Olympus 300mm PRO lens finally back in Stock in USA via BestBuy

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The Olympus 300mm PRO lens is back in Stock in USA via BestBuy on eBay (Click here).

More deals:
Leica 25mm Summilux lens for $429 only at Quickndone eBay Store (Click here).
There is a special $150 rebate on the GH3 sold by BHphoto (Click here). Note that BH is close for passover. You can preorder the camera online but it will ship only on May 1.
Olympus 14-150mm lens for $349 only via Amazon US (Click here) and eBay US (Click here).
$150 price drop on the E-M10 sold by Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

New E-M1 Mark II rumors…

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Rob from MU43 claims to have some news about the future E-M1 Mark II:

I visited the LCE (London Camera Exchange) PRO CAMERA Show this morning in Southamton (UK). Both Olympus and Panasonic had stands and I had a chat with the reps from both camps to see if I could glean any news on upcoming models ! Lo and behold – Speaking to one of the Olympus Reps I was told that the EM1 Mk2 is definitely going to be launched at Photokina and will be on sale in October 2016. The new camera is said to be vastly (and this was reiterated) improved compared to the EM1. Several aspects of performance will be much improved including video which ‘ may’ include 4K ?
What will definately be improved is the ability of the new camera to be used for sports photography Olympus are said to be trying to further penetrate the PRO market and improving performance for sports photography is seen as an important goal to achieve increased PRO level recognition, sales and use. I mentioned that I enjoy motorsports photography and was told that the Mk2 would DEFINATELY be much improved for that type of fast moving capture. The rep advised that Olympus were going to put a lot of effort into a much bigger launch of the EM1 Mk2 and staff were already working on and towards the launch
With regard to 4K or no 4K on the new model I was told that there were hidden barriers to adopting this technology as Panasonic and other companies held ‘rights’ to some aspects to the technology involved and were more able to implement 4K at reasonable cost compared to what Olympus would have to pay in order to use it. It wasn’t clear whether 4K would be included but it certainly wasn’t ruled out . If true this perhaps explains (at least partly) why Olympus has been slow to adopt the technology.
With regard to the pricing of the new model I was told that despite the newer version being a huge improvement over the Mk1 there was no intention to increase the price significantly over the price of the EM1 – I would expect this to be with regard to pricing at launch – the EM1 being approximately £1300.00 (UK) at launch if I remember correctly.
Obviously much of this should be taken with a pinch of salt but from what was being said I think we can definately expect sales to commence before the end of the year and a launch at Photokina
Regards
Rob

Sounds legit as I got similar info from other sources…

(FT5) Panasonic-Leica 12mm will ship the second half of this year

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Image on top shows the current Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens

The long time rumored new Leica 12mm prime lens will ship during the second half of this year. When the lens will be announced is yet unclear.


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Zenit is going to launch a new 50mm f/0.95 lens!

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The russian company Zenit is back in business. And their first product will be a new Zenitar 50mm f/0.95 lens. The image above shows the E-mount version but Gavriloart reports other mirrorless system mounts will be supported too.

The big question is if the optical quality and price will really make this an interesting alternative of the Speedmaster lens.