May 12, 2012
Posted in news

Record $10 billion annual loss for Panasonic.


I know guys, it’s not really the best news to start the weekend. But here it is. After Olympus also Panasonic announced a “record $10 billion annual loss” (Source: Reuters). The problem is the shrinking TV market. Also Sony and Sharp are having huge troubles within that segment. There is no word about the digital camera business and I don’t think their (major) problems have to do with that. The global crisis, the strong YEN and maybe the now (too) conservative handling of Japanese companies are the main cause. Almost all Japanese companies are facing tuff times.

A personal addition: The crisis affects the life around me too. It’s not just a perception, I see that around me prices of houses are falling, companies not paying bills and friends losing jobs. It’s hard to think how we should act and what we need to change. My girlfriends best friend lives in Greece and I get so many bad news form there. I will be there in September for a very personal short documentary about those friends. I want too understand more!


May 11, 2012
Posted in reviews

There is a new cool Asahi E-M5 customization kit!

Asahi (Click here) announced the customizable leather skins for the E-M5. You can see a video that explains everything on youtube (Click here). I don’t know where you can buy that stuff, haven’t found anything on eBay. P.S.: Found a new E-M5 grip while searching for stuff on eBay (Click here).

And here are the latest news collected via 43rumors readers mails (Thanks!):
Echenique (Click here) will soon receive his E-M5 and use it for professional dance photography. AF mode by Lepidi (french).
Thomas wrote:I ordered on March 7th, EM-5 Black body only at Amazon (Click here). Just got a Estimated arrival date: May 16, 2012 – May 19, 2012
Thierry wrote:This guy has some great telephotos also shot with an E-M5: Amazing macro photos a.o. taken with an E-M5 at Pen3 (Click here).
Per K. wrote:much positive about the EM5 but look here:
It pinpoints the usability a la Oly that is not as good as Pana. I could add you always have to toggle (info button”) to view different informaton on screen/EVF. In total 8 different views… Fast AF is great, but if things happen while you are toggling you miss the shot anyway. The Pana UI is much more stringent and straight forward. But a GX2 with built in EVF and same IQ as EM5 would be something!
BTW: Have you noticed that DPR D800 review analyze of DR uou can compare with the EM5: According to DPR way to measure EM5 har better DR than Nikon D800!!??

E-M5 (Pre)order links (Click on store name): Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Bestseller list. Check the list (changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 11/12/13 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 7 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 2/9 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 3/4 (Click here).


May 11, 2012
Posted in deals

USA deals roundup: 45-200mm for $184 (and many other Mothers day deals).

The super hot lens is the 45-200mm which is now priced at $181 at Amazon (Click here). And is one of the overall most sold system camera lenses at Amazon (here is the ranking). Speaking of the cameras we had so many new mirrorless cameras this year but there is one camera that still remains on the top three of all mirrorless sales at Amazon (Click here to see the ranking). It is again…as you know…the E-PL1!

The USA “Mothers Day Deals” have extended to Olympus lenses (before it was cameras only):
$100 price drop on the 75-300mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 price drop on the 14-150mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 price drop on the 14-150mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 price drop on the 40-150mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$30 price drop on the 40-150mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 price drop on all Olympus E-P3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 price drop on all Olympus E-PL3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 price drop on all Olympus E-PM1 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Panasonic deals:
GX1 body back at $549 at Amazon (Click here). 14mm pancake for $283 at Amazon (Click here).

May 11, 2012
Posted in reviews

Olympus E-M5 negatives roundup (and Q4 results are worse than expected)

After weeks of so many good Olympus reviews and positive feedbacks I summed three bad news all in one single post:

1) Marketwatch reports that “Olympus will likely post a larger-than-expected loss when it announces results for the fiscal year ended in March later Thursday“.I guess soon we will also know if Olympus will be forced to join a partnership with Fuji or Sony. I hope Olympus will manage it to remain independent!

2) Not all about the E-M5 is sooo great: Karl (at personal view) demonstrates how the GH2 is better than the E-m5 when it comes to analyze the video quality.

3) And it seems the camera has some banding issue too! Read the thread at Dpreview (Click here). UPDATE: It looks like the problem only occurss with the Panasonic 20mm lens!

P.S: Small good news at the end of this article: New XZ-1 firmware update at Olympus Japan (Click here).


May 10, 2012
Posted in news

New Leica X2 has same Olympus-Epson EVF? And Black and White craziness…

Is it just me or is that new Leica X2 having the same Olympus VF-2 external viewfinder? As you know the Oly EVF is made by Epson so this really could be the same…
That said, it’s interesting to see how much you have to pay for a camera with a unique Black And White sensor….$7999 at Adorama (Click here to read specs of the M Monochrome). I am wondering if Olympus and Panasonic should do a camera with B&W sensor too! Would be intriguing!

More reviews about the B&W madness at MirrorlessRumors (Click here).

USA deal: Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 in Stock at Adorama (Click here).

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