Zoom Madness: Panasonic announces the 60x zoom FZ70 (20-1200mm!!!)

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Sorry if it’s not an MFT news, but I think it’s a very curious thing Panasonic announced today:

In the world of digital cameras you can fin the Megapixel race, the ISO race, the Miniaturization race and we also have the Superzoom race. Today Panasonic announced the 60x (!) zoom FZ70 camera (here at Amazon). Guys…that’s a 20-1200mm lens! Someone here on 43rumors that is going to buy this?

All preorder links at Amazon and Adorama.

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(UPDATED) List of MFT cameras you can buy for less than 300 Euro.

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You know that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get an MFT cameras. That’s why a couple of times per year I like to see what you can get in Europe for less than 300 Euro. As usual I check on eBay Europe stores, it would be impossible to check all local stores. But it gives you a good indication what you can find. Here is the list:

Olympus E-P3:
Silver E-P3 for 259 Euro at FotoMundus (Click here).
White E-P3 for 269 Euro at FotoMundus (Click here).

Olympus E-PL3:
Silver E-PL3 for 171 Euro at SRSmicrosystem (Click here).
Black E-Pl3 for 229 Euro at Photuniverse (Click here).
Black E-Pl3 with kit lens for 299 Euro at Saturn (Click here) and Laptop (Click here).

Olympus E-PL1:
Silver E-PL1 for 229 Euro at FotoMarkt (Click here).
Silver E-PL1 with kit lens for 287 Euro at Ladentheke (Click here).

Olympus E-PM1:
White body with 14-42mm lens for 215 Euro at Salenso (Click here).

Panasonic GF5:
Black Body with 14-42mm lens for 267 Euro at Pixmania (Click here).

Panasonic GF3:
Black GF3 for 159 Euro at Mundoreflex (Click here).
White Open BOX GF3 with 14-42mm lens for 172 Euro at UKdirect (Click here).
White GF3 with 14-42mm lens for 299 Euro at Fotorutten (Click here).
Black GF3 with 14mm lens for 299 Euro at Fotosnaeppchen (Click here).

Panasonic GF1:
Red GF1 for 201 Euro at PhotoExpress (Click here).
Black GF1 with 14mm lens for 245 Euro at Technicals (Click here).

Panasonic G2:
Black G2 with lots of extras for 309 Euro at Technikcenter (Click here). I know it’s 10 Euro over the 300 mark but you really get a lot of extras :)

Panasonic G3:
Red G3 for 279 Euro at Fotosnaeppchen (Click here).
Black G3 for 299 Euro at Saturn (Click here).

Feel free to add mroe links by commenting this post! Thanks!

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USA deals roundup (GH3, Lumix 100-300mm, 12-35mm, Rokinon, G5 and more).

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In one month a wave of new cameras and lenses will hit us. In the meantime enjoy some great US deals on current MFT stuff:

The Panasonic Gh3 still sells for $1028 (-2% reward) at Amazon US (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
G5 with double lens kit for $478 at Amazon US (Click here).
E-P5 in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
MZgamers sells the Panasonic 12-35mm (Click here) for $1,019.99 and free shipping.
Rokinon 7.5mm F3.5 UMC Fisheye Lens for $249 at Amazon US (Click here).
Panasonic 100-300mm for $499 at Amazon (Click here).

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(FT3) Panasonic compact camera announcement soon (no MFT).

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There could be soon a compact camera announcement made by Panasonic. At least one new FZ camera will be launched. As long as I know no new MFT camera is coming The GX7 will be announced in late August (confirmed by Panasonic US!). And the Olympus cameras will arrive in mid September.

In the long term both Panasonci and Olympus will step out from the low end compact camera business and focus on the high end market. The new Panasonic LF1 is a nice camera but Panasonic still has to launch a bigger size sensor camera to be really competitve against Fuji and Sony. Also Olympus plans to launch a high end compact camera soon!

P.S.: Super E-Pm2 Gold Box deal at Amazon Germany (Click here).

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Fotodiox will launch a new Vizelex adapter soon. Higher quality and 0.5x reduction for MFT!

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The Vizelex Light Cannon isn’t a good quality adapter. And the Fotodiox company acknowledged that and is preparing a new version. SpilledInk just sent me that message:

“Here are some non-pixel peeping test shots of the cheap and disappointing Fotodiox Vizelex Light Cannon (Lens Turbo clone). The reaction has been so poor that Fotodiox has promised a version 2 in a few months free to anyone that bought the original light cannon. They are even offering a 0.5x reduction version which would give our Micro 4/3 cameras full frame field of view. Hopefully the quality improves: http://www.flickr.com/photos/savanapridi/sets/72157634459659517/ Thanks. I hope your readers might find this test useful.” 

More news at personal-view.com. The current adapter sells for $149 at Amazon (Click here).

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