As you know rumors are circulating around a possible 40-150mm f/2.8 lens (P.S:: not confirmed by any of my trusted sources). But many of you said that a fast zoom in many ways similar to the Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 FT lens would also be welcome. I haven’t heard anything form my trusted sources yet some forum user at Fredmiranda wrote that:
“A little birdy told me that, in addition to the 40-150 f/2.8, there will also be a ~14-40ish f/2.8 coming next year, as well as a 300 f/4. The birdy said that the 300 will be about as long as the 75-300, but larger in diameter – no idea how it can be that tiny, but that’s what I was told.”
Can’t guarantee on the reliability…but I hope that bird is a real source :)
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
next good news today! A couple of readers just informed me that Amazon shipped their preordered GH3 camera today! Right now the item is marked as “Temporarily out of Stock” (Click here to see). If you preordered the camera at BHphoto they will ship it soon (December 5th). And as I told you before it is also shipping in Europe via via Wex Germany and Wexphotographic UK. It’s the first time since I work on 43rumros that that Panasonic delivers the camera in time!
How to “trick” a sort of focus peaking mode on the E-M5
I just got a message from a source saying that there will be a new E-M5 firmware update rolling out mid-December. It adds several more options to the menu regarding EVF info and “one exciting feature that is sure to please users. ;)”
I don’t know yet what this feature is but my guess is that it is focus peaking! Or do you have another feature in your mind?
Mirrorless reviews posted that EM-5 Third Party Grip vs. Olympus HLD-6 Grip Review video
Time to catch up with a list of news I got from 43rumors readers!
First off Stefano found that amazing deal on eBay Italy (Click here). It’s the first E-M5 with 15mm lens kit and sold for 829 Euro (sadly it ships to Italy only). Weird to see that in Italy and France the price for the E-m5 is much lower! Just check them on Slidoo eBay (it’s our little new website so feel free to login and use it).
If you want to try to get the E-m5 for cheaper than the normal price you may check the refurbished auctions on Olympusmarket (Click here). They ahve eight of them on auction!
A Weekend of Extended Use With the Fujifilm X Pro 1 and Olympus OMD EM5 (ThePhoBlographer).
Shooting the SF Auto Show with the Olympus OM-D (TheDigitalStory). Zelko: “I thought you might want to know, that the OM-D has become “an important EVIL camera for underwater use.” as said in this (http://wetpixel.com/i.php/full/using-the-olympus-om-d-e-m5-underwater/) article. Wetpixel is a serious website dedicated to u/w photography by professional photographers. Actually the writer Alex Mustard is a very well known one.”
Issues: Anonymous: “this is not a rumor but a kind request to evaulate the opportunity to highlight a recent discovered E-M5 manufacturing/design weakness: there are a lot of confirmations that the LCD bezel develops crack near the bottom fixing screws. This should not to be considered a trivial cosmetic-only issue, the crack, growing up, could easily compromise the weather sealing and will lower the price of an used body when sold. Please, for further details see here: http://www.mu-43.com/f42/omd-em5-crack-bottom-bezel-screen-normal-36685/index2.html and here: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50330633. Your support could greatly help to put some pressure to Olympus in order to officially acknowlegde the issue.”
Some more readers mails: Robert: “I just wanted to let you know that one of the biggest Swiss electronics dealers (www.digitec.ch) currently offers a 10% discount on all Olympus products. The offer is valid until 3rd December 2012. Unfortunately, they only ship to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, but still the discount is nice. Have just ordered an OM-D Kit with the 12-50mm zoom.” Pierre: “Like other sites, you missel the BEST deal available for Olympus OMD: 1049.99$ WITH 12-50 mm. A 249.99$ rebate! Link: http://www.henrys.com/68950-OLYMPUS-OM-D-E-M5-BLACK-W-12-50-LENS.aspx”
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