Olympus 12-40mm Lens is “in short supply”. But first lenses are alreayd shipping in US (Amazon and eBay)

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Olympus Japan just issued an official statement. It says that the demand of the lens has been higher than expected and therefore not all that preordered the lens will get it in time (late November-early December). The lens has still an ETA of December 7 at Amazon US (Click here). But a couple of 43rumors readers luckily told me that their US preorders already shipped! And there is even a first lens auction on eBay US (Click here). So I guess the supply shortage will only affect those of you that will preorder the lens now.

Preorders: Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, AmazonDE (viaDL), Amazon ES (via DL).

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Olympus president Sasa shares more hints about Sony-Olympus digital camera parynership.

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JP (Click here) published an interview with Olympus president Sasa. If google translation didn’t fool me this is what he says:
– Olympus and Sony are working together on the camera and lens front. This means “one-step” integration in the distribution network and camera parts purchases to reduce the costs.
– He confirms the low-end compact camera market is of no more interest for Olympus
– There is room for growth in the Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens market. Olympus expects annual sales number to increase from 75000-80000 to 90000-140000 units.

article found via Digicameinfo.

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E-M1 in Stock at Bestbuy. E-M5 price drops (US and CA).

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The Olympus E-m1 is now in Stock for the regular price via BestBuy on eBay US (Click here). Limited quantity!
Panasonic launched new kit deals at Amazon US (Click here). As you can see you save up to $200 on the GH3-GX7 with 20mm or X lens combo.

More new deals:
Up to $23 off and free SD case on Sandisk SDHC cards at BHphoto (Click here).
E-m5 with kit lens sells for $920 via Henry on eBay US (Click here). That’s $180 less than the BH or Amazon price.
The Black E-M5 sells for $629 Canadian Dollars in Canada (via DL).
Panasonic GX7 body for $919 eBay US (Click here). You save $80 over the regular price.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 for $499.99 on eBay (Click here).

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(FT5) New Olympus OMD entry level camera to be announced in January-February!

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Let’s start this new week with some brand new HOT rumors. According to multiple(!) sources Olympus will launch a new entry level OMD camera in very early 2014, right before the CP+ show in Japan (Mid February). I don’t have a spec list yet but I suspect it will sue the same E-m1 sensor with no AA filter. And also the same EVF. It sounds like a small upgrade over the current Olympus E-M5. I hope the price will be also of “entry level” standard :)

You can find the E-M5 for $699 (refurbished) and 700 Euro (new on eBay). This could (or should) be the price of the new camera.

Also hot: Sources also pointed out that there will be new lenses (yes plural!).

 


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