(FT4) New Panasonic GF6 replaces both, the GF5 and GX1? With 16 megapixel GX1 sensor.

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According to one of the sources that saw the new Panasonic GF6 the camera uses the same 16 Megapixel sensor from the GX1. He also told me that he had the impression the camera may replaces both, the Panasonic GF5 and the GX1 compact models. That because the size and body quality has been improved and sits right in between the GF5 and GX1.

It may be that Panasonic decided to change the GX line dramatically…or even drop it?

Be sure to be online on April 9th on 43rumors!!! Panasonic announcement at 6-7 am London time!

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FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
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FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

 

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E-M5 deals in US and GH3 price drop in Germany.

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E-M5:
The US Olympus store offers refurbished E-M5 cameras for $759 (Click here). That is he lowest price you can pay for an E-M5 with full guarantee. And in Germany the price for the E-M5 is now officially 899 Euro at Amazon Germany and Technikdirekt.

GH3:
The GH3 is still out of Stock in US or in Stock only if you pay some huge extra $$$ via third party resellers at Amazon US (Click here). The story is completely different in Europe where the price even lowered down form the original 1199 Euro. You can find the body now for 1035 in Germany (see Idealo.de). Yep, Panasonic has still a problem with proper delivery in US :(

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(FT5) Panasonic GF6 and Panasonic G6 coming on April 9th (6-7am London time).

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Eidtor’s note: I know it’s April fools day but this is a real rumor :)

According to multiple sources Panasonic will have an announcement next week on Tuesday April 9th at around 6-7 am London time. Be sure to be on 43rumors by that hour to follow the announcement with all news and reviews.

Panasonic will launch two new MFT cameras, the Panasonic GF6 and the Panasonic G6. Both cameras will not use any new kind of sensor (they will use sensors already seen in other Panasonic models). But all the rest will be improved like AF speed and Image processor power. And both will have a more high end look and feeling.

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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

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New Kenko extension tubes!

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Just got this press release from Kenko about brand new extension tubes. The cool thing is that these have electronic contacts for AF and Auto Exposure! There is an auction on ebay UK (Click here). Here is the press release:

Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is proud to announce the availability of the new Kenko AF Extension Tube Set for Micro 4/3rds and Sony E mount. The tube set consists of a 10mm and 16mm extension tubes that can be used individually or together4.
The Kenko extension tubes have all the contacts and circuitry to maintain communication between the camera body and the lens. AF (within the limited macro range) and auto exposure are maintained with these extension tubes1.
Extension tubes are designed to enable a lens to focus closer than its normal set minimum focusing distance. Getting closer has the effect of magnifying your subject (making it appear larger in the viewfinder and in your pictures). They are exceptionally useful for macro photography, enabling you to convert almost any lens into a macro lens at a fraction of the cost while maintaining its original optical quality.
The DG extension tubes have no optics. They are mounted in between the camera body and lens to create more distance between the lens and film plane. By moving the lens father away from the sensor in the camera, the lens is forced to focus much closer than normal. The greater the length of the extension tube, the closer the lens can focus.

Specifications:
Aperture Coupling: Electronic
Included Sizes: 10MM and 16MM
Mount Availability: Micro 4/3rds mount for Olympus and Panasonic Sony E mount for NEX system
Warranty: 1 year limited warranty

Notes:
1. Depending on available light and due to a very shallow depth of field manual focusing may be required if the lens AF will not lock focus.
2. Focal length of the lens should be longer than the focal length of the tube for proper operation.
3. Also, Kenko recommends using a tripod for sharper results during macro photography.
4. Stacking is not possible with the Panasonic 45MM Macro and PZ 45-175MM lenses. However all Panasonic and Olympus lenses work with either the 10mm or 16mm separately. If an error message is displayed when trying to use the tubes together on one of these lenses or any other please use one or the other extension tube separately.

Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is the exclusive U. S. distributor for Tokina lenses, Hoya filters, Kenko photo accessories and SLIK camera support systems. Kenko Tokina USA provides marketing, sales, distribution, and technical/consumer service and support. Kenko Tokina is located in the original Surf City USA, Huntington Beach, CA and on the Web at www.Kenkotokinausa.com.

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