All the new things!

Here’s a quick update of what else arrived in Singapore in the last week. Firstly the Nikon 1 V2 is now available, and the basic kit price is at over S$1,000. I have yet to try the camera personally, unlike CK who managed to spend some quality time with it in Japan, but I don’t think that whatever the improvements are, it is going to be worth that kind of price premium. A camera like the D3200 is almost 20% cheaper, despite costing more to produce. Nikon really needs to re-evaluate their pricing on the 1 line if they are going to be competitive with the other mirrorless system cameras. Along with the V2 also comes the Nikon 1 18.5mm f/1.8 lens. So if you want a fast prime for your 1 system, this is a good start (and currently the only start, if you ask me).

Silver and Black versions of the Fujifilm X-E1

The Fujifilm X-E1 has been on sale for some time, but the accompanying 18-55mm f/2.8-4 kit zoom lens has only just arrived, both standalone and as part of a kit. The only thing I managed to take away from my time with it was the autofocus speed. It really makes the X-E1 feel even more responsive.

Olympus PEN E-PL5

There’re also two cameras we neglected to point out, and that is the Olympus E-PL5 and E-PM2. Both use the highly competent Sony-based sensor from the E-M5, and feature much better screens than their predecessor. If the E-M5’s price was too much to swallow, these two will give the E-M5’s image quality at a fraction of the price. The Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro is also available, and it comes with a neat trick: The focus limiter has a spring loaded switch at the very end that quickly focuses the lens down to 1:1. No more turning the focus ring like a mad man just to get there!

(Image Credits: Respective Press Releases except Nikon 1 V2)

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