USA: New Panasonic lens price drops (GF3 almost for free) and Olympus viewfinder deal.

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If you are about to buy an Olympus camera you can get the VF-3 external viewfinder (Click here) for $80 less. Full pdf deal description here.

What’s really hot is the new Panasonic lens rebates we found today:
The 20mm f/1.7 lens got a $40 price drop by Amazon itself (Click here).
You can get more or less the same price drop on the 14-42mm X zoom again at Amazon (Click here).
The 14mm f/2.5 pancake lens got a smaller drop of $8 at Amazon (Click here).

GF3 almost for free:
But than again if you want that 14mm pancake buy it along the GF3 (Click here) and the camera will cost you $20 only :)

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Second part of the 75mm review by Robin Wong (and play with the lens online)

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Robin Wong (Click here) posted the second part of his Olympus 75mm f/1.8 review: “it will give you extremely sharp images, with very admirable bokeh quality and performs very well in autofocus. If you need the 75mm focal length, do a lot of portrait shooting, and know what you are doing with a 75mm focal length, this 75mm F1.8 lens will make you a much happier photographer.

And don’t forget to play with the nice Matching Simulation (Click here). All newest lenses including the 75mm Olympus, Panasonic X zoom, Tokina 300mm, Sigma primes and Nokton 17.5mm are included! The only thing I hope Olympus and Panasonic will add is larger pictures. Hope they are reading me :)

Links to the mentioned newest lenses of 2012:
Panasonic 12-35mm X lens preorders at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.
Olympus 75mm preorder and price check at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
Sigma 30mm lens at Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev.
Sigma 19mm lens at Amazon US , Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon JP and Digitalrev.
Nokton 17.5mm at Amazon and Bhphoto and we Europeans can find it for an incredible good price at LaPetiteBoutique (Click here).
Tokina 300mm….still missing :(

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President Hiroyuki Sasa says E-M5 sensor is from Sony!

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Yahoo Japan reports that Olympus President Sasa confessed the Olympus E-M5 sensor has been made by Sony. If the news has been reported correctly than it’s nice to hear that within the Micro Four Thirds world we have some sort of competition even on the “sensor level”. Now, if only Canon would join the m43 world…joke! This is not going to happen :)

E-M5 preorder links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

E-M5 accessory list:

Case:
There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.

Batteries, and other things:
The Olympus GS-4 strap and the DSTE E-M5 batteries you have to use with an extra charger. There is an E-M5 car charger a new E-M5 LCD screen and a Front Cover+ Top Panel.

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USA Panasonic deals roundup…(no rumors about the GX2)

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Since yesterday you can find a $50 price drop on some Panasonic cameras. The GX1 price drop started some buzz about a possible new GX2 announcement but honestly I haven’t heard anything about that yet. So if you like the GX1 buy it and don’t wait :)

Here are the deals:
$50 price drop on the Panasonic GX1 with 14-42mm at Amazon (Click here) and Samys (Click here). And there is a double lens kit deal you have to check out here at Bhphoto (Click here).
$50 for the GF3 with 14mm pancake at Amazon (Click here) and Samys (Click here).
$50 for the G3 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon (Click here) and Samys (Click here).
Olympus E-PL1 for $149 at Amazon (Click here).
Nokton 17.5mm in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
Since the Panasonic 20mm came back in Stock it is on top of the camera/lens mirrorless ranking (Click here).

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(FT4) New Panasonic 45-150mm lens coming along the G5?

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WIll the new 45-150mm lens be a pancake like the current 14-42mm X lens?

And yet we will see the light of another zoom lens! Along the G5 (to be announced within 1-2 weeks) expect the release of a new 45-150mm lens. Now, we already have a 45-200mm and a 45-175mm lens so I really hope this lens has something special that makes it worth to be released. I am not sure but this could be a pancake zoom. If it is I will happy, if it is not than I can’t figure out why Panasonic is doing this. Bye the way, the lens is not fast (I have been told so).

Stay tuned on 43rumors! There might be a Panasonic announcement within this week!

UPDATE: Curious…the 45-175mm X lens had a $70 price drop via Samys at Amazon (Click here).

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