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August 3, 2011
Posted in deals

Next little 20mm pancake price drop (+ US deals summary)

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The Panasonic 20mm got another small price drop at Amazon (Click here). It is now in Stock for $359 via Vanns. And as you know there is also a new metal Panasonic lens hood for the pancake you can find right now in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

US deal reminder:
The Black GH2 with 14-42mm lens is in Stock for $946 at Amazon (Click here).
White and Black E-P3 are in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
There are plenty of (m-)43 cameras and lenses at Adorama (Click here to see the full list).

August 3, 2011
Posted in reviews

Olympus 12mm review at Lenstip

Yesterday we linked you tot he polish review of the new Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens. Today the english version of the review is up at Lenstip (Click here). They were not so happy with the corner sharpness wide open: “The maximum MTF values could have been a bit higher and they weren’t – it is one thing that you might regret. Lower values can be forgiven in the case of “pancakes” because we know what we get instead. Although the Olympus 2/12 is not big, it is definitely not a “pancake” lens so we expected that its performance would be closer to that of the Leica 2.8/45 than that of the Panasonic 2.5/14.

But overall this is a very good lens: “So far our summary was rather harsh. To keep the balance we must emphasize the fact that it is definitely a lens worth considering. Buying it you get a really wide angle of view, fast aperture, good image quality – everything packed neatly inside a slight but very solid, metal casing which can ensure you many years of problem-free usage.

Click those search links to check the lens price and availability at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

P.S.: The White and Black E-P3 are in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

August 3, 2011
Posted in deals

Mistake or superdeal? Panasonic fisheye for $369!


Noisycamera just discovered the supermistake or superdeal of the year! The usually $799 expensive Panasonic fish-eye lens sells now for $369 at Amazon (Click here).
Could be a mistake, but that’s the chance for you to get it for a very reasonable price! UPDATE: It now has been removed. It was to good to be true :)

P.S: You can now get the E-P2 with 17mm lens at Cameta (Click here).

August 3, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) There will be a major Panasonic announcement for the IFA show in Berlin.

According to two of my trusted sources there will be a major Panasonic product announcement between August 26 and September 1. The new products will be displayed at the IFA in Berlin (the global trade show for consumer electronics). I am not sure yet about the products that will be announced but I am sure that there is at least a new Micro Four Thirds lens. I got some info from new sources but I do hope my trusted sources can tell me more soon. Just a reminder: Panasonic officially told that they would release at least two new m43 lenses this year. And they also told that the next two cameras they would release are the GF PRO and GH3.

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August 3, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Olympus 12mm, 75-300mm and XZ-1 reviews.


Olympus E-P3 and 12mm lens first look video (SteveHuff).

Check the new Olympus E-P3 availability by clicking these direct search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

The Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens has been reviewed by Optyczne (Click here to read the google english translation). Unlike other reviews they noticed a little too high coma, high distortion and a lot of vignetting at maximum aperture.
Click on the shop names to check the lens price and availability: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

The Olympus 75-300mm lens has been tested by SLRgear (Click here): “Optically the Olympus 75-300mm does very well, but not where you’d want it to – it’s super-sharp at 70mm, not at the 300mm where I suspect the grand majority of users will want to use this lens. At 300mm, it’s only above average
Click on the shop names to check the lens price and availability: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

Thom Hogan (Click here) tested the Olympus XZ-1: “The overall impression the XZ-1 gives is this: no nonsense. The designers showed remarkable restraint in not adding the usual kitchen sink to a high-end compact camera, and it makes for a rather pleasant experience. The lack of a few controls and the lack of customization will have you conforming to the XZ-1, not the camera conforming to you. That’s fine. It’s simple enough to pick up and adjust to.
Click on the shop names to check the lens price and availability: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

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