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March 24, 2014
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UPDATE_2: Panasonic 4K presentation event in Amsterdam

UPDATE: There is big Panasonic 4K presentation right now in Amsterdam. I was told Panasonic would announce “something” today. And indeed Panasonic unveiled the pricing and shipping info of the Panasonic 15mm lens!

March 17, 2014
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(FT3) Olympus working on a new digital TRIP-D camera?

Two anonymous sources told me that Olympus plans to launch a “TRIP-D” fixed lens camera with large sensor. The sources didn’t unveil sensor size or lens specs (they only said it’s a fast prime). For those (few) of you that don’t know where the name “TRIP” comes from just look at the great Olympus Trip 35 cameras on auction here on eBay.

A bit of history: What’s so special on the Olympus Trip 35mm?
First of all that Olympus sold ten million(!) of these cameras from the ’60′s to the early ’80′s. It has a super sharp 40mm f/2.8 lens. And Olympus managed to give you Automatic Exposure while the Trip 35mm uses no battery! How is it possible? It used a solar-powered selenium light meter.
It is a very compact camera with a rangefinder. I suggest you to watch this youtube review video to get an idea of the size and superb build quality of the camera. This was the perfect holiday camera of the time but also pro photographers used like the British photographer David Bailey.
That is simply put one of the most popular Olympus camera ever made.

I would certainly be happy to see a camera ike that! But I fear that the market for these kind of cameras is already full with great cameras like…
- The Fuji X100S (here one Bay) with the superb hybrid viewfinder and unique sensor.
- The Ricoh GR (here one Bay) which is the smallest and also the cheapest
- The Nikon Coolpix A (here one Bay) fixed prime lens.
- The Canon PowerShot G1 X (here one Bay) fixed zoom lens.

So what the heck can/should Olympus do to sell the TRIP-D???


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

March 11, 2014
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Tamron withdraws plan to release the 14-150mm MFT lens?

 

This is not an official info but a 43rumors readers visited the Tamron booth at the CP+ show in Yokohama. And when he asked about the release date of the 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III VC Lens for Micro Four Thirds the answer was that they will not release the lens anymore. Apparently the reason is that also future Panasonic cameras will have in body stabilization and that’s why a VC (Vibration Compensation Mechanism) in lens stabilized lens was no more necessary. The lens is still listed at BHphoto (without preorder option).

The interesting news here is also to learn that future Panasonic cameras may have on sensor stabilization just like the Panasonic GX7…

March 9, 2014
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(FT5) GH4 official pricing and preorders to be launched tomorrow!

I just got words from trusted sources that tomorrow (Monday March 10) Panasonic will officially announce the GH4 pricing. And preorders (with corretc pricing info) will be online at stores like Amazon, BHphoto and Panasonic.

Be sure to be online tomorrow morning on 43rumors. I will give you all preorder links to EU, US and Asia! If you find a store accepting preorders send me a message at 43rumors@gmail.com. Thanks!


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Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

March 7, 2014
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The Leica branded and Panasonic built mirrorless camera will be announced on April 24.

Over at MirrorlessRumors I posted a new rumor about the new Leica mirrorless system launch on April 24.. The reason why this could be interesting for us MFT camera owner is that Panasonic will produce camera and zoom lenses for Leica! Obviously the design and logo will be from Leica. But it will be interesting to see if one day Panasonic will join the system with their own Panasonic branded camera. We don’t know yet for sure if this will be an APS-C or FF sensor system. All I know is that it is certainly not a MFT camera :(

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