(FT5) The new lens specs: 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 and macro!

Finally I got the specs about the upcoming new Olympus Micro Four Thirds lens. It is a 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 macro lens! So it’s slower and has 10mm less at the end than the Olympus Four Thirds 12-60mm f/2.8-4 zoom. But the new 12-50mm gains a macro feature, has super fast AF and has powerzoom. I have been told the optical quality is on very high level. The lens is quite big (two times the current 14-42mm collapsible kit lens).

The new lens is a nice walk-around camera for photographer and filmmakers. I wish it would have been a bit faster but as long as image quality is really high I can deal with that.

The lens will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday December 14) at around 6-7am London time. I don’t know if Olympus will also announce new accessories or a new lens roadmap tomorrow. As usual I will be here live to cover the announcement news and reviews. See you tomorrow morning!

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FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
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FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

New Micro Four Thirds reviews roundup…(E-P3 by Thom, Olympus 45mm lens at Photozone)


Image courtesy: Photozone

Our friends from Photozone (Click here) tested the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens. And that lens gets highly recommended: “The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm f/1.8 is a highly desirable lens. The important center resolution is already on a very good level straight from wide open aperture and only the corners are somewhat softer here. The quality is very high across the image field when stopping down to f/4. Vignetting, lateral CAs as well as distortions are all well controlled and not relevant in field conditions.
Yes, the lens is really a must have. Check price and availability at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Thom Hogan (Click here) reviewed the Olympus E-P3: “The sad thing is that we’re now in year three of the Pen, and the E-P3 hasn’t really budged the image quality bar. It’s a solid 2009-era 12mp camera. Unfortunately, it’s 2011. I’d expect more than a small nudge on noise reduction in terms of image quality change at this point.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 M43 review at ePhotozine (Click here): “Overall this lens is a very good, if a little pricey, general purpose telephoto, with good build quality and design. It may take those who are used to using more traditional lenses a little while to get used to the motorised zooming mechanism, but any issues will soon diminish with time given to familiarise yourself with its quirks“.
Price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Non english tests:
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens test at OpenPn (click here for the translation).
Price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Panasonic GX1 review at DC.fever (Click here to read the bad google translation). P.S.: I found a GX1 dedicated page at Panasonic Hong Kong. Nice!

Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review at Ganref (again with bad google translation).

Panasonic Q&A at Mobile01 (explains why the GX1 has no swifel screen and no high resolution LCD)

Panasonic had a Question and Answer (Q&A) session with Mobile01 (Click here).

Our reader Jesper translated the most important parts:
1. GX1 and GF3 was developed at the same time. GX1 was named GF7
2. They are currently no plans for new colors, but it could change if the market demands it.
3. Shutter lag is an issue Panasonic will improve for future G serie
4. Silky-pix sucks, they will definitely improve that, but i will take time
5. Build quality of Panasonic lenses will improve, see Olympus new quality lenses.
6. Reason why they kept 460k screen is the concern of risk of decreased brightness for high density screen.
7. Tilt and swivel screen were not included due to the size.

I would like to hear from you if you also think that the low resolution screen and absence of tilting capabilities is a drawback on the GX1.

Reminder: Imaging Resource (Click here) is hosting a live Q&A on the GX1 (There will be IR editors only, no Panasonic representant).

Reminder_2: The GX1 is already in Stock in Asia at Digitalrev (PAL version). It should arrive in Europe and USA by end of December: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

New Olympus USA rebates (E-PL3, E-PL2 and E-PM1)

Finally after lots of Panasonic deals, GF3 bundle (Click here) and compact cameras (Click here) we also have new Olympus deals right in time for Christmas time:

Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42 for 459.00 at Adorama (Click here).  But you must add to cart. The two lens kit (14-42 & 40-150) are $150 more $608 EPL2. Sales are limited to stock on hand only.
Olympus E-PL3 with 14-42 for 599 & the 2 lens kit $150 more $648 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Olympus E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens $24 savings to $425 at Adorama (Click here). Not valid on the kits. Valid on stock on hand only.
Black E-Pm1 with 14-42 use coupon code S1442111
Brown E-Pm1 with  14-42 use coupon code S1442112
Pink E-Pm1 with 14-42 use coupon code S1442113
Purple  E-Pm1 with 14-42 use coupon code S1442114
Silver E-Pm1 with 14-42 use coupon code S1442115
White E-Pm1 with 14-42 use coupon code S1442116

The codes should work fine. Let me know if you have some issues!

And check the daily Amazon holiday deals (Click here) to see all deals (not only on cameras).

UPDATE: GH2 with 14-42mm lens in Stock for $749 at Amazon (Click here).

First refurbished E-PM1 camera at Olympusmarket.

I am currently placing my bid on some E-P1 and E-P2 at Olympusmarket. I was also waiting to see when the last generation of E-P3/PL3/PM1 cameras would hit the refurbished market. And finally here is the first Brown Olympus E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens.
Below you read the list of all refurbished cameras and lenses that we Eruopean ONLY(!) an buy. As usual first ending auctions are on top:

Olympus VF-2 external viewfinder Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens White Olympus E-PL1 body only Black Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-P1 with 17mm pancake lens Black Olympus E-PL2 with double lens kit Black Olympus E-PL1 with double lens kit Red Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens OlympusMAL-1 macro light Black Olympus E-P2 with 17mm pancake lens and external flash Brown Olympus E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus 8-18mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL2 with double lens kit Black Olympus E-PL1 with double lens kit Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Red Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus 8-18mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-P2 with 17mm pancake lens and external viewfinder White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with double lens kit White Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens