G5 kit for $399. E-M5 price drop. GX1 super canadian deal

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Only for today you can grab the G5 with kit lens for $399 at Woot.com (Click here). That’s a $100 saving over the price at Amazon (where it is the most sold mirrorless camera).

And there are only a few E-M5 kits for $1169 via Sunset at Amazon. In Black (Click here) and Silver (Click here).

But the top deal of the day is going on in Canada: You can grab the GX1, both Sigma MFT lenses, a Holster Case and an SD card for $769.99 (you save $454.94) at Henrys (Click here).

Reminder: LX7 for $299 at Amazon (Click here).

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(FT3) E-P3 successor has same E-M5 16 megapixel sensor.

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I am not sure about this rumor yet but a trusted sources told me that it is highly unlikely the E-P3 successor will feature a completely new sensor. The E-P5 will almost certainly use the same E-M5-E-Pm2-E-PL5 sensor (16 Megapixel). It will be interesting to see if the camera will get rid of the Anti Aliasing filter to squeeze out the last bit of sharpness and resolution.

Anyway, for now those are the posisble characteristics of the new E-P5:
– 16 megapixel sensor
– No integrated viewfinder
– Price around $1,000 with kit lens
– New external viewfinder as optional (2,44 million dot)
– Announcement in late April/early May and availability in June

Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
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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Metabones Speed Booster coming soon. And Mitakon cheap clone too.

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The original Speed Booster is cool but pricey. There may be a Mitakon clone soon?

Many 43rumors reader can’t wait to buy the Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster adapter for (preorders here at Metabones). They are coming in April for Nikon, Leica R, Contax C/Y, Contarex, ALPA and Rollei lenses. Those lenses cost something between $399 and $550. If that is too much for you than you may wait for the Mitakon “Speed Booster clone” that are rumored to be released in July. It will be a manual adpater only and priced almost at half of the manual Speed Booster adapters ($200-250 versus the $399 from the Metabones).

This wouldn’t be the first MFT product from Mitakon. They already made a Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 lens (you can find here on eBay).

 

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Olympus patent: This may be the bridge sensor to support FT lenses on MFT cameras.

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We all know Olympus said they will bring full Four Thirds autofocus support on Micro Four Thirds cameras. And obviously on sensor phase detection is needed to achieve this. But the issue with this is that you have a sort of “waste” of Megapixels because you have to give up some space for the AF pixels. US patent Application Number US20130016274 discloses such a sensor made by Olympus that seems to solve that issue: “To improve autofocusing performance, however, a relatively large number of AF pixels need to be arranged in the image pickup device, and lack of image signal of the AF pixel portions disadvantageously causes degradation of picked-up image quality. For this reason, Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open Publication No. 2007-155929 proposes a technique for reducing the number of AF pixels by using normal pixels to estimate pixel values for AF pixels.

This may be the right solution for the high end bridge MFT-FT camera :)

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