February 11, 2011
Posted in news

A new non japanese Chief for Olympus! + bad financial results


Source: Photoscala.

Bad news for Olympus! The Japanese company reports a turnover decline of 4.5% for the third quarter (October to December 2010). Consolidated operating profit falls by 46% to 8.9 billion yen (about € 78.7 million). Source: Financial Results for the Third Quarter ended December 31, 2010 (PDF file). And the “worst” part of the company is the Imaging Division that had a 28% sales loss compared to last year. Strong YEN and sales drop in North America are the main reasons for the bad results. The medical division of Olympus is still the strongest and most profitable business.

It sounds like Micro Four Thirds didn’t help them to increase the turnover. Some expert out there that can explain us the reason for such bad results?

But we also have a major and very unexpected news. Michael C. Woodford will become Chief Executive Officer of Olympus on 1 April 2011.  Mr. Woodford comes from the Olympus Medical & Industrial Division of Olympus. He is the first non japanese chief in Olympus history. That’s almost a “revolution” for a japanese company! Let’s hope he can bring some fresh new ideas inside Olympus. Good luck Mr. Ford!

Source: Photoscala.

February 10, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Panasonic deleted the release of a mysterious “GS1″ camera. 12-50mm zoom lens release postponed!

There are some changes in the original Panasonic roadmap. I have been told by two sources that Panasonic had the plan to announce a new “GS” camera in Spring 2011. That plan has changed and the GS camera will not be announced. It is unclear yet if we will ever see the GS :(
The sources could not (or didn’t want) to tell me more about the camera. I really hope this wasn’t the Micro Four Thirds version of the DMC-L1 model. That would be pity!

Panasonic also made a major change regarding the lens roadmap. The 12-50mm f/2.5-3.3 lens release has been postponed at least until the last quarter of the year. Also in that case I didn’t receive any reliable info about the cause of the delay although I do speculate that the reason is they have not enough production capability to release many new lenses. As you know the 25mm f/1.4 lens and probably a few reworked lenses (like the 7-14mm OIS) are scheduled to be announced in April.

I have quite a few new rumors I am working on and I will post them soon. So stay tuned on 43rumors!

– DMC-L1 at Amazon and eBay.

P.S.: Hidden message for one of my sources: Dark K. drop me a line if you read that 😉

VERY IMPORTANT: Always keep in mind that those are rumors. Some of them could turn out to be true some of them could NOT!

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

February 10, 2011
Posted in news

(UPDATED) X100 preorders removed and weird message from B&H (+E-PL1/2 deals reminder)

UPDATE: False alarm, BHphoto does it list again.

Looking at the message above you get a little bit worried that the Fuji X100 release might have been delayed. Soruce of the message is BHphoto (Click here and type “x100″ inside the search box). And also Amazon (Click here) removed the X100 preorders! Only Adorama (Click here) is accepting preorder but they also say “currently we do not have a scheduled delivery date from the manufacturer“.

Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) are now offering $50 of Olympus E-PL-2 camera’s with 14-42mm lens and $100 off dual kit with 40-150mm.
The same deal is available on the E-PL1 too at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

February 10, 2011
Posted in Rumors

E-PX dreams

43rumors readers do send me hundreds of mails per week and when I am very busy at work I sometimes miss to read them. I just found that mail and E-PX rendering a reader sent me months ago! Auch!

This is not a real camera but I was messing around with sketch up and created an image of what i think the entire community can agree they want in a micro 43 camera.

It features….
-Built in EVF
-High resolution LCD screen
-Built in hotshoe with accessory port (for stereo mic and GPS tagging)
-A shutter speed dial/Exposure setting wheel
-typical menu buttons on the back
-Sensor that turns on EVF when face comes up to the screen.

Here are some general notes
-Could not find a good place for a built in flash
-Camera should have a dedicated movie button
-camera should have a secondary zoom wheel for menu navigation and other things.

feel free to comment and or make your own concepts with sketchup!

In some way the concept is close to the one described by the Panasonic patent we found last year. Clcik here to read mroe about that: http://www.43rumors.com/ft2-panasonic-rangefinder-styled-micro-four-thirds-camera/

Thanks Jeff

February 10, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic 12.5mm f/12 Lumix G 3D tested at SLRgear

For the first time SLRgear tested a 3D lens. And they had a lot of fun with the new Panasonic 12.5mm lens: “The images were realistic enough that I found myself shifting my head to see if I could see more of a scene by moving to peek around a real opening into 3D space. When you do that, though, the 3D background just appears to float, unmoving, behind the foreground objects, an odd, somewhat unsettling phenomenon that caused a couple of viewer’s queasiness.

The big problem is that “the very small, and fixed aperture of f/12 limits your shooting to bright daylight.

Check price and availability of the 3D lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay (Click on shop names to directly visit the lens product page).
Read user reviews and add your rating about the 3D lens: http://www.43rumors.com/cameras/panasonic-12-5mm-f12-3d-lens/#ratingandreviews

Via SLRgear

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