News & Articles | August 5th, 2011

It seems it’s time for another round of news and articles! Over the past weeks, I’ve been collecting interesting links again, which I’d now like to share with you.

Section 1: Micro Four Thirds

The Photography Of Amos Chapple
This really doesn’t need many words. Amos Chapple is an avid traveller and records his adventures using Micro Four Thirds cameras by choice. Look at his pictures and you’ll know why they say it’s the photographer that takes the shot, not the camera. Amazing stuff!

DSLR Magazine: Olympus PEN Lite (E-PL3) test
The Spanish DSLR Magazine have tested the latest incarnation of Olympus’ consumer Micro Four Thirds model, the E-PL3. While the megapixel count has (blessedly) not increased, the camera features a new Olympus-designed sensor that accomodates blazing fast autofocus, a tiltable screen with 460k pixels and a redesigned kit lens. DSLR Magazine have put the E-PL3 through its paces.

M.Zuiko 12mm f/2 review @ SoundImagePlus
SoundImagePlus have written a 10-part user review of the new M.Zuiko 12mm f/2 lens for Micro Four Thirds. You can find part 1 by clicking the link above, the other parts are accessible via their website.

Section 2: Leica M

“Light of the night”: Noctilux-M 50/0.95 ASPH tested by BJP
Edmond Terakopian has tested Leica’s ultimate low-light lens, the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH, for the British Journal of Photography. He took it out for a shooting together with a couple of other lenses, but ended up sticking with the Noctilux most of the time.

Voigtländer Nokton 40/1.4 review
Prosophos, Toronto base photography enthusiast, has written a summary of his thoughts about the Voigtländer Nokton 40mm f/1.4 for Leica M. In his hands, this lens really shines!

SanDisk SD cards incompatible with latest M9 firmware?
Photographer Gil Lavi has had a really terrible experience with the latest Leica M9 firmware eating his SanDisk SD cards during a paid shoot. Read the whole story and Leica’s reaction by clicking the link above.

Leica M9-P hands-on at Pocket-lint
Really not much more than some gear porn, but if you like the looks of the Leica M9-P, here’s some eye candy for you! :-)

Ricoh M-mount module for Ricoh GXR official!
After almost a year of rumours (a mock-up was presented at last year’s photokina), it is now finally official: Ricoh are producing an M-mount module for the GXR camera! Now here’s another alternative for using M-mount lenses on a digital body! DPReview have already gotten hold of one and written a preview.

Section 3: Varia

Street shooting experiment in London, UK
A group of photographers have recently done an experiment in London, UK. The goal of the experiment was to see if it was still possible to go street shooting in London. As was to be expected, all six photographers were on at least one occasion stopped by security personnell, and in three cases the police were called.

Variable ND filter by Kenko-Tokina
Kenko-Tokina have announced an interesting new product, a variable neutral density filter that can be adjusted to darken the image anywhere between 1.3 and 10 EV (ND2.5–ND1000). Quite fascinating! Sadly, the filter will only be available in 77 and 82mm filter thread sizes.

How ‘Focus Peaking’ works
A DPReview forums user has examined the details of Sony’s new ‘Focus Peaking’ feature for the NEX interchangeable-lens camera series. He studies several possibilities of calculation and representation of in-focus areas, and finally asks the questions if this could be implemented in Micro Four Thirds cameras. (Probably not, as I’d assume it’s patented by Sony.) Terrific feature!

Sony NEX-7
It’s still only a rumour, but it looks like Sony is going to announce a NEX model aimed at enthusiasts, the NEX-7. It will feature extensive manual controls as well as a built-in 3 million dot (!!!) EVF. Together with the above-mentioned focus peaking feature, this could be a real alternative to the Leica M8/M9 for those who don’t want to or can’t afford to spend those big bucks. (I’m certainly giving it a thought!) Full specs here.

Article recap: April 25th, 2011

It’s Easter Monday and there’s not much going on — the kid is playing in the garden, the wife is enjoying the sun, and the in-laws are preparing lunch. So I thought I’d take the opportunity and give you a short update on some interesting articles I found around the interwebs recently.

The New Yorker — “Candid Camera” — by Anthony Lane
An older, seven-page article from 2007, focusing on the history and mystery of the Leica brand and their famous cameras. Very interesting, and a must-read for any Leiac fan.

DC Watch — Fixed-lens compact camera comparison
The guys from DC Watch took the effort to make an in-depth comparison between four current fixed-lens large-sensor compact camera models: The modular Ricoh GXR, the Foveon-equipped Sigma DP1x, the Leica X1 and the just-released Fuji X100. In addition to comparing design, build and specs, there’s also a huge number of identical sample pictures to compare.

ePHOTOzine — How to use a toy camera
The title says it — this article focus on so-called “toy cameras”, explains what defines them, how they work and what you can do with them.

Have fun reading!

Ricoh doing it right, again

Once again, news have reached us that once again Ricoh have been doing it right, once again providing a firmware update for their GXR camera that once again includes a bunch of new functions users were asking for.

The new firmware for the Ricoh GXR adds, among other things

  • Spot AF area selection
  • Macro AF area selection
  • Faster AF speed
  • EXIF 2.3 support
  • etc.

According to dpreview, the firmware will be available for download from tomorrow on.

Seriously, why can’t other brands provide a service like that as well?

Micro Four Thirds module for Ricoh GXR coming?

It’s been in the ether since the GXR was first presented — why not make a module with Micro Four Thirds mount? Wouldn’t that be one great addition not only to Micro Four Thirds, but also to the GXR system? Imagine the possibilities!

According to this Chinese website, official Ricoh representatives have now confirmed that such a module will be coming during 2011. Exact specs and arrival date as of yet unknown, but isn’t that exciting?

Via Mirrorless Rumors.

Photokina day 1: The highlights

Okay, so today was the first day of photokina, so let’s see what there is to report on. Some exciting stuff from Leica, Fujifilm and Olympus was already announced yesterday, see my previous post.

Leica X1 in black

Today, another Leica goodie was presented: the long-rumored, all-black Leica X1! It’s got the same features as the standard model, the only differences being the all black body and a slightly more textured “vulcanite” leatherette covering. In this way, the X1 fits perfectly into Leica’s tradition of offering a silver-and-black next to an all-black version of each of their rangefinder camera models (– the X1 being the exception of course, as it isn’t a rangefinder).

The new all-black Leica X1. Picture courtesy of Leica Camera AG.

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