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)

(FT5) And here it is the first Olympus E-PL2 image!!!

Dear readers, and here we are with the new Olympus E-PL2! That camera should be announced at CES which starts the January 6th. The camera features the same Olympus E-PL1 sensor but has a completely new design and some new features:

1) The E-PL2 comes along the new  14-42mm f3.5/5.6 MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) kit lens
2) It has a direct movie button
3) A new High resolution 3.0″ LCD (460K Dots)
4) A new Art filter ->Dramatic Tone
5) And it takes pictures up to ISO 6400
6) UPDATED -> It also has a new external Bluetooth module called “PENPAL”. You can attach it on the hot-shoe to instantly send pictures to your Android or Windows mobile phone and share pictures on Flickr, Facebook and other social networks!

The camera will be in Store by February. There is no price indication yet but you should keep following 43rumors and we hope to tell you more soon! Join us on Facebook and Twitter. Subscribe our RSS feed.

P.S.: There is a Voigtländer lens in Stock on eBay (Click here) and the Panasonic GH2 is in Stock at Adorama (CLick here)!

(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