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New reviews (Panasonic G10, Olympus 9-18mm and more…)

The Panasonic G10 has been reviewd by PocketLink. They found the image-quality to be better than the quality from the Samsung NX-10Samsung NX-10Samsung NX-10Samsung NX-10Samsung NX-10Samsung NX-10Samsung NX-10Samsung NX-10Samsung NX-10Samsung NX-10Samsung NX-10 (which has the same price-tag)
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Olympus 9-18mm sample images and comparisons (FourThirds-User)
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New Olympus 9-18mm review on Letsgodigital

Letsgodigital just posted their latest Olympus 9-18mmOlympus 9-18mmOlympus 9-18mmOlympus 9-18mmOlympus 9-18mmOlympus 9-18mmOlympus 9-18mm review. They confirm that CA (Chromatic Aberration) is high but sharpness is excellent.

In the meanwhile one owner noticed a “extreme softness on the right side” (dpreview forum). Hope this is a problem with that specific sample and not a general issue.

Other 9-18mm reviews:
slrgear
dpreview

Click here to check the current price of the lens: Olympus 9-18mmOlympus 9-18mmOlympus 9-18mmOlympus 9-18mmOlympus 9-18mmOlympus 9-18mmOlympus 9-18mm

Olympus 9-18mm lens in Stock and reviewed on SLRgear

Good news: Amazon will have the lens in Stock on May 6!
Preorder-Order the lens on Pixmania UKAmazon JapanRedcoon ItaliaRedcoon Deutschland / Amazon DeutschlandRedcoon Poland / Pixmania PolandAmazon France / Pixmania FranceAmazon US / Adorama / BHphoto

And SLRgear tested the lens! The verdict: “For its size, the Olympus 9-18mm ƒ/4-5.6 provides impressive performance.”
The only flaws are Cromatic Aberration and Distortion. But both are easy to crrect in postprocessing.

Next detailed Olympus 9-18mm review on quesabesde

The spanish website quesabesde tested the new Olympus 9-18mm lens (google english translation).

Their sentences in short:
– surprised by the smallness of their size, both length and diameter (but it becomes very long when you are at 9mm)
– fast autofocus (compared with older Olympus MFT lenses)
– 9 mm shows a significant distortion
– best results working with an aperture of f/8
– almost no vignetting
– moderate CA (Chromatic aberration)

Reminder:
Worldwide shipping starts on April 23!

Preorders:
Amazon US / Adorama / BHphoto / Amazon Japan / Amazon Germany / Amazon France

Two new Olympus specs and price leaked! 9-18mm and 14-150mm

PREORDERS:
Preorder the E-PL1 at amazon.com!
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OLYMPUS INTRODUCES TWO NEW ULTRA-COMPACT AND LIGHTWEIGHT M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED LENSES

Designed for Any Micro Four Thirds Camera, Including the New PEN E-PL1 Announced Today

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 3, 2010 – Olympus today announces two new additions to its ™ System lens lineup: the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6 (35mm equivalent 18–36mm) and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 (35mm equivalent 28–300mm). Designed to maximize the performance advantages of the Micro Four Thirds System, the new lenses are significantly lighter and more compact – easily fitting in a jacket pocket.

The new lenses, made with ED (extra-low dispersion) glass for superior image quality, complement the design of the PEN® cameras, including the powerfully simple E-PL1, also announced today, making it the all-in-one package for consumers with any skill level, including those who are new to photography.

The Micro Four Thirds System standard meets the telecentric requirements of dedicated digital design. Light rays strike the imaging element nearly head-on for optimum edge-to-edge image reproduction. It also enables much more compact design than the Four Thirds System standard (or other interchangeable lens systems) because it reduces the outer diameter of the lens mount by 6mm, and the distance from the lens mount to the sensor (the flange back distance) by approximately half. As a result, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL offer uncompromising professional quality for capturing both still-images and High-Definition (HD) videos, and the lenses are exceptionally compact to make capturing your life more fun.

The super wide-angle M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9–18mm F4.0–5.6 zoom lens (35mm equivalent 18–36mm) offers a 100 percent angle of view, and overturns the rule that super wide-angle zooms have to be big and heavy. With a length of just 49mm and a weight of just 155g, it is less than half the size and 60 percent of the weight of the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9–18mm F4.0–5.6. With its wide angle of view, including background scenery in group photos is a snap, and it can be used to create unique images with a sense of dramatically exaggerated perspective.

The high-power wide-angle to telephoto M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14–150mm F4.0–5.6 zoom lens is 65 percent smaller and 70 percent lighter than the comparable 10x ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 18–180mm F3.5–6.3, making it ideal for everything from portraits and indoor scenes to sports and landscape photography.

By maximizing the advantages of the Micro Four Thirds System design, compact size, low weight and amazing image quality, the two new lenses significantly expand the photographic potential of the system. The inner focusing mechanism uses a light, compact, single-element unit to enable exceptionally fast, quiet autofocusing for smooth, superior operating ease during still and video capture. The manual focusing mechanism is designed to offer a responsive feel and precise operation, enabling you an affordable, high-quality means to capture your life in stills or HD videos.

Both lenses offer quieter and more responsive AF performance, and provide professional image quality for capturing amazing still images and videos. They are compatible with all Micro Four Thirds System Olympus PEN cameras, and all other current and future cameras that comply with the Micro Four Thirds System standard. When mounted on an Olympus PEN camera, the lenses are stabilized thanks to the camera’s in-body Image Stabilization system and offer effective shake compensation at all focal lengths.

AVAILABILITY
The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9–18mm F4.0–5.6 will be available in early May, and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14–150mm F4.0–5.6 will be available in early June 2010.

U.S. Pricing / Product Configurations
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9–18mm F4.0–5.6 Estimated Street Price: $699.99
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14–150mm F4.0–5.6 Estimated Street Price: $599.99