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November 26, 2009
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(FT2) Again new chinese rumors (E30 discontinued?)

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A new chinese rumors has been posted inside the four-thirds.cn forum:

E30 has been discontinued
Occasionally heard yesterday, the boss, and a one dealer said that this camera has been discontinued … …
Overall, the design of E30 is still good, five major deficiencies:
1, 2.7-inch LCD screen is relatively small, it is best replaced by 3-inch 920,000 pixels
Second, the viewfinder can be made 100 percent coverage in the case of only 98% of the
3, auto white balance is not precise enough to be measured to improve white balance to increase the correction procedure
4, there is no dedicated AF fill light,
5, there is no high-definition video capabilities

Only two days ago we posted another rumor from a chinese forum:

Olympus Sale Rep at a Detroit camera store said that Olympus is currently focusing on m43 and the entry 43. Around mid next year, there will be a replacement for E620. And the replacement for E3 will possible come out next year, likely the second half of the year.

This are very unreliable sources and I do not trust them. Anyway I ask my sources to hlp me a little bit and tell me what’s going on…Thanks!

P.S: Message for “Batman” only (one of our sources): Can you make a fake email account so that I can contact you? Cheers :)

November 24, 2009
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(FT2) First chinese Olympus rumors for 2010

Very unreliable rumor from a chinese forum:

Olympus Sale Rep at a Detroit camera store said that Olympus is currently focusing on m43 and the entry 43. Around mid next year, there will be a replacement for E620. And the replacement for E3 will possible come out next year, likely the second half of the year.

Let’s see if one of our trusted sources can tell us more…

November 24, 2009
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(FT3) Thom Hogan predictions for 2010!

Every year Thom Hogan predicts what’s coming next from Nikon (and not Nikon only! He also made a prediction about Olympus and Panasonic):

Read the article at http://bythom.com/2010predictions.htm

I like this phrase: “Put another way, I’d say that Olympus, Panasonic, Leica, and Sony have a plan. Pentax has no plan. Fujfilm thinks they have a plan, but don’t actually possess one. Nikon and Canon have their old plan and think it will work forever. :)

And here the Olympus and Panasonic 2010 predictions:

  • Olympus. Olympus has already announced the E-P2, but it’s not much of a change (a tux for the body and an optional EVF). We’ll get another m4/3 camera before the end of the year, and it’s likely to be a much higher specified one. Lenses have already been announced so will be no surprise (the 9-18mm and 14-150mm coming next, probably followed by another prime or two and a long zoom). Meanwhile, Olympus needs to get the 4/3 cameras down in size, too, if they want that line to live on. The APS crop cameras are now up to 18mp and still doing well with noise, so Olympus’s recent “12mp is enough” won’t hold, I think. We’ll see a >12mp Olympus announced before the end of the year.
  • Panasonic. A GH2 and a GF2 seem pretty likely, in that order. The tricky part is that to keep ahead of the pack the real advances are going to need to start coming at the sensor. Just adding features or gimmicks is not going to send a strong message. So, like Olympus, I think we’ll see >12mp cameras out of Panasonic sometime during the year. Like Olympus, Panasonic has telegraphed its lens lineup for the year, so no real surprises there. I do find it interesting, however, that every poll of m4/3 users and seriously considering m4/3 buyers shows that a 12mm prime is the number one lens request, yet we still haven’t seem either company decide to produce one. I’m betting that Panasonic picks up on this and makes such an announcement before the end of the year (that doesn’t mean we’ll see such a lens in 2010, though).

Olympus E-P2 preorders: Amazon US / Adorama / BHphoto / Amazon DE

November 22, 2009
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(FT4) UPDATED -> The future MicroFourThirds lens list! Is Olympus going to produce a new 20mm f/1.7 lens?

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Forum Olympus France just compiled a nice MicroFourThirds lens list and they also have a list of future (and some unexpected) lenses! The adminstrator of the forum says he received the future lens list from Olympus!

The important news is
1) The 9-18mm lens will be in Stock by april 2010
2) The 14-150mm lens in Stock may-june 2010
3) And that’s not a joke…Olympus Forum France adminstrator says that Olympus plans the release of the new 20mm f/1.7 lens by end 2010 early 2011! Can’t believe Olympus will copy the lens!

UPDATE:
The very friendly administrator of the Olympus France Forum contacted me and told me “The roadmap stated on the forum-olympus-france is the roadmap announced with the E-P2 by Olympus France. There is no information on the forum-olympus-france whether or not this Micro Zuiko Digital 20/1.7 is the same as the Panasonic : such information is not available yet.

Here the complete list!

At the moment we have 5 zooms:
– 7-14/4.0 Poids 300gr ; pas de filtre.
– 14-42/3.5-5.6 Poids 150gr; Filtre 40.5mm.
– 14-45/3.5-5.6 OIS Poids 195gr; Filtre 52mm
– 14-140/4.0-5.8 OIS HD Poids 460gr; Filtre 62mm
– 45-200/4.0-5.6 OIS Poids 380gr; Filtre 52mm

and 3 primes:
– 17/2.8 Poids 71gr; Filtre 37mm
– 20/1.7 Poids 100 gr; Filtre 46mm
– 45/2.8 OIS Macro Poids 225gr; Filtre 46mm

Panasonic will release following three lenses during 2010 (and 43rumors knows already that Panasonic is going to unveil more lenses!):
– 100-300/4.0-5.6 OIS
– Fisheye 8/3.5
– 14/2.8 pancake, filtre 46mm

and here comes the future Olympus lenses list:
– 9-18/4.0-5.6 (april 2010)
– 14-150/4.0-5.6 (may-june 2010)
– 40-150
– 70-300
– 12/2.8
– 20/1.7
– 8mm
– 50mm

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– The E-P2 is available for preorder at Amazon UK / Amazon US / Adorama / BHphoto / Amazon DE
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November 20, 2009
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The rumors summary

Good morning!
Today I have lot of work to do in Rome. I will take some pictures with my E-P1 and if I find some time I will post some photos o 43rumors. In the meanwhile read our rumors summary. All the rumors are coming from trusted sources only!

Panasonic
Panasonic next lenses are expected to be unveiled early 2010. And Panasonic will release more lenses than the three they have announced for the year 2010. Panasonic could announce a new MicroFourThirds camera in february. New sensor generation will be implemented in future cameras.

Olympus
Olympus 9-18mm and 14-150mm sale start planned for the first half 2010.  Olympus will produce two types of camera models – one for easy users and the other for serious users. Next year will prove to be just as exciting for Olympus and followers as this year has been – plenty to be cheery about. New generation of hardware coming starting with processor, colour array technology, sensor etc.

Fuji
Fuji will probably unveil their MicroFourThirds camera by early 2010. Will they use the new organic sensor? Not yet we believe.

Samsung
The Samsung NX mirrorless camera is going to be announced on December 10.

Sony

Sony GH1 competitor will only be unveiled in September 2010 (Photokina)

Samyang
Samyang will not produce FourThirds lenses.

With the exception of the Samsung NX announcement I do not expect new cameras or lenses to be unveiled before february. The good news is that I always have rumors coming in!

Have a nice day!

Ale

Deals
OlympusE520 with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ED Zuiko Lenses for $506 at amazon.com
– The Panasonic 7-14mm f/4.0 Micro Four Thirds Lens is in Stock (sold by amazon for $1.099)
– The Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 is in Stock at amazon for $399,95 Ships from and sold by Amazon.com for $399,95

– The E-P2 is available for preorder at Amazon UK / Amazon US / Adorama / BHphoto / Amazon DE

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