September 14, 2011
Posted in reviews

Olympus 45mm lens now available for preorder on Amazon.

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The new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 is now available for preorder on Amazon US too (Click here). This means one thing, that the lens will be in Stock soon! And probably a couple of days before the Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 which has been announced three weeks before.

The Olympus 45mm is one of those lenses that are easy to recommend. Relatively low price, well thought specs and top notch image quality! Read the reviews at Lenstip or DSLRmagazine to get impressed by this lens!

September 14, 2011
Posted in deals

Waiting for signs about the GH3. Big GH2 price drop in US.


As you know Panasonic officially stated that the next two camera to be announced will be the PRO GF and the GH3. I got some rumors about the GH3 from unknown sources but still almost nothing from trusted sources (a part the global shutter rumor). While waiting to get my first more reliable news about the GH3 our reader noticed that there is a big price drop in USA on the current GH2! The GH2 body price felt down to $809 at Panasonic store (Click here).

I ask my unknown and first time rumor sender to be patient. I always try to double check rumors to avoid bigger mistakes. If I will not get any answer from my trusted sources I might post the rumor with a low credibility ranking. Thanks!

And if you have some rumors to share feel free to contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com or use the anonymous contact form on the right sidebar. Thanks again!

 

September 14, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Olympus reviews

Techcrunch (Click here) tested the Olympus E-PL3: “Coming at this from an amateur’s standpoint, I find the E-PL3 slightly lacking, especially when compared to its slightly larger cousins. However, it was a dream to carry around on vacation and it’s surprisingly easy for almost anyone to use, making it a good second camera for the home. While I believe something like the E-P3 gives entry-level DSLRs a run for their money, the E-PL3 is a more subtle camera, requiring real buy-in and understanding before it becomes clear why you would spend $700 on this versus a Canon Rebel.“. E-PL3 price and availabiltiy check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Photoreview Australia (Click here) tested the Olympus E-P3: “Overall performance for the review camera was similar to the E-P2 unit we tested, which isn’t surprising since the sensors of both cameras are very similar. The new camera appears to have a wider dynamic range than its predecessor, although the Digital ESP metering remained slightly biased to recording shadow detail.“.
Also CNET Asia (Click here) reviewed the E-P3: “Overall, compared with its predecessor, the Pen E-P3’s improvements definitely impressed us, especially its fast autofocus speeds as well as saturated yet pleasing color reproduction. Our only gripes with the camera would be its high ISO noise performance and the wobbling effect in videos, which we hope Olympus will be able to fix in the form of a future firmware upgrade.“. E-P3 price and availabiltiy check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

P.S.: Imaging Resource tested the GF3 rolling shutter effects.

September 14, 2011
Posted in deals

New Olympus refurbished camera list.

After a couple of weeks without (m-)43 products Olympusmarket is back offering plenty of new refurbished cameras and lenses. All the products are like new and can be bought by EU citizen only. US readers can find refurbished stuff at Adorama (Click here to see the full list). Click on the products name to see the auction on eBay:

Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses

Olympus 9-18mm lens
Olympus VF-2 viewfinder
Olympus 14-150mm lens
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus E-P1 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit
Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit
Olympus VF-2 viewfinder
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus 14-150mm lens
Olympus 17mm pancake
Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Olympus 9-18mm lens
Olympus E-P2 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit
Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL2 with kit lens
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens
Olympus FL-14 flash
Black Olympus 17mm pancake
Olympus 14-150mm lens

Four Thirds cameras and lenses

Olympus E-450 with kit lens
HLD5 vertical grip
Olympus E-520 with kit lens
Olympus 25mm pancake
Olympus E-600 double lens kit
Olympus E-620 with kit lens
Olympus FL-50R flash
Olympus 9-18mm lens
Olympus 12-60mm lens
Olympus 35mm lens
Olympus 50-200mm lens
Olympus FL-36R flash
Olympus E-450 with kit lens
Olympus 18-180mm lens
Olympus E-5 body
Olympus E-450 double lens kit
Olympus E-620 with HLD5 and kit lens

Olympus XZ-1

Black XZ-1
White XZ-1

September 13, 2011
Posted in news

Olympus E-5 and Panasonic LX5 firmware update.

Today it’s firmware update party! Also Olympus announced a new Olympus E-5 firmware: “Firmware version 1.2 ensures the movement of the dial on the optional HLD-4 battery grip matches the movement of the selected AF point.“. You need the Olympus Digital Camera Updater software to upgrade the E-5: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_downloads_updater.asp

It is not a Micro Four Thirds camera but many on 43rumors do own it and the news is worthy to be posted :)
Panasonic released a major firmware upgrade for the Panasonic LX5 high end compact camera. You can download it here: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/LX5/index.html

The main changes are:
Auto Focus speed-up.
[HIGH ISO NR] has been added to the [REC] menu.
Improved auto white balance performance.
[ACTIVE MODE] has been added to the [MOTION PICTURE] menu.
The AF/AE Lock operated by half-pressing the shutter button has been improved.
When [MF] is set, you can make fine adjustments to the focus using a simpler operation than before.
The position and size of the AF area you have set are now stored.
The upper limit of the shutter speed in Manual Exposure Mode has been raised. (Max 250 seconds approximately)
[MINIATURE EFFECT] has been added to My Colour Mode.
[MONITOR] / [VIEWFINDER] has been added to the [SETUP] menu.

And those are the direct LX5 search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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