And again new tidbits about the Polaroid iM1836. Would you buy it?

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The Polaroid iM1836 is the first non-Panasonic and non- Olympus camera that will also be compatible with MFT lenses. And here are some more facts about the camera:

1) The US company Sakar actually makes the camera. It borrowed the Polaroid name and (although not official) it also seems to have borrowed the Nikon J1 design.
2) The camera is modular. It means it has no sensor built into the camera itself. It’s built into the lens in case of the original Polaroid lenses (with 1 inch sensor). And while they didn’t say much about it I suspect there will be a MFT adapter with built-in sensor. You should be able to use all MFT lenses attached on that adapter.
3) Just to avoid any mistake. There is also a second model called “iM1030” that doesn’t run Android OS (while the iM1836 is based on Android).
4) There is no production version of the camera yet and price will be close to $400.

All in all this is an attempt to build an “universal camera” a la Ricoh GXR. A camera with support for all possible system lenses and based on an open source platform. Will it work out? My answer is …no :)

Would you buy that Polaroid camera to use your MFT lenses on it?

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Olympus E-M5 deal is back. GH3 in Stock by end of the month.

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GH3:
BHphoto (Click here) set a new in Stock forecast for the GH3. It should ship from January 30th. There is no such info at Amazon (Click here) but from time to time you will find third party resellers selling small ammounts. To get notified when you can find the GH3 in Stock or in Auction on eBay login and save this search on Slidoo.

E-M5:
The up to $100 discount on the E-M5 is back at Amazon (Click here to check them all).

More Olympus deals:
You can also save up to $100 on Select Olympus Digital Cameras at Amazon (Click here).

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(UPDATED) More About Polaroid’s Mirrorless Camera

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Interchangeable lenses and Android 4.1. If that wasn’t enough to be an innovator, now we know that Polaroid’s (oddly named) iM1836 camera has the sensor built into the lens (it’s a 1″ sensor). Though this was done in the past by Ricoh (with the GXR). Moreover, Polaroid says that there will be adapter modules that can take Nikon F, Pentax K and Micro Four Thirds lenses. If I got it right than the camera itself has no sensor and the sensor will fit within the Micro Four Thirds adapter.

dvice (via fstoppers) has some more information about the Polaroid’s features. PetaPixel is also worth a read. DPreview also posted an article.

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Amarcord: Olympus PEN EED.

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Let’s keep talking about past Olympus cameras and today I will shortly introduce you to the PEN-EED (auctions here on eBay). As you see it had a built in optical viewfinder. Produced from 1967 to 1972, it is a more expensive automated-exposure model, with a CdS meter, a 32mm f/1.7 lens and a hot shoe. Why did Oly created the EED? The Pen E had no fast lenses and  only slow shutter speeds, The Pen D’ had no automatic exposure. The EED combined the best from both cameras. And how did Olympus advertise this camera? Just look at the image here:

LOL!

A list of all PEN-EED auctions can be found on eBay (Click here) or via Slidoo (Click here).

Source: Olypedia, pdf manual at Butkus, Image samples can be seen at Rangefinderforum.

 

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