(FT5) Compact cameras only at CES (from Olympus)

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Hi!

More trusted sources confirmed that Olympus will have an announcement on early January but there will be new compact cameras only. Major new MFT announcements will be made in late January. And I am still not 100% sure but also Panasonic should announce compact cameras only yet.

Coming back to Olympus, one new Camera and one new lens could be announced in late January. The cameras is “completely new” while the lens specs are unknown yet.

Personal note: I am very busy in these days because of family reasons. Sorry if I don’t answer your mails yet. Will do it as soon as I have time. Thanks for your understanding!

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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Olympus patents a couple of new zooms (12-60mm)

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A patent fulfilled back in September 2011 describes a couple of new zooms (Source: freepatentsonline). Sadly all are relatively slow and no one will make you jump off the chair. Here they are:
12-60mm f/4.0-5.7
12-70mm f/4.0-5.7
12-82mm f/4.0-5.7
12-94mm f/4.0-5.8
14-70mm f/4.0-5.7

If at least they would be compact. Time to come up with something really different than the current 12-50mm f/3.5-6.4 lens lens. One day I will find some f/2.8 or even f/2.0 zoom patent. One day… :)

Olympus 2.0 zooms on Slidoo Europe.

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SLR Magic 35mm T f/1.4 lens in Stock at Adorama. G series discounted and selling well.

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For the very first time the new SLRmagic 35mm T/1.4 lens is in Stock at Adorama (Click here). Two test videos can be seen on Vimeo_1. and Vimeo_2.

And the Panasonic G series is discounted and selling well. For example the GF3 plus X kit for $375 at Amazon (Click here). And so the GX1 and GH2 and G cameras (Click here to see ranking and deals).

Reminder: $100 discount on the 35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).

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Toyo Optics 12.5-75mm review.

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We are all waiting for the day that Olympus will introduce their famous f/2.0 zooms in native Micro Four Thirds mount. But maybe you were not aware that there is already a cheaper and faster zoom lens out there. It is the Toyo Optics 12.5-75mm. A reader sent me this link to an one year old review of the lens tested on the GH2. Anyway, while this may be a good solution for a few of you I still hope that Olympus will do some f/2.0 zooms too. Does it make sense for the MFT system? I think the answer is yes!

Some Toyo lenses can be found on eBay (Click here).

The two superb Zuiko f/2.0 zooms:
14-35mm f/2.0 on eBay (Click here) and via Slidoo eBay.
35-100mm f/2.0 on eBay (Click here) and via Slidoo eBay.

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Panasonic Keynote on January 8th (Lumix compact cameras coming)

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Panasonic CEO Tsuga will have a Keynote on January 8th at the CES show in Las Vegas. On the camera front we can expect many new compact cameras. No MFT camera should be announced at the event. The main talk will be about new camcorders, TV’s and other electronic stuff. But we will likely not have to wait a long time to see new MFT products. The CP+ show in Japan starts on January 31st and there is a BIG chance to see the new GF camera by than.
And…let’s dream….what about a new GX camera too?

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