January 4, 2011
Posted in deals

Panasonic GF1+20mm kit discontinued at BHphoto (+US deals summary)

That’s bad news. The very popular Panasonic GF1 has been now discontinued. The source is BHphoto (Click here). And Adorama (Click here) doesn’t list any kit version! Also Amazon is selling the GF1 via third party resellers only. But at least they have a very good deal. The Panasonic GF1 Body only is in Stock for $299 (Click here).

Like you I don’t believe the GF2 has to be seen as the real GF1 successor. My bet is that there will be a GF3 soon!

More deals news:
It’s almost impossible to find the Panasonic GH2 in Stock. That’s why third party resellers on Amazon are selling the camera for $2,399.99! That’s a $900 extra price…be warned! You pay a similar extra on GH2 cameras that are on auction on eBay.

In those days the real deals are on lenses:
- The Panasonic 100-300mm lens is in Stock for $565 at Amazon (Click here). That’s a 35 dollar discount.
- Panasonic 7-14mm f/4.0 for $849 at Amazon (Click here).
- Not a deal but an in Stock alert: 3D lens now at Amazon and Adorama.

January 4, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) First small picture of the E-PL2 back controls

You asked me to find a picture of the back of the new Olympus E-PL2. This is all I got, a small 200px picture. It shows a blue E-Pl2 with the Penpal module attached. If you have better images feel free to share them using imageshack!
P.S.: You can also use the Penpal module on the Olympus E-PL1 and Olympus E-P2.

P.P.S.: You should watch this http://www.differentbypentax.com/#/video/4d2323b0bf950 ;)

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January 4, 2011
Posted in reviews

Double Panasonic GF2 and Olympus E-5 review!

We have two new Panasonic GF2 and two new Olympus E-5 reviews!

1) Trustedreviews tested the GF2. The camera earns 8.5 out of 10 points. Verdict: “While the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a worthy successor to the existing and soon to be phased out GF1, it’s not the most direct, like-for-like replacement. This means that existing owners may well want to hang on to the camera they’ve already got – especially if they value the tactile nature of a chunky physical shooting mode dial over a virtual screen-based equivalent.

2) Photoreview Australia also tested the GF2. Also in that case the score is very good 8.5/10. Verdict: “Snapshooters looking for a pocketable camera with a large image sensor and support for raw file capture and Full HD video recording may find the GF2 an attractive option. Serious photographers who want a compact camera as an adjunct or alternative to a DSLR will probably need to keep looking.”

3) SLRclub posted a very long and korean written only E-5 review. As usual they do post everything as a jpg image so google translate can’t work. But there are plenty of test images, charts and videos you can analyze for yourself.

4) There is also an english written E-5 review at Pixiq: “If you already own Zuiko Digital lenses the cost of trading up to this camera will pay off, providing the most effective Olympus technology and the greatest versatility.

Reminder: According to Amazon UK the Panasonic GF2 should be in Stock on January 24. And you get a free photography gift pack worth £150 when you preorder the camera now. If you are non-japanese the only way to get the GF2 now is through ebay where they have a few items in Stock (Click here).

January 3, 2011
Posted in news

The 43rumors readers product of the year is the Panasonic GH2!

3,601 43rumors readers voted the poll for the best (Micro-) Four Thirds product of the year. And the winner is the Panasonic GH2 with 1,150 votes (32%)!
That’s probably not a big surprise. The Voigtländer 25mm lens is on place two with 598 votes (17%). And on third place we have the Olympus E-5 with 530 votes (15%). As you can see the high-end products are on top of the list. The Panasonic G10 had 4 votes only….that’s why BHphoto discontinued it? :)
And the worst placed lens is the Olympus 40-150mm lens with 6 votes.

The product of the year 2009 was the Panasonic GF1.

Those are the results:

The product of the year is the...

  • Panasonic GH2 (32%, 1,150 Votes)
  • Voigtländer 25mm lens (17%, 598 Votes)
  • Olympus E-5 (15%, 530 Votes)
  • Olympus E-PL1 (12%, 450 Votes)
  • Panasonic GF2 (5%, 183 Votes)
  • Panasonic AG-AF100 (4%, 160 Votes)
  • Olympus 9-18mm lens (4%, 150 Votes)
  • Panasonic 14mm lens (2%, 81 Votes)
  • Panasonic G2 (2%, 70 Votes)
  • Panasonic 100-300mm lens (2%, 70 Votes)
  • Olympus 14-150mm lens (1%, 38 Votes)
  • Noktor 50mm lens (1%, 38 Votes)
  • Lensbaby for Micro Four Thirds (1%, 23 Votes)
  • Panasonic 8mm fisheye (0%, 17 Votes)
  • SLRmagic 35mm (0%, 13 Votes)
  • Olympus 75-300mm lens (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Panasonic 12.5mm 3D lens (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Olympus 40-150mm lens (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Panasonic G10 (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,601

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January 3, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Olympus E-PL2 should be available in February (Reminder: announcement on Thursday!)

The white XZ-1

UPDATE: Sorry! The source made a mistake. The announcement will be made on Thursday the 6th and not on Tuesday the 4th!!!!!

On Thursday Olympus will announce the new Olympus E-PL2 (with same E-PL1 sensor), the new XZ-1 high end compact camera (with LX-5 sensor), three new converters, two new underwater case, the pen module, a new close up spotlight and a bunch of new compact cameras (VG-120 VR-310 TG-310 TG-610 SP-610UZ). I guess the official time release is 6-7am London time (January 6th). The new accessories should be in Stock very soon in January. The E-PL2 and the XZ-1 will probably hit the stores in February. Panasonic will also present a new bunch of compact cameras (including the new S-series) but I don’t expect any more than that from Pana. I was told that nor Canon nor Nikon will make any big announcement so the Olympus E-PL2 will be the only new large sensor camera to be presented at the CES show.

As usual follow us on 43rumors. I will make you a nice summary of all previews and interesting links. I also do hope you will keep following me after the E-Pl2 announcement. I already have been told that Panasonic and Olympus will make major product announcements by late February-early March! I expect new Micro Four Thirds lenses and cameras from both of them (at least 2 cameras and 5 new lenses!). UPDATE: it looks like Sony could show a new NEX but as prototype only (see SonyAlphaRumors). And I forgot to mention that Samsung announced the NX10 copy..the NX11 LOL! (Via x-rumors)

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