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November 29, 2009
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) HOT! Canon GIII EVIL system is coming now?

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This is the analogue rangefinder from 1972.

Just received this message from one of my best sources! It is (FT3) only because not confirmed by a second source.
UPDATED: The source is the same that gave us the correct Ricoh GXR rumors. And he says that the Canon GIII Evil system is going to be announced soon. Canonrumors do not have any information about such a camera.

Please remember, this rumor hasn’t been confirmed yet by other sources and until them don’t give the news too much credit. We hope to know more soon!

Message to the source: Please tell us a little more ;)

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November 29, 2009

The last week news summary! (one post to cover them all)

I just want to give you an idea of how many news 43rumors is posting every day. That’s why I made the following summary of the last 7 days news only!
I grouped the news by camera:

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OLYMPUS E-P1:
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The luxury Olympus E-P1 camera edition costs you £1,999 ($3,340 or 2.220 EUR!). I have no idea where you can buy the camera but anyway would you really buy it? source: engadget
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Trendy.nikkeibp.co.jp made a Panasonic GF1 vs Olympus E-P1 shootout. Read the japanese original text or the google english translation.
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Two new underwater housings for your E-P1 and GF1 !
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Olympus E-P1 vs. Canon Rebel T1i vs. Nikon D5000 at h2hreviews.com
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Minolta Primes on the Olympus E-P1 via Novoflex Minolta MD to Micro Four Thirds adapter. Read the review at photoblossoms.wordpress.com!



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OLYMPUS E-P2:
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Few Olympus E-P2 image samples are available here: http://www.bangkoksite.com/DigitalCamera/OlympusE-P2/EP2A.htm
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The first Olympus E-P2 review has been made by dcwatch. It is a very complete review with many images!
A second japanese Olympus E-P2 review is available at plusd.itmedia.co.jp.
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Good news! Olympus E-P2 worldwide shipment to start on December 4!
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Few Olympus E-P2 image samples are available here: http://www.bangkoksite.com/DigitalCamera/OlympusE-P2/EP2A.htm
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The dutch magazine pixelmania.nl reviewed the Olympus E-P2. Read the 7 pages review in dutch or choose the google english translation.
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– The E-P2 is available for preorder at Amazon US / Adorama / BHphoto / Amazon DE



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Panasonic GF1:
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ISO Shootout: Canon S90 vs Ricoh GR Digital III vs Panasonic G1 at seriouscompacts.com!
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Panasonic Lumix GF1 Wins Popular Science’s “The Best of What’s New” Award (source: photographyreview)
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Cameralabs reviews the Panasonic GF1.
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Ricoh GXR and Panasonic GF1 size comparison (dpreview forum)
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Partial HiRes Panorama (15,000 x 33,885) shot with Panasonic Lumix GF1, 45-200mm @ 200mm.
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Samurai Photographer Doug Sahlin shares some thoughts about his new Panasonic GF-1 and his Canon EOS 7D (audio interview!)



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Everything else
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The Worst Cameras of 2009 (source: digitalcamera-hq)
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m43 Focal Lengths and Bokeh – Small Comparison (dpreview forum)
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Olympus E-620: Featured User Review at photographyreview.com.
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Olympus Stylus 7010 has been testedt at digitalcamerareview.com.
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Digital Camera Tips from Chase Jarvis, Author of “The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You
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Panasonic Lumix FZ35 Field Report at neutralday
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The NewYorkTimes recommends the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3
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Giant Panasonic Camera Arrives in London…is it a fullframe camera? ;) (source: photographybay)
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November 28, 2009
Posted in Rumors

Last week rumors summary (one post to cover them all)

Last week we published some rumors and this is the short summary.

Rumors classification reminder: (FT 1) Only a dream (FT 2) Sounds a little more real (FT 3) Could be (FT 4) Possible, from trusted sources (FT 5) It’s done! FT= Four Thirds

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(FT3) Thom Hogan predictions for 2010!

  • Olympus. Olympus has already announced the E-P2, but it’s not much of a change (a tux for the body and an optional EVF). We’ll get another m4/3 camera before the end of the year, and it’s likely to be a much higher specified one. Lenses have already been announced so will be no surprise (the 9-18mm and 14-150mm coming next, probably followed by another prime or two and a long zoom). Meanwhile, Olympus needs to get the 4/3 cameras down in size, too, if they want that line to live on. The APS crop cameras are now up to 18mp and still doing well with noise, so Olympus’s recent “12mp is enough” won’t hold, I think. We’ll see a >12mp Olympus announced before the end of the year.
  • Panasonic. A GH2 and a GF2 seem pretty likely, in that order. The tricky part is that to keep ahead of the pack the real advances are going to need to start coming at the sensor. Just adding features or gimmicks is not going to send a strong message. So, like Olympus, I think we’ll see >12mp cameras out of Panasonic sometime during the year. Like Olympus, Panasonic has telegraphed its lens lineup for the year, so no real surprises there. I do find it interesting, however, that every poll of m4/3 users and seriously considering m4/3 buyers shows that a 12mm prime is the number one lens request, yet we still haven’t seem either company decide to produce one. I’m betting that Panasonic picks up on this and makes such an announcement before the end of the year (that doesn’t mean we’ll see such a lens in 2010, though).

