(FT5) UPDATED -> Panasonic will announce the new 25mm f/1.4 in February (and it will be the kit lens of a new MFT camera!)

UPDATE: During the last 5 hours many sources sent me new rumors. I want to thank you all for your messages! Please understand that I will have first to doublecheck the rumors I received with other known sources. As you can imagine I often do receive false, or uncomplete (sometimes “crypted”) rumors and I don’t want to fool my readers. But one thing is certain: Olympus and Panasonic are ready to release a bunch of new cameras and lenses by very early 2011!

It’s Christams time and our sources have been so nice to send us the next very reliable rumor about Panasonic (Thanks!). According to them the new Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 lens will be announced in February/March! And there is one more surprise! It will be also be the kit lens of the next new Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera!!! Sadly, I have no information about the camera (for now!).
The 25mm f/1.4 lens has been described by our sources as a very high quality lens (the image quality is very close to the actual Panasonic/Leica 25mm Four Thirds lens). But the lens will be bigger than the current 20mm f/1.7 pancake.

As you see on the roadmap above Panasonic is developing two new bright zoom and wide anlge lenses. But we are not certain yet when they will be announced. I was told by another source that Panasonic has already working preproduction samples. That’s why I expect those lenses to be announced soon!

If you know more about those new Panasonic lenses (or the new camera) feel free to contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com. You can also use the contact from on the right sidebar instead (it’s anonymous!).

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POLL: Choose the (Micro-) Four Thirds product of the year 2010!

The year 2010 is almost over and I want you to tell me what is the best (Micro-) Four Thirds product Olympus/Panasonic or others have announced. Panasonic unveiled 5 new cameras (I included the not yet available GF2) and 4 lenses. Olympus released 2 cameras (I don not include the all black E-P2 kit and the E-PL1s) and 4 lenses. We also had the Nokton 25mm from Voigtländer, the 50mm lens from Noktor (although it looks like you can’t buy the lens anymore) and the 35mm SLRmagic lens (available on eBay only) . Please let me know if I forgot something :)

Now it’s your turn…vote! Feel free to add a comment to explain why you like the camera/lens.

The product of the year is the...

  • Panasonic GH2 (32%, 1,150 Votes)
  • Voigtländer 25mm lens (17%, 598 Votes)
  • Olympus E-5 (15%, 530 Votes)
  • Olympus E-PL1 (12%, 450 Votes)
  • Panasonic GF2 (5%, 183 Votes)
  • Panasonic AG-AF100 (4%, 160 Votes)
  • Olympus 9-18mm lens (4%, 150 Votes)
  • Panasonic 14mm lens (2%, 81 Votes)
  • Panasonic G2 (2%, 70 Votes)
  • Panasonic 100-300mm lens (2%, 70 Votes)
  • Olympus 14-150mm lens (1%, 38 Votes)
  • Noktor 50mm lens (1%, 38 Votes)
  • Lensbaby for Micro Four Thirds (1%, 23 Votes)
  • Panasonic 8mm fisheye (0%, 17 Votes)
  • SLRmagic 35mm (0%, 13 Votes)
  • Olympus 75-300mm lens (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Panasonic 12.5mm 3D lens (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Olympus 40-150mm lens (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Panasonic G10 (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,601

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P.S.: In the meanwhile I am travelling back to my home (5 hours driving). After that I will have plenty of time to check my mailbox and answer your questions and post new rumors ;)

a little bit of everything…(E-5 image test at dpreview)

No sense video: First “weird”(!) E-PL1s test :)

Dpreview posted the new Pentax K-5 review and on page 19 you can find a Studio comparison with the Olympus E-5!

“Leica M9.5″ – The Small But Excellent Panasonic GF1 by David Babsky (SteveHuff)

E-PL1 with “film alike LCD screen cover” (DC.watch.impress).

E-P1.net: “We’re offering a $100 prize to the winner, the contest is titled “your best micro four thirds photo of 2010”. Thanks!

Focus Numerique posted an image gallery.

Apple releases RAW compatibility update which supports the GF2 and GH2!

Panasonic 14mm vs Pentax 40mm size comparison mikkagashi.

(FT2) New E-PL1 sucessor rumors…

I received three different rumors form new and anonymous sources about a possible Olympus E-PL1 successor.

Rumor 1: “Olympus will announce the E-PL2 in a few weeks”

Rumor 2: “The new E-PL2 will have a new sensor (more than 12 Megapixels)”

Rumor 3: “Olympus will be announcing a new e-pl camera in february/march 2011. it’s not the e-pl1s, it’s more like an e-pl1x or e-pl2. it will have 6400 iso, and the body will be slightly larger. it’s definitely not the e-pl1s but i wasn’t given any more specs.”

I repeat, the info came from new unknown sources. I confess that it is hard to believe that Olympus will announce a new E-PL1 after having announced the E-PL1s in Japan. But let’s see if the new sources are right ;)

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

(FT5 -> patent) Olympus patent discloses a modular camera concept!

Let’s start with the bad news first. The same sources that told us that Olympus was working on a modular camera now told us that Olympus is keeping on hold the project. Olympus is focusing their resources on the development of new Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses. The good news is that we can finally show you a REAL proof that our sources were telling us the truth. Olympus filled a new patent (Click here to read it at freepatentsonline) that shows 8 different modular bodies! Every single concept has three different parts (camera body, sensor unit and lens). It looks like a more advanced concept compared to the Ricoh GXR design were lens and sensor do part of a single unit.

Let’s start with the official patent description:

There is known a camera capable of exchanging an imaging element with another imaging element of a different size according to the purpose (refer to Patent Document 1). This camera has a horizontally-long box-like camera body and a photographing lens for silver salt single-lens reflex camera. As the camera body, a camera body for silver salt single-lens reflex camera is used without modification. As a back lid, one for silver-salt camera and one for digital camera are prepared. When the back lid for digital camera is attached to the camera body, this camera can be used as a digital camera. Further, this camera has a configuration allowing exchange of a CCD substrate and thus different types of digital cameras can be realized by one camera body.

One of the most interesting apsects of the patent is the “conversion optical system” (On picture the part number 4): “The conversion optical system is an optical system that forms an intermediate image (primary image). Thus, even when a subject image is enlarged, an aberration-free image can be obtained.

The third modular camera variant (Figure 3) shows “the optical unit 21 includes an imaging optical system 22, the optical path division means 8, and the moving mechanism 9. The optical unit 211 through the attachment/detachment portion 2 and thereby a subject image is formed on the imaging element 3 through the imaging optical system 22 and the conversion optical system is connected to the imaging body 4

Feel free to add your thoughts about the patent by commenting on this post. As usual keep in mind that patents are not a guarantee that there will really be a product like that.