(FT5) Leica will not launch a Micro Four Thirds camera. Panasonic will join the new Leica system?


Two very trusted sources can confirm that Leica is not going to launch a Leica branded copy of a Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera. What Leica will launch is a completely new system using their own mount. That is the part of the rumor that can be rated as FT5.

The possible surprise: One of the sources also said that a couple of months ago he learned from very reliable sources that Panasonic was…let’s say “Playing with the idea” to join the new Leica system. The new Leica system will not compete against the MFT system but play a role in a much more higher and more expensive market. The source promised to let me know soon if Panasonic will join that new Leica system. This could become a HUGE change in Panasonic strategy.

One more thing: Olympus has definitely nothing to do with that Leica-Panasonic partnership and will never join that system.

Stay tuned on 43rumors. This could become one of the biggest Panasonic news of the last years!!!

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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



E-M1 beats the APS-C Canon DSLR. And new GM1 review.


Graph source: DxOmark.

Focus Numerique (translation here) tested the E-M1 and as you see from the graph on top the E-M1 shows impressive results. A couple of years ago few would have believed a MFT camera can outperform a new ASP-C Canon DSLR :)

Photographyblog tested the Panasonic GM1 and writes:

In a nutshell, if you loved what you saw of the output of the GX7 but felt the body would be better even smaller, then the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 could be well worth giving a proverbial spin.

E-M1 Store Links:
Olympus E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto, Amazon DE (via DL), Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL), WexUK, Topshot FI, CameraWorldUK.
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, AmazonDE (viaDL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus E-M1 with 12-40mm Lens kit at Amazon DE (via DL), WexUK and CameraWorldUK, Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus E-M1 with 12-50mm Lens kit at Amazon DE (via DL), WexUK, CameraWorldUK, Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus EP-13 Eyecup for E-M1 at Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus HLD-7 Battery Grip for E-M1 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus LC-62D Metal Front Lens Cap for 12-40mm at Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus LH-66 Lens Hood for 12-40mm at Adorama and BHphoto.


Speed madness: New Metabones Speed Boosters announced makes you shoot at f/0.74 aperture!


F0.74 – The new Metabones Speed Booster – BMCC & BMPCC versions from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

There is need of Megapixels, need of miniaturization and there is obviously the need for speed! If you want to go as fast as it gets you could try to emulate Andrew from EosHD (Click here). He used the Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Ai lens (here on eBay) in combination with the new Metabones Speed Booster. Yes, he used tw NEW adapters just announced at Metabones site (Click here). The bad news is that they work on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera only because they will obstruct the mechanical shutter of the Olympus-Panasonic MFT cameras :(

Key features

  • 0.64x Speed Booster for BMCC with 1 ⅓ stop increase in effective aperture (F1.2 to F0.80)
  • 0.58x Speed Booster for BMPCC with over ⅓ stop increase in effective aperture (F1.2 to F0.74)
  • Sensor 1.53x crop effective on BMCC
  • Sensor 1.74x crop effective on BMPCC
  • On Blackmagic Cinema Camera: true APS-C field of view from DX lenses (180° fisheye remains as such)
  • Adds stepless aperture ring
  • Nikon F-mount (compatible with legacy AI/S and modern G)
  • $489 + shipping/tax
  • Availability start of December 2013

Andrew writes:

Well the world has turned on it’s head once more. Suddenly a smaller sensor is an advantage. Remarkably a small sensor is now a hit in low light. This magic comes at a very small price… There’s some ghosting and reflection to watch out for but it occurs only very occasionally in real world shooting.

Links to the Nikon Ai f/1.2 lenses on eBay:
Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Ai lens (here on eBay) Nikon 55mm f/1.2 Ai lens (here on eBay) Nikon 55mm f/1.2 Ai lens (here on eBay)


Cyber Monday deals: GH3 for $849. Adobe and Rokinon MFT and Sandisk SD Gold Box!


First of all you have to check out the many Gold Box Deals running today at Amazon US (Click here). There are deals on Lightroom, Rokinon MFT lens, SD cards and more!!! And the Panasonic GH3 is in Stock for $849 at Uniquephoto (Click here and add to cart to see the price). Adobe Photoshop Lightroom V5 Software, Windows and Mac OS for $72 at Adorama (Click here). And there are over 100 pages of Gold Box deals on every kind of stuff at Amazon (Click here).

All Cyber Monday deals can be seen here: Amazon, Amazon photo deals, Adorama, BHphoto, Newegg, Cameta, Target, Bestbuy, FocusCamera, PersonalView and eBay.

More MFT deals:

This is also the last day of the free flash and adapter action. Get the E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama or BHphoto.