(FT4) Panasonic is about to launch the new 12-50mm f/2.5-3.3 zoom!

I told you that rumors would not stop! We are working on quite a few news right now! The first rumor we post is about the next Panasonic zoom lens. A few weeks ago a trusted source said us that Panasonic was about to release a new 12-50mm f/2.5-3.3 zoom. We looked for confirmation from other sources and now we found that also according to DSLRmagazine sources Panasonic will soon release that lens! I was told the zoom lens is pretty big and that it should be announced very soon along the new MFT camera sometimes between February and May. It’s a lens optimized for video like the Panasonic 14-140mm (that means silent autofocus, smooth zoom). I guess this is the lens that has been made primarily for the use on a Panasonic AG-AF100 and Panasonic GF2. We have no price indication yet. The closest lens you can compare with is the Olympus 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD (Four Thirds) which costs $899 at Amazon. But that lens is not optimized for video and not as fast as the Panasonic.

This is not the only lens Panasonic is preparing. The Micro Four Thirds version of the current Four Thirds 25mm f/1.4 is also almost ready for launch also latest news reported that the lens will not be in Stock before April-May.

P.S.: Dslrmagazine also reminds you that Olympus will launch three pro MFT lenses in April-May.

Stay tuned guys…those are busy times!

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(FT5) An Olympus XZ-1 hands-on report (Price $450?)

A source had the chance to touch the new Olympus XZ-1. He confirms that it is a little bit smaller than the Panasonic LX5. There are plenty of manual controls. You can control the speed or the aperture (in A-mode) directly on the lens. The menu system is different than on other Olympus compacts (it makes more sense now). The OLED screen is awesome, you can see images even in bright sunlight. AF feels quick. Image quality is very good and the lens has no noticeable distortions or vignetting (I guess there is some kind of in camera correction). All in all a very good package and worthy Panasonic LX5 or Canon S95 competitor. Real price should be around $450 (The LX5 costs $400)

The real strength of that camera is that it will be able to use all current (like the external Flashes the SEMA-1 Mic the VF-2 viewfinder) and upcoming PEN accessories. Well done Olympus!!!

(FT5) First small picture of the E-PL2 back controls

You asked me to find a picture of the back of the new Olympus E-PL2. This is all I got, a small 200px picture. It shows a blue E-Pl2 with the Penpal module attached. If you have better images feel free to share them using imageshack!
P.S.: You can also use the Penpal module on the Olympus E-PL1 and Olympus E-P2.

P.P.S.: You should watch this http://www.differentbypentax.com/#/video/4d2323b0bf950 ;)

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(FT5) Olympus E-PL2 should be available in February (Reminder: announcement on Thursday!)

The white XZ-1

UPDATE: Sorry! The source made a mistake. The announcement will be made on Thursday the 6th and not on Tuesday the 4th!!!!!

On Thursday Olympus will announce the new Olympus E-PL2 (with same E-PL1 sensor), the new XZ-1 high end compact camera (with LX-5 sensor), three new converters, two new underwater case, the pen module, a new close up spotlight and a bunch of new compact cameras (VG-120 VR-310 TG-310 TG-610 SP-610UZ). I guess the official time release is 6-7am London time (January 6th). The new accessories should be in Stock very soon in January. The E-PL2 and the XZ-1 will probably hit the stores in February. Panasonic will also present a new bunch of compact cameras (including the new S-series) but I don’t expect any more than that from Pana. I was told that nor Canon nor Nikon will make any big announcement so the Olympus E-PL2 will be the only new large sensor camera to be presented at the CES show.

As usual follow us on 43rumors. I will make you a nice summary of all previews and interesting links. I also do hope you will keep following me after the E-Pl2 announcement. I already have been told that Panasonic and Olympus will make major product announcements by late February-early March! I expect new Micro Four Thirds lenses and cameras from both of them (at least 2 cameras and 5 new lenses!). UPDATE: it looks like Sony could show a new NEX but as prototype only (see SonyAlphaRumors). And I forgot to mention that Samsung announced the NX10 copy..the NX11 LOL! (Via x-rumors)

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