Overpriced Silver E-M5 in Stock and reviews roundup (first battery grip review)

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As I told you last night Olympus didn’t expect to sell the Silver E-M5 models as well as the Black models. And if you are lucky you will find just a couple fo them in Stock here and there. I found two (overpriced) Silver models at Amazon US (Click here) and in Europe at uw-photo.ch (Click here). 43rumors readers told me that February Silver E-M5 preorders are now shipping from different stores. I hope you can get your soon too!

And now let’s check the latest E-M5 news roundup:
Golftoimpress (Click here) tested the Konica Hexanon f/1.7 on the E-m5: “I have to say I love this lens, how can I not considering its price and its performance. It is not hard at all to manually focus on the E-M5 which makes it a great choice for those photo enthusiasts who own a stash of legacy lenses“. You may wonder ow much this lens costs? A used Hexanon costs between $30 and $60 only on eBay (Click here).
E-M5 impressions by John Brawley (Click here). Test charts at Pixelmania.nl (Click here).
Admiringlight (Click here) is the first to revie the E-M5 battery grip: “The well thought out control placement and solid build make it worth the price in my opinion.  While it’s a shame the horizontal grip blocks the battery door, it’s a tradeoff I’m glad to make for the two piece construction.

E-M5 (Pre)order links (Click on store name): Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

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(FT5) Olympus 75mm f/1.8 priced at around $800. In Store by end of June /early July!

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A couple of weeks ago a new source told us that the new 75mm f/1.8 lens would arrive on June 18th and priced at $799. Trusted sources now confirmed that the lens will be priced at “around $800“. Of course this is subject change depending on tax and conversion rate (Some sources know the real price in other currency). And the lens will start to be in Store by end of June /early July (more or less the same time when the new Panasonic 12-35mm X lens will ship). There is no word about the other 60mm macro lens release or eventual new PEN cameras. But I have been told something else “could” come. Don’t know what it is now but I am working on it.

Oh, and two of my sources said the lens is simply astonishing! Just for comparison. The lens corresponds to 150mm f/1.8 lens in Full frame terms (f/3.6 in DOF terms) or to a 100mm f/1.8 in APS-C terms (f/2.7 in DOF terms). Lenses giving a similar field view and aperture (but different DOF) to the 75mm Olympus lens like the Nikon 105mm f/2.0 (150mm on APS-C) costs more than $1000 at Amazon (Click here). And so the Canon 135mm f/2.0 (135mm on FF). The only weird thing is that Olympus sees the lens as a portrait lens while in my opinion it is not. But anyway, if it delivers the highest quality of all m43 lenses I am sure it will become a hotseller! Don’t you think?

Speaking of hotseller: The Panasonic 12-35mm managed to get into the 20 most sold lenses at Amazon (here is the ranking). Please let me know if you find more stores accepting preorders and I will post it here on 43rumors. Thanks! Here is the (short) list:
in USA at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
in Europe at FotoHanzKeuzekamp (Click here).
in Asia at Amazon Japan (Click here).

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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Olympus will not announce any partnership soon (and may not need it after all!)

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As you know for months now rumors are floating around about possible alliances between Olympus and Sony or Samsung or Fuji or whatever else :)
Olympus is seeking a way to get some cash in the company. But today Reuters reports that “Olympus will not unveil an equity alliance at its major strategy briefing next month, despite speculation it might do so, sources said on Tuesday.” And there is also a surprise: “An investment banking source added that Olympus management hoped it could eventually raise capital on its own.” This would of course the best news if Olympus can stand on his own feet!

