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I recently returned from a short break with my family, where I was able to shoot for fun, to record the holiday and make some nice images. I deliberately didn’t take along my professional camera equipment, because I knew I’d start taking the photography too seriously, wanting to spend more time preparing and shooting than would be fair on my family…and, to be really honest, I didn’t want to feel like I was back at work. Read the rest of this entry »
Admittedly, I haven’t touched either the Olympus EPL-2 or XZ-1 at the time of writing this posting. However, they are two very exciting cameras that are bound to be hot on everyone’s list. Those of you that have been reading the site for a while know that I hated the EPL-1 (more than once) to the point of even refusing to link to it through Amazon and B&H because I wouldn’t tell anyone to buy it. It seems like Olympus has listened to what I clamored for originally, and threw in some amazing accessories as well. If not, it at least will make the decision between the two top dogs in this category a bit more difficult.
The Panasonic GF-2 made its rounds recently in the news after rumors kept circulating. Now that it’s gone official, I admittedly haven’t had any time with it but it seems like a step in the wrong direction for me. We reviewed the GF-1 (after other journalists took their sweet time returning it to the PR reps) and we also had the G2 for a while. Now, we liked the G2. Sadly, we didn’t totally dig the GF-1 for a couple of reasons though it seemed like it needed just a bit of improvement to make it a solid choice enough for me to want to make the purchase. The GF-2 is instead something more of a higher grade LX-5 (though the Leica version is more my style.) Here are seven reasons why I won’t be buying the GF-2.
Today, Wanderlust Cameras announced Pinwide: what the company claims to be the world’s widest digital pinhole cap! Because the Micro 4/3 system cameras have no mirror the pinwide recesses the cap into the body of the camera. In turn, the Pinewide can deliver a super wide angle of 11mm (22mm equivalent due to the 4/3rds crop factor.) The geekier part is that the pinwide is made with etching technology used to manufacture semicoductors to achieve better sharpness. It has an aperture of f/96-128. That means that you’ll be cranking up the ISOs quite a bit!
The pinwide is available in the US $39.99 preorder pricing. You can also go here to see sample photos.
The Olympus EP-2 review is now over. Let’s dive right in and make the conclusions!
When I got the Olympus PEN E-P2 it came with the M. Zuiko Digital 17mm f2.8 lens. I already use the Zuiko Digital 25mm f2.8 lens on my E-510 so the only difference here for me is that its on a Micro 4/3rds camera and instead of having a focal length of 25mm, I have a focal length of 17mm.
The Panasonic G2was my first experience with the Micro Four Thirds camera format, and it gave me a good sense of what the system is capable of. While I would be remiss to offer a final opinion on the entire format based on one camera, I can say with some confidence that despite its potential, Micro Four Thirds isn’t going to unseat conventional SLRs as the amateur photography stepping-stone any time soon.