(UPDATED) GF3 kit for $279. Panasonic GH3 now in Stock at Adorama.

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A limited quantity of GH3 cameras is right now in Stock at Adorama (Click here). UPDATE: The GF3 with kit lens is in Stock for $279 at BuyDig (Click here)!

Adorama also has a G5 bundle where you get a free $100 Adorama Gift Card (Click here).

And some may have missed this: Olympus launched four new rebate programs you can see at Amazon (Click here). Here is the list:
1) E-M5, E-PL5, E-M2 and XZ-2 got an up to $100 discount at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
2) Save $100 on Qualifying Olympus Lenses at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
3) Save up to $50 on Qualifying Olympus Flashes at Amazon (Click here).
4) $20 rebate on Olympus Point-and-Shoot Cameras (list here at Amazon).

More Panasonic and Sigma MFT deals:
GF5 with X zoom for $349 at Amazon (Click here). GX1 body for $300 at Uniquephoto (Click here). Sigma 19mm for $99 at Uniquephoto (Click here). Sigma 30mm for $99 at Uniquephoto (Click here).

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Panasonic announces the new “Micro Color Splitters” Sensor.

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Panasonic (Click here) just announced a new sensor Technology for Highly Sensitive Image Sensors Using Micro Color Splitters. That new technique allows to “approximately double the color sensitivity in comparison with conventional sensors that use color filters.“. The trick to achieve that is the complete removal of the color filters that “usually block 50 – 70% of the incoming light before it even reaches the sensor“. Full description of the tech cna be read here: http://panasonic.co.jp/corp/news/official.data/data.dir/2013/02/en130204-6/en130204-6.html

I hope that’s the reason why Panasonic dind’t unveil the GX1 successor last year :)

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Panasonic reps talking: 42.5mm and 150mm not coming this year. GX2 coming soon.

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It’s always dangerous to rely on informations released by company représentants. So pleas take that info with a grain of salt ok? I got two mails from 43rumors reader that had the chance to talk to some Panasonic rep:

1) Rumor one: I have high hopes that this news I am going to post is simply untrue. 43rumors reader and photographer Jimmy Patton (here on G+) told me that he “talked to a Panasonic rep today and asked about the 42.5mm and 150mm… Answer was “not this year“.

2) Rumor two: 43rumors readers Zetton was at the CP+ show and told me that “While talking with the Panasonic staff I have been told that  Panasonic will release the next GX1 soon

So, no new lens by Panasonic in 2013? DC.watch reported the lens should come within 2013 (and Panasonic roadmap shows 2013 as target year). Would be the first time ever a company doens’t announce a new lens for a full year! And please, don’t define the newly upgraded 14-42mm as a “new lens”!

P.S.: Zetyon posted some pics of the Cp+ show at Pepget768 and Flickr.

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SLRmagic and Cosina watch this: f/0,85 MFT lens coming from Kenko-IBE!

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You remember the time when we were excited about all these new f/0.95 lenses? Now we have five of them (3 Nokton and 2 SLR magic). It’s time to set new frontiers, we want it all and we want it faster! Guess what? It’x coming…the IBELUX 40mm f/0.85! This lens has been co developed by the Japanese company Kenko and the German IBE. The lens will be priced at around 1,000 Euro or Dollars and hit the stores in July. It’s a long time til July and you may save this Slidoo search to get notified when it will be available on eBay.

There is yet no image samples or specific info about the lens design. I wouldn’t expect a stellar performance wide open. And good luck when trying to focus on the right spot!

 

For the record. These are the five f/o.95 lenses:
Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 (not in Stock yet, save this search for notification).
SLRmagic 50mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
SLRmagic 25mm f/0.95 (not in Stock yet, save this search for notification).

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E-M5, GH3, E-PL5 and new MFT lens reviews.

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Let me catch up with some major new MFT reviews:

The video on top shows an EM-5 Battery Grip Review & Test by WhatDigitalCamera. And Thom Hogan posted his review of the E-M5 at SansMirror.com.

SLRlounge posted the first part of the “Big Panasonic GH3 Review”. Also Naturalexposures posted a new chapter about the GH3.

E-PL5 review at Digital-photography-school.

CameraLabs (Click here) tested the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens: “The Olympus 45mm f1.8 is arguably one of the best lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system, whether you’re using an Olympus or Panasonic body. This lens is so small and light you’ll hardly know you’re carrying it around, yet is capable of delivering industry-leading performance with pin-sharp details across the entire frame right into the extreme corners.

Fotopolis (translation here) posted the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 review. The English version should be online soon on their partner site Lenstip.

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