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June 29, 2012
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Mysterious (UPDATE: Fake!) E-M5 and iPhone connection (new E-M5 Nauticam housing announced)


What you see here on top is the new E-M5 nauticam housing and I posted the full rpess release on the bottom of this post. This is great news but I wanted you guys to see this: It’s an E-M5 connected with an iPhone with what looks like an APP created to control the E-M5. UPDATE: This is fake! Anyway, great to see what a buzz such a fake image can create. Hope Oly takes notice of it!
Click the links to open the full press release:
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June 26, 2012
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Some tech issues on 43rumors…

For weeks now I am solving a series of minor issues on 43rumors and Mirrorlessrumors. I disabled the member messaging and member registration. The main reason is that I want to do a full checkup and upgrade that solves any spam or loading issue. If all works fine in two weeks 43rumors will load faster and be more spam-proof. Yesterday the website was offline for a coupel of hours. The main problem was MirrorlessRumors that had a broken comment system (now fixed).

Thanks for the patience! And now let’s go one with a real FT5 rumors…coming soon ;)

June 22, 2012
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Olympus 75mm f/1.8 official reviews on monday (12-35mm at Amazon via Hong Kong)

A great image of the E-M5 with Panasonic 12-35mm X lens compared with the Canon 5DmarkIII and Tamron 24-70mm. (via DSLRmagazine).

Olympus will allow the publishing of 75mm f/1.8 reviews and image samples from next Monday only. That’s why we didn’t see any full review until now (although Cyberphoto Sweden posted some images anyway).
Meantime the Panasonic 12-35mm lens is in Stock for the first time via Hong Kong reseller at Amazon US (Click here).

UPDATE: One silver E-M5 body is in Stock at Amazon right now (Click here).

Panasonic 12-35mm X lens preorders at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.
Olympus 75mm preorder and price check at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.

June 21, 2012
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Just curious: Would you spend a lot more for f/2.0 zoom?

Image on top: The Four Thirds Olympus 12-35mm f/2.0 lens.

We are getting closer to the big Photokina event in September and I am sure Olympus and Panasonic will announce many new cameras and lenses. There is one big question I have for you. The Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 lens is a great lens but I keep reading that some of you want an even faster zoom like the Four Thirds Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0 (Click here to see it on eBay). I am sure Olympus is interested to know if you would prefer such a lens (in m43) version over the new Panasonic 12-35mm.

Let’s say Olympus would do a lens like that:
12-35mm f/2.0 (2mm wider than the Four Thirds version)
weather sealing, power zoom (not available on the Panasonic),
no Image stabilization (unlike the Panasonic that has in lens OIS)
Almost Twice as big as the Panasonic lens
Price $2300 like the current 14-35mm lens price at Amazon (Click here) and $1,000 more than the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 (at Amazon).

If you would have that kind of choice you would buy the...

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Panaosnic 12-35mm X lens preorders at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.


June 17, 2012
Posted in deals, news

E-M5 photo contest by Olympus. Tomorrow E-M5 Amazon DDay.

The official Olympus Facebook website (Click here) launched a new E-M5 photo contest: “The “OM–D Photo Contest” will be held on facebook starting July 2! (Japan Standard Time). The first contest theme is “First shot taken with the OM–D.” Submit a favorite photo that was taken soon after you bought your OM–D to the OM–D’s facebook page. One photo each will be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze from among the submitted photos. Selected photos will also be posted on the OM–D’s wall together with comments from the Olympus Photo Contest Team. The deadline for submissions is 6:00 p.m., July 23 (Japan Standard Time).

And while you are there you may “Like” 43rumors too? :)

After two months the E-M5 kits will be in Stock tomorrow at Amazon (Click here). Finally!
June 19th for the Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens (Click here).
1-2 days processing for the Black E-M5 with 14-42mm lens (Click here).
June 21th for the Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens (Click here).

We Europeans already have the Black models in Stock but are still missing the Silver version here and there: Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany and Amazon France.

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