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(FT2) Again new chinese rumors (E30 discontinued?)

A new chinese rumors has been posted inside the four-thirds.cn forum:

E30 has been discontinued
Occasionally heard yesterday, the boss, and a one dealer said that this camera has been discontinued … …
Overall, the design of E30 is still good, five major deficiencies:
1, 2.7-inch LCD screen is relatively small, it is best replaced by 3-inch 920,000 pixels
Second, the viewfinder can be made 100 percent coverage in the case of only 98% of the
3, auto white balance is not precise enough to be measured to improve white balance to increase the correction procedure
4, there is no dedicated AF fill light,
5, there is no high-definition video capabilities

Only two days ago we posted another rumor from a chinese forum:

Olympus Sale Rep at a Detroit camera store said that Olympus is currently focusing on m43 and the entry 43. Around mid next year, there will be a replacement for E620. And the replacement for E3 will possible come out next year, likely the second half of the year.

This are very unreliable sources and I do not trust them.

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(FT5) new Panasonic 2.2/3-inch CMOS Image Sensor Based on Dual Resolution and Exposure Technique!

ISSCC published the Advance 2010 Program which contains some interesting new sensor developments news:

There is a description of the new Panasonic sensor with “2.2/3-Inch 4K2K dual resolution and exposure CMOS imager uses motion information to improve the sensitivity by 4 times in comparison to a conventional sensor. The green pixels are read out once every four frames for high sensitivity. Both the red and blue pixels are read out each frame, binned for 2×2 and used for motion compensation.”
Sounds like an amazing tecnology! I expect the new sensor to find his way in future Panasonic videocameras.

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(FT2) Panasonic LX4

Just recieved a new rumor about the LX3 successor. The source is unknwon.
Take it with a grain of salt, this rumor has not been confirmed by our trusted sources!

Panasonic is going to announce the LX4 in February with the following specs. I am 90% sure of these:

– New backlit 12.1mp sensor
– Built-in epson evf
– Lumix lens (not leica; not sure about specs, but I am hearing 1.7/20mm)
– 1:1, 3:2, 16:9, 2.39:1, 1.85:1 aspect ratios
– new B&W high-sensitivity mode (almost no-noise in iso 3200)
– priced at under $600 USD at launch
– not sure about the specs on the screen
– manual focus/selector ring, similar to canon S90
– lighter magnesium alloy body
– black, red, gray, and white colors will be available at launch
– built-in lens cap

and yes “lx4″ will be the official name, im 100% on that.

happy thanksgiving,

a friend

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The partner website SonyAlphaRumors.com had also one interesting rumor:
(SR4) UPDATED ->The Sony A-700 has been discontinued in Holland. The Alpha 800 is coming!

November 27, 2009
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Panasonic GH1 for under $1,400 in Stock at amazon US! …..$1,399.99 ;)

UPDATE: Now the price has gone up to $1,419.97 (still a bargain!) -> Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

It was:
That’s a deal! Panasonic GH1 Camera with 1080p HD Video for $1,399.99 at amazon! In Stock!. Ships from and sold by Willoughby’s Established 1898.

And the Panasonic 14-140mm Micro Four Thirds Lens for $850! (-$10 if you use the Discovery Card)

November 27, 2009
Posted in deals

Continually UPDATED -> Black Friday deals: Panasonic GF1+20mm ships in 3-4 days at Panasonic US store

Contiually updated Black Friday deals list (latest deals on top):
Panasonic US store says the Panasonic GF1+20mm lens combo “Ships in 3-5 Business Days”.
– Amazon: Panasonic GH1 $1,419.97. In Stock!.
Olympus E-P1 Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver Body/Black Lens) for $719.95
– Finally we found an interesting MicroFourThirds deal at amazon: Panasonic 14-140mm Micro Four Thirds Lens for $850! (-$10 if you use the Discovery Card)
Click here to check all Amazon Black Friday deals.
Amazon.com has a new upcoming deal “Spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens”
– For those of you who need to buy a new apple computer. Amazon has a Apple iMac 21.5-Inch deal.
– BHphoto: Metz mecablitz 48 AF-1 flash for FourThirds ($200)
– BHphoto: Eye-Fi 4GB Share Wireless SD Memory Card
– Amazon: Olympus E-P1 with 17mm f/2.8 Lens and Viewfinder (Silver) for $760.00. And on this lens you can get $10 off if you use your Discover Card
– Amazon: Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 Lenses in Stock (Ships from and sold by Amazon.com). You can get $10 off if you use your Discover Card
– Amazon: Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens for $283.95 (for $273.95 if you use the Discovery Card!)
– Adorama: Olympus E620 body-only for $530 with free shipping .
– BHphoto: Olympus E620 body-only for $530 with free shipping.
– BHphoto just launched a new deal program: All camera deals (every brand)

For non US citizens: Black Friday is the biggest US shopping day of the year! And people goes crazy for it:

via: photorumors.com

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