(FT5) Panasonic G3 (and new lenses?) by end of March/early April

The 25mm f/1.4 lens for Four Thirds will soon have a little Micro Four Thirds sisther :)

Now we now it for SURE (99%) that the new Panasonic G3 will be announced by late March/early April. As we already told you the new body looks different than current G cameras, but the new design will not have a DMC-LC1/L1 look!). The G3 has a new sensor and can take FullHD videos (but not at 24mbit/s like the new GH2). Let’s hope the G3 will not have the delay of the GH2 and the GF2 (In US only the Silver GF2+14mm lens is in Stock at Adorama (Click here)) and the GH2 is still missing.

We didn’t get any FT5 confirmation that the 25mm f/1.4 will be announced along the G3 but I would say it is FT4 (please read the explanation about the rumor classification at the bottom of the page!). We know the 25mm lens will not feature in lens stabilization and unlike the Four Thirds version the lens will NOT be Leica branded!

But there also could be one more lens coming (that’s FT4). We hope to know more about it soon.

Links:
– The current Leica branded 25mm Four thirds lens at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay and Amazon.
– The 5 Megapixel DMC-LC1 at ebay and the 7 Megapixel DMC-L1 at Amazon.

Reminder: 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

When will Elicar release that lens?

Image courtesy: Photoscala.de

Ok Zeiss, Schneider and Cosina will make Micro Four Thirds lenses but there is also one more small company that will join the group. At photokina 2010 the japanese company Elicar showed that 4,5-6,3/300-600 Micr Four Thirds lens prototype. So what happened since then? Did you got some news about when the lens will be available?

Elicar already made lenses for Olympus OM, Canon FL and Minolta mount. You can see a list of lenses at eBay (Click here).

(FT3) After Pentax also Nikon will announce a tiny sensors mirrorless system? The “nikon coolpix pro”

Is that the “Nikon Coolpix Pro“?

You can stop to hold your breath Olympus and Panasonic. Breathe! If the latest rumor we received from a new source turns out to be true than Nikon will announce a mirrorless system with very tiny sensor in April!
UPDATE: The system will be named “Nikon Coolpix Pro“. The name suggests that Nikon might uses tiny sensors for it and there are patents that support a sensor size of 16mm, and lenses with a coverage of approx 17mm. This will be approx 2.5x cropfactor.

You can read more about the story at MirrorlessRumors.com.

A Mirrorless spring roadmap

I made a Mirrorless roadmap of the possible camera/lens announcements. As usual follow MirrorlessRumors if you want to read news about ALL systems. Thanks!

P.S.: I got some info about the possible Nikon mirrorless system. I will post them soon at MR. If the rumor is correct than Micro Four Thirds doesn’t have to fear that competition. THANKS to the anonymous source that gave me that! I hope to correctly interpret the message ;)

(FT5) Next Olympus product announcement in May/June (but no pro camera yet?)

So finally we know when to expect the next new Olympus Micro Four Thirds products. According to many (yes many!) of our trusted sources Olympus scheduled a press release in late May. We will definitely see new lenses (plural!) like the one they have shown us at the CP+ show. There should be two new high quality fixed lenses (12mm and 50mm?). But according to one of our sources Olympus will not present the pro Olympus m43 camera at that event. It is very likely they will announce it 2-3 months later! We are currently investigating if there could be an E-P3 announcement instead. The E-P2 (Check Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay) price is very close to the current E-PL2 (Check Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay) price. That makes us very suspicious :)

Talking with our sources we got the “feeling” that everybody is going a bit slower than it should. A wonder why (Nikon mirrorless? financial crisis?). Anyway, nothing to worry about. What matters is that Olympus releases exactly the pro lenses and camera we need! Maybe our digital Olympus RC dream will become truth ;)
I do hope Olympus did carefully read what Thom Hogan told us about the Olympus future. Despite the very critical (and in my opinion justified) analysis I have no doubt Olympus has the power and knowledge to improve their product strategy and marketing and to develop new stunning products. Let’s hope I am right!

Links to Olympus RC auctions at eBay and the All E-PL2 black kit (camera+lens+flash) that has a $100 price drop at Amazon (Click here).

Reminder: 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