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Celebrity photographer David Bailey: The man behind the (Olympus) camera! (via Imaging Resource).

Panasonic 14-140mm lens review at Photographyblog.
GH4 shooting report at Yodobashi.
15mm shooting report at Yodobashi.
Alex Majoli’s Mad Men set photos shot on an em1 at Lightbox.
about a novice getting great results with a mft camera…(Buchangrant).
Olympus OMD EM1 rear dial issue by Daniel Cheung.
Olympus E-M1 rebates in France (Lepidi).

Jim: I have seen several people asking about the cheap focal reducers. I have a series of test images on flickr using a pancolar 50/1.8 shots from f1.8 to f22. 3 x series
I posted this in the panasonic/dox post in response to a question. Maybe others might be interested in my post and the link.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/54912595@N02/with/13906394982/

Walter:The actual issue of the german magazin ‘camera’ (www.camera-magazin.de) has an interesting article with the title ‘Size does not matter’. It’s an article about a test made by ‘Warentest’. According to them the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a little bit better rated then the Nikon Df. MFT beats full frame! But we all know: it’s not about the equipment, it’s about the photograph ;-)

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$100 off on the Olympus E-M1. Up to $800 off on combos.

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Olympus US now reduced the price of the E-M1. You can get it for $100 less at Amazon (Click here), GetOlympus (Click here), Adorama (Click here with 4% reward) and Bhphoto (Click here with 2% reward). The refurbished body sells for $1039 only at GetOlympus.

And if you buy the E-M1 or any other new PEN or OMD camera you can save up to $800 on camera+lens combos at GetOlympus (Click here).

There are many mroe new Olympus deals (like $10 off on cap lens) you can see on that full GetOlympus deal page (Click here).

P.S.: BestBuy is selling the Panasonic 12-35mm X lens for $999 on eBay US (Click here). eBay deal of the day is that supercheap WD Elements 1TB Portable Drive – USB 3.0 (Click here).

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Panasonic GH4 field review at Luminous Landscape.

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Panasonic GH4 Sample Images from The Luminous Landscape on Vimeo.

Michael Reichmann from Luminous Landscape (Click here) posted an initial field review of the Panasonic GH4. The first conclusion is:

To summarize the GH4 in a single sentence, I would say that this is a MFT system camera that is fully competitive in terms of features, functionality and image quality with anything currently on the market. It leaves little undelivered for stills work. If a 16MP image size is adequate for your shooting (and it is for mine), then you’ll likely find the GH4 a very practical and enjoyable stills camera.
When it comes to video, the GH4 is in a class of its own. There is nothing currently on the market, or even announced from any manufacturer, that can trump the GH4 when it comes to video in a DSLR / CSC form factor. This is the only camera of its type that can shoot 4K to an internal card, and which also features variable frame rates in HD mode. Note though that a U3 rated card is needed for the highest video bandwidth. These cards are still very pricy.
Oh yes – and at $1,699 the GH4 is nothing short of a bargain.

That’s a good start for a first impression review ;)

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

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Samyang will launch new Cine 7.5mm fisheye MFT lens on April 28.

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What you see here on top is the teaser launched by Samyang Europe on Facebook. Rumors has it they will show their first AF lens. Well, that rumor is completely wrong. Dicahub posted an interview with Samyang and this is part of the translated content:

Q(=DicaHub): are you working on AF lenses?
A(=Samyang Optics rep.): we aren’t working on AF lenses.

Q: Is it difficult to work on AF lenses of open mounts like Micro Four-thirds or E mounts?
A: Open mounts like E mount also open only basic informations, so we need more discussion to develop AF lenses. In this case such issues weren’t solved also.

Q: Is same with Micro Four-Thirds?
A: Micro Four-Thirds also open only basic informations like aperture, so we need more discussion.

Q: Don’t you have any plan to support electric contacts like A(perture)?
A: We already have AD version for Nikon. We hope to support rest, but now we will prepare the lens supporing A contact for Canon because the share of Canon is still largest.

Q: What lenses will you announce on April 28th?
A: We are preparing cine lenses and other stuff also. (note: I don’t remember whether he said other stuff or stuffs.)

Q: I think the teaser image shows similar thing with 7.5mm F3.5 Fish-eye lens. If you can confirm, will you announce the cine version of 7.5mm F3.5 Fish-eye also?
A: This is… (he didn’t give any clear answer.)

In summary:
– It is true Samyang Optics had discussed with Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Micro Four-Thirds.
– They aren’t working on AF lenses because there are some issues like licensing, even about open mounts.
– They want to support A contact.

Following lenses are expected to be announced at April 28th:
– Cine lenses(not lens!) → 2 or more. The cine version of 7.5mm F3.5 Fish-eye MFT lenses could be announced.
– Other stuff or stuffs → 1 or more. The lens supporting A contact for Canon could be announced.

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