(FT4) No new Panasonic Gr (or lenses) at the CP+ show?

I had the “feeling” that Panasonic would not announce the G3 or the new lenses at the CP+ show and now one trusted source confirmed it. He told me Panasonic will not announce the Panasonic G3 at the CP+ show which will take place in Yokohama on February 9th. The G3 announcement will be held the month after (March). This is a bit surprising as the CP+ show is the biggest asian show of the year. The source believes that also the lenses (25mm 1.4 and 12-50mm) will be announced along the G3 in March.

So let’s hope the rumor about a possible Olympus press release on February the 8th turns out to be true. Because we don’t want a boring CP+ show! You can read more about the possible product announcements at Mirrorlessrumors.com.

P.S.: Read the rumored G3 specs: http://www.43rumors.com/ft5-panasonic-g3-with-a-complete-new-design-new-sensor-and-fullhd/

(FT2) Lens update: 12-50mm lens is SILVER? (FT4) Two tele lenses from Panasonic.

The chrome-silver color from the Sony NEX 18-55 kit

I am still “struggling” to get info about the price and availability of the new Panasonic 12-50mm f/2.5-3.3 zoom lens. The only new thing we heard form a new source is that the lens will come in SILVER. To be more specific I have been told that the lens color is close to the Sony NEX lens (Chrome). As you know all current Panasonic lenses are Black. A wonder why Panasonic should change the color. The only thing that came into my mind is that this is the very first Panasonic “pro” zoom lens and maybe they want to mark it with the new color. Sounds like that lens is going to be very expensive!

I also have a small update about the Panasonic mirror lens. I have been told that Panasonic will announce not one but two mirror tele-lenses. One has a 500mm focal length (it’s a redesigned Minolta 50omm f/8 lens) and the focal length of the second lens is still unknown. One lens will be announced late 2011 and the other lens by early 2012.

As usual. Feel free to contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com if you have some info to share. You Can also contact me anonymously using the contact form on the right sidebar. Thanks!

(FT2) Double Olympus announcement in February and March?

Not a single of our trusted sources gave us any possible Olympus or Panasonic product announcement day. But a new source just sent us the following rumor: “Next olympus announcements : 8/2 and 2/3“.

As you know the japaneses biggest show, the CP+ is starting on February the 9th. I hope to have more info soon.

P.S.: Olympus should announce a few pro lenses and a new pro camera within the first half of the year. And Panasonic will announce the G3 and a bunch of new lenses.

(FT3) Coming soon: A mirror tele lens from Panasonic?

That is a surprise! One of our very good sources just told us that Panasonic is developing a new 500mm mirror(reflex) tele lens! UPDATE: The source doens’t know if that lens will be announced within 2011. The picture I posted above shows the Minolta 500mm reflex. According to the source Panasonic is working with some of the minolta specialist that made that lens. The Panasonic version will have AF (autofocus), O.I.S. (in lens stabilization) and be smaller than the Minolta version. What I don’t know is if there is really a “market” for such a lens. That’s why I added a poll at the bottom of the post to ask you if you would be interested in buying such a lens. And if you know more about that lens drop us a line at 43rumors@gmail.com or use the contact form on the right sidebar. Thanks!

For reference:
– The Minolta 500mm lens is out of production. You can get it for $500-$700 at eBay (Click here to see the current lens auctions).
– The new verison of the Minolta lens is the Sony 500mm f/8. Price $750 at Amazon (Click here to see it).
– Opteka offers a 500mm lens with Four Thirds mount. You can get them on eBay (Click here) or Amazon (Click here).

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(FT5) Panasonic G3 with a complete new design (new sensor and FullHD)

We just learned that Panasonic is going to introduce a completely new designed G3 camera. The new body looks different than the current G1/G2 cameras. But it will not have a “rangefinder look” like the famous DMC-LC1. One of our sources told us that the new body form is very close to the Samsung NX10. We received rumors saying that Panasonic wasn’t happy with the Panasonic G10 and Panasonic G2 sales. That’s why they anticipated the release of a new G camera having new specs and new design. As you know the G10 has been discontinued and the G2 price is decreasing.

The new sensor is the same that will be used by future Olympus cameras. We have no reliable info yet but we received rumors about a new 14-15 megapixel sensor from unknown sources. What’s certain is that the G3 can take FullHD videos (but not at 24mbit/s like the new GH2).

Stay tuned on 43rumors! I hope to receive some detailled spec as soon as possible. Thanks!

P.S.:
Links to the Panasonic DMC-LC1 on eBay or Amazon.
Links to the Samsung NX10 on eBay or Amazon.
The discontinued G10 at Bhphoto.

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