May 28, 2015
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Panasonic quietly drops the price of the GF7!

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Panasonic quietly dropped the GF7 price twice within few weeks. It’s now down to $459 (from $599):
Panasonic GF7 in Black at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Panasonic GF7 in Pink at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Panasonic Preorders:
Black G7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Silver G7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Black G7 with 14-140mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Black G7 with 14-140mm and 14mm lens kit at BHphoto.
Black G7 with 14-42mm and 45-150mm lens kit at BHphoto.
Silver G7 with 14-42mm and 45-150mm lens kit at BHphoto.

Olympus Preorders:
7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE,
8mm f/1.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE,
Titanium E-M5II: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK.
Accessories:
7-14mm Olympus LC-79 Lens Cap at BHphoto.
Olympus PPO-EP02 Dome Port for 8mm at BHphoto.
Olympus PPZR-EP05 Focus Gear for 8mm at BHphoto.
Olympus POSR-EP10 UW Anti-Reflecting Ring for 8mm at BHphoto.

May 28, 2015
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Full Frame vs Micro 4/3 Revisited with Pro Olympus Lens (Guest post by Chris Corradino).

The following article is a guest post from Chris Corradino (Christography.com). Text and images are copyrighted by Chris. Please do not re-post them without his permission.

Full Frame vs Micro 4/3 Revisited with Pro Olympus Lens

Months ago I shot a head to head comparison with my OMD EM10 and a Canon 6D. In that test, the 6D image was clearly sharper, but the lens used on the EM10 was not necessarily known for its quality (17mm f2.8). Many readers on the 43rumors site mentioned the need to shoot it again, but with a better lens. Fast forward to a few months later, and the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 is now my go-to lens for the mirrorless system. The optical quality of the 12-40 is no secret as it’s one of the highest rated options in the micro four-thirds line. What a difference a lens makes, as this time, the results were vastly different. Before digging in to the close up comparisons, I thought it would be helpful to show the full scene for context.

About the Test:

Camera Left: Canon 6D with Canon 17-40mm f4

Camera Right: Olympus OMD EM10 with Olympus 12-40 f2.8*

*I did have a polarizer on the Olympus for this shot. While it does change the color in the sky, and look of the water, it does not benefit the overall sharpness. As such, I don’t believe it skews the findings in an unfair way.

Below: Magnified portion of image viewed at 1:1 using XY comparison in Lightroom CC.

  • It should be noted that this was not a scientific test as the camera settings were not precisely the same, nor was it done in a studio. They were however, close enough to make it a fair real world comparison. Both were shot hand held with a fast enough shutter to prevent camera shake. Ironically enough, they were taken one year apart, almost to the same day and time.
  • Both images were captured as RAW files with no noise reduction or sharpening applied. These were loaded straight into Lightroom CC, and compared with the XY comparison tool using the 1:1 option. These are the screen shots from my Mac.

The first thing that jumped out at me were the corners of the frame. On the Canon image, they are incredibly soft, almost unacceptably so. Meanwhile, as most reviewers have noted, the Olympus is sharp from corner to corner.

From there, I looked at the clarity of the foliage which was blotchy at best on the 6D. Compared to the EM10, they look terrible. Wind was not the issue here, nor was depth of field. In fact, the 6D was set to f10 which is the sweet spot for the 17-40mm with little diffraction. Meanwhile the OMD Em10 was at f4 and considering the DOF equivalent, this means the f4 provided the equivalent depth of field as f8 on a full frame camera.

At this point I started asking myself, how can this be possible!? Based on everything I’ve read about sensors, it seemed inconceivable that an entry level mirrorless could out-punch a full frame DSLR. Yet, the results clearly speak volumes.

I then looked at the center of the frame, and this is where the images were largely similar. This proves that the technique used to capture the Canon shot was not flawed by technique, but rather optics. It leads me to believe the issue is due to the limitations of the lens towards the outside of the frame. This would be more understandable for a kit lens, but it’s an “L” series designed by Canon to meet the needs of professionals. In fairness, it has served me very well as my go-to for landscape shots all over the world in a variety of conditions. Moving forward however, I see its role being greatly diminished.

This research came just in time as I prepare for an expedition around Iceland. I already love the functions and usability of the OMD EM10, but wanted to make absolutely sure it could give me terrific output I need for professional use including stock, magazines, and large prints. This lens is a game changer, and I won’t hesitate to use the Olympus over the Canon for these once-in-a-lifetime landscapes.

I welcome your insight into these surprising results. If you’d like to see the actual RAW files, you can download them here.

May 28, 2015
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Panasonic releases an Android 5.0 update for the CM1.

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If you are an owner of the Panasonic CM1 know that you can now upgrade to Android 5.0! Our reader RIchard already installed it and he said it works great without any issues!

May 28, 2015
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A bit of everything…


Letters from a Dream – Anamorphic 4K film by Eduardo Angel

Small 20 Euro off on the new Panasonic 42,5mm lens at eBay Germany (Click here).
OMD EM5 MkII Review + Comparison with the Original OMD EM5 (Petertsaiphotography).
Kowa Prominar review at DC.watch.
Panasonic Lumix SZ8 review (CameraLabs).
Metz mecablitz 26 AF-1 Quick Review (Dpreview).
Australia deal: Panasonic GX7 + 14-42 $549 + Bonus Case & Strap at CameraPro.

Peter:I’m a big fan of 43rumors.com and I’m a long time m43 shooter (since the EPL-1) so I’ve seen the system come a long way to where I barely ever use my 5DmkIII anymore. If you are looking for a comparison of the cameras from someone who has been shooting on the original for more than 2 years (and who recently shot 5000 photos on the new one), please share my article: http://www.petertsaiphotography.com/blog/2015/05/11/omd-em5-mkii-review-comparison-with-the-original-omd-em5/

Andrew:Thought you might like this post of mine using the old 40-150mm R and E-M1 in Cuba. http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=37664

May 27, 2015
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$100 off on the E-M5II at ProDigital. $300 of on E-M1!

The Canadian Store Prodigital is known to offer some greta deals on MFT stuff. And they now sell the brand new E-M5II with a $100 discount on their eBay Page (Click here).

They also have two good DEMO Version deals:
$300 off on the E-M1 (Click here).
$100 off on the FZ1000 (Click here).

And  also some great price rebates on lenses:
$175 off on the Zuiko 12mm (Click here).
$120 off on the 12-35mm X (Click here).
$85 off on the Zuiko 25mm (Click here).

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Panasonic Preorders:
Black G7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Silver G7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Black G7 with 14-140mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Black G7 with 14-140mm and 14mm lens kit at BHphoto.
Black G7 with 14-42mm and 45-150mm lens kit at BHphoto.
Silver G7 with 14-42mm and 45-150mm lens kit at BHphoto.

Olympus Preorders:
7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE,
8mm f/1.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE,
Titanium E-M5II: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK.
Accessories:
7-14mm Olympus LC-79 Lens Cap at BHphoto.
Olympus PPO-EP02 Dome Port for 8mm at BHphoto.
Olympus PPZR-EP05 Focus Gear for 8mm at BHphoto.
Olympus POSR-EP10 UW Anti-Reflecting Ring for 8mm at BHphoto.

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