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June 3, 2011
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Message to readers: A bit about about me and 43rumors future :)

Unlike other (bigger websites) 43rumors is not sponsored by big companies, and no company advertises here to finance the website. Everything here is based on the time I do spend after works (or in coffee breaks). And it is thanks to your help that I can keep the website up to date with all news and rumors (you rule!!!). But with the numbers of visitors that is increasing also the amount of work increased. What you also don’t know is that usually I do travel a LOT. I shot documentaries or do have photo-projects mostly in South America and lately in Africa too. The last 15 months I didn’t travel much because I had to plan and develop some new projects (one of them you will see soon). But now time has come for me to travel again (and I am happy to disconnect myself from Internet!).But the question for me was, how can I keep or even better increase the quality of 43rumors while I am travelling around the world?

There is a good news! I found two people that will help me to keep 43rumors and MirrolessRumors up to date so that you will notice me being away from time to time (or better, you will notice it because their English is much better than mine). One person is a very smart (and nice) Lady. She will help me for free and in exchange I will sponsor her Canon website. I think that is a good deal! The second person will help me a lot on MirrorlessRumors. I want MirrorlessRumors to become the main website for all Mirorrless camera news and rumors. 43rumors should remain as filter website that displays Panasonic-Olympus content only to make it easy for you to follow the Micro Four Thirds system news. If all works fine you will be able to post on MirrorlessRumors and 43rumors by using the same account.

I also found two people that will help me to make the 43rumors/Mirrorlessrumors website make work better. I want to push the social aspect of the website and I will pay two developers to dramatically improve the user experience.

And there is also the new server coming soon. It should speed up the website loading time by a 3x-4x. P.S.: You can give a “Server contribution” via paypal:


Thanks!

Long term plan ideas are:
- To create a community that can actively create content on all websites. You should become the king on 43rumors/Mirrorlessrumors!
- To add a creative element on all websites. We also want to speak about REAL photography :) I would love to talk more about quality work made by artists and photographers.

There are also some basic rules for both 43rumors and Mirrolessrumors you should know:
- This website will always be user oriented and not company oriented. No company will ever be able to influence the content of the website. This means we don’t accept direct company advertising, we don’t accept paid reviews or news. You and I should be always free to express your REAL and HONEST opinion. I have the feeling other (bigger) websites are going in the exact opposite direction…but that’s just a “feeling” I do have that could be wrong…or not?
- When argumenting or writing comments be respectful, and be rational. Don’t shout like animals because otherwise I will have to start to unapprove comments. And it’s not something that I want to do.

Thanks for your understanding. Now let’s enjoy that month full of rumors and new products!

June 2, 2011
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Fuji X100 is the editor’s choice 2011. And in Stock at BHphoto!


Right now you can find the X100 in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) UPDATE: Sold out now!

After winning the TIPA Award the X100 now received Editors Choice Award 2011: “Fujifilm’s FinePix X100 is a compact digital camera featuring a new hybrid viewfinder, which combines a projected bright-frame optical viewfinder and an electronic viewfinder system with approx. 100% field of view and a 1,400,000 dot LCD panel. A magnesium alloy body with manually operated control dials, an APS-C CMOS sensor and new EXR processor deliver the highest image quality in the history of FinePix cameras, the quality of which is so high that is almost beyond the performance of DSLRs.

Let’s hope Olympus and Panasonic can learn from the success of the Fuji X100. They should not copy the idea but make it better!

P.S.: Links to the FUji X100 product search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay (Difficult to find in Stock now).

Via Photographyblog

May 29, 2011
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New PTool update helps you to hack all GH1 and GF1 cameras!

Vitaly the hacker just released a new PTool update (Version v3.55d). The unhackable GH1/GF1 are now officially history!
You can download the hack at http://www.gh1-hack.info/wiki/PToolSoftware
This is the official topic: http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/148/ptool-3.55d-topic

And those are the new “features” added with the new update (Source: Gh1-hack.info)
GH1:
Added “New body” patch for downgrading new unhackable bodies.
Added MJPEG 480p size and quality adjustment patches.
Added Video and Audio buffer patches.
Added three encoder related settings patches.
G2:
Added “New body” patch for downgrading new unhackable bodies (untested).
Fixed PAL<>NTSC patch.
Few other minor fixes.
GF1:
Added “New body” patch for downgrading new unhackable bodies (untested).
G1:
Added “Prevent Version compare” patch.
P.S.: Keep in mind that the GH1 is heavily discounted in US at Amazon and Adorama! There are instante rebats from $50 up to $100.

Thanks John M.

May 29, 2011
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a little bit of everything…

The video on top shows a GH2 car-video using the Manfrotto suction cup (click here to see them on eBay) and the Manfrotto 3D junior (click here to see them on eBay). Anyway I would be to scared to use them on my car! Is it really safe? :(

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 review at Digital Photography School.

Olympus SZ-20 review (Letsgodigital). I

Olympus TG-610 review (Letsgodigital and ePhotozine).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 review (Letsgodigital).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 versus Leica V-Lux 30 (Fotopolis).

New mirrorless lens iTunes app (Click here to see it)

May 28, 2011
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Yasuhara will make two more lenses for Micro Four Thirds!

The image on top shows a Yasuhara M-mount camera (Click hee to see camera and lenses on eBay).

Yesterday Yasuhara announced the new Nanoha macro lens for Micro Four Thirds. One of our Japanese readers wrote that nice and short history about the Yasuhara company:

The company made film camera once in ’90′s. And the employee is only one (and he is the president:-) who can be seen on the article. The price (of the macro lens) is expected to be lower than 50,000 yen (450 Euro) and will be in the mass-production on late June (now development is in the final stage). It’s included with 5 dedicated target holders that is customizable in some degree (can be seen as pictures of a black plastic frame in the article) The lens has white LED light. The image circle is for APS-C, but there is no plan for DSLR, because the lens is designed specifically for mirrorless systems (short flange focal length). In the interview, Mr. Yasuhara seems to like mirrorless system very much. Beside this “Nanoha macro”, there will be two more lenses until march ’12. One is ordinary, but one is very extraordinary.
NANOHA – (nano – hu[t]) double meaning: nano-meter and leaves of greens, esp. rape blossoms’

http://www.yasuhara.co.jp/nanoha/ (japanese website)
http://www.yasuhara.co.jp/index-e.html (english website)
http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/review/special/20110527_448563.html (lots of image samples taken with the new Nanoha macro lens)
Yasuhara products on eBay (Click here).

Thanks Ogawa

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