Olympus kills grey market by dropping the worldwide warranty!

With a plain simple press text Olympus officially announced the termination of the global warranty program. This is going to affect all buyers that will buy Olympus stuff from abroad. This is likely going to affect seriously the large grey market. This is the official press text:

“Olympus Imaging Corporation has been providing Worldwide warranty for digital cameras and accessories since April 1, 2004, except for some countries and regions.
However, the time has come to stop providing Worldwide warranty because of regulation by laws and differences in the infrastructure of the repair facilities in individual countries.
Please kindly be informed that Worldwide warranty will not be provided with most of our Micro Four Thirds System and compact digital camera products shipped after September of 2014.

The Worldwide warranty card you have, is currently still valid as long as it meets the conditions required for warranty repair. Also, the Worldwide warranty card enclosed with the new products which you purchase from now, is also valid. Local warranty card is valid only in the country where you purchase the product and all repairs undertaken in other countries will be a chargeable service.

For any questions please refer to the “Olympus Authorized Distributor List” and contact our Service Station or Distributor for assistance.”

Weekly 43rumors readers pictures roundup!

Ilya Varivchenko‎
OM-D EM-5, M.ZUIKO 25/1.8

1) You can share your pics by using the message box on our 43rumors Facebook page (Click here).
2) All 43rumors readers pictures can be seen here: facebook.com/43rumors/photos. Like the pictures you like and chat with the authors if you want to know how they took the shot!
3) The most liked pictures and some pics selected by myself will be posted weekly on 43rumors

This is the weekly selection:

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a little bit of everything…

Video on top by Stephen Nguyen:Here is a video I shot with the GH4 for a car expo teaser. The GH4 was mounted on a Varavon Birdycam 3-Axis Gimbal. I think by showing people that this camera can be used on professional shoots like this it will therefore encourage people to take the GH4 more seriously when it comes to cinematic or commercial applications.

Second “Mirrorless Game of Thrones” episode where we compare the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Panasonic GH4 (Bestmirrorlesscamerareviews).

Amedeo:I’d like to share a video that I shot recently during a short trip to Normandy with the GH3: https://vimeo.com/103959044

Jonas:A few hand-held shots with the OM-D E-M1: http://youtu.be/JqjBINx3VLk

Josh: “I would like to introduce you to my Kickstarter campaign: the Heirloom, the “world’s first tomato for cameras”: http://kck.st/1piBPZO. There are *only 9 days left* in the campaign, and I have some very dedicated backers that really want to see it get funded. We need your help to get the word out. I have a brand new $20 model that may attract a lot of attention.

The Heirloom is a camera tripod alternative that looks like a tomato. 4/3 cameras will work very well with it.  Mount your camera to the stem and off you go. It’s spherical (made out of a single piece of Cordura), so it’s versatile – tilted or level – on many kinds of surfaces that are not suited for tripods. There’s nothing else quite like it. The Heirloom didn’t start its life as a vegetable when I started working on it over two years ago, but in a strange way its features sort of required it to be a tomato.

I’ve gotten a few great mentions already, right alongside other top projects such as the Coolest and Cabin:

– “You’ll be able to take some amazingly sharp photos with your iPhone.”  tuaw.com
– The Top Kickstarter Campaigns This Week eHow
– Press Release http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12086606.htm
– Photos http://joshberry.com/heirloom/

Alexander:I’m Alexander Svet – professional photographer and Phase One Certified Professional. I and my team have created Film Styles Set for Capture One. This is a set of 100 color and b&w styles for Capture One.
We had worked on this styles more than two years, it was “long run”, but we have very good reviews from our customers. You can find all the details and sample images at http://captureonestyles.com

Cool E-PL7 presentation at Oly UK. Not so cool presales at Amazon.

If you want to learn more about the E-PL7 you can see a cool presentation site at Olympus UK (Click here). What’s definitely not so cool for now is the very low interest for the E-Pl7 at least in USA according to Amazon sales(and presales) ranking (Click here). You will have to scroll quite a couple of sites before to find the E-Pl7 :(

UPDATED(!) preorder, specs and price links to all newly announced Olympus stuff:
Full special page at Adorama.
Silver E-PL7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
Black E-PL7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
Silver E-PL7 with lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
Black E-PL7 with lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
White E-PL7 at Wex UK.
Black 12mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus.
Black LH48 Metal hood for the 12mm lens at Adorama.
Black kit lens lens cover at Adorama, BHphoto.
Brown kit lens lens cover at Adorama, BHphoto.
Black CS-45B body jacket at Adorama, BHphoto.
Brown CS-45B body jacket at Adorama, BHphoto.
Black E-PL7 CS-45B at Adorama.
Brown E-PL7 CS-45B at Adorama.
Olympus BLS-50 Lithium-Ion Battery at BHphoto.
EP12 underwater housing at GetOlympus.