621566. The GH4 is an amazing camera: great 4K images, 96 fps in full HD, cheap, manageable. Thanks to the M 4/3 mount, you can use fantastic dedicated Lumix lenses, cinema lenses and a lot of other photographic lenses. The batteries are incredible (the same of the GH3) and the SD cards are very cheap. Panasonic has improved both the electronic viewfinder and the three-inch vari-angle screen (the VF is really great). One of the best cameras for run and gun quality works (expecially with Lumix lenses), reportages, etc… and don’t forget that it’s also a good photogrphic camera.

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, Marcotec-shop.de.
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:
Digitalrev and Digidirect Australia.

4K cards
Kingston 16-32-64 GB SDHC UHS-I Speed Class 3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sandisk 16-32-64 GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II Memory Card at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Transcend 64-128 GB High Speed 10 UHS-3 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Panasonic 16-32-64 GB SDHC-UHS-I U3 Card (90MB/s) at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).


Poll: Will you buy the new E-PL7 (E-M10 clone)?


Soon Olympus will announce the PEN version of the E-M10 :) This means same E-M10 sensor, same autofocus, same ISO range, same screen and so on. What we still don’t know is the price but it will be certainly lower than the current E-M10 kit price ($799). This is also likely the only PEN we will get this year. So the question now is:

Will you consider to buy the new Olympus E-PL7?

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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).