December 21, 2010
Posted in deals

(Deal gone) Silver Panasonic GH2 is in Stock at BHphoto!

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UPDATE: 10 minutes after posting that news the Silver Panasonic GH2 which was in Stock at Bhphoto (Click here) went Sold Out! You guys are fast!
A few days ago also Amazon and Adorama had them in Stock. When are we going to see the Black model in Stock? I can only find a few of them on eBay (and auction will not end cheap).

There is also a new price drop on the Panasonic 7-14mm lens which is now in Stock for $817 only at Amazon (Click here)

December 21, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) UPDATED -> Panasonic will announce the new 25mm f/1.4 in February (and it will be the kit lens of a new MFT camera!)


UPDATE: During the last 5 hours many sources sent me new rumors. I want to thank you all for your messages! Please understand that I will have first to doublecheck the rumors I received with other known sources. As you can imagine I often do receive false, or uncomplete (sometimes “crypted”) rumors and I don’t want to fool my readers. But one thing is certain: Olympus and Panasonic are ready to release a bunch of new cameras and lenses by very early 2011!

It’s Christams time and our sources have been so nice to send us the next very reliable rumor about Panasonic (Thanks!). According to them the new Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 lens will be announced in February/March! And there is one more surprise! It will be also be the kit lens of the next new Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera!!! Sadly, I have no information about the camera (for now!).
The 25mm f/1.4 lens has been described by our sources as a very high quality lens (the image quality is very close to the actual Panasonic/Leica 25mm Four Thirds lens). But the lens will be bigger than the current 20mm f/1.7 pancake.

As you see on the roadmap above Panasonic is developing two new bright zoom and wide anlge lenses. But we are not certain yet when they will be announced. I was told by another source that Panasonic has already working preproduction samples. That’s why I expect those lenses to be announced soon!

If you know more about those new Panasonic lenses (or the new camera) feel free to contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com. You can also use the contact from on the right sidebar instead (it’s anonymous!).

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December 21, 2010
Posted in reviews

Olympus E-5 (and Panasonic 8mm) review.

Pocket Lint posted the new Olympus E-5 review with the intriguing title: “Has Olympus saved its best Four Thirds DSLR until last?” But their virdict is a little bit strange: “That said, as the E-5 appears to be more an evolution of its existing E-3 owners might also want to consider the likes of an E-PL1 if they want an Olympus feel, less bulk, and a camera that feels a little more in line with current thinking and future development. We do like the E-5, but in a tough present climate we’re just wondering who else will.” Can you really put the E-PL1 on the same level of the E-5??? Click here to read the full review at Pocket Lint.

Photographyblog tested the Panasonic 8mm fisheye: “it is a very specialist lens that provides a unique view on the world. It delivers great image quality in a tiny package“. Build quality is excellent, focus is fast and silent, low CA, high resolution…so what’s the problem with the that lens? The high price :(

December 20, 2010
Posted in deals

US Panasonic GH2 in Stock status. Adorama taking preorders of the Voigtländer lens


Last week Amazon US, Adorama and BHphoto had a few Silver Panasonic GH2 cameras in Stock. Now I have been told by a few of our readers that Adorama shipped the first black GH2 cameras (but you can’t find them in Stock right now). One more thing: I just saw some GH2 cameras in auction on eBay (sold by US dealers!). As usual comment this post to help others to find the GH2 in Stock…Thanks!

Finally Adorama is accepting preorders of the new Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds lens (Click here): “New item not available yet, Delivery scheduled to start mid December . You can place this on order and it will be shipped on a first come first served basis. We do not charge your card until we actually ship the item to you“.

December 20, 2010
Posted in reviews

First Olympus E-PL1s test at BCNranking (+ E-PL1 double lens kit deal)

As you know the E-PL1s will be available in Japan only and it is a slightly tweaked version of the current E-PL1. It uses the new BLS-5 battery instead of the BLS-1 and shoots up to 6.400 ISO. The japanese website BCNranking tested the new Olympus E-PL1s and the new MSC (Movie and Stills Compatible) M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm II 1:3.5-5.6. You can download and analyze a few image samples (but none of them have been taken at 6.400 ISO). P.S.: There is no plan to release the E-PL1s in Europe or America.

Olympus US is offering a new Christmas deal. You can get the E-PL1 + 14-42mm + 40-140mm lens for $549 at Amazon (Click here)!

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