January 30, 2015
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Olympus 8mm f/1.8 mockup lens to be shown at CP+

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The current “official” Olympus roadmap doesn’t include a wide prime lens info…yet.

Next week on February 5 at 5-6am London time Olympus will announce the new E-M5II, the update 14-150mm II lens and new accessories. And a trusted source also told me that it’s highly likely Olympus will show the mockup of a new 8mm f/1.8 fisheye lens. That lens will be launched in Spring and ship in Summer.

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January 30, 2015
Posted in news

A bit of everything…


Season 3, Episode 3: Shooting a Family Vacation: Portrait Photography

Panasonic Lumix GF7 review at Digitalversus.
Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro Review (Photographyblog).
Five Super Sharp Portrait Lenses for Your Mirrorless Camera (ThePhoBlographer).
Seocnd part of the LX100 review at Mirrorlessons.
New German Micro Four Thirds Lens Database at m43-objektive.de.

Nelson:Moon rise video I done few days ago, with GH4 + Tokina 80-200mm F2.8 https://vimeo.com/116236116

Christer Wikström‎:Pictures I take on a weekend trip with an Olympus Pen E-P5 and 45mm lens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REN6ufyeQNE

LudwigLocation: Zurich, Switzerland. Camera: AG-AF100. Lenses: Lumix 35-100 mm and Lumix 7-14 mm. Recorder: BlackmagicDesign UltraStudio 3D over HD-SDI. Recording-format: DPX. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSqxRZLXFVw

Kyle:I wanted to share with you this video I did for transworld skateboarding. I made a boxed array of 6 GH4s. I hope you enjoy it and possibly share it! http://skateboarding.transworld.net/lrg-skate-create-2015/#.VMJ5B6YriQl

Capion Studio:https://vimeo.com/117715659 s800 Evo Test Flight with the Zenmuse + Panasonic GH4. This slightly aging Hexacopter is still a real contender in the field of aerial platforms. The s800 Evo paired with the GH4 Zenmuse results in a rock solid unit that is just about up for any task. We took it around our neighborhood and here is the results. No warp stabilization has been applied.

Michael:I have done a spot of thinking and experimenting. Which has led to the death of the “flat” profile misconception. And the regaining of all the time wasted on fiddling with, and rendering of, technically inferior footage.
The technical explanation is here: http://www.supertone.dk/#!GH4-Optimal-Film-Setting-works-in-stills-too/c24o4/8E18836A-F271-4A14-AF0D-C575B9D5F4B6
Here is a full ASA range test – from 200 to 6400 ASA www.vimeo.com/112699788

January 29, 2015
Posted in deals, news

New E-PL7 firmware update (and $150 off deal reminder).

EPL7

The Olympus E-Pl7 got a new firmware update (version 1.2 /Info via Olympus). And in US the camera really became cheap: The E-Pl7 kit was launched with a $799 price but now sells for $549 only at RobertsCamera on eBay (Click here). That maybe should have been the start price in first place? :)

More camera deals:
Olympus E-M1 for $999 only on top rated ebay seller TheGamesArena (Click here). The Silver version sells for $20 more  (Click here).
E-Pl5 for $399 with kit lens and SD card at Amazon (Click here) and GetOlympus (without the card).
Panasonic G6 for $519 with kit lens at Amazon US (Click here)
Panasonic GF6 with kit lens sells for $349 only at Amazon US (Click here).
Black GX7 with kit lens for $589 at ProDigital on eBay (Click here).
GX7 with the 20mm pancake as kit lens it sells for just under $800 at Amazon (Click here) and 6ave on eBay (Click here).
The Olympus E-M1 sells for $999 only on top rated ebay seller TheGamesArena (Click here). The Silver version sells for $20 more again at TheGamesArena (Click here).

January 29, 2015
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Sensor shift mode is made for tripod shooting only.

The Pixel shift tech from the Hasselblad H5D-200c. Something similar is coming from Olympus.

Two trusted sources told me the new Olympus E-M5II 40 megapixel sensor shift shooting mode works on tripod only. It’s not meant to be used handheld. Well, this is somewhat obvious but now we know it with 100% certainity.

 

Reminder of how this works:
The camera has a 16 Megapixel sensor that can shoot up to 40 Megapixel by shifting the sensor (in up to 8 frames of single shots). The sensor shifts for 0.5 pixel for every shot.

The sources didn’t explain me in very detail how it works but my guess is that it works in a similar way of the Hasselblad H5D-200c. Hasselblad (Pdf file here) describes the tech in that way:

High precision piezo-electrical actuators control movements of the sensor in ½ and in one pixel increments. By combining six shots, offset by a combination of both ½ pixel increments and one pixel increments, the colors, Red, Green and Blue of each point are obtained with a double resolution in both the X and Y directions. The result is an astonishing 200Mpixel full color image with no artifacts, such as moiré.
The Bayer Mosaic filter pattern covers the pixels of the sensor. Moving the sensor in one pixel increments between shots, allows for the exact R, G, B values to be captured in every pixel. The multiple captures are then assembled to deliver the correct colors and ultimate definition of detail. Adding captures, each offset by a ½ pixel sensor movement, creates space for extending the sensor resolution from 50Mpix to 200Mpix. The outstanding definition of color and detail is maintained

Specs known so far:
– The body is Magnesium alloy body
– The body is dust and water sealed with resistance to low temperatures (Just like the E-M1)
– 16MP sensor (Same E-M5 16MP sensor)
– TruePic VII Image processing engine
– 5-axis camera shake correction (effective 5 stop correction)
– Video 60p full HD
– Video 24fps
– 77Mbps bit rate
– Touch 3 inches 1.04 million dot Vari-angle LCD monitor.
– 2.36 million dot EVF
– Camera in keystone correction
– Live Composite
– Wi-Fi built-in. Remote control from the smartphone
– Hi-Res composite shooting functions of 40MP (eight shots at 0.5 pixel step I to produce an image of 40MP)

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January 29, 2015
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GM5 gets tested at Dpreview:

Dpreview tested the Panasonic Gm5 and writes:

Where the GM5 does come through is with a good user experience, in two ways. It’s easy to use, thanks in large part to its healthy dose of direct physical controls, and it’s easy to have on hand. If smallness is a priority, the GM5 is a very nice daily companion. You won’t get better images with a camera this size. If size is anywhere other than the top of your priority list, then I’d suggest looking elsewhere. The GM5 does a lot well, but its APS-C competitors are hard to ignore in this class, and in many cases they’re cheaper.

Store links:
GM5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at Panasonic Germany, WexUK, Panasonic Austria, Panasonic France, Panasonic Italy, Panasonic Spain, Panasonic Netherlands, Panasonic Belgium.

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