(FT4) Black 12mm and new 40-150mm PRO lens to be announced soon

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Our Japanese colleges from Digicameinfo just confirmed the rumor I posted a while ago: The new 40-150mm PRO lens (picture on top) will be announced very soon. Digicameinfo also added another info. A Black version of the current 12mm lens will be announced too. And it will cost just like the current Silver version.

My sources said the 40-150mm lens will cost about $1200-1300 and ship in early 2015.


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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

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New bunch of refurbished OMD cameras at GetOlympus USA.

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It’s back again: Olympus US has a limited quantity of refurbished OMD cameras you can buy ar GetOlympus (Click here). You can save plenty of $$$ on them!

Current Olympus/Panasonic deals in USA:
Panasonic GX7 for $641 at BigValue on eBay (Click here) $300 off on the E-M1 at eBay Top Seller TheGamesArena (Click here).
Panasonic 20mm II for $338 on eBay (Click here).
Save $100 on Select Olympus Lenses at Amazon (Click here).
Buy a Qualifying Olympus E-P5 Compact System Camera and Save $180 on the VF-4 ViewFinder at Amazon (Click here).
Save up to $300 on Select Olympus Compact System Cameras at Amazon (Click here).
Buy a Qualifying Olympus Compact System Camera and Save up to $200 on Select Olympus Lenses at Amazon (Click here).
Save $100 on Fast Prime Lenses for OM-D & PEN at GetOlympus (Click here).
Save $100 on Weatherproof Lenses for OM-D & PEN at GetOlympus (Click here).
Up to $800 Off Lenses with OM-D or PEN E-P5 Purchase at GetOlympus (Click here).
Up to $100 Off Recorders with OM-D or E-P5 Purchase at GetOlympus (Click here).
Save Up to $600 on the E-M5 & M.12-40mm PRO Lens at GetOlympus (Click here).
PEN E-PL5: FREE Wi-Fi Card at GetOlympus (Click here).
PEN E-P5: Over $479 in Savings! at GetOlympus (Click here).
VF-4: Only $99.99 with E-P5 Body Purchase at GetOlympus (Click here).
Save $20 on Tough Lens Converters at GetOlympus (Click here).

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ICinsights camera market predictions: Camera shipments reduced to half by end 2017.

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ICinsights (found via MirrorlressRumors) posted an analysis of what could happen with the camera market till end 2017. The overall camera turnover will shrink to a half by end of 2017 compared with the peak reached in 2011.  But the good news for the camera companies is that the System Camera Market is expected to growth. And that’s where companies usually have higher profit margins. As we know from previous Panasonic/Olympus financial reports both companies will focus more on that high-end camera market.

Interesting: If you look at the non conventional camera market the future looks bright. Medical cameras (where Olympus leads the market), Surveillance cameras, car cameras, tablets and smartphone cameras sales are expected to growth further.

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