November 24, 2011
Posted in deals

Black Friday deals roundup…(E-PM1, E-PL3, GF3)

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USA readers can enjoy quite a lot of Black Friday deals. Here are the direct links to the deals homepage at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Cameta (Click here) and J&R (Click here).

And here are some of the (Micro-) Four Thirds deals:
There is a $15 price drop on the Olympus 12mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
The E-Pm1 and E-PL3 are discounted at BHphoto (Click here).
There are rebates on the Panasonic GF3 at Amazon (Click here).
Panasonic 45-175mm X lens price drop at Amazon (Click here), B&H (Click here)

Reminder: The Panasonic-Leica 25mm lens is in Stock for $539 at Adorama (Click here).

November 24, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) New Panasonic X 35mm f/2.4 macro lens coming soon?

A source that gave me once a correct “rumor” just told me that he found an image of a new Panasonic 35mm f/2.4 X macro lens! It will cost LESS than the current Pansonic-Leica 45mm f/2.8 macro (Current price is 700 dollars/Euro on eBay). The 35mm is not a Leica branded lens. I have no direct contact to the source but if he is reading the message feel free to send me the image you found ont he web at 43rumors@gmail.com. You can also use “anonymous” tools like wetransfer.com or imageshack.us. Thanks!!!

P.S.: other sources can confirm that the lens really exists???
Links to the current Panasonic macro: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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November 23, 2011
Posted in reviews

Olympus 12 and 45mm lens review. And how to upgrade your m43 system (ThePhoBlographer)

I have two new lens reviews and a new article from ThePhoBlographer to share today:

The Online Photographer (Click here) tested the amazing Olympus 12mm f/2.0 and is surprisingly unsatisfied with it: “This is not a bad lens. But it is no better than merely good, and its performance doesn’t come anywhere close to justifying an $800 price tag.” This is probably the very first negative review of the lens. So it’s worth to read it! They also reviewed the 45mm Olympus lens last week and that’s a lens they absolutely like: “All in all, I think this lens is worth every bit of the $400 price tag. Even if it weren’t a fast lens, it would deserve accolades. It is that good.” And also SLRgear (Click here) highly recommends that lens “With excellent test results, this is a no-brainer of a conclusion – it’s a great and inexpensive addition to your Olympus PEN kit, especially if you’re a portrait shooter“.

Here are the links to both lenses to check price and in Stock status:
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) explains you how to upgrade you Micro Four Thirds Camera System. It’s a short guide for beginners!

P.S.: For european readers, the Nokton 25mm f/0.95 is in Stock for 719 Euro only on eBay France (Click here).

November 23, 2011
Posted in Rumors

UPDATED: Panasonic manager talks about the upcoming X lenses. Price around 1300 Euro?

UPDATE: Google translation tool made a mess because the questions were made in nrowegian and the answers are written in swedish (what the heck?). Thanks to all readers sending me the correct info!

We are receiving more and more bits about the upcoming Panasonic 12-35mm and 35-100mm X lenses. We know they will have a constant aperture (f/2.8 or faster), we know the lenses are weather sealed. The info get’s a backup by Mac Berggen, a Norwegian Panasonic product specialist He revealed at akam.no:
1)The new lenses will definitely be the best thing we ever did“…”the best performance of all Pany lenses”
2)The aperture will be great“.
3)The price will be high“. UPDATE: The price will be lower than the 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms from the competition. Note: Canon (Click here to check that price on eBay) and Nikon (Click here to check that price on eBay). He susggests the price could be around 10.000 Norwegian Krone which is 1.300 Euro ($1700).

Thanks Davey for sending me this.

November 22, 2011
Posted in reviews

New reviews (PEN cameras, 45mm and 100-300mm lens)

SLR Magic / Noktor 12mm F1.6 Sample from Adam Troup on Vimeo.

The Olympus E-PM1 has been reviewed at Photoreview (Click here): “Because it provides most of the features of its more expensive siblings (the E-P3 and E-PL3), the E-PM1 represents excellent value for money. At $599 for the single-lens kit, it’s $200 cheaper than the E-PL3 and $400 less than the E-P3“.
E-PM1 price check links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Olympus E-P3 test at Neocamera (Click here): “The Olympus PEN E-P3 rightfully deserves its flagship status among Micro Four-Thirds SLDs. By keeping the already great design of its predecessor and refining the internals, particularly the autofocus system, Olympus produced an excellent camera that is even more usable. True to the ideal compromise between performance and size, the PEN E-P3 compares well to previous generation entry-level DSLRs in terms of performance while offering it in a size comparable to a compact camera“.
E-P3 price check links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

There is a new E-PL3 review at Photoxels (Click here): “The Olympus E-PL3 is a perfect step up for someone graduating from a point-and-shoot and a better choice than one of the high end compact digicam or entry-level DSLR. Compact, light and giving DSLR-level image quality and performance, we believe it makes an ideal mirrorless DSLR for the whole family. Highly recommended“.
E-PL3 price check links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Olympus 45mm review at m43blogspot (Click here): “The image quality is good, and the focus speed is fast. The lens is not so well suited for video recording, due to the lack of optical image stabilization.
45mm lens price check links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Panasonic 100-300mm lens review at Photozone (Clik here): “The delivered resolution is actually pretty decent across the image field and the focal length – especially towards the very long end of the range. The lens suffers from a high degree of lateral CAs – despite an extra low dispersion lens – which is mainly a problem for Olympus users whereas the auto-correction can cope with this issue on Panasonic cameras.
100-300mm lens price check links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Something different: Olympus E-1 Kodak sensor dynamic range test (dpreview forum).
The only place were you can find the old E-1 is on eBay (Click here). Can’t find a reason why you should still buy that cam :)

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