From a financial point of view the medical department is the one that matters but I hope their recent E-M5 release and upcoming 75mm portrait announcement will help them to earn some money with the camera division too! That said I know from my top sources that Olympus didn’t expect that kind of success form the E-M5. particularly the Silver model is selling as good as the Black E-M5. That’s why it’s hard to find it in Stock. Here are all my search links to the E-M5. Links I check a couple of times per week to see where the E-M5 is in Stock:

Australia: CameraPRO, Amazon, BHphoto, Digitalrev, eBay.au
Austria: Amazon.at, Calumetphoto.de, Fotomundus, eBay.at
Belgium: Calumetphoto.be, Redcoon.be, Amazon.co.uk, eBay.be
Canada: Newegg.ca, Amazon.ca, Olympus Canada, TheCameraStore, B&H, eBay.ca
China: Digitalrev, Amazon.cn, eBay
Denmark: eBay
Finland: eBay
France: Amazon.fr, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon.de, Calumetphoto.de, Fotomundus, eBay.de
Hong Kong: Digitalrev, eBay, Amazon, B&H
Ireland: Amazon.uk, WexUK, eBay.ie
Italy: Amazon.it, eBay.it
Japan: Amazon.jp, DigitalRev, eBay
Netherlands: Calumet.nl, Amazon.co.uk, eBay.nl
Norway: eBay
Poland: Redcoon.pl, eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, eBay
Spain: Amazon.es, Redcoon.es, eBay.es
Sweden: eBay
Switzerland: Amazon.de, Calumetphoto.de, eBay.ch
United Kingdom: Amazon.uk, ParkCameras, Jessops, WexUK, eBay.uk
United States: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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Panasonic 12-35mm the day after (New preorders in USA and Europe)

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Let’s start with the updated preorder list. You can preorder the new 12-35mm X lens:
in USA at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
in Europe at FotoHanzKeuzekamp (Click here).
in Asia at Amazon Japan (Click here).

Finally I spent an hour to carefully read all four available reviews at Photographyblog, ePhotozine, SLRgear and DSLRmagazine. I guess most of you read them and from a technical point of view this lens really almost has no flaw. Resolution is perfect. The lens makes no noise when zooming or focusing, distortion is low and harmonic across the range. Only the (surprisingly) missing Powerzoom function can be problem for videomakers. Really didn’t expect that lens to not come along the Powerzoom and as this is an ideal lens for filmmakers some of them may be frustrated right now :)
I may add that the USA price is a bit higher than expected. American readers are used to get that special Euro-Dollar 1:1 coversion. So after reading that the lens costa 1.100 Euro I would have expected Amazon (Click here) to sell it for $1,100. Anyway, I think the price is ok if you look at all features. The lens has a super image and build quality and as Dpreview writes: “Panasonic’s excellent implementation of ‘focus-by-wire’ manual focus is responsive and precise, and streets ahead of some of its rivals“. This lens really sets the latter so high that it makes look the competition really bad! The Micro Four Thirds system really became a lot more mature and it will be hard fro Sony, Nikon and even Canon to surpass the m43 system for a long time coming! At that point I have to remind you that the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 X lens will arrive along the GH3 in late Summer  while the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 is coming out within the next couple of weeks. And that’s not all that’s coming ;)

Great time ahead for us Micro Four Thirds users!!!

 

 

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Olympus E-M5 at 11.000 feet (and Astrophotography test)

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Zelenpol announced a new carbon case you can get $170 on eBay (Click here to see the auction and more pictures). They also have a classic Black leather case for sale again on eBay (Click here).

And now lets’ talk about some unconventional reviews. Want you know for example if the E-M5 is good enough for Astrophotography? The answer comes from Therovingphotographer (Click here): “So there you have it – a somewhat unexpected review, but further solid proof that the E-M5 is a seriously capable little camera.“. And one of the main features of the E-M5 is the robust and weather sealed body. So does’t it really do his job at over 11000 feet? Check out the answer by reading that post on dpreview. And what if something goes wrong with the exposition? Steve Huff (Click here) explains you if you can save an underexposed shot. Oh, and he also compared the E-M5 to the big ones like the NEX-7 and the superpixel D800 (Click here). MirrorlessReviews posted six E-M5 videos on youtube (Click here). And finally the m43 sceptic admin of Camerazealot (Click here) converted himself to the E-M5 religion :)

And I end this post with the E-M5 preorder and Amazon ranking links:

E-M5 (Pre)order links (Click on store name): Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Bestseller list. Check the list (changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 11/12/13 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 7 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 2/9 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 3/4 (Click here).

 

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