You may know from our past posts on 43rumors that one of the future key technologies will be the “liquid lens”. This allows lenses to be super compact, super fast AF with zero noise and other great features. My friend Frank from CanonWatch (Click here) found that cool video you see on top of this post. It explains well how the principle works. If you don’t have time to watch it all go on minute 7:40 of the video. I bet that after seeing this you will run to your tap to test that for yourself
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Tokina (Click here) published more info about the upcoming new 300mm f/6.3 lens. One of my japanese readers translated the text (Thanks!):
The good: Still looks good and under 300grams.
The bad: Still a month away.
The ugly: 40000YEN (370 Euro/$490)!!!! WTF. I have a 500mm T-Mount from Bower for 120usd.
Yep, it looks good and it performs good but if you don’t care about using big lenses and adapters you have plenty of other options: Bower mirror (Click here to see on eBay), Minolta mirror (here on eBay), Centon Mirror (here on eBay), Spiratone Mirror (here on eBay), Opteka Mirror (here on eBay)….
Below you can see the MTF chart of the Tokina
After the Panasonic GH2, G2, GF2 and GF3 also the GX1 and G3 could be hacked soon! All Vitaly need is some little help from you to buy the two cameras (Click here to donate). It’s so great to know we can count on him to improve the camera performance! I wish he (or someone else) could hack the Olympus cameras too!
P.S: It is also great to know the price of the current Panasonic cameras is falling down (great that we have some presure from Sony and Nikon!).
The GH2 is now for sale at $849 (with lens) at Amazon (Click here).
Panasonic GF3 with 14mm pancake for $414 at Amazon (Click here).
Panasonic GF2 with kit lens for $399 at Amazon (Click here).
The Panasonic GX1 body sells for $549 again at Amazon (Click here).
As you may know there was an important Olympus shareholders meeting. Mr. Huasa is now officially the new CEO of Olympus. And as he told many times during the last weeks he will now simplify the digital camera business and focus even more on the Micro Four Thirds system (that’s good news!).
And now some news about the Olympus “fee scandal”. Mr. Woodford attempt to get Japanese shareholders on his side failed. TheOnlinePhotographer (Click here) reports that “Despite the highly unusual tenor of the meeting, described by one newspaper as “raucous,” Olympus shares rose 6.4% in the aftermath.“. And the Japanese watchdog agency wants to fine Olympus for $2.5 million only (Engadget). It sound almost like Olympus saved his ass out from the situation and all what remains is the book Woodford wrote about the Olympus scandal (Amateur Photographer)
Question now is, will Fuji or Sony partner with Olympus or will Olympus manage to get forward alone? The last scenario would be my prefered!
Following yesterdays news abut the Silver E-M5 shipment delay (coming via Olympus Japan) our reader Johannes shared the shipment date of the E-M5 in Sweden. And there seems to be indeed a longer delay on the Silver version:
Black w. 12-50: Within 1 week
Black: May 3rd
Silver w. 12-50: May 25th
Silver: No delivery date
Holland: I don’t have many dutch readers on 43rumors but if you are one of them than you should know that your local stores are already having the first E-M5 cameras in Stock. The picture you see on top has been sent to me by Fotohanskeuzekamp. And also CameraNu and Kamera Express have some of them. If you find more European stores having the camera in Stock feel free to help 43rumors readers by commenting this post! Thanks!
Some E-M5 preorder links in Europe:
Black E-M5 body at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).