July 27, 2011
Posted in news

Olympus announces the new VF-3! E-PL3 priced at $699.


Image source and press release at Quesabesde.

There are a couple of Olympus news today!

1) The new VF-3 is finally official. It costs 190 Euro (or $180). From the Press Release (Source: Dpreview):
The VF-3 is perfect for photographers who like the option of holding the camera up to their eye to compose. With 100-percent field-of-view, none of the recordable subject area is cropped, making composition with the VF-3 easy and accurate. The magnification and built-in diopter adjustment of the VF-3 allow for easy viewing. The VF-3 can be rotated up to 90-degrees to accommodate more obscure shooting angles for additional creative control. Furthermore, if you are the kind of person who likes to tweak the settings on your TV, you’ll love the ability to adjust the brightness and color temperature to your own particular tastes.
So which One shoudl you buy? The Olympus VF-3 or VF-2? Answer at ThePhoBlographer (Click here).

2) The E-PL3 will start to ship in September for $700 with kit lens. (Source: Photographybay).

3) They also announced the SZ-11 a new compact shooter (Source: Akihabara). And another compact camera in Japan (the Olympus VG-145) Source: Dc.watch.

4) And than we have a new ultra zoom camera, the Olympus SP-810UZ. Source: Photoscala.

July 27, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) First picture of a fullframe Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens (don’t know the mount yet)

I just found that image in my mailbox. It’s the picture of a new upcoming fullframe 50mm f/0.95 Noktor lens that I have been told will have an impressive image quality and can be adapted for us on Micro Four Thirds too! From the photo it seems to have a slide out hood and round aperture openning. I have no more details yet…

Reminder: As you know SLRmagic is the new owner of the Noktor company. They already made some lenses for m43:
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here)
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here)
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here)

July 26, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic-Leica 25mm gets reviewed by SLRgear!

There is a new full Panasonic-Leica review at SLRgear (Click here): “Panasonic has done very well with this lens. The only objectionable thing about it might be its price tag, which strikes a bit high for what some might see as the micro four-thirds equivalent of the nifty fifty. However, its fast aperture and high quality justify a higher price, and given the current lack of competition in its class, you’re just going to have to pay a premium price if you want what it can offer. That said, it’s well worth the investment.

The lens is already in Stock in asian stores (like Amazon Japan) and should be in Stock soon oin the rest of the world. Check the preorder status at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay! Click on shop names to visit the search page (Some websites may not do list the lens!).

Thanks Meganono and Rotislav

July 26, 2011
Posted in deals

Olympus E-P3 in Stock at BHphoto (+ new review at Biofos)

The E-P3 with 17mm pancake is now in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). And third party resellers do see it on Amazon too (Click here). The “older” E-P2 sells for $529.95 only at Amazon (Click here).

If you need to read one more review click here to see the first impression form Biofos: “The company has striven to produce a camera that has rapid AF – and succeeded. They have done this by doubling the sensor and processing speed which results in a much more responsive camera than its older siblings. They have also provided a new sensor albeit based on the well tried Panasonic 12.3MP that has featured in all their camera since the E-620. The processing engine is new too and boasts fine detail processing giving superior output equivalent to higher MP count machines. Olympus, for now, are sticking to their belief that 12MP is good enough for the vast majority of photographers.

Reminder: The new Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens is in Stock Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here) and eBay (Click here).

Other US deals reminder:
The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake is now in Stock for $329.97 at Amazon (Click here).
Black G3 with 14-42mm lens for $633 on Amazon (Click here)!
Adorama has the Voigtländer 25mm in Stock (Click here). And don’t forget that they are also accepting preorders on the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 lens (Click here)
You can now get the AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds camcorder with a free (!) 14-140mm zoom lens at BHphoto (Click here).
The Black and White Olympus XZ-1 are in Stock for $409 only at Amazon (Click here).

July 26, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Panasonic double announcement. GF PRO coming, but in very late 2011!

Image on top: The Panasonic L1 with built-in viewfinder.

I am currently working on the next “set” of rumors. I know now from top sources that like Olympus also Panasonic will have two more major Micro Four Thirds announcement this year. One in late August and one by very end of the year. Our sources also told us that the GF PRO announcement has been delayed to end of the year 2011. So do not expect it to be announced in August!

I should soon get more info about the August announcement and about the GF PRO. I am still not sure if it will have built-in viewfinder like the Panasonic L1 (Click here to see that cam on eBay) or be more like the old popular GF1 camera.

If can help me send me a text at 43rumors@gmail.com or use the anonymous contact form you can see on the right sidebar. Thanks!


P.S.: Keep sending me your renderings of the future PEN PRO and GF PRO cameras! And take some inspiration from the past:
See the Zeiss Ikon ZM (Click here to see it on eBay).
The amazing Contax G2 (Click here to see it on eBay)….very innovative camera!
The Konica Hexar RF (Click here to see it on eBay)…this was a better copy of the Leica M6!
The Minolta CLE (Click here to see it on eBay)…so small!

Reminder -> Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
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FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

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