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May 30, 2012
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USA: New Panasonic June rebates! (UPDATED with GH2 deal)

Our USA readers can enjoy some new priced drops offered by Panasonic USA. Here is the list:
1) The Panasonic 45-175mm X lens is now in Stock for $299 at BHphoto (Click here). For $282 at Samys (Click here). And at the moment of writing the white version is in Stock for $289 via Samys at Amazon (Click here).
2) The 14-42mm normal lens (not X!) is in Stock for $99 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
3) The 14-42mm X lens is in Stock for $328 at Amazon (Click here).
4) The Panasonic 45-200mm lens sells for $199 at Samys (Click here).
5) The Panasonic 3D lens sells for $49 only at Samys (Click here).
6) The Black GX1 with X kit lens is in Stock for $739 at BHphoto (Click here) and $619 with the 14-42mm lens at BHphoto (Click here).
7) Panasonic GF3 lens with 14mm pancake for $379 at Amazon (Click here).
8) UPDATE: The Panasonic GH2 with 14-42mm lens is in Stock for $799 at Amazon (Click here). Panasonic GH2 with 14-140mm lens for $1,179 at Amazon (Click here).

New Lens Preorders:
The Olympus 75mm lens can be preordered at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). And Adorama has also the accessories: Olympus LH-61F, Metal Lens Hood (Click here) and the Olympus LC-61, Metal Front Lens Cap (Click here).
The Panasonic 12-35mm X lens can be preordered at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

May 29, 2012
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E-M5 shipping next week in US (and Digitalrev E-M5 vs NEX-7 vs X PRO 1).

Digitalrev (Click here) posted a short Xpro1 vs OM-D E-M5 vs NEX7: “In the end, it’s not always about image quality. Certainly, if it was only about the best image quality then it would be the Fuji. By far. But a good camera is one that feels good for you to shoot with. Despite the fact that I think the OM-D has lost its OM identity, I do enjoy shooting with it. But I enjoyed shooting with the E-P3 also, and that is cheaper.

Four 43rumors readers sent me the message that Amazon is finally shipping their E-M5 cameras:
Zandr: “Silver E-M5 w/ 12-50 ordered 3/17. Got estimated arrival (Thursday!) by email yesterday
Linsa: “Shipping notice from Amazon this morning for my silver E-M5/12-50 kit. I placed my order on April 25th.
Eric: “Black E-M5 body/50mm lens combo on March 16 (Amazon U.S.), and just received a notice that it will ship tomorrow.”
Lew: “Order you placed on March 04, 2012 (Order# 104-3496653-7853043). Estimated arrival date: June 05, 2012

Links to the full Olympus E-M5 camera list at Amazon (Click here). There are now sixteen user reviews (Click here) and all extremely positive! But with a bit of a mystery the most sold mirrorless camera remains the E-PL1 (here is the ranking).

There are some new USA lens deals:
The Panasonic 14-42mm X lens is back in Stock for $329 only at Amazon (Click here).
The Olympus 14-42mm lens is back in Stock for $179 only at Amazon (Click here).
The Panasonic 14mm pancake lens is back in Stock for $269 only at Amazon (Click here).

May 28, 2012
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Depth of field equivalence “ripoff thoughts” by Admiring Light (Olympus 75mm to ship late in Europe?).

According to Amazon UK (Click here) the Olympus lens will be released on July 31! That’s a lot later than the rumored late June early July release. But as usual, keep in mind that this is just an indicative date. Amazon US (Click here) says it will ship within 1-2 months. But now let’s read Admiringlight (Click here) because he posted some thoughts about the two new Micro Four Thirds lenses.
1) About the Olympus 75mm lens, he writes: “I think the lens looks to be a real winner. It’s got beautiful bokeh, a lovely contrast and color signature and is quite sharp at the focal point. It also seems to exhibit very well controlled longitudinal chromatic aberration and fringing, which is usually a big problem on lenses of this focal length and aperture. The downside for some with this lens is that the focal length of 75mm is a little longer than the ‘standard’ portrait lengths“.
2) About the Panasonic 12-35mm X lens, he writes: “Early reviews are showing this lens to be a truly stellar performer, right from f/2.8.  In fact, it’s looking like one of the sharpest f/2.8 standard zooms for ANY camera system.   Now, those who feel the need to bang on depth of field equivalence will cry “but it only gives depth of field similar to f/5.6 on full frame!  What a ripoff!” Read the full post to read the reasons why he says that this is an irrelevant argument. I 100% agree with him :)

Preorders:
The Olympus 75mm lens can be preordered at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). And Adorama has also the accessories: Olympus LH-61F, Metal Lens Hood (Click here) and the Olympus LC-61, Metal Front Lens Cap (Click here).
The Panasonic 12-35mm X lens can be preordered at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

May 27, 2012
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$99 for the Panasonic zoom lens (and new Gariz USA ebay shop).

Panasonic US deals:
It’s not a spectacular lens but for $99 it’s nice to have a walk around zoom like the Panasonic 14-42mm. You can get it now for that price at Amazon (Click here) or Adorama (Click here). And two more Panasonic lens are now priced cheaper than usual. The super nice 14mm f/2.5 pancake is now in Stock for $269 at Amazon (Click here). And the 14-42mm X pancake is in Stock for $345 again at Amazon (Click here). There is no big deal on the camera front. Just a new couple of dollars price drop on the GX1+x lens kit at Amazon (Click here).

Gariz US store:
The Korean company Gariz was the first to offer the E-M5 leather case (here on eBay). But as you know it’s always a hurdle to shop from other countries (because of the importation taxes and long delivery times). But finally Gariz opened a US located ebay store and you can buy the E-M5 genuine leather case (Click here) and the E-M5 textured leather case (Click here). Hope they will open a store in Europe too!

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