(FT3) Nobody else will join MicroFourThirds (no Fuji, no Sigma, no Kodak, no Leica)

As you can see here on four-thirds.org many companies joined the Four-Thirds coalition a long time ago. The current question is: will the same companies produce a MicroFourThirds camera?

Sigma:
We received the rumor from two different sources. Both do confirm that Sigma will not make any MicroFourThirds camera. This doesn’t mean that they will not make MicroFourThirds lenses. But the interesting thing is that apparentely Sigma developed a MicroFourThirds camera! Sadly the final decision has been to not produce it for the mass market. We already told you that Leica and Fuji were also playing with the idea of joining MicroFourThirds but they have choosen not to do so. According to one of our sources Fuji developed a FourThirds sensor.

It is very difficoult to get reliable rumors from other companies but if the (many) rumors we received during the latest months are correct no other company beside Olympus and Panasonic will make a MicroFourThirds camera. No Kodak (read our Kodak rumor), no Leica (Leica rumor), no Fuji (Fuji rumor) no Sigma.

Not good news.

P.S: Please contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com if you can confirm/deny the rumor.


(FT2) Olympus E-PL1 bundle with the new 9-18mm lens?

A dpreview user had a small talk with an Olympus representant. According to him the “E-PL1 will be bundled with the Olympus 9-18mm Lens and also with the Olympus 14-150mm Lens at very low prices, he seemed to be hinting at around £800-900. ($1200-$1400)

More infos he received:
new mount options being available via adapters by Novaflex

Direct link to the Olympus 9-18mm pre-order page: Pixmania UKDirect link to the Olympus 9-18mm pre-order page: Amazon JapanLink diretto alla pagine dell’obiettivo 9-18mm: Redcoon ItaliaDirekter link zur Vorbestellung des Objektives: Redcoon Deutschland / Amazon DeutschlandDirect link to the Olympus 9-18mm lens: Redcoon Poland / Pixmania PolandDirect link to the Olympus 9-18mm pre-order page: Amazon France / Pixmania FranceDirect link to the Olympus 9-18mm pre-order page: Amazon US / Adorama / BHphoto

(FT2) Let’s dream: Olympus E-5 in May?

According to popular photography a new great DSLR should be announced soon. Is it a Canon? Is it a Nikon?

I want to add my question: Is it the Olympus E-5?

We know the camera is ready for launch. Olympus already confirmed that the Olympus E-3 successor should come in a “realtively short time”. So let’s dream a little bit and repeat the question: Is is the Olympus E-5?

source: nikonrumors

Help us to find out more about the E-5. Contact us at 43rumors@gmail.com

The need for speed: The Leica Noctilux 0.95 (P.S: Noktor is shipping)

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I didn’t find any review about the Leica Nocitlux f/0.95 used in combination with a MicroFourThirds camera. Only some image samples from the Panaosnic GF1+Leica Noctilux 0.95 on flickr.

If you tested the lens on a MicroFourThirds camera please send me your link! Thanks!

Reviews (on Leica cameras): Steve Huff /David Farkas / Diglloyd

The Leica product page: http://de.leica-camera.com/photography/m_system/lenses/133.html

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One more thing: For those of you who preordered the Noktor -> shipping is started!

Sony NEX vs MicroFourThirds

According to very reliable informations on SonyAlphaRumors the Sony NEX cameras will not have in-body stabilization. I guess they wanted to make the camera as small as possible. They will not have built-in flash and no electronic viewfinder (only an optional optical viewfinder). Sony NEX lenses will be bigger than MicroFourThirds lenses. Even the Sony 16mm f/2.8 pancake is bigger than the Olympus 17mm f/2.8 Lens or the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens (the 16mm lens has a diameter of 49mm).

It sounds like the real killer-feature will be the cheap price (and 1080p with the NEX5).