(FT5) The new camera name is “Olympus OM-D”

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And this is going ot be the name of the future”Oh My Goodness” camera 🙂 Olympus registered the name “Olympus OM-D” on January 3 (Source: trademark.markify). The”D” is for “digital”. And that camera will be the follow up of the last of all OM cameras, the OM-2000 (film camera). The camera will be announced arounf February 8th.

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

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(FT5) “Oh My Goodness”! Olympus is coming big :)

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Did you read the text on the image on top? It has been taken from the back page of next week’s Amateur Photographer magazine. And Olympus higligted the letters “O” and “M” 🙂 You can see a full size image of the back page here: http://minus.com/mxvrbfbS1#1.

The digital OM styled m43 camera is going to be announced the second week of February! Don’t miss to visit 43rumors the next days. I will post any rumors I can get, and hopefully we can find an image too! Meanwhile look at all those nice OM cameras. The system just became 40 years old 🙂

M-1 OM-1 OM-1 MD OM-1N OM-2 OM-2N OM-2S/SP OM-3 OM-3Ti OM-4 OM-4T/Ti black and chrome OM-10 OM-20 (OM-G) OM-30(OM-F) OM-40 (OM-PC) OM-77AF (OM-707) OM-88 (OM-101) OM-2000

 

 

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First SLR magic 12mm lens on eBay.

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The very first SLR magic 12mm f/1.6 lens is on auction on eBay (Click here). This is quite a good lens (I tested one) but I still do’t know where you can buy it online. The lens is 2/3 of stops faster than the Olympsu 12mm lens. The SLR magic has a smooth aperture ring that will appeal filmmakers. The Olympus lens has AF an a better image quality. And, at leats in USA it’s getting soem interesting price drops at Amazon (Click here).

P.S.: The new SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope for mFT is also available eBay (Click here).

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First Olympus 12-50mm in Europe. 12mm for $704 at Amazon (and pancake X still missing).

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I spotted the very first Olympus 12-50mm weather selaed Olympus lens at Foto Hans Keuzakamp in Holland. It’s certainly a nice looking lens despite the not so stellar specs. Wonder how it will look on my next digital OM camera 🙂 If you are not from Holland you can rpeorder the lens at Adorama (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

USA Deal: There has been another price dorp on the 12mm Olympus lens which is available at Amazon for $704 (Click here).

MISSING in USA: After four months the 14-42mm X lens still has never been in Stock in US stores! No way to find it at Amazon (Click here) and I guess you can wait even longer for the new GX1+14-42mm X kit (Click here). Really don’t knwo why Panasonic USA is that slow. It’s available since months here in Europe!

 

 

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Samsung wants to partner with Olympus

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As you know Olympus officially stated that they are seeking for a “friendly investor to make a minority investment and help revive its business after a $1.7 billion accounting scandal erupted in October“. And according to sources from Reuters: “South Korea’s Samsung Electronics is open to forging an alliance with Japan’s troubled Olympus CorpSouth Korea’s Samsung Electronics is open to forging an alliance with Japan’s troubled Olympus Corp“. Also the “Private equity firm TPG Capital is willing to invest about $1 billion in Japan’s” (Source: Reuters).

Samsung expressly said that they don’t want to acquire Olympus but build a partnership with it. This to me sounds not bad at all. It would allow Olympus to remain independent and to gain potentially terrific partner. Samsung can deliver OLED and Viewfinder technology, sensor fabrication and more. And Samsung is desperately in need to revive their camera business! NX sales are terrible bad and they even had to delay the NX20 (there was price drop) launch to avoid another flop. Samsung could join the m43 coalition with Olympus, and probably develop new (fullframe?) systems for the future. What do you think?

P.S.: I think Samsung cameras are not that bad and the lins lineup is quite good. See the full NX stuff here: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

 

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