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July 11, 2011
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E-PM1 and E-PL3 get priced in UK!

Finally we can know the price of the other two PEN cameras! The E-Pm1 will cost 429£ at Cameraworld in UK! That should be around 499 Euro in Europe and 499 Dollars in US. It means the camera will be 200 Euro/Dollar cheaper than the Panasonic GF3 (Check the price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay). It will be also 100 Euro/Dollars cheaper than the Sony NEX-C3 (Check the price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay). Only the Samsung NX100 is cheaper but only becuase it’s going to be replaced soon (Check the price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay).

The E-PL3 will cost £529.00 at Cameraworld. That should be around 599 Euro in Europe and 599 Dollars in US.

As you know the E-Pl3 should be in Stock by late August/early September and the E-PM1 in October only.

Hot preorder list:
Olympus E-P3 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK and Amazon DE.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H and eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H.

Thanks Andras

July 10, 2011
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First images of the “new” Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens (same old optical design!) toke that picture of the new Noktor Hyperprime 50mm f/0.95 production (demo model) post acquisition by SLRMagic from their showroom in Sim City, Mongkok. I have been told by the SLRmagic guys that they remade the focusing part of the lens to get perfect infinity focus. And every lens has to be tuned before to go for sale and that (alng the stonrg yen) is the reason for the higher production costs. The new lens should hit the stores by end of the month.

P.S.: Those are the links to the other three lenses made by SLRmagic:
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here)
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here)
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here)

July 8, 2011
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Here is the future? The Lumixphone!

As you know the most used camera on Flickr is the iPhone…Compact Cameras are dead and long live the Phone Cameras! That’s the revilution that is going on the mass market. And that’s why Panasonic is pushing their new Lumix Phone. Today they annoucned the new Panasonic Lumix Phone P-05C you can see here: Panasonic Japan. It has 3.3-inch LCD, 13.2MP sensor with full HD video recording, it is the world’s first phone with optical “anti-shake” (something we would love to see in m43 Panasonic cameras!) and DLNA support.

Link to the official press release:

Via Noisycamera

July 5, 2011
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PTool v3.60d released (hack for the GH2 included)

Vitaly Kiselev just announced the new PTool v3.60d which also includes the GH2 hack. This is the the new feature list (Source:

* Initial support with most major patches ported.
* Release not include manual movie modes and PAL<->NTSC patches.

* Initial support with many ported patches.
* Some new patches added.
* Bitrate patches are intended for testers only!




Via Personal-View

July 4, 2011
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Thom Hogan thoughts about the new Olympus products (some Marketing mistakes?)

I have been told that Olympus did show mockups of E-PM1 and E-PL3 cameras at the various Olympus events that toke place in different parts of the world. And those cameras will be available in autumn only. To me it looks like Olympus were in hurry to show their GF3 and NEX-C3 competitor (the E-PM1)! And price of the cameras is also unknown. What do you think about the Olympus strategy to announce products without to mention the price and with an availability that si still far away? Something could be wrong or not? An example: who will buy the E-PL2 (still available everywhere at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay) knowing that “sooner or later” and with an “unknown” price the E-PL3 will be on market?

Thom Hogan describes exactly what I am thinking about the recent Olympus product/marketing strategy:

1) “There’s surprisingly little differentiation in key features of the three cameras.” And sometimes the differences are quite confusing (See the lower 3fps frame rate for the E-P3 when the lower end models can do 5.5fps).

2)Olympus’ press releases and Web sites aren’t much help in differentiating the models, and I found a couple of mistakes on them, as well. Worse still, OlympusUSA is now in the confusing position of marketing six different Pen models (three incoming, three outgoing), and the best different at or they really provide on their site is simply price. Of course, none of the three new models are available yet and apparently won’t be for a couple of months, further confusing customers. Olympus, like most of the camera companies, seems to be of the “keep the customer confused” mentality in terms of marketing (yes, there’s really a type of marketing that utilizes customer confusion). Either that, or they’re just confused themselves.

But the Olympus products are definitely better than the Olympus marketing:

3)Overall I judge this to be a nice set of products from Olympus. Focus is improved, lots of small things have been addressed, fixed, or improved, the two new lenses fill in some gaps for enthusiasts, and I’m excited to try them out. As many of you know, I’ve been using a Pen for some of my work since my Africa trip in 2009. I’m sure that will continue, given the new models’ features.”

Overall I do think Olympus made some very welcome improvements (AF, own “tweaked” sensor, interchangeable grip, the new lenses are awesome!), but they still need to get rid of some “confusion” inside their product and marketing strategy.

Hot preorders: Olympus E-P3 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon UK. Worldwide shipment start soon (?).
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H and eBay. Worldwide shipment start on July 22.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H. Worldwide shipment start in october

And GF3 preorders at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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