(FT5) New competition is coming from Nikon (Pro battle between Olympus and Nikon)

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Image on top: The analogue Nikon S2 rangefinder (Click here to see it on eBay).

Sorry if I post a Nikon rumor on 43rumors but when we just got a “FT5” rumor about Nikon that will interest many 43rumors readers. One thing we were missing until today is a mirrorless pro system with advanced cameras that can compete against the best APS-C DSLR cameras. Now the same sources that usually are sending us top Panasonic and Olympus rumors now contacted us to say that both Olympus and Nikon will announce their PRO cameras in quarter two (Nikon will announce it in April)!

I repeat it, Nikon’s new system will not compete against the low entry Micro Four Thirds cameras like the GF2 and E-PL2. I posted a few more info about the future Nikon system here: http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/exclusive-nikon-to-launch-a-mirrorless-system-in-april-with-sony-sensor/

The good news for us Micro Four Thirds user is that usually competition brings better cameras for a lower price. Let’s hope Oly will announce something spectacular for a decent price 😉

P.S.: I would love NIkon to make a digital Nikon S2. That’s how I understand the “PRO” characteristic.

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(FT3) Tokina to release two MFT lenses with AF at PMA in September?

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According to a new 43rumors source: “Tokina will introduce at PMA (CliQ) 2011 two autofocus lenses for the m4/3 mount. The first one will be a 17/2.0 or faster pancake. The second one will be a 8-16mm/3.5-4.5 or faster. Both lenses will feature internal focusing and a build quality similar to the excellent Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. OIS and linear motor is under consideration as Tokina is out-sourcing, as usual, the technology to contractors. Price range is about 25% less than similar offerings from Olympus (17/2.8) and Panasonic (7-14/4.0).”

See and read the specs of the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 on eBay or Amazon.

P.S: Thanks to the anonymous source! I owe you a beer for that 😉

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FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

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New GH2,GF2, E-PL2 and E-5 tests.

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Panasonic GF2 review by Digitalrev

Olympus E-5 review at foto.lt

Panasonic GH2 in Africa (Panasonic.net)

GH2: Magnified focus with legacy lenses (m43photo.blogspot).

Panasonic GF2 test at DCview.

Look at that photo at Flickr. It looks like the Olympus E-PL2 “could” have some red dot issues. Did you find more pictures showing the same issue?

Olympus EPL2 Review, first installment (Kirk Tuck)

The E-PL2 is in Stock at eBay and “almost” in Stock at Amazon DE. Pre order tare available at Amazon, Adorama, Amazon FR,

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A Micro Four Thirds rumors roadmap

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Don’t make fun of me because of that baby-graph I posted here :)

We posted so many rumors that it’s good to post a visual summary of what could be coming soon. Keep in mind that those are rumors. Some of them may be true, some will change and some of them may be turn out to be false. But one thing I can tell you. Panasonic and Olympus will very soon announce MANY new Micro Four Thirds products. Just curious…

Which rumored camera/lens are you more interested in? (you can vote more than once)

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