Next $50 price drop on the E-M5.

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Right now Sunset Electronics is selling the E-M5 body for $869.95 (Click here) and the E-M5 with 12-50mm lens for $1,109.95 (Click here). That’s $50 less than the current price at Amazon and BH. Of course it ships for free.

These are now among the lowest price we have seen on new E-M5 bodies. So if there will be really a low end OMD model it will have to be priced very low (like $600-$700). That camera will have to compete against the brand new Panasonic G6.

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E-P5 and G6 shipping tomorrow. Nokton in August.

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First two news: Epson Japan “officialized” what was already known. The new Olympus VF-4 uses their Ultimicron EVF. And Cosina Japan announced that the Nokton 42,5mm lens will ship in August.

Big US shipment day tomorrow: Amazon says that both the Olympus E-P5 (Click here) and the Panasonic G6 (Click here) will finally ship tomorrow.

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(FT5) Delay on the Schneider MFT lens release.

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According to trusted sources the launch of the new Schneider MFT lenses has been delayed by at least six months. The reason for this are the limited production capability. But don’t worry they will come for sure :)

One of the sources also told me that the lenses will cost less(!) than 1.500 Euro. As you know there will be three of them, the 14mm f/2.0 the 30mm f/1.4 and the Macro 60mm f/2.4.

All three lenses also have:
– Full electronic aperture control and autofocus.
– High-refractive lenses and special lens elements
– Internal focusing
– Very high resolution across the entire image area, even at full starting aperture
– High-quality aluminum casing, robust mechanics
– Hydrophobic coating of outer elements
– Protection against dust and splashing

 

By the way, a reader (Thanks!) sent me that size comparison with some existing MFT lenses. Click on it to see a large size version.


P.S: Some of the current Schneider lenses makes for other mounts. A couple of them would be welcome as a native MFT version!

Xenon 16mm f/1.2 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 25mm f/0.95 (Click here to see on eBay).
Curtagon 35mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Componon 50mm f/1.4 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 50mm f/1.9 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 50mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 75mm f/3.5 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenotar 80mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 180mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).

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Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera MFT Mount in Stock.

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After a very long wait you can finally find the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with passive MFT mount in Stock via dvestore (Click here). They also have a kit with the Sandisk Extreme 240GB SSD (Click here).

The active mount Pocket Cinema Camera is set to ship by end of July. Preorders in USA at Adorama, BHphoto and in Germany at Technikdirekt, in France at pbs-video. In Sweden at macoteket, scandinavianphoto, protel.jetshop, webhallen. Drop me a message if you find more preorder links!

Two more US deals:
$29 off on the Panasonic 45-150mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
Buy an Olympus Camera and the Olympus 40-150mm Lens and Receive $50 Cash Back via Mail-in Rebate at Amazon (Click here).
all deals of the day at DealsRunner.com.

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E-P5 studio sample pics and Ming Thein review update.

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If we are lucky than by end of this week the E-P5 will ship to our homes (according to Amazon US release date info). And now you can see some image samples taken with the production version of the camera:

Imaging Resource posted the full E-P5 studio shots. You can now use their comparometer to see how good or bad the nee camera performs.

Ming Thei tested the final production E-P5 and had also the ability to evaluate the RAW file quality and writes: “I still think they’re still a hair better than the OM-D in terms of color and tonality, and possibly the best I’ve straight-from-camera output I’ve seen

Sounds good! Now let’s hope Amazon doens’t mess with the release date…:)

Links to all newly announced Olympus stuff:
E-P5 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 White at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Silver at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Black with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 White with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Black with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and Wex UK.
E-P5 White with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
17mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
45mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany.
75mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
VF-4 viewfinder at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.

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