a little bit of everything…


Video on top: Looks like the Nocticron is going around the world to participate different expositions. I hope it’s also going to be around the “shop-worlds” for purchase soon!

GM1 image samples at Fotopolis.
Panasonic GX7 Notes, Part the First (TheOnlinePhotographer).
12-40mm lens review at Japanese Itmedia.

Peter:I looked at the noise in my E-PL3 sensor from a 60 sec exposure.  image (not shown) looks similar to E-M1 noise pattern.  I don’t think anyone else has put up a histogram of the noise.  I’ll talk to some colleagues of mine about this when I get in to work on Monday. http://electro-garbage.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-noise-issue-that-has-come-to-light.html

Berneck:Good article about how shallow depth of field is being overused, and not needed for an excellent photo.: http://www.dpmag.com/how-to/shooting/go-deep.html

Steven:thought this might be interesting for the community. I contacted Olympus asking them, if a firmware update is planned for the OMD EM1 (concerning frame-rate for movie mode). Their answer is below. You are welcome to publish the forwarded e-mail below:

Dear Mr XXX,
Thank you for your email.

Frame rate is pre-set and given by the file format  .MOV and there is no way to influence it.
As for today we have no info about upcoming firmware, but as we were said the movie issues has been mentioned.

Kind regards,”

Lee:Not rumor but I just saw the news you have posted regarding EM1 long exposures, it happens to Panasonic GX1 as well, and those little speckles will be gone if the NR is turned on. I have written about similar issue sometimes ago in my blog –
No intention to drive traffic to my blog but would like to point out exact same issue I see happens to both GX1 and EM1, If the camera sensor has this problem, practically two things can’t be done – long exposure timelapse and startrails because you need to turn on NR and that breaks the interval.
Previously I have tested GF1 and this issue is unseen. I’m curious about GX7/GM1. By the way I don’t think Panasonic fixes the problem ;)


Panasonic GM1 in Stock at Samys. And crazy GF6,G6,GH3,E-m5 and lens deals continues.


The Panasonic GM1 is now in Stock at Samys (Click here). But the real attention goes to the massive MFT deals that are running in USA since yesterday! Most MFT camera and lense got a huge discount and indeed Panasonic cameras are now on top of the Amazon mirrorless ranking (Click here). Here are the deals:

$200 on the Olympus E-M5 at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Now $799 for the body, $899 with 12-42mm kit lens and $1049 with 12-50mm kit lens.
$150 off on the Panasonic GX7 with kit lens at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Now $898!
$150 of on tha Panasonic GF6 at Amazon (Click here). No $448.
$100 off on the Panasonic GH3 at Amazon US (Click here) and Samys (Click here). It’s $898 only now!!!
$100 off on the Olympus E-P5 at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Now $899 for the body only and $1349 for the superkit.
$100 off on the Olympus E-PL5 at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Now $499 for the body with kit lens!
$75 off on the Panasonic G6 with kit lens at Amazon US (Click here). Now $534! $100 off at Adorama ($498).

$75 off on the 45mm prime lens at Amazon (Click here).
$100 off on the 17mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 75mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 12-50mmmm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 12mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 75mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$80 off on the 40-150mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 17mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).

Other deals:
Get a Free Memory Card and Case with the Purchase of the GF6 at Amazon US (Click here).
Get Free Accessories with Purchase of the GX7 at Amazon US (Click here).
Massive discounts on the Olympus viewfinders too at Amazon US (Click here).
4% back in reward at Amazon US (Click here).


Mitakon lens Turbo Ai to MFT adapter to be announced next week!


Metabones Speed Boosters are having quite a success. But for the first time we will also have a second company offering a similar, cheaper (and likely inferior optical quality) product. The first and long-awaited Lens Turbo for Micro Four Thirds will be announced next week! It will be a Nikon Ai to MFT adapter. Unlike previous info we got that adapter will still have the first generation lens design as the NEX Lens Turbo (here on eBay). But it will have improved coating to reduce the “blue spot” issue.
A Lens Turbo for Canon EOS EF and Canon FD lenses will come as next in early 2014.

