April 19, 2014
Posted in deals
April 18, 2014
Posted in deals

20% on Olympus accessories in USA!

Lucky US readers: This weekend you will get 20% off on Olympus accessories at GetOlympus (Click here). Just use the code “SPRINGACC” when checking out! The rebate runs on very expensive accessories too like Water housings and Flashes!

And there are plenty of Gold Box deals on photographic stuff at Amazon too (Click here).

April 18, 2014
Posted in reviews

Nocticron is the best Micro Four Thirds lens ever tested by DxOmark!


DxO (Click here) just published the full Nocticron 42,5mm f/1.2 lens test. It will surprise no one here that it became the best MFT lens ever tested by DxO. But the margin to the Olympus 75mm and 45mm lenses isn’t high and the price difference on the opposite is considerable. DxO writes:

Although this is a bold step for Panasonic, the price is a going to be a stumbling block for the majority, particularly as it has to sway users away from the diminutive and accessibly priced Olympus 45mm f1.8.
That model is both discrete and a very good performer, although it’s someway behind in build and in outright optical quality. Looking at the line-up as a whole it’s uncomfortably close to 45mm and the longer 75mm f1.8, yet there seems little doubt it will tempt enthusiasts looking for an edge in performance and to the advantages of returning to an aperture ring.

Expensive? Yes. But if you want the best lens this is the way to go!

You can buy the lens at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). In UK at Wexphotographic (Click here). In Germany at Redcoon (Click here), Technikdirekt (Click here).

April 18, 2014
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Surprise: Panasonic withdraws plan to release the GF7!

The GF7 design patent.

It’s a while that I am working on that rumor but I am now 99% certain it’s true. Panasonic decided to withdraw the planned GF7 release! There will be no new GF camera model this year!

As you know since the GF1 release (glorious camera!!!) Panasonic upgraded the camera every year in Spring. And we also found patents showing the new GF7 model (see image on top). But according to our top sources Panasonic decided to focus on more “profitable” camera development. It’s uncertain yet if there will be a new GF model in 2015. Do you think this is a wise decision?

The currently cheapest GF is the GF3 for $149 via Samys on eBay (Click here).


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April 17, 2014
Posted in reviews

Olympus 25mm and 12-40mm lens reviews at ePhotozine.

Image courtesy: ePhotozine

ePhotozine is busy testing new Olympus lenses:

1) Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 ED Premium Lens Review (Click here).

This lens is certainly capable of producing excellent quality images, with sharpness being excellent in the centre of the frame from maximum aperture. It’s well built, lightweight and reasonably compact. The price of this lens may limit its appeal a little, even though it’s not really an expensive lens.

25mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
25mm f/1.8 Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.

2) Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens Review (Click here):

This lens delivers outstanding sharpness through much of the zoom range at maximum aperture and sports a robust, dust and splash proof build, all while remaining compact and lightweight. The excellent performance of this lens will certainly win it many fans, that’s for sure.

12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, AmazonDE (viaDL), Amazon ES (via DL).

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