January 5, 2011
Posted in news

Reminder: Olympus announcement soon (6am london time?)


I am not certain yet about the exact announcement hour. But usually Olympus announces the new stuff at 6am in the morning (London time). Panasonic should also announce the new compact cameras very soon (no Micro Four Thirds camera form them).

As usual I will collect al interesting news and reviews in one post. If you found something I didn’t already post here drop me a line! Thanks!

January 5, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) The three new converters picture

Those are the three new Fisheye, Wide-Angle and Macro converters. You can fit them on the new 14-42mm II lens, on the 14-150mm and 40-150mm lenses. I don’t know if you can use it on the current kit lens (I guess and hope yes). I have no price indication yet.

January 5, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) An Olympus XZ-1 hands-on report (Price $450?)

A source had the chance to touch the new Olympus XZ-1. He confirms that it is a little bit smaller than the Panasonic LX5. There are plenty of manual controls. You can control the speed or the aperture (in A-mode) directly on the lens. The menu system is different than on other Olympus compacts (it makes more sense now). The OLED screen is awesome, you can see images even in bright sunlight. AF feels quick. Image quality is very good and the lens has no noticeable distortions or vignetting (I guess there is some kind of in camera correction). All in all a very good package and worthy Panasonic LX5 or Canon S95 competitor. Real price should be around $450 (The LX5 costs $400)

The real strength of that camera is that it will be able to use all current (like the external Flashes the SEMA-1 Mic the VF-2 viewfinder) and upcoming PEN accessories. Well done Olympus!!!

January 5, 2011
Posted in deals

(US deal DEAD) Silver Panasonic GH2 in Stock

UPDATE:GH2 is out of Stock again

As usual the deal will not last so be hurry! Amazon has two silver GH2 cameras in Stock (Click here). The GH2 in Stock status is continually changing so keep checking those three websites from time to time: Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto.

January 4, 2011
Posted in deals

Panasonic GF1+20mm kit discontinued at BHphoto (+US deals summary)

That’s bad news. The very popular Panasonic GF1 has been now discontinued. The source is BHphoto (Click here). And Adorama (Click here) doesn’t list any kit version! Also Amazon is selling the GF1 via third party resellers only. But at least they have a very good deal. The Panasonic GF1 Body only is in Stock for $299 (Click here).

Like you I don’t believe the GF2 has to be seen as the real GF1 successor. My bet is that there will be a GF3 soon!

More deals news:
It’s almost impossible to find the Panasonic GH2 in Stock. That’s why third party resellers on Amazon are selling the camera for $2,399.99! That’s a $900 extra price…be warned! You pay a similar extra on GH2 cameras that are on auction on eBay.

In those days the real deals are on lenses:
– The Panasonic 100-300mm lens is in Stock for $565 at Amazon (Click here). That’s a 35 dollar discount.
– Panasonic 7-14mm f/4.0 for $849 at Amazon (Click here).
– Not a deal but an in Stock alert: 3D lens now at Amazon and Adorama.

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