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October 25, 2011
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“Nikon 1″ sells well in USA. What should Panasonic and Olympus learn?


I am surprised. I just checked the Amazon mirrorless camera ranking (Click here) and Nikon seems to sell their new J1 and V1 very well! Four cameras made it into the top 20 and I am trying to understand why Nikon is succeeding. One thing is sure, I saw massive advertising on European newspaper, tv’s and blogs. Something I never saw before. Nikon perfectly coordinated the launch of these cameras. It is certainly something not even comparable with what Panasonic and Olympus are doing. And another thing I noticed is that the Nikon cameras are in Stock less than one month after the announcement. If you look at the Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens that has been announced in early June is still NOT in Stock in US stores than you can get an idea of how good Nikon’s (or how bad Panasonic’s) strategy is.

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P.S.: These are the other Amazon rankings: Uk mirrolress, DE mirrorless, FR mirrorless., JP cameras. As you can see the Nikon sales are not as good as in the US!

Via Amazon Ranking

October 25, 2011
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New Olympus E-P3 firmware.

Today all current E-P3 owners can upgrade to firmware version 1.1. It will bring following fixes:
1) The issue of the buttons not working when the Monitor (Touch screen) is touched while using the Electronic viewfinder has been resolved.
2) The issue of the AF target not displaying while using the Eye-Fi card has been resolved.

Firmware upgrade instruction:

The E-P3 is currently in Stock at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Via Openpn

October 25, 2011
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Photo competition by Olympus UK (and latest Olympus refurbished camera deals).

Ian Burley from kindly sent me this:
Dear 43rumors
I want to make sure that you don’t miss out on an opportunity to enter either (or both) the new photo competitions we are currently running in conjunction with Olympus UK and featured on our two Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds interest sites:.
The first is aimed at Olympus Pen and other Micro Four Thirds camera users using Olympus m.Zuiko lenses.You can find full details here:
The second is for Olympus E-System DSLR users and other Four Thirds DSLR photographers using Zuiko Digital lenses. Details are here:
Each competition has a top prize of £500 worth of Olympus camera gear of your choice. But even if you don’t get the big prize, you have a very good chance of receiving a copy of a limited edition photo book that will feature many of the images entered.
The competition closes at the end of the last day of this month, so there is no time to waste!
Good luck!
Ian Burley

And here are the very last refurbished Olympus camera and lens deals europeans can buy at Olympusmarket:
Olympus E-PL1 with double lens kit
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus E-450 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL2 with double lens kit
Olympus 17mm pancake
White Olympus XZ-1
Black Olympus XZ-1
Olympus E-450 with double lens kit
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL2 with kit lens
Olympus E-450 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus 14-150mm lens

October 24, 2011
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Also FBI is investigating the Olympus advisory fee story.

Sorry to wake you up with another bad news for Olympus. The story is developing very fast and there is a news that will bring more worries for shareholder. Reuters reports that the “U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing the massive advisory fee paid by Japan’s Olympus Corp in its takeover of a British company“.
And what is Olympus response? “Olympus has today denied reports that the fees controversy engulfing the firm could be linked to the criminal underworld (Source: AP).

Wow! Olympus you have to do more than that. Your shareholders are not believing in you anymore! Even today you lost $6,81 of your value (see screenshot on top. Source: Bloomberg.). If the shares keep falling like that an acquisition by others could become likely…

October 22, 2011
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Olympus $687 advisory fee sets new record (Reuters).

Now, here is a news that will make cry the current Olympus shareholders (and me too). According to Reuters: “The payment is the largest M&A fee ever made…surpassing the previous record of $217 million involved in the 70 billion-euro takeover in 2007 of ABN AMRO by RFS Holdings, a vehicle set up by Royal Bank of Scotland and others.” and “The payment is equal to about a third of the acquisition price, jaw-dropping by normal standards where advisers usually take home about 1 percent or less of the transaction value for their M&A advisory services.

Big Olympus shareholders made a lot of pressure on Olympus and as consequence “Olympus is setting up an ‘independent committee’, made up of lawyers and accountants, to investigate controversial acquisitions following claims made by its ousted CEO“. (Source: AP).

The story never ends. First Olympus “declined to identify the advisers and said it no longer knew of their whereabouts.“. But Reuters found the answer after one day only: “A former Wall Street banker of Japanese descent (veteran banker, Hajime ‘Jim’ Sagawa) has emerged as a key figure in the scandal engulfing Japanese blue-chip firm Olympus Corp, according to documents provided by the firm’s ex-CEO.”

And than we have another news: “Ousted Olympus Corp chief executive Michael Woodford is consulting police over whether he needs protection after passing “new information” to British fraud investigators about the Japanese company’s irregular payments to advisory firms.” (Source: Reuters).

I think what we are experiencing here will lead to a revolution inside Olympus. The market doesn’t trust the board anymore and that situation cannot last. On the positive side, this may be the BIG chance for Olympus to make a new start with new managers and new ideas. I think within the next couple of months we will see huge changes!


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