December 15, 2011
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E-PM1 with kit lens now for $399. New review at Pocket Lint

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Pocket-Lint (Click here) tested the Olympus E-Pm1: “Though this is a digital Pen for those on a budget, the cheaper price has thankfully not meant a whole host of annoying compromises.

And now you can get the E-PM1 with lens even cheaper than usual. For $399 only at Adorama:
Black E-Pm1 with 14-42mm lens (Click here) use coupon code S1442111
Brown with  14-42mm lens (Click here) use coupon code S1442112
Pink  with 14-42mm lens (Click here) use coupon code S1442113
Purple  with 14-42mm lens (Click here) use coupon code S1442114
Silver with 14-42mm lens (Click here) use coupon code S1442115
White with 14-42mm lens (Click here) use coupon code S1442116

P.S.: daily deals homepage at Amazon (Click here).

December 15, 2011
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Olympus president Takayama mulls merger option. Camera sales +15%!

Amateur Photographer reports that “Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo, Takayama told reporters that a merger was one of the options on the table after Olympus was forced to reveal the true state of its business in the wake of a £1.1 billion accounting scandal dating back to the 1990s.

Bloomberg reports a Takayama statement: “We’ll review our management structure, corporate governance and our business plans as we prepare for the shareholder meeting (March-April). We’ll be reborn as new Olympus so that we can provide value to all our stakeholders including shareholders, customers, banks and our employees.

The last weeks we heard about Samsung, Fuji and Hoya being interested in a possible Olympus acquisition. Of course these are all rumors only. As I told you yesterday I would prefer if Olympus would remain an independent company. But I really don’t know what kind of “obscure” powers are now deciding the destiny of Olympus. I can only cross my fingers for Oly!

UPDATE: The good news is that betwenn April-September 2011camera sales rised by 15% from the same period the year before (4.2 million units manufactured).

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P.S.: Today Olympus shares went down 20% (Source: Bloomberg)

December 15, 2011
Posted in deals

Refrubished E-P3, E-PL3 and E-Pm1 in Europe (+tons of other m43 cameras)


Now there are tons of new refurbished m43 cameras at Olympusmarket. Refurbished cameras have most often been returned to the manufacturer because it was unwanted or had some minor defect that had to be repaired. So actually those are new cameras you can get for cheaper than usual! And finally they are starting to sell the new generation of refurbished PEN cameras. Olympusmarket has seven of them:
White Olympus E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-P3 with 14-42mm lens
Brown Olympus E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens
All-Black Olympus E-PL3 double lens kit
Brown Olympus E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-P3 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens

But there are also tons of ALL m43 cameras you might wnat to look for. First ending auctions are on top:
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus 14-150mm lens
SIlver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens
White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens
White Olympus VF-2 external viewfinder
Black Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit
SIlver 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 double kit lens
Silver 14-42mm lens
White Olympus E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-P3 with 14-42mm lens
Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Brown Olympus E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens
White Olympus E-PL1 double kit lens
Black Olympus E-P2 body only with external viewfinder
Black Olympus 40-150mm lens
Black Olympus E-P2 body only
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens
Silver 17mm pancake
Olympus 9-18mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens
All-Black Olympus E-PL3 double lens kit
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit
Black Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit
Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Brown Olympus E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-P2 body only with external viewfinder
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit
Black Olympus E-P3 with 14-42mm lens
Silver Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens
Silver 17mm pancake
Olympus 9-18mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Black Olympus 14-150mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-P2 with 17mm pancake and external viewfinder
Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Silver Olympus E-P1 with 14-42mm lens
Silver Olympus VF-3 external viewfinder
Black Olympus E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit
Blue Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit
Silver Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit
White Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit
White Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens

December 14, 2011
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December 14, 2011
Posted in news

Olympus Meets Deadline to Avoid Delisting. Rumors: Fuji to buy Olympus???

Olympus managed to present their revised financial results tot he Tokyo Exchange. This will avoid the delisting of the company from the stock exchange. Reuters reports: “The most recent restatement, for end-March 2011, showed a 51 billion yen ($655 million) reduction in Olympus’ net assets, and Olympus added that at of end-September, net assets stood at just 46 billion yen, down from a restated 225 billion in March 2007. It also revealed a net loss of 32.33 billion yen for the six months ended September 30, further fuelling talk that the once-venerable firm would need to take quick steps to shore up its balance sheet or risk becoming prey to a takeover.

Also Bloomberg (Click here) reports that: “Fujifilm, which makes equipment for medical scans, has been reported as a possible bidder for Japanese camera maker Olympus Corp. Yamamoto, who also is a board member at Fujifilm, declined to comment on a possible buyout of Olympus today. Fujifilm Chief Executive Officer Shigetaka Komori said last month it was too early to discuss Olympus issues while the third-party panel was still probing the fraud at the camera maker.

So Samsung, Hoya and now even Fuji could buy Olympus. Damn, this is going to be a tuff time for Olympus! I hope they will stay alive with their own force! I would prefer a Fuji-Olympus partnership over a Fuji Olympus takeover. Imagine a m43 camera with organic sensor :) Yeah just dreaming I know :)

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