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July 28, 2012
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G5 shoots Olympics. E-M5 firmware Ver 1.2 pulled. E-PM1 for $299 (with lens).

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Panasonic G5
Via Dpreview: “Panasonic has announced that Getty Images sports photographer Dean Mouhtaropoulos will be covering the London 2012 Olympic Games exclusively using its recently-announced Lumix DMC-G5.” Great! Meantime BHphoto notified that the camera may ship from August 10 (see screenshot).

Olympus E-M5
Our reader Melchior noticed a problem on the E-M5 firmware update: “On the Olympus.jp site they say “The update service to Ver. 1.2 was temporarily discontinued. The update service to Ver. 1.1 is available. http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=42134144&refresh=1033
E-M5 vs GH2 highlight recovering test at Dpreview forum. How Sharp is the $999 Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs the $6800 Canon EOS 1D X? (Diglloyd).
Different E-M5 kits keep goin in and out of Stock every hour. Check the status via: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

E-PM1 and other deals:
Refurbished E-Pm1 with lens for $299 at BHphoto eBay (Click here). 20mm pancake for $359 at Amazon (Click here).

July 27, 2012
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Hack your GX1 and G3 now!

The team around Vitaly Kiselev now released the new version 3,66D of the PTool hacking software (Click here). It supports the Panasonic GX1 and G3 cameras. Our reader Nils posted some G3 test results and video samples on the Personal view forum. I guess sooner or later also the just announced G5 will be supported. As usual it’s nice to know our cameras can get better in time without to have to buy a new one!

Links to the two new hackable cameras:
Panasonic GX1 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Panasonic G3 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

July 24, 2012
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New Four Thirds Samyang-Rokinon 14mm T3.1 and 24mm and 15mm T1.5 lenses coming at Photokina.

Samyang-Rokinon announced on Facebook the release of three new Cine lenses: “Rokinon 35mm T1.5 cine lens will be available in U.S in few weeks and Rokinon 24mm T1.5 & 14mm T3.1 cine lens will be available in U.S in September.” They will be available in Four Thirds (not microFT!) too. For the m43 system they only made the cute Samyang/Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye lens (Click here to see it on eBay). But I guess they will also bring some new m43 lens at Photokina. Samyang lenses deliver often a top image quality for a low price. Can’t wait to see new toys!

That said, if you are still confused about the brand name don’t worry. The confusion is not your fault! Example, the Micro Four Thirds fisheye lens:
In USA it’s named Rokinon 7.5mm and you find it on eBay (Click here), Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
In Europe it’s named Samyang 7.5mm and you find it on eBay (Click here), Amazon (Click here),
In UK it’s named Walimex and you find it on eBay (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

But that’s not all! There are many more weird names. Here is a list of eBay links on all Olympus Four Thirds lenses: Samyang , Walimex , Rokinon , Opteka , Falcon , Vivitar andBower .

So you got it?

July 24, 2012
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Kipon EOS to m43 adapter with full electronic control!

In a surprising announcement Kipon unveiled the development of the new Kipon EOS to m43 (and NEX) adapter with full electronic control. There is no info about price and features yet. This may will help some EOS EF lens owner to join the m43 system instead of the new Canon EOS-M :)

Non electronic Kipon adapters are already available on eBay (Click here).

July 24, 2012
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Final Canon versus M43 poll.

So guys. I hope you had time to check the Canon news and reviews I summed up at MirrorlessRumors. With Canon we finally have a full overview of the different mirrorless systems. I read some of the EOS-M previews and it certainly has some nice and interesting features. A problem may be the price. At $799 (at Amazon and BHphoto) the camera costs $50 more than the GF5 with 14mm f/2.5 pancake but $400 more than the GF3 with the same pancake. Talking about Olympus it costs $200 more than the E-PL3 with 17mm pancake. But I am sure Canon huge marketing machine will push the EOS-M preorders.

But here is the final question for you…and please no fanboy thinking…try to be honest ;) And let me also know what Olympus and Panasonic should “copy” from the new cam!

The Canon EOS-M is a...

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Canon specs and info:
Dedicated presentation page on Amazon (Click here).
EOS-M price and specs at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

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