More “Woodfoord” news. He is a big fan of the E-P3 :)

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Amateur Photographer is keeping us daily updated about the Olympus fee scandal. Today they report that “Two members of the Olympus board and the company’s auditor have quit the scandal-hit camera maker
Yesterday Former Olympus CEO Michael Woodford was mobbed by photographers and TV crews on his first return to Japan (Read more at Amateur Photographer). And Olympus officially said that there is no evidence of “crime syndicates” link (Source: AP).

Amateur Photographer also posted another Woodford article where he says that he is a big fan of the E-P3 and says: “The problem for Olympus has always been the dominance of Canon and Nikon in the DSLR market. Their dominance was rather like our business in endoscopes, but the advent of mirrorless cameras has brought about a renaissance.

Something else:
Photographyreview just posted a new E-P3 review. Shop links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay DPreview posted a new E-Pm1 review. Shop links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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Black Friday deals roundup…(E-PM1, E-PL3, GF3)

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USA readers can enjoy quite a lot of Black Friday deals. Here are the direct links to the deals homepage at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Cameta (Click here) and J&R (Click here).

And here are some of the (Micro-) Four Thirds deals:
There is a $15 price drop on the Olympus 12mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
The E-Pm1 and E-PL3 are discounted at BHphoto (Click here).
There are rebates on the Panasonic GF3 at Amazon (Click here).
Panasonic 45-175mm X lens price drop at Amazon (Click here), B&H (Click here)

Reminder: The Panasonic-Leica 25mm lens is in Stock for $539 at Adorama (Click here).

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(FT3) New Panasonic X 35mm f/2.4 macro lens coming soon?

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A source that gave me once a correct “rumor” just told me that he found an image of a new Panasonic 35mm f/2.4 X macro lens! It will cost LESS than the current Pansonic-Leica 45mm f/2.8 macro (Current price is 700 dollars/Euro on eBay). The 35mm is not a Leica branded lens. I have no direct contact to the source but if he is reading the message feel free to send me the image you found ont he web at 43rumors@gmail.com. You can also use “anonymous” tools like wetransfer.com or imageshack.us. Thanks!!!

P.S.: other sources can confirm that the lens really exists???
Links to the current Panasonic macro: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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Olympus 12 and 45mm lens review. And how to upgrade your m43 system (ThePhoBlographer)

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I have two new lens reviews and a new article from ThePhoBlographer to share today:

The Online Photographer (Click here) tested the amazing Olympus 12mm f/2.0 and is surprisingly unsatisfied with it: “This is not a bad lens. But it is no better than merely good, and its performance doesn’t come anywhere close to justifying an $800 price tag.” This is probably the very first negative review of the lens. So it’s worth to read it! They also reviewed the 45mm Olympus lens last week and that’s a lens they absolutely like: “All in all, I think this lens is worth every bit of the $400 price tag. Even if it weren’t a fast lens, it would deserve accolades. It is that good.” And also SLRgear (Click here) highly recommends that lens “With excellent test results, this is a no-brainer of a conclusion – it’s a great and inexpensive addition to your Olympus PEN kit, especially if you’re a portrait shooter“.

Here are the links to both lenses to check price and in Stock status:
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) explains you how to upgrade you Micro Four Thirds Camera System. It’s a short guide for beginners!

P.S.: For european readers, the Nokton 25mm f/0.95 is in Stock for 719 Euro only on eBay France (Click here).

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UPDATED: Panasonic manager talks about the upcoming X lenses. Price around 1300 Euro?

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UPDATE: Google translation tool made a mess because the questions were made in nrowegian and the answers are written in swedish (what the heck?). Thanks to all readers sending me the correct info!

We are receiving more and more bits about the upcoming Panasonic 12-35mm and 35-100mm X lenses. We know they will have a constant aperture (f/2.8 or faster), we know the lenses are weather sealed. The info get’s a backup by Mac Berggen, a Norwegian Panasonic product specialist He revealed at akam.no:
1)The new lenses will definitely be the best thing we ever did“…”the best performance of all Pany lenses”
2)The aperture will be great“.
3)The price will be high“. UPDATE: The price will be lower than the 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms from the competition. Note: Canon (Click here to check that price on eBay) and Nikon (Click here to check that price on eBay). He susggests the price could be around 10.000 Norwegian Krone which is 1.300 Euro ($1700).

Thanks Davey for sending me this.

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