(FT5) Olympus is sending out the 75mm f/1.8 lens for testing!


Mysterious things are happening around Olympus. Mysterious ads, mysterious packages and mysterious nuts are floating around the world :)
Good to know that I have some good sources explaining me what’s going on! One of them just sent me the info that Olympus is sending the first batch of 75mm f/1.8 Micro Four Thirds production version lenses to photographers and journalists. I hope to learn more about the Lens price and quality within the next few weeks. Of course there is more coming from Olympus, the Tough camera, the XZ-2 and maybe “something else“. If you have some secret news to share drop me a message by using the anonymous contact form on the right sidebar or contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com! Thanks!

More bits about the upcoming 75mm f/1.8 lens:
The good news is that it sounds like the lens could be announced soon (maybe in June). The lens is certainly NOT weather sealed, it will have about the same image quality of the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 price (around 400 Euro/Dollars) but at a bit higher price (some rumors from external websites said around $700-$800).
If the quality is good and the price around $700 this could become a real hotseller. It gives you a focal lenght of 150mm in terms of Full Frame. If you are a Full Frame camera owner you will know that lenses like the Canon 135mm f/2.0 (Click here) and Nikon 135mm f/2.0 (Click here) and the Sigma 150mm (Click here) do cost more and are a bit slower. But I doubt the new Olympus lens will reach the quality of the superb Olympus 150mm f/2.0 ED Lens!


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


Third party battery works with E-M5 but can’t charge on normal Olympus charger.

As you know yesterday there was that amazing (and suspicious) deal selling three E-M5 third party batteries for $11,3 each! The deal was available on eBay (Click here). Today the store “dstebattery” sent out that info: “Very sorry sir,before we sent the battery to you,our colleagues in the inspection department find that this battery can’t charged by your original charger,but can put the battery into your camera charged by AC adapter,or use our Brand charger.The battery work well in camera,can show battery level. In order to solve the problem, we can give you a $8.99 charger for free (battery is on eBay (Click here)).

It’s really disturbing to learn about that kind of limitation AFTER having purchased the battery. As soon as some of you got the batteries let us know if it really works fine. Would be useful for 43rumors readers to learn if we can trust these third party battery resellers or not! Thanks!


E-M5 RAW dynamic range test by Pekka Potka (Body only really in Stock at Adorama)


Reminder: Before to read the new reviews a quick in Stock status news: Right now the body only is in Stock at Adorama (Click here). German readers can find body only and kit version in Stock at Amazon Germany (Click here). Same situation for UK readers at Jessops (Click here).

E-M5 new reviews roundup:
The image on top shows the RAW dynamic range form the E-M5 and has been made by Pekka Potka (Click here to read the article): “The biggest and maybe most important difference was for E-M5 at ISO 200. With Lightroom I was able to read a 12.6 EV dynamic range and with CaptureOne it was 12.0EV. At ISO 400 they both gave the same 12EV.
Digitalcamerainfo (Click here) posted the 22 pages long E-M5 review. They also have good news about the dynamic range performance: “The sensor’s noise floor is a bit high, but the camera controls highlights well, offering dynamic range and low light shooting that can keep up with most sub-$1000 DSLRs. While the E-M5 certainly isn’t setting any new bars in a category filled with larger APS-C image sensors, it’s no longer such an issue that we’d warn you off the camera entirely
More E-M5 test bits: E-m5 on the road at Phototravelasia (Click here). First impresisons at Stuff Review (Click here).

Bestseller list. Check the list (changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 8/9/12/15/16 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 14 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 1/4/8 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 2/7/20 (Click here).

E-M5 (Pre)order links (Click on store name): Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.


E-M5 ships in 1-2 months in USA :(


I bet that one minute after posting this the camera will be sold :) Click here to grab the E-M5 body only at Amazon! UPDATE: Indeed the camera has been sold out and there is only an overpriced body available via third party resellers!

Meantime a bad news is that Amazon (Click here) reports that the E-M5 with 14-42mm kit lens will ship within 1-2 months only :(

Our USA readers still can enjoy plenty of other deals:
Here are the single Panasonic camera deals:
GH2 with lens for $749at Amazon (Click here).
Panasonic GF3 with 14mm pancake lens sells for $395 at Amazon (Click here).
Here are the single Panasonic lens deals:
$200 rebate on the 14-140mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here).
$200 rebate on the 3D lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here).
$150 rebate on the 45-200mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here).
$100 rebate on the 45-175mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here).
$80 rebate on the 14-42 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here).
PEN USA deals (and more)
$100 price drop on all Olympus E-P3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Combine it with the 40-150mm lens and the total rebate is $150!
$100 price drop on all Olympus E-PL3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Combine it with the 40-150mm lens and the total rebate is $150!
$100 price drop on all Olympus E-PM1 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Combine it with the 40-150mm lens and the total rebate is $150!


Damian McGillyCuddy: “The new stuff I am playing with is even better than the E-5”


Damian McGillyCuddy keeps posting some mysterious messages about an unknown new Olympus product. He got that huge package he marked with the tag “E-xxx“!  Damian writes: “I’m playing with some new and shiny stuff at the moment and as soon as I can I’ll let the cat out of the bag… promise ;0)  If I’m honest the new stuff I’m playing with is even better than the E5…

I really haven’t got any rumor about a new imminent Olympus Four Thirds or Micro Four Thirds announcement. So please keep your feet on earth! But to me this sounds like he is testing a new E-7 or not? It’s certainly NOT an indication but there are only few E-5 cameras left in the largets online store…Amazon (Click here).

I hope my trusted sources can send me some info about the package Damian got from Olympus UK :)

P.S.: Here are the search links to the current E-5 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.