Olympus reminder: Tomorrow minor announcement of new products

UPDATE: Olympus will soon announce three new compact cameras:

SZ-30  24x optical (25-600mm), 1080p movie, Can capture full res photos & video at the same time, Can shoot two videos at the same time
SZ-20  12.5x optical, 1080p Movie, 460k screen, 9FPS Continual shooting
TG-810 Crushproof, Waterproof, Shockproof, GPS & Electronic Compass, 920k dot screen

P.S.: Didn’t know what kind of image to post along this article and I have randomly chosen the Olympus Pen F.

(FT4) Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 to cost around $750-800

I just got the price info from two separated sources. The new 25mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds lens which is coming from Panasonic will cost around $750-800. That’s a bit less than the price of the Four Thirds Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens (Click here to see price on eBay) and in the same price league of the Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye and Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 macro. The question now is if unlike the 8mm and 45mm lenses the 25mm will become a real bestseller.

For that price will you buy a top quality 25mm f/1.4 lens?

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Reminder:
– It has double the size of the 20mm f/1.7 pancake – Unlike the Four Thirds Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens it is not Leica branded
– It has no OIS.
– It should be announced late March/early April (but I am not sure about that yet!)

I have no info about the other lenses on the road map (see image on top).
– Bright zoom (this is the new video lens we are waiting for!)
– Bright Wide-Angle

Someone can send me info about those lenses ? :)

Thanks!

Links:
– 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
– 20mm f/1.7 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
– 8mm fisheye at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
– 45mm f/2.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

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

Some fun “restaurant rumor” (The second after the E-P1)

I receied a rumor from an anonymous source that is not related to any (Micro-)FourThirds product. I thought I should post it because:
1) The person has been so nice to send me the rumor (Thanks!)
2) Because we are talking about a somewhat strange camera and it might be a sign that Fuji will not join the Micro Four Thirds system.
3) It’s fun to read how the source catched the info!

That’s the message:
I was sitting in a German restaurant yesterday and listened to a conversation of a Japanese guy with a German guy in -broken – English about Fujifilm working on a digital Fuji TX / Hasselblad XPAN like panorama camera with a larger extra wide sensor and the possibility to switch to normal image ratios. The special point was about a nearly doublewide sensor for improving panorama image quality.
Have you heard something about such a camera already?

So is Fuji going to make another “special” camera after the Fuji X100?
This is the second “restarant-rumor” I got in 2 years of 43rumors. The first one was about the Olympus E-P1 having video…..and it was correct! So if you ask me that’s FT5! :)

Links:
Fuji TX on eBay Hasselblad XPAN on eBay

(FT5) Confirmed: Olympus announcement on March 2. But no m43 products :(

UPDATE: We got many confirmations that there will be an Olympus announcement on March 2th. That’s why we upgraded the rumor from “FT3” to “FT5”. They also confirmed that there will be no new Micro Four Thirds product but just some kind of new compact cameras.

If you know something more about the announcement or can deny/confirm it feel free to drop us an anonymous message using the contact form on the right sidebar. Thanks!

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

New reviews -> GF2, E-PL2, E-5, LX5

There are tons of new reviews! So take a break from what you are doing right now because this is going to be very long reading!

DCresource just posted the full Olympus E-PL2 review: “Even with a few annoyances (mostly minor, or typical for a camera in this class), the Olympus E-PL2 is a well-designed interchangeable lens that’ll appeal to beginners and enthusiasts. It’s packed with easy-to-use features, tons of manual controls, HD movie recording with decent continuous AF, and lots of optional accessories.” There is another E-Pl2 at the japanes (or chinese? or korean) DC.fever website
Check the E-PL2 price and availability at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Olympus E-5 Review at Digital photography school: “For me, this is an excellent camera for an enthusiast or a semi pro. Fully blown pro photographers will probably turn up their noses at the feature list. But hey! Look at the price.
Check the E-5 price and availability at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

There is three part Panasonic GF2 review at Hybridcams…in french! (onetwothree)
Check the GF2 price and availability at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 : le test (Forum Olympus France).

Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II M.Zuiko Digital tested at SLRgear: “The Olympus 14-42mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 II M.Zuiko fared very well in our tests, showing that Olympus lens designers have not been idle. The complete redesign of the lens has proven very effective, though if you’ve been happy with your version I lens, you probably don’t need to rush out and get the new version.
Check the 14-42mm price and availability at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.