(FT5) Three new converters to be launched with the E-PL2

According to rumors we received form our sources there will be also three new converters you can use on the 14-42mm kit lens. There should be a Fish-eye, a Wide-angle and a macro converter. That means no new Micro Four Thirds lenses will be announced with the E-PL2 launch. But according to our sources you will not have to wait a lot of time to see the new Olympus High-Pro lenses. They will be announced in February-March 2011!

We have quite a few Olympus and Panasonic rumors we are working on. So stay tuned!

If you have rumors to share feel free to contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com or use the contact form on the right sidebar. You can avoid to send me your name or email address but it would be nice if you could use some kind of nickname. it will make me easy to recognize you in future. thanks!

P.S.: Our partnerwebsite X-rumors (leaded by our friedn Andrea) leaked the Samsung 85mm f/1.4 lens. Nice, butI hope Olympus can do better ;)

a little bit of everything…


The japanese website Pronews compared the new Micro Four Thirds AG-AF100 (in Japan the name is AG-AF105) camcorder with the most famous HDSLR camera the Canon 5D markII. What’s really interetsing is the AVCHD codec vs CINEDECK of ProRes422 video comparison. You can get the camera at Adorama, BHphoto and eBay!

A Czech E-5 test at digimanie.cz and a GF2 preview at the polish optyczne.pl.

Voigtländer Nokton 25/0.95 vs 35/1.2 vs. Lumix G 14-140/4.0-5.8 at 3Dkraft.de.

Panasonic 45mm F2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Review at Photographyblog: “As you’d expect given the premium price tag, build quality is excellent, with the ability to fit filters on the front of the lens very welcome.

(FT5) High resolution image of the Olympus XZ1. It has an OLED screen!!!

This is the high-resolution image of the Olympus XZ1. We have no picture of the back yet but we were told the camera has a 3.0 inch OLED LCD with 610K resolution!!! Isn’t the camera cute?

P.S: A lens comparison
The Olympus XZ1 has a 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 Lens
The Panasonic LX5 has 24-90mm f/2.0-3.3 lens
The Canon S95 has a 28-105mm f/2.0-4.9 lens
The Samsung EX-1 has a 24-72mm f/1.8-2.4 lens

(FT5) The Olympus XZ-1 with 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 Lens coming! + Panasonic compact cameras.


I received a few rumors about non Micro Four Thirds related products from Olympus and Panasonic. I choose to post them because might some of you is interested in reading those.

As you know the CES show starts on January 6th. According to our sources there will be plenty of new compact cameras from Olympus and Panasonic.

1) Olympus will unveil new ompact cameras and the very interesting high-end compact camera (see the picture on top). It’s called XZ-1, it features the same Panasonic LX5 sensor (10 Megapixel and 1:1.63 size). That camera will feature an amazing 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 Lens!!!! That’s a lens I would love to have for Micro Four Thirds also instead of my old and cheap C-mount lens zoom :(
2) Panasonic will launch a new “S” compact series. There will be a DMC-S1 and DMC-S3. But there will be more new compact cameras like the Panasonic DMC-TS3, Panasonic DMC-FH2 and the Panasonic FH5.

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SLRmagic lens update (with new 12mm fast lens coming)

The SLRmagic company sent me a new email to say they will soon release more new Micro Four Thirds lenses. The next lens should be a fast 12mm prime.They didn’t told me how fast but I hope that it will come as close as possible to the Avenir CCTV Lens (Click here to see it on eBay) which has a f/1.2 aperture. Reminder: All those SLRmagic lenses are cheap-quality non-professional manual lenses. But they are cheap and do have a Micro Four Thirds mount (there is no need for adapter). If you are looking for a professional wide angle lens you should go for the new Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake or wait for the next Olympus wide-pancake lens which will be announced during the next few months!

P.S.: Currently there are two SLRmagic lenses on eBay (Sold by the producer)
35mm f/1.7 (Click here) 26mm f/1.4 “Toy” Lens (Click here)