New Panasonic lens adapter in development

Every wondered how the Sony Alpha series delivers a live view image from a very small sensor in the viewfinder housing without cropping, mimicking the field of view of the main CMOS, while enabling super fast phase detect AF at the same time? (Deep breath). Well, it seems Panasonic did wonder this, and plan to bring such innovations to a range of lenses previously not fully compatible with mirror-less bodies.

The adapter features electronics, a mirror system and phase detect AF chip. This allows auto-focus as well as full frame focal lengths with standard DSLR lenses on the Lumix G range.

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HOT! Panasonic AG AF100 Micro 4/3rds interchangable lens pro camcorder – release date, late 2010 plus Sony prototype at NAB!

Amazingly the rumours were right once again, and somebody from NAB leaked the AF100 to 43rumors a day before the press release was due.

The implications here are enormous.

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Leica Summilux C cinema primes for the Panasonic AF100?

With the announcement of the AF100, Panasonic have got a jump on the professional video departments of other manufacturers, notably Sony and Canon. They also have a relationship with Leica.

Today I received news that new Micro 4/3rds cine lenses similar to the Summilux C range (housing by Band Pro, optical formulas by Leica) are going to form an integral part of the AF100 package.

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Put your AG-AF100 questions to Panasonic

(In the pic above, the 14-140mm lens seems to have some kind of adapter on the front of it – what is it?)

Here are some to start it off. I’ll be seeking to ask Panasonic and to get some answers!

The first interchangeable lens Micro 4/3rds camcorder is due to be released later this year and of course this is great news – so good to see Panasonic making intelligent use of their investment in the existing Micro 4/3rds technology.

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EOSHD Shootout Part 1 – 5D versus GH1 in Low Light

https://vimeo.com/10657409

If possible please watch the test footage on a proper display via DVI or HDMI, not a laptop screen. It makes a HUGE difference in perception.

The results of EOSHD’s low light shootout between the mighty Canon 5D Mark II and the Panasonic GH1 are in! This is a real-life natural light test, this is what happens when you take out the cameras and shoot. There are no test charts. No technical waffle in the video (I left it for this article!). But I have selected the shots quite carefully to show a range of typical low light challenges.

I’ve also made sure that on-camera picture profiles are taken into account. They’re set quite neutral and to match the other camera as much as possible. I also included shots which compare different picture profiles and settings so you can get an idea of their effect on the camera’s footage relative to one-another.

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