next good news today! A couple of readers just informed me that Amazon shipped their preordered GH3 camera today! Right now the item is marked as “Temporarily out of Stock” (Click here to see). If you preordered the camera at BHphoto they will ship it soon (December 5th). And as I told you before it is also shipping in Europe via via Wex Germany and Wexphotographic UK. It’s the first time since I work on 43rumros that that Panasonic delivers the camera in time!
How to “trick” a sort of focus peaking mode on the E-M5
I just got a message from a source saying that there will be a new E-M5 firmware update rolling out mid-December. It adds several more options to the menu regarding EVF info and “one exciting feature that is sure to please users. ;)”
I don’t know yet what this feature is but my guess is that it is focus peaking! Or do you have another feature in your mind?
Mirrorless reviews posted that EM-5 Third Party Grip vs. Olympus HLD-6 Grip Review video
Time to catch up with a list of news I got from 43rumors readers!
First off Stefano found that amazing deal on eBay Italy (Click here). It’s the first E-M5 with 15mm lens kit and sold for 829 Euro (sadly it ships to Italy only). Weird to see that in Italy and France the price for the E-m5 is much lower! Just check them on Slidoo eBay (it’s our little new website so feel free to login and use it).
If you want to try to get the E-m5 for cheaper than the normal price you may check the refurbished auctions on Olympusmarket (Click here). They ahve eight of them on auction!
A Weekend of Extended Use With the Fujifilm X Pro 1 and Olympus OMD EM5 (ThePhoBlographer).
Shooting the SF Auto Show with the Olympus OM-D (TheDigitalStory). Zelko: “I thought you might want to know, that the OM-D has become “an important EVIL camera for underwater use.” as said in this (http://wetpixel.com/i.php/full/using-the-olympus-om-d-e-m5-underwater/) article. Wetpixel is a serious website dedicated to u/w photography by professional photographers. Actually the writer Alex Mustard is a very well known one.”
Issues: Anonymous: “this is not a rumor but a kind request to evaulate the opportunity to highlight a recent discovered E-M5 manufacturing/design weakness: there are a lot of confirmations that the LCD bezel develops crack near the bottom fixing screws. This should not to be considered a trivial cosmetic-only issue, the crack, growing up, could easily compromise the weather sealing and will lower the price of an used body when sold. Please, for further details see here: http://www.mu-43.com/f42/omd-em5-crack-bottom-bezel-screen-normal-36685/index2.html and here: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50330633. Your support could greatly help to put some pressure to Olympus in order to officially acknowlegde the issue.”
Some more readers mails: Robert: “I just wanted to let you know that one of the biggest Swiss electronics dealers (www.digitec.ch) currently offers a 10% discount on all Olympus products. The offer is valid until 3rd December 2012. Unfortunately, they only ship to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, but still the discount is nice. Have just ordered an OM-D Kit with the 12-50mm zoom.” Pierre: “Like other sites, you missel the BEST deal available for Olympus OMD: 1049.99$ WITH 12-50 mm. A 249.99$ rebate! Link: http://www.henrys.com/68950-OLYMPUS-OM-D-E-M5-BLACK-W-12-50-LENS.aspx”
Nokton 25mm f/0.95:
I own this lens and I am always carrying it with me. Definitely my favorite lens! On top of this post you can watch a new video from Seb Farges shot with this lens. And ePhotozine just posted a new review of the Nokton. Another review has been posted in German by Heise.de. The cheapest price I found in Europe is 810 Euro in France (Click here) and 830 Euro in Germany (Click here). As I mentioned yesterday yu can check for price drops via Slidoo :)
The newer sister lens sells for 1.010 Euro via Fotomundus (Click here).
Olympus E-M5: James Harold posted a 24hours OMD review made while traveling across Europe. And the Crazy Comparison Returns! The $999 Olympus OM-D vs the $7995 Leica Monochrom by Steve Huff.
DOn’t forget that there are always plenty of new auctions with refurbished E-M5 at Olympusmarket (Click here).
Readers work: Lars: “Hi not a rumor, but I just wanted to share some of my pictures taken during a recent trip to Ireland. All photos were taken with the E-M5 and either the 12-50mm, 45mm, or Pana 45-175mm. Hope you enjoy. http://www.flickr.com/photos/larsbeduhn/sets/72157632024744416/” Mal: “i’m an Olympus spanish promoter and I pleased to trying the new XZ-2 camera. I have taked some photos last Friday in a music concert. I have some direct JPG examples that I would be pleassed if you want to show everybody. Here are all of them: http://www.flickr.com/photos/malraulio/sets/72157632041612785/” Vitor: “I just bought an olympus 40-150, that came whith a bag and a 8G class 10 cardo for just 149€ brand new in a FANC store in portugal. U can check it online at: http://www.fnac.pt/Olympus-ZUIKO-ED-40-150mm-f-4-5-6-R-kit-Acessorios-Objectiva-Objectiva/a639264” Steve: “Thought I would share with you something that I still quite can’t believe. I am being quoted the sum of £1549.00 from my local Panasonic store in Elgin Scotland for the GH3 + 12-35 X lens. This is VAT inclusive and they have confirmed shipment at the end of November. I have asked them many times to confirm that the price is indeed correct and they have assured me that it is. The store is http://www.geddesandmellis.co.uk/” Andy: “For USA buyers, Costco has the Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm Lens for $299. Her is the link: http://www.costco.com/Olympus-E-PL2-with-14-42mm-Lens-Compact-System-Camera-Bundle.product.100011392.html” Twills: “Here is a climbing video shot simultaneously with the Panasonic GH2+25mm F1.4 and the GoPro 3 Black. The GH2 footage is 720p @ 60 FPS and 1080p @ 60 FPS. All of the GoPro footage is 2.7K @ 30 FPS with Protune. I love shooting wide angle and tight simultaneously. You never miss a shot that way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ1NKGuiTPo” Rafe: “I dilmed this video last year on my wonderful Panasonic GH2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb0mpMhae-k . Really looking forward to getting a GH3” Christoph Harrer: “I am an Munich based DP and have seen a lot of stuff on your site. I know, all are exited about the gh3 and I am waiting for my too. But maybe you are interested in a video completely shot on the Gh2, that could run under the phrase “Who needs a Gopro?” It is still an an amazing camera, that shoots amazing pictures. The Video was shot with the Voigtländer 25mm, 35mm, 50mm and a Panasonic 100-300 Zoom and the Panasonic 7-14 Wideangle. Editing andLook Design are completely done in Final Cut Pro 7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu47wKXtwqI I hope you enjoy it.“
A couple of weeks ago Olympus Europe informed Pierre Paul Lepidi (translation here) that “As agreed during our recent telephone conversation, we confirm that the unit E-PL5 lacks the LPF, low-pass, unlike the M5-E device.”
Now Olympus Europe admitted that this was a wrong statement. They now corrected the E-PL5 specification info on the official website and confirmed that the E-PM2, E-PL5 and E-M5 do have the same sensor and the same Anti Aliasing filter. Source: Lepidi (translation here).
Yep, even big companies can do mistakes sometimes. But I am surprised that it took one month(!) to get and admission of error. Oly, you can make it good by leaking us some good news about your future products :)
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