GX1 deal (when is the GX2 coming?).


GX1 gets cheaper and cheaper:
The GX1 got another small price drop and now sells with 14-42mm kit lens for $460 only at Amazon (Click here). I am certainly not the only one having noticed the price drop as it managed to get back into the first page of the most popular mirrorless cameras at Amazon (here is the ranking). At that price it is $59 cheaper than the new Panasonic GF5 camera with the same kit lens. The GX line wasn’t supposed to be above the GF line? :)
The price dropped even In Europe (See price history for Germany). At Fotomundus you can get a GX1 for 50 Euro less than last months price.

GX2 coming soon?
And now let’s talk about the possible future GX2. It has been quite for some time now. I know via sources that this is the next camera that Panasonic will announced. And we also know that Panasonic officially said (back in Spring) that they will “better define” the GX line during the year. But there is no 100% reliable info yet about the exact release date. All we heard for now is that the GX1 has the GH3 sensor and a complete new design.

More GX1 related deals:
If you buy a GX1 (or GH2 or GF5 or G5) you can save up to $200 on camera+lens at Amazon (Click here to check the deal page). Here is the detailed deal list. Just click on the camera name link to check it out:



(FT3) No plan to make m43 mount Zeiss lenses…


Yesterday Patrick from FujiRumors wrote that Zeiss will release the new Fuji X and Sony E mount lenses in April. He also sent me an email to say that Zeiss representatives that were displaying the lenses in NYC told him that there will be definitely no MFT version of these lenses in 2013. And it hasn’t yet been decided if they will ever be released in 2014.

I hope Zeiss will change their mind soon. Can you leave out the biggest Mirrorless System? They are missing a big chance to make money don’t they? So here is a poll to show Zeiss managers if the little MFT community on 43rumors would buy some of their three lenses. Important to know. These are High Quality Lenses with full AF and Aperture control and priced at 1000 Euro.

What lens would you buy for MFT?

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Comon Zeiss! We need you on board :)


The naked Panasonic panckaes at LR.


Image courtesy: Lensrentals.

Roger Cicala from Lensrentals disassembled the two Panasonic pancakes to show us what’s inside. There are many technical differences between the two pancakes. But what impresses me is how many pieces you can find in these small lenses. Panasonic really did a great work on these lenses, making them so small but at the same time with a very decent image quality for a relatively low price.

The 14mm can be bought Open Box for $183 on eBay (Click here).
Price check of the 14mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
Price check of the 20mm at eBay.


PEN news: E-PL5 review at PB. Android PEN App available. E-PM2 in Stock.




Now we know that the E-PL5 is officially the first MFT camera without Anti Aliasing filter. It explains why this camera managed to match and even beat (at LOW ISO) the current E-M5. Today the British website PhotographyBlog (Click here) posted the full E-PL5 review and writes: “The Olympus E-PL5 is a much more intriguing camera than its mid-level price and positioning in the Olympus compact system camera range would first suggest. Not many manufacturers offer the same image quality as their flagship camera throughout their entire line-up, but that’s exactly what Olympus have done with the release of the E-PL5 and the even smaller E-PM2. The new Olympus E-PL5 therefore comes Highly Recommended as a more portable and affordable alternative to Olympus’ best mirrorless camera…

Sounds good!

The E-PL5 is set to ship tomorrow at Amazon (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here). The little sister E-Pm2 is already shopping at BHphoto (Click here), Cameta (Click here), Amazon (Click here) and on eBay (Click here) -> found via Slidoo. And if you are going to buy them than don’t forget that the new PEN Olympus Application is now available on iTunes and Android store!




(FT4) Major Olympus Camera and Lens announcement in January?


Maitani: The inventor and deisgner of the OM line.

I am still collecting pieces about the next Panasonic and Olympus announcements. As I told you last week I got rumors about two Olympus semi professional cameras. Now I got an indication about the possibly next Olympus announcement. It could be in early January! And this would fit perfectly with the next big show which is the CES event in Las Vegas. There are only two info I can share with some reliability (FT4) for now:
1) There will be semi pro stuff.
2) There will be new Cameras And Lenses!

Message to sources:
As usual I ask sources and readers to have some patience. For sources: Don’t be afraid if I don’t post a rumor you sent. I usually try to double check rumors. As you can imagine I also get wrong or fake rumors too. Would be fine if you can use some kind of fake name so that I can recognize you whenever you send me new messages. You may create a fake gmail account to send me anonymous info at 43rumors@gmail.com. Or use contact form you see on the right sidebar. Thanks!

P.S.: We had many OM Film Cameras designed by Maitani. Here is the chronological ordered list of all OM film cameras ever made by Olympus. Click on the names to see them on eBay (ordered by first announced camera): M-1, OM-1, OM-1 MD, OM-1N, OM-2, OM-2N, OM-2S/SP, OM-3, OM-3Ti, OM-4, OM-4T/Ti black and chrome, OM-10, OM-20 (OM-G), OM-30(OM-F), OM-40 (OM-PC), OM-77AF (OM-707), OM-88 (OM-101), OM-2000.

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