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June 15, 2015
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E-M1 will get further firmware updates to make it remain the top model over the E-M5II.

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I got this from a source:

Two filmmakers who sat down with a group of officials from Olympus “xxxx”. They said, the M5 mii would be a first and that they are waiting for the response from user, they also made it very clear that the M1 would remain their top model and that upcoming (firmware) updates will also make it very clear that the M1 is the first choice for video as well. 4K will be coming in the foreseeable future they are aware of the need for it, wether in a new model or via firmware, they did not state.

Makes a lot of sense to me.

E-M1 store links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

June 10, 2015
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Interesting note: Zeiss seems to have killed the Touit lens line.

As you know two years ago Zeiss launched a Touit lens series for Fuji X and Sony E-mount system. Zeiss always said they would not offer those lenses for the MFT system. Well it looks like we didn’t miss anything because according to latest SAR rumor Zeiss “freezed” the Touit lens development. And it’s very likely Zeiss will completely kill the lens line. The reasons are two:

– Fuji X mount sales where sloppy because Fuji offers same quality (or better quality) X lenses for less money
– Sony is now focusing on Full Frame

In short: We didn’t miss anything. That said, it’s still pity to not have Zeiss on the MTF board.

 

 

June 9, 2015
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Panasonic CM1 gets released in USA. First preorders at Bhphoto/Adorama.

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The Panasonic CM1 got finally released in USA and you can preorder it for $999 at BHphoto (Click here) and at Adorama (Click here).

Reminder: Olympus US launched great deals on cameras and lenses. A list can be seen on Amazon US and GetOlympus. In detail we have:

Cameras:
$200 off on the E-M1 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the E-M5II in Black at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
Free bag and lens cap with the E-PL7 at Amazon and GetOlympus.

Lenses:
$100 off on the Olympus 40-150mm PRO lens sold at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 12mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 75mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 45mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$80 off on the 40-150mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 75-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 12-40mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 60mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.

June 8, 2015
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No, there is no Panasonic version of the Leica Q coming yet.

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As you well know Leicas fixed lens cameras have been mostly “copies” of current Panasonic fixed lens cameras. Yet on June 11 Leica will announce a new Leica Q Full Frame fixed lens camera with 28mm f/1.7 lens. A few 43rumors readers asked me if the camera is made in collaboration with Panasonic and if there is a Panasonic version coming. Well, I have not heard a word about that. I have been told the next camera to be announced should be the FZ300 and after that the G8.

via Digicameinfo and Mirrorlessrumors.

June 5, 2015
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Naturalexposures: Panasonic has one new lens that is nearly ready to go!

Daniel Cox from Naturalexposures met with Panasonic Lumix executives Henri Nishikawa, Shinji Watanabe and Yasuhide Yamada. And Daniel got info about one future new lens:

I can’t relate specific details about what might be coming. But I can say that Lumix does have a lens in development that’s nearly ready to go. It will be a huge leap forward and something I’m extremely excited about and I’m confident others will feel the same.

and:

I can tell you that we spoke about the entire range of lens choices a professional photographer or serious enthusiast requires to truly hone their photographic craft. There were even a couple of lenses they suggested I hadn’t thought about that were very exciting. I came away from the lens discussions feeling very positive that the Lumix brand has no plans of letting Olympus garner all the attention.

I don’t know if the lens Daniel is talking about is the 150mm f/2.8 that was on hinted by Panasonic a long time ago…

Thanks Daniel for your report!

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