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March 30, 2012
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E-M5 is now in Stock in Asia!

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Readers reported us that the E-M5 is shipping in Japan (here at Amazon and Kakaku), Philippines, Hong Kong (Digitalrev), Malaysia (here on eBay) and some other Asian countries. Europeans and Americans have to wiat up to 2-3 weeks before to see the first camera shipments. Be patient! :)

Preorders: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Rankings:
USA: E-M5 on position 8/13/19 (Click here)
UK: E_M5 isn’t doing as well as in USA (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 13 and 14 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 4/11/14 (Click here).

March 29, 2012
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Supernews! Kenko extensions tube with full electronic control!

Image courtesy: Photoscala.de

What a great news! Kenko just announced two new 10mm and 16mm extension tube that will transform any current Micro Four Thirds lens in a macro lens! You can also use both extensions tube combined….like you can see on the picture below:

Image courtesy: Photoscala.de

The next good news is that for the first time a third party manufacturer made an accessory that can handle the electronic contacts of a m43 cameras. This means you can still autofocus and control the aperture electronically!

Both tubes will be available in April. They will cost 216 Euro each. I guess you will find that stuff soon on eBay where you can already find a long list of Kenko products.

Via Photoscala

March 28, 2012
Posted in news, Rumors

GF3 gets hacked! And now in Stock for $439 with X pancake zoom!

There is really no need to wait for the upcoming new GF5. Our star hacker Vitaly just announced the new PTool v3.65d (Click here). And for the first time you can hack your GF3 and that tiny thing has the same GH2 hack features except 24p recording!!! Yeah, you read it right…it becomes a shrinked GH2 -> UPDATE: I am referring to the features added via hack, not the inherit ands still for the GH2 only features like crop mod and so on!).

Oh and that little beats now costs less than a high end compact camera. You can get it for $359 only at Amazon (Click here to grab one). But the most super deal ever is the GF3 + tiny 14-42mm X pancake zoom that is now in Stock for $439 on eBay US (Click here to check that superdeal!).

And the hacking party is not going to end here. Vitaly is promising that “something big” is coming soon. What could it be?

Now three cameras are hackable and here are the instructions:
GH1-hack.info
GH2 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
GF3 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
GF2 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 28, 2012
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First two E-M5 on eBay, new underwater housing and new review.


The E-M5 is now on eBay Hong Kong.

The new Olympus E-M5 is supposed to hit the stores in Japan in three days at Amazon Japan. But the first two cameras can be already bought on eBay Hong Kong (Click here, with international shipping). If you are not from Hong Kong please be aware that you have to pay import taxes. The Chinese website PChome (Click here for the translation) unpacked and reviewed the E-M5. As usual the google translation tool makes reading very painful but you can also look on the pictures only.


Olympus Japan announced that the new PT-EP08 underwater housing for the Olympus E-M5 will be on sale at the end of July in Japan for ¥112,350 ($1,360). There is also a new waterproof lens port (¥38,000 or $460) and also a port adapter for Four Thirds lenses (¥17,000 or $206). The maximum depth you can reach with the housing is 45 meter (Source: Olympus Japan / Via: The Verge).

Preorders:
USA: Amazon, Adorama and B&H.
Europe: Jessops, Amazon UK and Amazon Germany.
Asia: Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

March 27, 2012
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Olympus E-M5 preorders higher than ever (says Olympus)

Amy Davies from Techradar (Click here) had a chat with Mark Thackara (Olympus UK marketing manager). Mark said that: “Pre-orders are the highest we’ve ever had, it’s a lot higher than the [PEN] E-P1, and even the biggest pre-order level for many years, which I think shows how people are responding to the camera.

Also my sources told me that there is a chance this will very likely become the most sold digital Olympus system camera ever. That’s not bad for a company we all thought would be close to dead three years ago only. It one more time proves that making right products can pay off. The bad news for us is that today a source told me that most of our readers will have to be patient to get their E-M5. Production is fully ongoing but cannot expect the high demand.

P.S.: Pekka Potka (Click here) posted a E-M5 stabilization and continuous auto-focusing test. Olympus Europe posted that Live Bulb Function in Action video on youtube (Click here). For US readers, here is the E-M5 free accessory deal info: http://www.olympusamerica.com/crm/rebates/e-m5_accessory_mir_form.pdf.

Preorders:
USA: Amazon, Adorama and B&H.
Europe: Jessops, Amazon UK and Amazon Germany.
Asia: Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Rankings:

USA: E-M5 on position 7/8/15/18 (Click here)
UK: Silver E-M5 on position 9 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is too expensive and not on top (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 5/7/8 (Click here).

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