(FT3) UPDATED: New m43 camcorder to be announced after-tomorrow?

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Image on top: The current AG-AF100 camcorder.

UPDATE: Made a big typo. The camera should arrive after tomorrow April 11th and not tomorrow the 10th.

A source told me that Panasonic should unveil new stuff tomorrow April 11th (Japan time). Very likely a new Micro Four Thirds AG-AF camcorder will be announced. The rumor hasn’t been confirmed by other sources yet that’s why it has the FT3 value only for now (See FT ranking at the bottom of this post if you don’t know what it is). I don’t expect the G5 yet (will be announced in May) or the new X zoom lenses (late June) or the GH3 (late August/early September).

The one interesting thing about the new m43 camcorder could be the rumored new Super 35mm sized sensor. But also this is juts an unconfirmed rumor for now. let’s see what happens tomorrow!

Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

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Sigma 30mm and 19mm tested by ThePhoBlographer.

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You can see some nice images samples taken with the new 30mm and 19mm Sigma Micro Four Thirds lenses on ThePhoBlographer (Click here). I have to admit that while it remains true that I am not happy with the size and slow aperture of the Sigma lenses I am positively impressed by the image quality which is quite good for a $199 lens. Let’s hope they will also do some more of them with a m43 centered design (the current two lenses have been designed for m43 and NEX).

The 19mm f/2.8 lens is now in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here) and Amazon France (Click here).
The 30mm f/2.8 lens is now in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here) and Amazon France (Click here).

Reminder: List of Four Thirds Sigma lenses (Click on link to see them on eBay):
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 Sigma 24mm f/1.8 Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 Sigma 55-500mm f/4-5.6 Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Sigma 135-400mm f/4-5.6 Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6

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New Lensbaby composer review by T. Robichaud. New Zeiss CP.2 lenses.

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Tyson Robichaud (Click here) tested a new Lensbaby product for the mirror-less systems which enables access to all of the Lensbaby optics. He writes: “Not only does the Composer Pro offer access to the entire Lensbaby system, it also promises to be much more “future proof” in the event that Lensbaby looks to further diversify its system as the new Composer Pro has worked around the design issues with these mirror-less system mounts that the newer optics had compatibility-wise with the Tilt Transformer.

And Carl Zeiss released two new CP.2 15mm T/2.9 and CP.2 135mm T/2.1 lenses also for m43 mount (Source: Dpreview). They will be available in late 2012 for $5,700 or €4,200 each (VAT excluded). These are special video optimized lenses and perfectly color-matched to allow consistency in footage. Sound good for the current AG-AF100 and the new camcorder that is going to be announced next week!

Links to CP.2 lenses on eBay (Click here).

 

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USA deals roundup…(crazy Fuji sniff test).

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In USA you can still take advantage of the $100 price drops on the GH2 and GX1!

GH2 with 14-42mm kit lens is now in Stock for $749 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
GX1 body only is now priced at $649 at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (with extras!).
GX1 body with 14-42mm kit lens is now priced at $699 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
GX1 body with 14-42mm X lens for $849 at Amazon (Click here).

Despite all these nice deals it is the Olympus E-PL2 that is the most ordered m43 camera at Amazon (Click here). And speaking of the most popular camera there is certainly the just available Fuji X PRO 1 (Click here). Speaking of that camera I found something weird about it. A sniff test! I posted it on my sisther website MirrorlessRumors.com (Click here). Kinda funny what people invents to become famous :)

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