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August 20, 2009

Unboxing the Sept-2009 issue of Pop Photo: GH1, DP2, and Leica 50mm f0.95 reviews

The September 2009 issue of the Popular Photography magazine is unusually loaded with reviews of interest - the retail-elusive Panasonic GH1 and the Sigma DP2 digital cameras, but also, the all-elusive Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f0.95 and Sony 70-400mm f4-5.6G SSM lenses. Because these reviews haven't appeared on the Pop Photo website yet, we won't reveal their findings. (We will discuss them after they go live on their website).

You can check it out at your local newsstand, or if you prefer digital editions, you can legally purchase this issue for $5 at Zinio (or get an annual digital subscription for $10).

Of advertising interest, the non-CaNiKoNs are on the attack, with Sigma getting the first two pages, and the Pentax K-7 getting the back-page, just like Am-Photo (see Yvon's blog for that reference).

And Panasonic takes a two-page ad towards the front to introduce (in text!) their Lumix line. Sadly though, Panasonic continues to stonewall on the LX3 supply issues and the proprietary battery Big Brother power-grab. If I was Panasonic, I would have used those two pages to:

1) apologize for the proprietary battery power-grab and hit undo
2) explain the LX3 supply issues

Remember manufacturers, the days where you could get away with BS are over. You have to own up to the issues. Learn from Jeff Bezos and Amazon: After the Kindle-Orwell scandal, Jeff Bezos openly admitted that they screwed up. The stone-walling approach when dealing with consumers and product problems is just not working any more.

Another case in point is how Canon ignored everyone's concerns and evidence with the 1D Mark III auto-focus issues. And it's not like this was a $100 digicam, it was their professional speed-demon DSLR. Nikon has taken a different approach with the D5000 issues. Of course coming clean does not magically make everything alright, but it's definitely a step in the right direction.



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