(FT4) Panasonic 42,5mm to ship within end 2013.

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I have a small good news from a trusted source. The new Panasonic-Leica 42,5 f/1.2 Nocticron will already ship in December 2013. The official price will be announced soon. The 150mm f/2.8 will ship in Q1 2014 as scheduled.

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(FT4) OM to MFT Speed Booster to be announced on September 15?

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 Finally! It is “rumored” that Metabones is about to launch the OM to MFT Speed Booster adapter on September 15. Many 43rumors readers own these lenses and finally we can sue their full potential! Really a great news for me too…I do own many OM lenses :)

P.S.: The Kipon Tilt AND Shift OM to MFT adapter is now shipping via eBay China (Click here).

OM prime lens links on eBay:
21mm f/2.0 and 21mm f/3.5 lens, 24mm f/2.0 and 24mm f/2.8 and 24mm f/3.5 shift lens, 28mm f/2.0 and 28mm f/2.8 and 28mm f/3.5 lens, 35mm f/2.0 and 35mm f/2.8 and 35mm f/2.8 shift lens, 40mm f/2.0 lens, 50mm f/1.2 and 50mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/2.0 macro and 50mm f/3.5 lens, 55mm f/3.5 macro lens, 85mm f/2.0 lens, 90mm f/2.0 macro lens, 100mm f/2.0 and 100mm f/2.8 lens, 135mm f/2.8 and 135mm f/3.5 lens, 180mm f/2.0 and 180mm f/2.8 lens, 200mm f/4.0 and 200mm f/5.0 lens, 250mm f/2.0 lens, 300mm f/4.5 lens, 350mm f/2.8 lens,, 400mm f/6.4 lens, 500mm f/8.0 lens, 600mm f/6.6 lens, 1000mm f/11 lens.

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Oh no! Olympus to be prosecuted by UK fraud agency (Says BBC).

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Michael Woodford and Tsuyoshi Kikukawa

I was happy that the Olympus manager fraud story was over…but in reality it isn’t! BBC reports that “Olympus and its UK subsidiary Gyrus Group will be prosecuted by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office.

Olympus answered that:
“it is difficult to predict the outcome of this matter or estimate the level of fines that may be imposed on the company and Gyrus Group Limited, the potential financial impact of this prosecution on Olympus group’s business is unclear”.

I really hope the prosecution will not have consequences for the company and their effort to write Black Numbers again!

 

 

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Sony’s (and maybe Olympus) answer to the dying compact cameras: The QX Lenscameras!

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You still remember the Sony-Olympus joint press release saying they would work together on the digital dying compact camera market? This is how they are going to revive it….make “Lens-Cameras” directly for smartphones!
The New Sony QX cameras are already available for preorder at Amazon US (Click here to see them)! Here are all direct links to the two different cameras and colors and accessories:
Black QX100 (Click here).
Soft Carrying Case for DSC-QX100 (Click here).
Black QX10 (Click here).
White QX10 (Click here).
Soft Carrying Case for DSC-QX10 (Click here).

These QX cameras are based on current Sony compact camera tech. And It’s easy to guess that Olympus will launch them soon too. Just take some compact camera sensor and lens, get rid of the classic body and sell them as QX. Is that the future?
I really would like to hear opinion on that, because as a classic photographer I cannot imagine this would work for me…

 

Do you think these QX concept will be successfull?

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Olympus unveils new E-M1 will be announced on September 10 at 14:00 Taipei time.

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Digicameinfo shared the image of an invitation sent by Olympus Taiwan. It confirms that the new E-M1 and 12-40mm lens will be announced at 14:00 (2pm) Taipei time on September 10. To make it easy for you these are the other time zones for major cities:

22:00 (10pm) September 9 in Los Angeles
1:00 (1am) September 10 in New York time
7:00 September 10 in London time
8:00 September 10 in Berlin time

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