February 10, 2011
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Panasonic GF2 in stock at Amazon and BHphoto

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The white GF2+14mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
The black GF2+14-42mm lens is in Stock at Bhphoto (Click here).

February 9, 2011
Posted in news

Pictures from the Olympus/Panasonic booth at CP+

The japanese website DC.watch posted a nice set of image samples from the Micro Four Thirds booth at CP+ in Yokohama.
As you can see from the image above the new Micro Four Thirds member Komamura showed the “TS-Pro” which is a shift adaptor for Nikon F lenses! The video below shows it better (in japanese).

I want to thank all 43rumors reader that sent me links to interesting news. You helped me a lot!

February 9, 2011
Posted in news

Sigma announces they will make lenses for Micro Four Thirds!

The lens above is the 30mm f/2.8 mockup for NEX. Where is the m43 mockup? I hope the m43 verison is as fast as the Four Thirds Sigma 30mm f/1.4 .
More about the NEX/Ricoh/Sigma announcements at: Mirrorlessrumors.

I told you all good things come in three! After Zeiss and Schneider also Sigma officially announced “The launch of new lenses for Micro Four Thirds and E-mount camera systems.

Press release:
The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the development of new lenses for Micro Four Thirds and E-mount camera system.
As demand for compact system cameras increase, we intend to meet the requirements of users and develop new lenses for these systems, utilizing our advanced interchangeable lens development technology.
Detailed information including specifications, product names, pricing and launch schedules will be announced in due course.
A mockup will be displayed at Sigma’s booth during CP+, a camera and photo imaging show, held in Pacifico Yokohama Japan from February 9th, 2011.

Sigma made a lot of Four Thirds lenses and I would love to see some of them redesigned for Micro Four Thirds (Click on lens name to see current auctions on eBay):
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8
Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6
Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6
Sigma 24mm f/1.8
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3
Sigma 55-500mm f/4-5.6
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
Sigma 105mm f/2.8
Sigma 135-400mm f/4-5.6
Sigma 150mm f/2.8
Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6

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February 9, 2011
Posted in news

New M.Zuiko high-end Micro Four Thirds lens mockup!


Olympus announced they will show the mockup of a “high-end” M.Zuiko Micro Four Thirds prime lens at the CP+ 2011 show (which starts today). That’s the way Oly wants to celebrate the 75 years of Zuiko-branded lenses! There are no details about the lens focal length or aperture but they said it will be available in 2011.

This is part of the press release:

ABOUT THE ZUIKO BRAND
It was in 1936 that the Takachiho Corporation, forerunner of today’s Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., introduced its first camera, the Semi-Olympus I. The camera’s lens was given the name Zuiko, a Japanese word that means “light of the gods.” It was an auspicious name, chosen partially because the lens had been developed at the Mizuho Optical Research Laboratory and partially because the corporate name, Takachiho, is a Japanese word that means “mountain of the gods.” But more than the name, it was the quality of the lens that sparked conversation at the time. Ever since, Zuiko lenses have been featured on succeeding generations of Olympus cameras. The Zuiko lenses are widely acclaimed for their remarkable imaging power, and have become one of the world’s most respected high-performance lens brands.

Semi-Olympus I (1936)
Launched in 1936, the Semi-Olympus I was the first Olympus camera fitted with the newly developed Zuiko lens, which was mounted on a Semi-Proud body supplied by Proud.

The lens looks nice but I want it for now! :)

Via Dpreview

February 8, 2011
Posted in deals

Olympus E-PL2 rebates in US! Black GH2 in Stock at Amazon!

UPDATE: The Panasonic GH2 with 14-140mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here) are now offering $50 of Olympus E-PL-2 camera’s with 14-42mm lens and $100 off dual kit with 40-150mm!
The same deal is available on the E-PL1 too at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
By the way, did you notice that the Panasonic GF1+20mm combo is selling for more than $1000 on Amazon? To bad the GF1 has been discontinued…

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