Mr. Kitao Itirou (Panasonic) talks about the small GF2 and the next lenses…

Mr. Kitao Itirou from Panasonic has been interviewed by The text is in japanese and google translation does a terrible job here. The most interesting part of the Interview is at the end when Mr.Kitao talks about future products:

1) Mr.Kitao says they can design compact MicroFourThirds smaller than the Sony NEX cameras!

2) The next three lenses, the 25mm f/1.4 and the two bright zoom lenses will be both compact and high-quality lenses.

43rumors already told you the GF2 will be announced in January-February 2011 probably along the 25mm f/1.4 lens. The bright video zoom lens could be announced along the AG-AF100 in December. But that has to be confirmed by other sources…

Would be nice if one of our japanese friends could help us to translate the most interesting parts. To be sure I understood everything well…


a little bit of everything…

Panasonic AG-AF100 / AF101 from UrbanFox.TV on Vimeo.

Study guide of Lumix G lenses (Panasonic)

The first digital Camera (blog.iso50)

The Panasonic GH2‘s own ‘mud-gate’ (EosHD)

Olympus M Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F4-5.6 preview gallery (Dpreview)

Panasonic clones: Leica D-Lux 5, V-Lux 2, X1 Black Hands-On (Photographyblog)

New Samyang lenses Hands-on at Photokina (Quesabesde / google english translation)

PRESS RELEASE: New Olympus firmware makes E-5 flagship even faster (Imaging resource)

Olympus stand at Photokina (Photographyblog)

Olympus compact mockup at “Kamera and Bild

Rumors from Photokina (Olympus)

Photokina is the perfect place to talk with the big guys from Olympus. We collected some news and rumors from users that talked with them. Here a roundup of “rumors” collected from here and there. Cannot guarantee that every info is correct!

1) Fotopolis asked Olympus “What future for smaller SLR cameras? Are you going to let their successors?

Olympus answer was: “We do not have concrete plans to replace the E-620 and other newer Class “entry level” SLR can be completely replaced Pen system, in terms of performance. Current amateur SLR users can move to the Micro Four Thirds system, along with their Four Thirds lenses and use them through an adapter or buy the E-5.

2) A user had a small talk with Olympus Japan. He sounds really honest when he reports the content of the chat:
Translation by Google:
In the conversation with the engineers and managers it became also clear, in which difficult situation the development occurred. Still last year was not clear, whether this rail (E x row, not DSLR in himself!) generally wide should be served. Nevertheless, by the economic crisis the Imaging area has clearly broken. The success of the E-PL1 has provided again something upward wind, nevertheless, the default scarce for the E-5 – she must be profitable from the outset, only than it would be factured. However, after the experiences with
E-3 it was just also clear that the whole one must become an evolution. Now the rest we know.

3) More info I received via email: “The E-5 is the only Olympus DSLR in production right now

Select the best new (Micro)FourThirds products/news

Dear 43rumors readers.

It is now your turn to express your opinion about the new products and Panasonic/Oympus news. Photokina gave us some nice products but the manufacturers also lead us to believe that 2011 will become even more exciting. They promised us new pro lenses, even better cameras and more!

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(FT5) Here is the Panasonic fast MicroFourThirds lens: 25mm f/1.4 (+ fast zoom!)

And finally, here is that fast lens we told you about a month ago. Panasonic says that the following three lenses are ‘under consideration’:

– 25mm f/1.4 lens (It could be a MFT version of the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4? (Click here to see the classic FourThirds lens on eBay))

– Bright zoom (this is the new video lens we are waiting for!)

– Bright Wide-Angle

That’s good news! That’s exactly the lenses we need now. A fast zoom for our GH2, and a fast standard prime.

UPDATE: I like that “etc” at the bottom right of the picture :)