(FT5) A successor of one of the current Olympus PEN to be announced in February.

According to our sources Olympus will announce one new Micro Four Thirds camera in February. The camera will replace one of the current PEN cameras. Don’t expect major changes, it uses the same 12 Megapixel sensor but at least it features a new sensor engine. Along with that camera Olympus will announce three new lenses. One of those will be the new kit lens of the new PEN (it’s a pancake). I received a few more details about that camera but I want to double check them with my trusted sources. If you have some news to share feel free to contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com or use the contact form on the right sidebar. Thanks!

Reminder: The high-end MFT camera will be announced a short time after the new PEN (and yes it has a built-in viewfinder).

(FT3) New Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 OIS lens?

On picture: The current 7-14mm lens (without OIS!)

The Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 lens is higly regarded lens (See the very impressive tests at Photozone and SLRgear). But it has two “flaws”. The high price and the missing optical stabilization. In USA problem number one has been partially solved thanks to the latest price drops. The lens is now in Stock for $817.96 only at Amazon (Click here). As usual Europeans can’t enjoy such nice price drops :(
But let’s talk about the new rumor! According to one of our (very!) good sources Panasonic could release a new version of the current Panasonic 7-14mm lens with optical stabilization! My other sources couldn’t confirm the rumor, so please drop me a line (via mail or via contact form) if you heard anything about that lens. Let’s make that FT3 rumor a FT5 news ;)

I for myself would be very happy if Panasonic would add OIS (that would become an awesome lens on my GH2!) but I do also hope Panasonic can make a more affordable price!

P.S.: I am busy working on new rumors. Expect me to post more Panasonic and Olympus rumors soon!

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

(FT5) UPDATED -> Panasonic will announce the new 25mm f/1.4 in February (and it will be the kit lens of a new MFT camera!)

UPDATE: During the last 5 hours many sources sent me new rumors. I want to thank you all for your messages! Please understand that I will have first to doublecheck the rumors I received with other known sources. As you can imagine I often do receive false, or uncomplete (sometimes “crypted”) rumors and I don’t want to fool my readers. But one thing is certain: Olympus and Panasonic are ready to release a bunch of new cameras and lenses by very early 2011!

It’s Christams time and our sources have been so nice to send us the next very reliable rumor about Panasonic (Thanks!). According to them the new Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 lens will be announced in February/March! And there is one more surprise! It will be also be the kit lens of the next new Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera!!! Sadly, I have no information about the camera (for now!).
The 25mm f/1.4 lens has been described by our sources as a very high quality lens (the image quality is very close to the actual Panasonic/Leica 25mm Four Thirds lens). But the lens will be bigger than the current 20mm f/1.7 pancake.

As you see on the roadmap above Panasonic is developing two new bright zoom and wide anlge lenses. But we are not certain yet when they will be announced. I was told by another source that Panasonic has already working preproduction samples. That’s why I expect those lenses to be announced soon!

If you know more about those new Panasonic lenses (or the new camera) feel free to contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com. You can also use the contact from on the right sidebar instead (it’s anonymous!).

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POLL: Choose the (Micro-) Four Thirds product of the year 2010!

The year 2010 is almost over and I want you to tell me what is the best (Micro-) Four Thirds product Olympus/Panasonic or others have announced. Panasonic unveiled 5 new cameras (I included the not yet available GF2) and 4 lenses. Olympus released 2 cameras (I don not include the all black E-P2 kit and the E-PL1s) and 4 lenses. We also had the Nokton 25mm from Voigtländer, the 50mm lens from Noktor (although it looks like you can’t buy the lens anymore) and the 35mm SLRmagic lens (available on eBay only) . Please let me know if I forgot something :)

Now it’s your turn…vote! Feel free to add a comment to explain why you like the camera/lens.

The product of the year is the...

  • Panasonic GH2 (32%, 1,150 Votes)
  • Voigtländer 25mm lens (17%, 598 Votes)
  • Olympus E-5 (15%, 530 Votes)
  • Olympus E-PL1 (12%, 450 Votes)
  • Panasonic GF2 (5%, 183 Votes)
  • Panasonic AG-AF100 (4%, 160 Votes)
  • Olympus 9-18mm lens (4%, 150 Votes)
  • Panasonic 14mm lens (2%, 81 Votes)
  • Panasonic G2 (2%, 70 Votes)
  • Panasonic 100-300mm lens (2%, 70 Votes)
  • Olympus 14-150mm lens (1%, 38 Votes)
  • Noktor 50mm lens (1%, 38 Votes)
  • Lensbaby for Micro Four Thirds (1%, 23 Votes)
  • Panasonic 8mm fisheye (0%, 17 Votes)
  • SLRmagic 35mm (0%, 13 Votes)
  • Olympus 75-300mm lens (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Panasonic 12.5mm 3D lens (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Olympus 40-150mm lens (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Panasonic G10 (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,601

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P.S.: In the meanwhile I am travelling back to my home (5 hours driving). After that I will have plenty of time to check my mailbox and answer your questions and post new rumors ;)