June 14, 2011
Posted in news

43rumors is back and on the new server (+ explanation of the malware warning)

We are BACK!!!!!

As you know yesterday a malware attacked a couple of servers in Northern Europe. Many websites were affected (not only 43rumors). When the malware attacked us it changed a small script which made you crash the browser. We located the attack location, blocked it and removed the dirty code. The problem was that google banned all the affected websites. We quickly asked for  re-approval from google but it took 10 hours to be back online without that WARNING message. And because we are smart (LOL!) we used that time to transfer the whole website on a new server! So now ladies and gentlemen you are visiting the 43rumors website on a 3 to 4 times faster server. It will finally allow me to upgrade the 43rumors theme with new option and at the same time we can fix some of the issues.

Please be kind and remind your friends and forum colleagues that we are back online. Also explain them that it was not a 43rumors problem only. We reacted very fast but google kept the warning for hours even if we were a safe website :(

Now I have to catch up with news and rumors. See you soon!

 

June 13, 2011
Posted in news

Good news folks! Leica 25mm lens will cost around 73.500 YEN (around 650 Euro)!


Image courtesy: Quesabesde.

There have been a lot of confusing info about the price of the lens. Some European websites initially did unveil a price tag of 899 Euro while some other websites (Dpreview, Focus Numerique) said that the final price will be announced before the market release. Things are much clearer in Japan where DC.watch said the price will be 73.500 YEN which is 675 Euro or 950 Dollars (but you know that the price in dollars will be much cheaper). The japanese store Yodobashi sells the lens for a street price of 58.800 YEN which is 610 Euro!!! That has been confirmed by the swedish magazine Fotosidan (650 Euro). The older Four Thirds lens did cost 1099 Euro/Dollars (it costs less now on eBay).

That’s good news!

P.S.: Leica 25mm still not available for preorder on Amazon (Click here to see the search results).

June 13, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) UPDATED: Panasonic will release an advanced GF camera!!! And a new GH successor!


Ichrio Kitao from Panasonic confirmed to PhotoRadar that “Panasonic plans to split the GF series into two lines and release a GF camera aimed at experienced photographers.”
That fits perfectly with the rumors I received saying that Panasonic is working on a Micro Four Thirds version of the popular Panasonic L1 (Click here to see that cam on eBay). And one more hot news: “Kitao told us that the company’s next priority is the GH series and bringing out a successor to the GH2” and “Improving EVF resolution and refresh rate is a priority and Panasonic intends to liaise with its supplier, Epson, to achieve this.
I also received some news about that and will write more soon on 43rumors. Stay tuned! Lot’s of Olympus rumors coming too ;)

UPDATE: In an interview with Amateur Photographer, Kitao said Panasonic is committed to the Micro Four Thirds system and has no plans to change the sensor format. “Once we launched the G system we have a responsibility to continue the system“. My personal take on that. Mr, Kitao, this sounds like “would like to change format but I can’t“! You should have answered something like that: “Why change sensor format? m43 is the best format to realize compact and good quality mirrorless cameras!” Better communication please ;)

Via Photoradar

June 13, 2011
Posted in news

(Continually updated) Panasonic GF3 and Leica lens announced!


I will continually update this page. Latest additions will be on top of each category!

HOT! Preorders available!

Black GF3 with 14mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
White GF3 with 14mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
Red GF3 with 14mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
Brown GF3 with 14mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
Leica 25mm still not available for preorder on Amazon (Click here to see the search results).

Hot details

Compared to the GF2 the GF3 has a high-speed contrast AF (approximately 0.18 seconds). Burst speed has been increased 3.8 seconds at full resolution screen as the shutter is re-designed. No hot shoe! The GF3 has the VII processor engine.
The GF3 is available from July in black, red, white and brown for a suggested retail price of 550 Euro-including 14-42mm kit lens. 599Euros (or 699 dollars) with the 14mm lens.
HOT! According to DC.watch websites the Leica 25mm F/1.4 Summilux will retail for 73.500Yen (630 Euro) and will like the Lumix GF3 be available around July.
The lens uses nano coating technology and also has a new UHR (Ultra High Refractive) index lens.

Previews and Reviews

Hands-on at Quesbesde (google translated).
HOT! MTF resolution chart and image samples on Panasonic’s website.
HOT! First Leica lens review at Dslrmagazine (google translated). The lens has a very good resolution and contrast!
Hands-on preview at Photographyblog.
Preview at Techradar.
Preview at Imaging Resource.
HOT! Preview at DPreview.
Hands-on at Reghardware (with ISO-test!)

Image samples

Panasonic GF3 image samples on Flickr. Leica images on Flickr.
HOT! Full size image samples in JPG and RAW at Quesabesde.
Full size image samples at lenstip.
HOT! First RAW pictures on Photographyblog.
Image samples taken with the Leica lens at Photographyblog.
Techradar.
Reghardware.
First images on Bestproduct.nl.

Links to Press release

Panasonic GF3 presentation website.
GF3 and Leica lens presentation at Forum Olympus France.
SystemKameraForum (german)
Pink GF3 available in Japan (DC.watch).
Amateur Photographer.
DSLRmagazine (spanish).
Photoscala (german).
Dpreview.
Akihabara.
Leica lens on Focus Numerique (french).
GF3 on Focus Numerique (french).
Fotosidan (swedish).
Hybridcams (french).
Whatdigitalcamera.
The finnish website cisionwire.
The dutch magazine Twekaers

Videos on youtube and vimeo

Russian presentation on youtube.
First testvideo taken with the GF3 on youtube.
GF3 and Leica lens presentation video on youtube (dutch Beste Product).
First video on youtube (by italian PMAstudio).

Panasonic GF3 specifications

Image Sensor 12.1 MP LIVE MOS
Engine Venus Engine VII HD
ISO setting 160-6400
AF speed Approx 0.18 seconds
Burst shoot: 4 fps (12.1MP)
Movie recording: AVCHD HD (1080i, sensor output 25fps)
LCD Screen: 3.0″, 3:2, 460K dots Touch LCD
Size: 107.5 x 67.1 x 32.0mm
Weight: 222g
Built-in Flash: GN6
Interface: HDMI, Digital AV Out

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June 13, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Panasonic will announce two new lenses in autumn!

Image courtesy: Quesbaesde

The nice guys from Quesabesde shared that screenshot that discloses Panasonic’s intention to unveil two more new lenses in autumn. According to our sources one should be a zoom and one a prime lens. And 1-2 current lenses should be updated.

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