It is true, Lens Turbo coming for MFT the second half of the year.

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So it’s real! Mitakon is now selling their first Lens Turbo Adapter with 0.72x Focal Reduce. It works exactly like the Speed Booster adapter from metabones but it costs a lot less. Plenty of Lens Turbo auctions for NEX can be found here on eBay. The official press release can be read at Mitakon’s website.

I asked Mitakon if and when they will make adapters for the MFT system. They told me they will release them the second half of this year! I still have no info about the supported lens mounts. But it’s great to have different options and a cheaper alternative.

P.S.: To automatically get notified when new Lens Turbo will be for sale on eBay just save this search in your Slidoo account.

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Olympus patent discloses new 3D camera and lens.

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You still remember the huge 3D advertising campaigns? They are now almost gone. We even had a 12.5mm f/12 Micro Four Thirds 3D lens from Panasonic but after it nothing new camera for the MFT system. But at least on “patent-paper” research and development is continuing and Egami (translation here) spotted that new Olympus 3D lens and camera patent. The lens design of the 25mm f/2.8 and 24-41mm f/4.5-5.6 3D lens is made for Four Thirds sensor camera. But I really doubt we will see these lenses for real any time soon…don’t you think?

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It’s back! Panasonic GX1 for $199 (both Silver and Black). E-P3 with lens for $349.

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GX1:
The GX1 for $199 is back! And it’s even better than before because there is also a %2 Back in Reward and the deal applies on both Silver and Black bodies:
– Black GX1 for $199 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Adorama eBay (Click here).
– Silver GX1 for $199 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Adorama eBay (Click here).

I know this will not make Europeans feel a lot better but there is a decent GX1 deal in Europe too, 249 Euro at FotoMundus Germany (Click here).

E-P3:
And there is a new $20 price drop on the E-P3. This makes the camera cost one third of the regular E-P5 price (and you get a lens too!).
– Black E-P3 with lens for $349 at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
– Silver E-P3 with lens for $349 at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

found via DealsRunner (reister to get notified on deals faster than you would get notified on 43rumors).

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Double Panasonic G6 review

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We have two new Panasonic G6 reviews at WhatDigitalCamera and at Trustedreviews.

WDC gave the camera an overall score of 90/100: “Image quality is strong, delivering plenty of detail, and while it might not be quite a match for DSLRs at the higher sensitivities, it’s still more than adequate – especially if you shoot Raw – while the video performance will also appeal.

TR rated the camera with 9/10 points and writes: “Throw in some strong image quality performance and its compact proportions, as well as a selection of compatible lenses that continues to grow, and it’s safe to say that the Lumix G6 is one of the best CSCs on the market.

The camera will ship worldwide in one month from now. Preorders are up at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and at Wex DE, Technikdirekt, Wex UK.

 

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Sigma says they will not design lenses for MFT only.

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Mr. Kazuto Yamaki from Sigma has been interviewed by ePrice Taiwan (google translation here). He said that there is no plan to develop and design lenses purely for the Micro Four Thirds system. They will keep designing them to cover the ASP-C sensor area and adapt the mount for both the NEX and MFT system. Smart move? Don’t know, it certainly keeps the costs of the lens very low.

These are the current Sigma MFT lenses:
Black Sigma 19mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon and Bhphoto.
Silver Sigma 19mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon and Bhphoto.
Black Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon and Bhphoto.
Silver Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon and Bhphoto.
Black Sigma 60mm f/2.8 at BHphoto.
Silver Sigma 60mm f/2.8 at BHphoto.

Thanks Miroslav!

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