New low price for E-PL1, E-PL2 and GX1 for $499 (GX2 is coming by end of the year)

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Rumors are getting stronger and the GX2 should arrive in November. So it’s not a surprise to see the third good GX1 deal in one month. The Black body with 14-42mm lens is now for sale at $499 at Amazon (Click here). But the leader of the Amazon ranking (here to see the list) is the E-Pl1 that sells for $259 again at Amazon. Another good price is the E-PL2 with same lens for $349.

E-Pm, E-PL and GH3 are coming at Photokina in September, the GX1 maybe two months after. Those deals may not be related to it but it’s nice that we can buy a m43 camera for a price that is very low.

P.S.: For the first time in Stock at Adorama the 12-35mm X lens.

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(FT5) UPDATED: New ring flash adapter for the 60mm macro coming too…

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(UPDATED POST!)
Next week Olympus announcement will likely see the final release of the 60mm macro lens and we just learned from top sources that there will be a sort of RF-11 ring flash light adapter for the lens.

So for now we know that Olympus is going to announce a 60mm macro lens, 60mm ring flash adapter and a crazy 15mm f/8.0 and 9mm thick pancake. No cameras yet! E-PM2 (or E-PM5) and E-PL5 coming in mid September!

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Panasonic contrast AF versus Canon Hybrid AF comparison.

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During the last years Panasonic and Olympus achieved impressive results on the AF performance. As you know they rely on the contrast AF only. Canon, Nikon (and soon Sony too) are using a hybrid contrast and phase detection AF on their mirrorelss cameras like on the new Canon EOS-M. The video on top has been made by Dpreview to shows the comparison between the G5 AF and the 650D AF.

I think the real advantage of phase detetion is the continous AF on moving objects. On still objects the Panasonic easily beats the Canon!

BY the way, the new Panasonic G5 arrived in Europe and is in Stock at Jessops and on eBay UK (Click here).

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Panasonic 100-300mm sold out in US. And Olympus 60mm macro lens on iPad!

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The message issued by Adorama

The Panasonic 100-300mm zoom is now out of Stock in all bigger US stores like Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. I haven’t got any info about a possible replacement about the lens but Amazon US (Click here) even removed the preorder option!

Meantime our reader Eric sent me the screenshots of the OM-D iPad application that includes info about the 60mm macro lens. Click on the images to open the full size version. P.S.: iPad app download on iTunes (Click here).

P.S.: The never ending success story of the E-Pl1 continues…it is again on top of the Amazon rankings (Click here to see).

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