An anonymous source (Thank You!) sent me the link to a canadian website named Photoprice (Click here). It shows the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 HD OIS.
This is the fourth “normal” zoom lens after the 45-200mm ($240 here at Amazon) the 45-175mm ($290) and the Olympus 40-150mm ($280) lens. And I honestly don’t see the reason for that new release. I was hoping for a sort of very compact zoom lens but as we see this is not going to happen. And it’s not even a fast lens. So either this lens is incredibly cheap, either it is expensive but with a superb quality or either Panasonic simply did something wrong Let’s see what happens on next Wednesday (July 18th) when Panasonic is officially going to announce it along the G5 and LX7!
Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct
It is a nice Saturday morning here and I want to post three links to work from friends:
1) Perry sent us the video I posted here on top: “Been laying low for a while in the world of GH2 hacking, because I have been working hard on our feature film. I am the DP on this film and it is being shot all on hacked GH2’s everything from 244mbit(oldschool) to new Mysteron hack(finishing the film on this). We are using everything from Oct-18 Lomos, Nokkors, and M43 glass. here is the first teaser for the film, we are on a 2000$ budget, and it will feature actors who are donating there time to us in between shoots for burn notice and other network tv series https://vimeo.com/groups/gh2/videos/45362977”
2) 43rumor reader Uwe wrote a book about Lightroom 4 Artistry. You can read the presentation at Outbackphoto (Click here).
3) Elena from grekkdiaries.com (Click here) received my Olympus E-PL1 I gave her to tell her greek crisis stories. First pictures have been posted but she still needs to show more. Let’s see what’s coming next.
If our European readers want to get soem cheap camera or lens a place to look is Olympusmarket (Click here). They just posted a fulls et of new stuff including a Penpal module, XZ-1, E-PL2 cameras, VF-3 viewfinder, VF-3 viewfinder, E-P1, E-PL3, E-PL1 and the 14-42mm kit lens. Good Luck with the auctions!
GX1 rules for a day:
The super GX1 deal is now over but at midnight (Berlin time) I toke this screenshot from the Amazon overall digital camera rankings (Click here to see the current rank). I don’t recall ever seeing a Micro Four Thirds camera on top of this ranking. Panasonic and Olympus should take notice of it. Those deals really help to extend the m43 user basis. We need more of those actions!
E-M5 in Stock:
Another good news is that the SIlver E-M5 kit will be on Stock this Sunday at Amazon US (Click here to read the note and preorder).
And here is the new US deal roundup:
Olympus 75mm lens will ship on July 20th according to BHphoto (Click here). The SIlver 45-175mm lens sells for $289 at BHphoto (Click here). And you save $200 when you buy the GX1 with two lenses at BHphoto (Click here). A deal you may didn’t notice due the GX1 buzz is the 14-42mm X pancake which is now available for $295 at Amazon (Click here). And for photographers in need of a high resolution screen on a laptop the Retina is in Stock at BHphoto too (Click here).
As you can see from the screenshot on top the Silver kit will finally ship on July 15th at Amazon US (Click here to read the note and preorder). That’s after tomorrow!
And now to an even more important news. I was really wondering why DxOmark still didn’t had post the full E-M5 sensor review. Via dpreview forum post (found via Lepidi) we got an intriguing answer. Axel from DxOmark said that: “the lab is working on it but noticed some surprising measures and is analyzing the root cause.”
Either the results are terrible good or either they are terribly bad! Can’t wait to see the review of the first Sony m43 sensor!
There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.
E-M5 Batteries, and other things:
The Olympus GS-4 strap and the DSTE E-M5 batteries you have to use with an extra charger. There is an E-M5 car charger a new E-M5 LCD screen and a Front Cover+ Top Panel.