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Raymond Ser over at Gear Diary posted up his first part of the review on the all new Olympus E-P1 Digital Pen this week. As Raymond puts it, the review is more from an amateur perspective which I found to be very easy to read (lacks the camera jargon). That coupled with some really nice shots of the Olympus E-P1 Digital Pen, definitely a good review on the camera. Check out his review here. Can’t wait for the second part.

For those interested to know, the street price of the Olympus E-P1 Digital Pen in Hong Kong is around HK$6,880 (US$882).

Source – Gear Diary

According to dpreview, “Panasonic has announced a firmware update for its Lumix DMC-LX3 digital compact camera. Version 1.3 improves auto white balance and general performance of the camera. It also rectifies minor operational issues. The latest version will be made available for download on the 1 June, 2009.”

Download link here, http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/LX3/index.html.

Source – dpreivew

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Had the Canon G10 for a week now and just picked up the Canon Speedlite 270EX two days ago.  Comparing it with my Panasonic Lumix LX3, the Canon G10 shoot some real nice pics at ISO80, but above that, it simply is no match with the Lumix LX3.  Still love the dedicated aspect change button on the Lumix LX3 but all in all the dials on the Canon G10 is much more easier for access and the size fits a guy with large palms far better.  As for the Canon Speedlite 270EX, it’s compact, light-weight and great with the bounce.  But mind you, there is no button apart from the on/off switch and lock key.  All settings are set via the camera menu system.

[Updaed: 15 January 2009] Firmware v1.2 is out, check out the download site here.  Changes in this firmware update:

  1. Improved white balance flash mode setting when DMW-FL220 is connected.
  2. Proper setting of shutter speed on iA mode and Scene mode when OIS is turned ON.
  3. Proper Exif information in the JPEG picture file.

[Updated: 9 January 2009] According to Panasonic, the download site is temporally closed due to Next version of firmware, It is scheduled on 15 January 2009.

Hmm….. gonna wait and see what changes this time or the fact that they screwed up the last firmware update.

[Updated: 15 December 2008] The link is up now.

[27 November 2008] Panasonic is announcing a firmware update service for the DMC-LX3, Ver1.1. This new firmware includes a compatibility update for the optional FL220 flash unit, and improves auto white balance performance under different color temperatures and lighting.

Panasonic invites all users of DMC-LX3 to apply the updated firmware. The new firmware will be available worldwide on 15th of December, 2008 at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/.

lumixflashAt the same time, Panasonic is also introducing a new flashgun for its point-and-shoot line of cameras.  The new DMW-FL220 features GN22 flash covering full 24mm wide angle while maintaining outstanding mobility. The DMW-FL220 is compatible with DMC-L1, L10, G1, FZ50 and LX3.

Source – Panasonic, DPReview

See how it’s done on a Leica D-Lux4 or Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3.

Source – ianhoyowchan

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Source – DP Review

dsc022371Thanks to a great guy on the DCHome forum, I finally got hold of the Ricoh self retaining cap LC-1 converted for my Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3.  Much work was put into scrapping and sanding the cap down to fit the LX3 perfectly.  According to this guy, he got the idea from one of the Japanese camera forum in which he saw other guys doing the same conversion but in a much more primitive way, that being just plainly sawing the cap down and that results in a not so tight fit connection between the lens and the cap.

Woot to the guy and no more lens cap problem for me.  The cost, HK$160.00.  For more details, check out his post here on the DCHome forum (Chinese).

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Got the UV Infrared ND filter (HK$150) and Double Threaded filter (HK$90) for my infrared and Christmas lighting shots from Heng Li Electronic Co. (www.spider-fire.com, G/F, 155 Ap Liu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon) yesterday.

Check out this Flickr picutre comparison between the two cameras done by davedeluria, link here. Found it pretty informative.

Source – VR-CH @DCHome forum

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Finally have time to make it down to Sham Shui Po to pick up the lens converters and the fish eye lens.  The 52mm ring coverter and the 52mm to 58mm converter eaxh cost HK$48 and the 58mm fish eye lens, HK$580. If you’re interested in getting yourself a set, check out Heng Li Electronic Co. (www.spider-fire.com), G/F, 155 Ap Liu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon.

Some test pics follows –
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