November 18, 2014
Posted in news

Cool project: Veydra M4/3 Cinema Lenses for GH4 and BMPCC!

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We could soon get special Cine lenses from a complete new manufacturer. There is a cool Kickstarter project (Click here) to make the Veydra 12mm, 16mm, 25mm, 35mm, and 50mm lenses. Here is the full project description:

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November 18, 2014
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) E-PM line is “dead”.

Highly trusted sources report the Olympus E-PM line is now officially “dead” There is no successor planed for the E-PM2. Olympus had three different PEN lines which was obviously a bit of a Non-sense.

One more thing: I don’t know yet if there will be a new High End PEN placed above the new E-PL7.


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November 18, 2014
Posted in reviews

Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 reviewed at Photozone.

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Image courtesy: Photozone

Photozone tested the 25mm f/1.8 Olympus lens and writes:

The Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 is undoubtedly a high quality lens with a tiny form factor. The resolution characteristic is very even across the relevant aperture range. The center quality is mostly excellent followed by a good to very good outer image region. Lateral CAs are low which contributes to the high quality perception. Image distortions are negligible – also in RAW mode. On the downside, there’s some light falloff in the corners at large aperture settings. The bokeh is generally smooth although the rendition of out-of-focus highlights could be better.

The lens earned a very good score althaugh it didn’t manage to get “highly Recommended”.

November 17, 2014
Posted in deals

Great E-M5 deal on Amazon (free Olympus Messenger bag). $160 off on the superb Panasonic FZ1000 4K camera!

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Not only got the E-M5 a $200 off. You also get that nice Olympus Messenger Bag for free at Amazon US (Click here). The bag alone usually sells for $40.

 

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The Panasonic FZ1000 was already well priced if you look a the ton of features it has. And it now got even more of a bargain because of the $160 off on QuickNdone on eBay (Click here). US buyers will not have to pay any import tax and shpping costs are free. This is a very good ebay seller!

E-M5 got an ulterior $200 off:
Silver E-M5 body for $599 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus.
Black E-M5 body for $599 at AmazonAdoramaBHphoto, GetOlympus.
Black E-M5 with 12-42mm lens for $699 at AmazonAdoramaBHphoto, GetOlympus.
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens for $599 at AmazonAdoramaBHphoto, GetOlympus.

$100 off on the E-M1:
Silver E-M1 body for $1,299 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus.
Black E-M1 body for $1,299 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus.

Up to $100 off on Olympus MFT lenses:
$100 off on the 75mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 14-150mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 40-150mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 40-150mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 75-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 25mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 45mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 17mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.

November 17, 2014
Posted in news

What should Panasonic come up with next? G7-GF7 or something else?

Panasonic pleased us with many great new cameras this year:
Panasonic GH4 (Amazon.co.uk, eBay.nl)
Panasonic GM5 (Amazon.co.uk, eBay.nl)
Panasonic LX100 (Amazon.co.uk, eBay.nl)
Panasonic FZ1000 (Amazon.co.uk, eBay.nl)

That’s a pretty nice lineup and some of those cameras are yet not matched by the competition! So it’s hard to think about what Panasonic should do as next.
Now I am asking 43rumors readers. What cameras is “needed”? What should Panasonic do?
Please comment this post with your suggestions and I will sum them up in a POLL to post later.

Here is an example of my list:
1) Launch a $199 Panasonic GF entry level MFT camera
2) Launch a new Full Frame mount camera to compete against the Sony A7 series.

P.S.: A personal note on Full Frame. Like many of you I know well that 99% of the people doesn’t need Full Frame. It’s not going to make you a better photographer. But people also doesn’t need SUV but that’s what many do buy nowadays and that’s where carmaker make money. I think the move to FF is necessary from a business point of view. From a purely photographic point of view it makes little sense.

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