April 21, 2011
Posted in news

Tipa Award: The Olympus E-5 is the best DSLR, the XZ-1 the best compact and the GH2 the best Mirrorless camera!

-> The full list of TIPA award winners can be seen here: http://www.tipa.com/english/XXI_tipa_awards_2011.php

What a surprise! The Olympus E-5 has been voted as “Best expert DSLR camera” for the year 2010. It received the TIPA award for the following reason: “For a very reasonable price, the Olympus E-5 provides benefits that rival those found in some professional SLRs: complete weather-sealing, comprehensive functions, excellent responsiveness, 100% viewfinder, good noise control, dual CF/SD slots, built-in image stabilisation, all in a rugged magnesium-alloy body. Add to this Olympus’ Dust Reduction System, which has proven to be among the most effective solutions in the market. The 12.3 Megapixel Live MOS sensor, combined with the ‘TruePic V+’ image engine produces images that rival competitors with substantially higher pixel counts.
To be onest we have to admit that the E-5 had almost no competition. The Nikon 7000 the price in the category “Best D-SLR Advanced” and Canon didn’t announce any high-end DSLR cameras in 2010.
Check out price and availability of the E-5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

And that is certainly NOT a surprise. The Panasonic GH2 won the price as “Best Compact System Camera Expert“: “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is a true ‘hybrid’ photo and video camera, where video is no longer just an additional function. The DMC-GH2 features full HD 1920×1080, 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) smooth, high quality video recording with 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) output in addition to the high quality photo, a world’s first for cameras in this category. The DMC-GH2 can be operated through an intuitive touch control screen. For example, just tapping a subject on the screen will make the camera focus with a speed that rivals the best DSLR’s on the market.
Check out price and availability of the GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

And the Olympus XZ-1 won the price as “Best Expert Compact Camera“: “The Olympus XZ-1 has one of the fastest zoom lenses in its class, the iZuiko f1.8-2.5 6.0-24mm (28-112mm equivalent angle of view in 35mm cameras.) Rather than succumb to the continuing Megapixel race, the light-reception area of each pixel of the 1/1.63-inch, 10 Megapixel CCD has been doubled. The XZ-1’s AF illuminator, Dual Image Stabilisation, Low-Light mode that automatically adjusts the ISO sensitivity up to ISO 3200 and the compact size all add up to an exciting “candid” camera that also offers advanced manual controls.
Check out price and availability of the XZ-1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

The full list of TIPA award winners can be seen here: http://www.tipa.com/english/XXI_tipa_awards_2011.php

April 21, 2011
Posted in deals

Panasonic refurbished stuff on eBay

Two days ago I discovered that there where a lot of Olympus refurbished cameras and lenses on eBay. I managed to get the white E-P1 with lens for 201 Euro only (the camera should arrive at my home in Antwerp today). Today I found a reseller that has refurbished Panasonic stuff! The bad news is that he sells in Germany only. To bad because he has quite a lot of nice stuff:
- Refurbished white GF1 with 14-45mm lens (Click here)
- Blue Panasonic G2 with 14-42mm lens (Click here)

If you can find stores having Panasonic/Olympus refurbished stuff send me a message! Would be nice to create a list of all asian-america-european stores offering this kind of refurbished stuff!

Those are the cool (Micro)-FourThirds products OlympusMarket is selling today on eBay:
Olympus FL-14 Flash for 109 Euro (Click here).
Olympus E-450 auctions (Click on numbers: one, two, three)
Olympus E-P1 auctions (Auction number: one, two, three)
Olympus E-PL1 auctions (Auction number: one), two, three, four, five
The Olympus 17mm f/2.8 lens (Auction number: one)

April 20, 2011
Posted in news

Canon and Nikon product shortage makes increase the prices. What about Panasonic and Olympus?

The very well informed Amateur Photographer website (Click here) noticed that “high-end digital SLRs threatens to raise street prices in the coming weeks as UK dealers struggle to meet demand after last month’s Japanese earthquake.

Also our sources told us that product shortage is expected for all Japanese camera producer (Including Panasonic and Olympus). The worst “rumor” I received told me that there will be supply problems for the next 6 months! If you noticed a price increase on Panasonic/Olympus products drop me a message at 43rumors@gmail.com. The only thing I have seen is that in US there were almost no price drops or deals on any Micro Four Thirds product during the last 3 weeks and also the Panasonic GH2 is out of Stock again (Check Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay). That’s pretty unusual.

The only real good deal is the GH1 kit offer. It’s ongong since a few weeks and will last until the last GH1 has been sold:
1) Panasonic GH1 with 14mm lens for $699 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $364. and if you would buy it separately with the GH1 it would cost you a total of $764. With that deal you save $64!
2) Panasonic GH1 with 20mm lens for $699 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $399. You save $99!
3) Panasonic GH1 with 45-200mm lens for $649 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $349. You save $100!
4) Panasonic GH1 with 14-45mm lens for $649 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $359. You save $90!
5) Panasonic GH1 with 14-42mm lens for $499 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $199. You save $100!

P.S.: There were a few dollar price drops on the Panasonic 100-300mm lens which is now in Stock for $525 at Amazon (Click here).

April 20, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Olympus 12mm f/2.0 with different design than the mockup.

After yesterdays Olympus lens rumor post a trusted source contacted me to add a little bit of new info. First the lens mockup Olympus showed a few months ago is not the real final lens. The design has been changed! The real final production lens will be a bit more compact. He also confirmed the specs I received from a new sources a while ago. The lens should be a 12mm f/2.0 lens. It’s the first Olympus High-grade lens. It’s very sharp also at f/2.0. Price is unknown yet but the lens will be announced in late June. Panasonic is currently offering a 14mm f/2.5 lens which is very compact and cheap (but not a very high-quality lens). The only faster wide angle lenses are CCTv lenses like the Pentax TV Lens 12mm f/1.2 (Click here to see that on eBay) and the soon coming new SLRmagic lens. But those are very low quality alternatives.

There are two questions I have for you. Try to be fair with your answer ;)

Will you buy the high quality 12mm f/2.0 lens if the price not to high?

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April 20, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

Olympus XZ-1 with VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder – Best of Both Worlds? (TheDigitalStory)

GF1 vs. E-PL2 size comparison on Flickr.

Olympus E-PL2 test at DC.watch.

Angle and Frame bis (Jjsemplephotography).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ18 / ZS8 review (CameraLabs)

Link to the new redesigned Olympus Cafe Forum: http://www.olympuscafe.com/forums/

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