(FT5) No new m43 camera or lens at the CP+ show! (+TG-810 leak)


Bad news folks! There will be no new m43 camera or lens from Olympus for the CP+ show which starts on February 9th in Yokohama. Like Panasonic, Olympus choose to introduce the next wave of new m43 products time after the CP+ show!
UPDATE: There will be two compact cameras from Olympus. One os the TG810. It is the successor of the mju 8010 with GPS and 10m waterproof with 5 times optical zoom. The second camera is a ultrazoom camera with 26x times optical zoom beginning at 24mm with backlighted CMOS Sensor.
We found a reference of that camera inside the Henry store (via google cache). Talking with my trusted sources it looks like Panasonic and Olympus are waiting to see what’s coming next from Pentax and Nikon (in March/April).

Meanwhile notice that the E-P2 price is slowly dropping closer to the E-PL2 price suggesting that the E-P2 will be the next camera to be replaced! Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here) are selling the E-P2 for less than $650. And the new E-PL2 sells for $600 at Amazon US, Adorama and BHphoto.

The M-mount module from Ricoh (no m43 module)

I received the rumor two weeks ago and I didn’t post it because I wanted to check the rumor. But there is no need anymore for that because today Ricoh officially announced the development of a Leica M-mount unit for its GXR camera system. So that was the mysterious “Expansion Unit” displayed on the roadmap and the Micro Four Thirds module we saw many times ghosting around the web was simply fake (but we already suspected that!).

P.S.: I think I should post more of this FT2-FT3 rumors I do receive. Because sometimes they turn out to be correct and if I wait to much time someone else will post them before me :(

(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.