Example of how it works: If you buy the Nikon Ai 55mm f/1.2 for $250 on eBay (Click here), stick it on the Lens Turbo and you get a f/0.85 aperture and f/1.2 alike depth of field.

P.S.: All Nikon Ai lens auctions on eBay (Click here).


First Olympus 40-150mm PRO lens hands-on video. Lens patent spotted too.


As you know the next Olympus PRO lens will be the 40-150mm f/2.8 lens. It will be released in 2014 but exact pricing and availability are still unknown. Mathieu Gasquet had the pleasure to “touch” a mockup of the lens (see the video on top). And those of you interested in the lens design should know that Egami (translation here) just spotted the lens design patent. There is also a description of a new 1.4 Teleconverter.
Great lens, just let’s hope Olympus will not go crazy high with the price!


Panasonic GM1 test by Pier-Yves.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Video Test Review | Bnf Paris from Pier-Yves Menkhoff on Vimeo.

This is a guets post by our friend Pier-Yves. He tested the new Panasonic GM1:

It has been a long time since I looked for a “video photo pen”. A device which knows how to get to the point without sacrificing to the quality of the image. Just a “presses button”. A device where the effects would be just as a “cherry on a cake”. For one year, most of our professional realizations are filmed with the Panasonic DMC-GH3. Whether it is for commercial, legal, marriage, fiction, etc.. The Panasonic is a marvel. It is just damage which Panasonic France does not assure as regards the collaboration with the professionals. Panasonic France does not like the small independent directors.
How to bring the DMC-GH3 on holidays ? In week-end ? I want something compact and performing. A device with fix focal one . There is the RX1 of Sony, but it is very expensive. For me.
In September, Panasonic announces the DMC-GM1. I tear. It is magnificent. Simple. Basic. Compact. Only the lens bothers me. I do not like zooms for a private use. It is without mattering, I shall replace the lens by the Panasonic 14 mm f2.5 or the Olympus 17 mm f/1.7 f/1.7.
On Friday, November 22nd, 2013, my friends of Images Photo Paris announce me that the DMC-GM1 arrived. About 2 weeks beforehand. I exult.
Today, the DMC-GM1 is in my hands. It is almost too small. Nevertheless, I have no big hands. The menu is similar to that of the other Panasonic. Clear and immediately available. We are far from the “labyrinthine system” of Olympus and Fuji.
An element begins to bother me. It is impossible to place a quick release plate for photo or video tripod with another lens than the Panasonic 12-32 mm or 14 mm. With the Olympus 17 mm, it is limit. With the Panasonic 20 mm or 12-35 f / 2.8, you should not dream. It is impossible. Direction La Grand Bibliothèque de Paris behind my home.
It is cold. Paris is grey. The recording is going to change that of these dear Americans where their images are always full of sun and blue sky. Panasonic DMC-GM1 holds perfectly well in the pocket of my coat. It is even feels at ease.
Right out, it becomes different. To hold a metallic object is not very pleasant. I would have to buy these famous gloves for photographer. I am surprised by the reactivity of the DMC-GM1. It is immediate. Faster than the DMC-GH3. The touch-sensitive screen is reactive too. Even too much. Take care where you put fingers. Too low on the screen, you modify the white balance without being careful. It happened to me. The screen glorifies the images but without betraying them really. What you see is what you will get …
Return at home. The editing is also simple as for the DMC-GH3. The audio dubbing is essential. The audio recording is mediocre. Including with the wind filter. To use only indoor.
Now it just needs a nice case to carry the DMC-GM1. Enjoy your Panasonic.

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Reminder: 104 Euro off (yes already!) on the GM1 at Amazon Germany (all colors, via DL).

GM1 preorder list:
In US at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at Amazon Germany, Wex Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Cyberphoto Sweden and Wex UK.