G5 shoots Olympics. E-M5 firmware Ver 1.2 pulled. E-PM1 for $299 (with lens).

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Panasonic G5
Via Dpreview: “Panasonic has announced that Getty Images sports photographer Dean Mouhtaropoulos will be covering the London 2012 Olympic Games exclusively using its recently-announced Lumix DMC-G5.” Great! Meantime BHphoto notified that the camera may ship from August 10 (see screenshot).

Olympus E-M5
Our reader Melchior noticed a problem on the E-M5 firmware update: “On the Olympus.jp site they say “The update service to Ver. 1.2 was temporarily discontinued. The update service to Ver. 1.1 is available. http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=42134144&refresh=1033
E-M5 vs GH2 highlight recovering test at Dpreview forum. How Sharp is the $999 Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs the $6800 Canon EOS 1D X? (Diglloyd).
Different E-M5 kits keep goin in and out of Stock every hour. Check the status via: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

E-PM1 and other deals:
Refurbished E-Pm1 with lens for $299 at BHphoto eBay (Click here). 20mm pancake for $359 at Amazon (Click here).

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Hack your GX1 and G3 now!

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The team around Vitaly Kiselev now released the new version 3,66D of the PTool hacking software (Click here). It supports the Panasonic GX1 and G3 cameras. Our reader Nils posted some G3 test results and video samples on the Personal view forum. I guess sooner or later also the just announced G5 will be supported. As usual it’s nice to know our cameras can get better in time without to have to buy a new one!

Links to the two new hackable cameras:
Panasonic GX1 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay Panasonic G3 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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(FT4) Olympus E-7 planed for second half 2013

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A trusted source that gave me (always) correct info in the past confirmed that Olympus has scheduled the release for the new E-7 for the second half of 2013. That’s a long way to go! Of course such long term rumors are subject to change but it’s also a confirmation that you should not expect any E-5 replacement any time soon!

The real question is, how should the E-7 be in order to be competitive with the other APS-C DSLR cameras? You have some ideas? :)

P.S.: Search(!) Links o the current E-5 camera: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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200 Euro price drop on the Nokton 17.5mm lens in Europe. New review by Lepidi.

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I always said that the Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 is a superb lens and would probably be in my hands if it wouldn’t be that expensive. So I have good news to report today. At least in Europe the lens suddenly got around 200 Euro cheaper! Instead of the usual 1299 Euro you now pay 1049 at Photo-Video eBay (Click here) and many lenses are avaialble for 1079 at Foto Mundus eBay (Click here).

I am still trying to resist even if I just read that super nice review of the Nokton lens at Lepidi :)

P.S: In US the lens is in Stock for $1299 at Amazon (Click here).

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