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December 3, 2012
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“Olympus LiveTime” on the E-M5 is the Best New Technology 2012 according to ePhotozine.

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Image courtesy: Lepidi.

ePhotozine selected the “Olympus LiveTime” feature of the Olympus E-M5 as the Best New Technology 2012. I would also say that they should give them an award for the best design too :) P.S.: The E-m5 looks even more a winner with that nice PEN F fron cap you can buy on eBay (Click here). Thanks Lepidi for sharing the pic!

Reminder: We got a rumor saying that a new E-M5 firmware will be released wihtin the next 10-14 days. With one “surprise” be added via firmware.

M43.eu posted this video with the E-m5 vs Canon M AF speed comparison.

P.S.: Set of refurbished E-M5 at Cameta (via Slidoo).

December 2, 2012
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A bif of fun with the latest Camerastore video :)

It’s Sunday morning and you may watch that video to wake up with a little smile :)

P.S.: There are plenty of new E-M5 acutions at Olympusmarket. Check them out: auction 1, auction 2, auction 3, auction 4, auction 5, auction 6, auction 7, auction 8, auction 9, auction 10.
And than we have some PEN too:
Olympus E-PL3 with kit lens
Olympus E-P2 with viewfinder
Olympus E-PL2 with kit lens
Olympus E-PM2 with kit lens

December 1, 2012
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Curiousity: GH3 shipping in EU and US long before it ships in Japan! +GH3 Battery preorder options.

Until now all Lumix G cameras started to be shipped in Japan first and than (slowly) spread over the rest of the world. It looks like the Panasonic management decided to go the exact opposite way around. Amazon Japan ships the camera on Dec 13th but you can already get it in EU and US:
in US preorders are now shipping at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Panasonic store and Samys.
In EU these stores are having the GH3 in Stock right now: Wexphotographic UK, Amazon UK, Photoexpress UK, Wex Germany, Technikdirekt (DE), Webdistirbution FR, FotoHansKeuzekamp(NL).

That may be some kind of make it good action from Panasonic for all the time we had to wait on the previous G cameras shipments :)

GH3 batteries:
The battery is now available for preorder at BHphoto (Click here) and in Stock and shipping at Photoexpress UK. The UK store is also the only one shipping the vertical grip (Click here).

12-35mm X price drop at Amazon US:
There is still no GH3 kit order option in US. Meantime the 12-35mm X lens got a new $100 price drop via Amazon itself (Click here). Third party reseller Panacam sells even for even less via Amazon (Click here). One more little thing: Some nice deals on smaller accessories at Amazon Gold Box.

P.S.: All current GH3 auctions can be monitored on eBay (via Slidoo).

 

 

 

 

November 29, 2012
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Olympus is investigating the OM-D Cracked Screen Bezels issue.

ePhotozine reports that “Olympus is to investigate cracking around the screws of the screen bezel on Olympus OM-D models after many users discovered that their cameras have the fault. There is debate as to whether this is a manufacturing fault where the screws have been over tightened, causing the plastic screen bezel to crack, or whether it is down to the quality of the plastic itself. Olympus are unsure whether the problem is due to a faulty batch, and is currently looking into the issue.

We just had these nice E-M5 deals for Black Friday….. I hope they didn’t ship you a faulty batch of cameras!

Speaking of US deals:
Four Thirds owner may be inetrested to know that there are new rebates on Samyang/Bowler lenses:
$70 off on the 35mm f/1.4 at at BHphoto (Click here).
$80 off on the 14mm f/2.8 at BHphoto (Click here).
More deals: $1039 for the 12-35mm X zoom at Amazon (via Panacam) and $299 for the G3 with lens at Bhphoto.

November 29, 2012
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a little bit of everything…(with some readers work)

Apefoscope – Hold Me Now – Indiegogo Project from apefos on Vimeo (shot on the GH2)

Reviews:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Review at Dpreview.
Panasonic G5 review at Neocamera.
Sony and Panasonic ratings cut by Fitch (BBC).
Olympus 17mm f/1.8 test at Quesabesde (translation here).

Readers mails:
Lars:Hi not a rumor, but I just wanted to share some of my pictures taken during a recent trip to Ireland. All photos were taken with the E-M5 and either the 12-50mm, 45mm, or Pana 45-175mm. Hope you enjoy. http://www.flickr.com/photos/larsbeduhn/sets/72157632024744416/
Mal:i’m an Olympus spanish promoter and I pleased to trying the new XZ-2 camera. I have taked some photos last Friday in a music concert. I have some direct JPG examples that I would be pleassed if you want to show everybody.
Here are all of them: http://www.flickr.com/photos/malraulio/sets/72157632041612785/
Vitor:I just bought an olympus 40-150, that came whith a bag and a 8G class 10 cardo for just 149€ brand new in a FANC store in portugal. U can check it online at: http://www.fnac.pt/Olympus-ZUIKO-ED-40-150mm-f-4-5-6-R-kit-Acessorios-Objectiva-Objectiva/a639264
Steve:Thought I would share with you something that I still quite can’t believe. I am being quoted the sum of £1549.00 from my local Panasonic store in Elgin Scotland for the GH3 + 12-35 X lens. This is VAT inclusive and they have confirmed shipment at the end of November. I have asked them many times to confirm that the price is indeed correct and they have assured me that it is. The store is http://www.geddesandmellis.co.uk/
Andy:For USA buyers, Costco has the Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm Lens for $299.  Her is the link: http://www.costco.com/Olympus-E-PL2-with-14-42mm-Lens-Compact-System-Camera-Bundle.product.100011392.html
Twills:Here is a guide to how I have my GoPro 3 setup and some tips on how to handle some of the issues with it. This isn’t totally about Micro Four Thirds. However, I use a GoPro 3 instead of buying a wide angle lens which is very expensive with m4/3s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d_GI31Tv5A
Vittore:Here a little summary of my equipmemnt for wedding photography: http://weddingphotographybest.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/micro-43-wedding-photography-settings-and-gear/

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