June 17, 2011
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UPDATE: Every issue with comment system, contact form and registering form has been SOLVED! Hope sources will read that messages and send me some rumors tonight :)

 

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June 16, 2011
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Full Panasonic G3 review at Digitalcamerainfo!


Digitalcamerainfo (Click here) posted a 22 page long full detailed Panasonic G3 review! Yes you should take at least 30 minutes of time, a coffea and read the test carefully. And they did like the camera a lot: “As you will have no doubt seen from our direct comparison pages in this review, the G3 simply dwarfs the competition for control options.”…”It has a new 16-megapixel sensor that was able to keep noise to a respectable minimum, offered the best color accuracy of our comparison group, and managed a respectable dynamic range of more than 6.5 stops.”…”Altogether, it makes the G3 a very promising member of the Micro Four-Thirds family, and a very good entry-level camera in its own right.”.

Thanks T.J. Donegan for providing the nice review!

I think after reading the review you will agree that the G3 is a very good cameras…or not?

Theoretically worlwide G3 shipments should start tomorrow. Cick on the following store names to preorder the G3 at Amazon, Adorama and B&H. In Europe at Amazon.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, and worldwide on eBay.

By the way, the image on top shows the Panasonic G3 with the all-black 14-42mm kit lens! Do you like it? Me…yes!

June 16, 2011
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(FT5) Olympus makes it right! 45mm f/1.8 lens coming and for 299 Euro/Dollars only!

Before your read: We transferred the website on the new website and we are still fixing the comment system. As a non registered member of 43rumors you can write a comment and it will be stored but you will land on an error page after 30 second of nonsense loading. So feel free to comment but you have to be a bit patient if you want go back to the 43rumors website. Thanks for your understanding!

We can long discuss if you like the upcoming PEN or not but one thing is sure, the two upcoming Olympus lenses will be awesome! We already knew for a long time that one of the lenses would be the 12mm f/2.0 High Quality PRO lens. But we were not so sure about the second lens. Some said it would be a 50mm f/1.7 and others told me it would be a 45mm f/1.8. I finally got the right answer! Olympus will announce a new 45mm f/1.8 lens which will cost around 299 Dollars/Euro only! I think that’s an amazing cheap price for a lens that is fast and will have a very good image quality (at least that is what sources told me). It’s not a pancake, it’s a bit bigger lens. It should be very similar (in size) to the just announced Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens (click here to preorder on Adorama!). Wow, Olympus finally is making the lenses we wanted! What I don’t know yet is if the lens is a macro like the famous Olympus 50mm macro lens (Click here to see that lens on ebay). One source told me it is NOT a macro lens but that’s a very weak rumor for now. Reminder, the only Micro Four Thirds macro lens to date is the Panasonic-Leica 45mm f/2.8.

The new three PEN cameras + the two new lenses will be announced on June 30th! Follow us daily. There are still many rumors I am working on! P.S.: The chance is big that there is something more coming (lenses and accessories).

Links to mentioned lenses:
Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay (hard to find preorders).
Olympus 50mm f/2.0 macro lens Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 45mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Let's assume the quality is good (even wide open): Will you buy the 45mm f/1.8 lens?

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June 16, 2011
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New Camera (pre-)reviews

Olympus XZ-1 Field Report at Luminous Landscape: “At low ISOs (up to 400) and without too much file manipulation the XZ-1 is capable of producing very acceptable image quality on up to about 11X17″ prints, and is certainly more than acceptable for web-destined images. In comparison with its primary competitors from Canon, Panasonic and Samsung, I would judge it as having a very slight edge in terms of usability though not high ISO noise.
Direct search links to the XZ-1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay (Click on shop name).

The Olympus XA: The smallest rangefinder camera by Konstantinos Besios (SteveHuffPhoto.com): “Of course the image quality is not a par with a Leica, but for those instances where even a small camera bag is too much to carry  this little rangefinder is perfect (and the price is really a bargain !!)
See the Olympu XA auctions on eBay (Click here).

Panasonic GF3 Hands-On Preview (Photographyblog) and first look at Amateur Photographer.

Spanish GF3 presentation video at Quesabesde.
Preorders at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

June 15, 2011
Posted in deals

G3, GF3 and Leica lens preorder status.

In one month Panasonic did announce the G3 the GF3 and the Leica 25mm lens. Time for a preorder status check!

Panasonic G3

The G3 should start worldwide shipment on June 17. The preorders are available in US at Amazon, Adorama and B&H. In Europe at Amazon.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, and worldwide on eBay.

Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens

The only US store I found that is accepting preorders is Adorama (Click here). Be aware that when you search for the lens on Amazon (Click here) or BHphoto (Click here) you will find the bigger and older Four Thirds version not the new M43 lens!!! And on eBay there is only one reseller accepting preorders (Click here).
I checked the biggest European stores and there is no preorder option. Worldwide shipment should start in late July. As usual Asian countries will be the first to get the lens, than European, than Canadians and some months after US citizen ;)
P.S.: Panasonic published a couple of image samples you can find here.

Panasonic GF3

I found preorder option in US stores only at Amazon and Adorama.

If you find new links to preorders feel free to comment this post. But you should now that my designer is still working to fix the comment system. If you are an unregistered commenter once you click on the send button the website will keep loading for 30 sec and than show yu an error message. The comment is save and will be displayed but you should go back to the main page. I know this sucks, but we made a whole new installation on a the new server and the designer is a bit slow in fixing the issues :(

One more thing: There are new GF3 and G3 wallpapers at Panasonic’s website!

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