US&Canada: No GH3 kits? And now $200 price drop on 12-35mm X lens.


Right now we have a new $200 price drop on the 12-35mm X lens at Amazon (Click here). And I guess many would like to buy that lens in an appropriate GH3 package. But as noted by our reader Travis the GH3 kits are non available for preorder in US and Canada. But they are of course promoted on the site. Someone can tell us when these kits will arrive?

Meantime here are some EU, US and Canada links to the GH3:

12-35mm GH3 kit:
Wex UK, Wex DE, Photoexpress UK, FotoHansKeuzekamp (NL),

14-140mm GH3 kit:
Wex UK, Amazon UK, Photoexpress UK, Wex DE, Amazon FR,

Body only:
Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Panasonic store, Samys, Henry, Vistek, Wex UK, FotoHansKeuzekamp (NL), Amazon FR, Webdistirbution FR,

All current GH3 auction on eBay (via Slidoo).




A bif of fun with the latest Camerastore video :)


It’s Sunday morning and you may watch that video to wake up with a little smile :)

P.S.: There are plenty of new E-M5 acutions at Olympusmarket. Check them out: auction 1, auction 2, auction 3, auction 4, auction 5, auction 6, auction 7, auction 8, auction 9, auction 10.
And than we have some PEN too:
Olympus E-PL3 with kit lens Olympus E-P2 with viewfinder Olympus E-PL2 with kit lens Olympus E-PM2 with kit lens


Curiousity: GH3 shipping in EU and US long before it ships in Japan! +GH3 Battery preorder options.


Until now all Lumix G cameras started to be shipped in Japan first and than (slowly) spread over the rest of the world. It looks like the Panasonic management decided to go the exact opposite way around. Amazon Japan ships the camera on Dec 13th but you can already get it in EU and US:
in US preorders are now shipping at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Panasonic store and Samys.
In EU these stores are having the GH3 in Stock right now: Wexphotographic UK, Amazon UK, Photoexpress UK, Wex Germany, Technikdirekt (DE), Webdistirbution FR, FotoHansKeuzekamp(NL).

That may be some kind of make it good action from Panasonic for all the time we had to wait on the previous G cameras shipments :)

GH3 batteries:
The battery is now available for preorder at BHphoto (Click here) and in Stock and shipping at Photoexpress UK. The UK store is also the only one shipping the vertical grip (Click here).

12-35mm X price drop at Amazon US:
There is still no GH3 kit order option in US. Meantime the 12-35mm X lens got a new $100 price drop via Amazon itself (Click here). Third party reseller Panacam sells even for even less via Amazon (Click here). One more little thing: Some nice deals on smaller accessories at Amazon Gold Box.

P.S.: All current GH3 auctions can be monitored on eBay (via Slidoo).






New MFT reviews…


Let me catch up with a couple of new reviews of MFT cameras and lenses:

Nokton 25mm f/0.95:
I own this lens and I am always carrying it with me. Definitely my favorite lens! ePhotozine just posted a new review of the Nokton. Another review has been posted in German by The cheapest price I found in Europe is 810 Euro in France (Click here) and 830 Euro in Germany (Click here). As I mentioned yesterday yu can check for price drops via Slidoo :)
The newer sister lens sells for 1.010 Euro via Fotomundus (Click here).

Olympus E-M5:
James Harold posted a 24hours OMD review made while traveling across Europe. And the Crazy Comparison Returns! The $999 Olympus OM-D vs the $7995 Leica Monochrom by Steve Huff.
DOn’t forget that there are always plenty of new auctions with refurbished E-M5 at Olympusmarket (Click here).

More reviews:
Olympus 75mm f1.8 Lens reviewed at ThePhoBlographer.
Olympus 60mm amcro review by Steve Huff.


GH3 shipping at BH and Adorama. RAW support from Apple.


Mme Sokhna Fall from Bas de Meijer on Vimeo.

We have been told that after Amazon, Wexphotographic UK and Wex Germany also stores like Adorama, BHphoto and Samys are shipping the camera. The official Panasonic store is also set to ship the camera today.
Apple also released the Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.02 that now brings support for the GH3 and for the new PEN cameras.

Kimletkeman used the new Focus Numeriqe RAW files to post an interesting High ISO Shootout between the GH3, E-M5 and G5. A very well written articele!

Readers keep sending me links ot their work done on the GH3:
Arnoud sent me the video you can watch on top of this post: “Very well made video of Story on madame Sokhna Fall, worker in the informal economy in Dakar, Senegal. She runs a shop, but is also president of a ‘groupement mutuelle’, a kind of micro credit. The group is supported by the national trade union UDTS (Union Démocratique des Travailleurs de Sénégal).  via
Dario Battaglia shot this GH3 movie in Sicily (on vimeo).
Nick Driftwood posted the second part of his ongoing GH3 review (on vimeo).
Bass:Not really a rumour but first pictures from my new GH3 that people may be interested in. I will update this gallery over the next few days.
John:Not a rumour: apologies if I come through on wrong channel! (Please put me right) Taking up Steve’s point about overpriced GH3 in Scotland, you might like to ask Panasonic UK why prices there are so much higher than elsewhere.  UK price GH3 £1199.  I can buy in Europe at €1199 (£972). My brother in Canada can buy at $1299+13% tax = $1468 (£924), and USA price similar. Why are UK photographers always penalised?

Check price and delivery dates at Amazon , Adorama, BhphotoPanasonic USSamys and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK, Wex Germany, Technikdirekt and soon on eBay (via Slidoo).