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November 1, 2013
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An optional EVF idea by John Chan

EVF5 idea

If you have some smart ideas for future cameras you can do two things. 1) Patent them and 2) Send them to 43rumors to see if readers will like it and companies will call you :)

This is the text and idea that I got by John Chan:

“As a frequent visitor of your site I would like to share an idea I have of an optional EVF design for a Pen or Lumix.
We all hate the extra tumor created by the VF 2/3/4 above the hotshoe. And we can’t use an external flash when using the optional evf. Functionaly en esthetically we want the range-finder formfactor. Personally I do not need a tiltable evf.
From the manufacturer point of view they want to keep the body-price low and make money with their overpriced accessories.
I am not an technician, but maybe the solution is simple………….Finally we get a more well-balanced design with the M43-mount more in the middle of the body (more retro)
I am curious what you visitors think of this sketch……. You can pick the right moment to put it on your site….if it’s ok.
Regards, John”


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October 30, 2013
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Schneider confirms MFT lenses are coming in 2014.

43rumors reader Jan asked Schneider when they expect to release the MFT lenses. This is their official answer that supports the rumor we posted a while ago:

Many thanks for your interest in our M43 lens.
From today’s perspective the lens is expected  in 2014.
Thank you for your kind understanding and patience.

As I told you before there may be some changes on the original lens specs (14mm f/2.0 the 30mm f/1.4 and the Macro 60mm f/2.4). And I secretly hope the impossible, a Xenon 16mm f/1.2   :)

Current Schneider lenses (non MFT mount):
Xenon 16mm f/1.2 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 25mm f/0.95 (Click here to see on eBay).
Curtagon 35mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Componon 50mm f/1.4 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 50mm f/1.9 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 50mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 75mm f/3.5 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenotar 80mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 180mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).


October 30, 2013
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a little bit of everything…

Black Magic pocket cinema camera test 1 from Joseph Jagatic on Vimeo.

Test Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/1,8 (Focus Numerique).
E-P5 ILC Review by Steve Digicams.
Apple Aperture upgrade (Dpreview).
The GX7 vs the OM-D E-M5, battle for my affection, Round 2 – Build Quality and Ergonomics by Tyson Robichaud.
Top 10 Best Mirrorless Compact System Cameras (ePhotozine).
Micro 4/3rds goes airbourne on BBC news!
E-M5 review by Benjamin Jehne.
45mm review by Benjamin Jehne.

October 27, 2013
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43rumors readers’ work roundup!

The Scott Expedition – London to Punta Arenas from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.

Temujin: “I’m the videographer attached to the Scott Expedition, and my name is Temujin. I’ve been filming polar expeditions for a couple of years now – here is my vimeo page if you are interested I film everything on a Panasonic micro 43 cameras – mostly a GH1/2/3.
I’m currently filming a South Pole expedition – accompanying two polar explorers to their start point in Antarctica, where they will walk from the coast, to the pole and back again. here is the expedition website (again, only if you have time)
I’m once again, filming everything on a GH3, but also a GX7. In fact the two explorers are actually taking two GX7 with them, as the camera of choice for the whole 4 months. Here is a short film I’ve made so far, of the flight from London down to the tip of Chile. It was shot on the GX7.
We’ll be leaving for Antarctica next week, but they’ll hopefully be a few more videos before we depart, and then a lot more once we come back to Chile. Thanks for your time, and I hope you like the films!

Bob:Here is a set of images that I shot with an Olympus E-M5 and an E-P5…thought some of the readers might enjoy them:

Johannes: “Panasonic G5 mit Lumix 20mm 1.7, Canon EF 50mm 1.4, Lumix 14-42 sowie mit der Hague “Mini Motion Cam:

Vladim:I use for my work hacked GH2 (3 bodies) and OMD EM5, EPL5 for backup and B-Cam. I’m very impressed by Olympus EM5. Best daylights colors, best skin-tone and stabilization, but Sharpness must be dialed to -2 for good video. It very good for short clips and fast handheld setup, minimal rolling shutter because of internal stabilization. I would like share some OMD-only clips, most without any stabilization at post. Across Greece to Zakinthos Van Gogh Alive TeL Aviv Wedding video

Harish:I recently bought an old Olympus OM 50mm 1/1.8 and went out shooting with my EPL1. Felt like shooting some video and shot a 720p video with Fall season as the theme. Edited it on the Youtube editor and their Digital Image Stabilization is pretty good as you can see.

Russ:We have been using hacked GH1s, GH2s and GH3s to produce videos and stills for, our travel web site, for the past few years. Here is a video we shot run-and-gun style using a GH3 of the Joe Baraban photo workshop in California Wine Country and Bodega, the town Alfred Hitchcock terrorized with “The Birds.” Joe is an A-list advertising photographer who conducts workshops around the world including the Maine Media Workshops. He is very funny and a great teacher. Some great photo tips in this video.

Thomas: “My name is Thomas Kesselbacher and i am a young filmmaker out of Austria. I really love the GH2 and do almoste every project with it. Here is my latest project with I did for the Austrian National Team and Televison. I also did a short behind the scene (commercial) for SanDisk. and here is the link of my hompage.. I would be glad if you could give me a short feedback about my projects and maybe if you like i could get a readers work on 4/3 Rumors.. =)


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