Olympus desaster forecast….Don’t worry, there is more chance the analysts will fail.

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I keep receiving emails from readers pointing me out the report published by Yahoo (Click here). It says that the digital camera business from Olympus will disappear from the US market within 2014. It’s not the first time I hear these kind of negative forecasts about Olympus and as of today…Olympus digital camera business is still alive :)

Honestly, I think there is a bigger chance that Yahoo will crash in 2014 rather than Olympus! I agree with Thom Hogan when he says: “The medical side of Olympus is healthy enough that they can take their time deciding ultimately just what happens with cameras, and I’m pretty sure they’ll first try to execute a strategy that helps them get back to profitability before giving up on it.

So please don’t worry, and let’s see what Olympus will deliver us soon with the new OMD!

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Submit, find and share Micro Four Thirds deals on DealsRunner.com.

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Every day 43rumors reader send me deals about MFT stuff from all over the world. And it’s impossible for me to post them all on 43rumors. That’s why in collaboration with my colleagues from other rumor sites and a couple of crazy programmers we created a platform where you can share your deals! It’s called DealsRunner.com. It’s actually a community platform where people not only can submit but also comment and vote the deal “hotness”. And you can get notified when new deals of your interest have been posted. I would kindly invite you to register and join the community (it’s very easy, you can also register by one click Facebook or Twitter connection).

I will soon embed the deal stream in my sidebar on 43rumors. This will enhance the quality of the websites because:

1) As you know I work alone on 43rumors. And I am not always online and sometimes it happens that I miss to post links to good deals. By following dealsrunner you will not have that issue anymore.
2) If the concept works than I can start to post less deals on 43rumors and use my more of my free time on regular news and rumor coverage.
3) You can customize your geographic area and deal category so that you can get notification about deals that really could be interesting for you! Example: If you live in Europe you can choose to get notified on European deals only. And for you can also set your area of interest (for Panasonic and Olympus brands).

Below I attached two very basic self made explanation of how it works:

And there is a filter to display the deals you want. Click on that one to see a larger image:

I really hope you will find it useful! You would take me away quite some stress by using this platform. So feel free to register and try to submit some deals you know of! http://www.dealsrunner.com/ 

Editor’s note: I also plan to redo 43rumors with a more simple and less cluttered layout. But it will take some time because I am busy with my newborn. And I have to use my spare time on GX2 and OMD rumor work. I expect the new 43rumors site to be online by late 2013.

Thank you! And please send me your feedback of DealsRunner at admin@dealsrunner.com. And if you have some smart idea for the new 43rumors site contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com!

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(FT4) Rumors are becoming stronger about a new Olympus camera with hybrid MFT-FT mount

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The Ikon Contax also had a hybrid mount solution

The new GX camera rumors really has stolen the show from Olympus. But trust me, that’s going to be a strong and intriguing rumor battle! In these last few days I got two rumors from sources I know from a long time. Both told me that they got hints about a new high end Olympus camera that will be announced in September. And it’s going to be a camera much larger than the current E-M5 that has a mount that allows to take both Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds lenses without the use of any adapter!

How this could work I don’t know. There are two examples from the filmcamera history but I don’t know if Olympus will pickup one of the two ideas (or both together):
1) Contax AX camera (here one Bay): The camera had a moving film plane inside the camera.
2) Zeiss Ikon Contax (here one Bay): The original Contax rangefinder made from the 1930ies to the 50ies had two bayonets! Camerapedia explains how this works: “This mount is in fact the combination of two bayonets. There is a focusing helical built in the body and the standard lenses mount directly in that focusing ramp via an internal bayonet. So the standard lenses have no focusing ring of their own. The other lenses mount on an external bayonet and have their own focusing ring, only the rangefinder coupling is done via the body’s focusing ramp.” A nice image of the mount can be seen at Fotocommunity.

I hope some of our sources can me soon explain how this works for real (if the rumor is true). This is going to be a really exciting time, GX successor sounds amazing and that Olympus high tech may turn out to be a really nice (and useful) camera too!

Stay tuned on 43rumors! (and if you have some time help us to test our new beta deals site project: DealsRunner.com).

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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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Oh wait….this is the biggest lens ever used on a MFT camera!

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Image credit:  Esben Garn

 

A couple of days ago I posted the images of the GH2 with the massive Kodak Ektar lens (Click here to read the article). I thought this would be the biggest lens ever used by a MFT camera. But Esben Garn proved me wrong by sending these pictures of his GH2 with 100x lens broadcast lens! Massive combo :)

UPDATE: The lens costs over $200,000 at BHphoto (Click here)!!!

 

Image credit:  Esben Garn

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GX1 for $199 is BestSeller at Amazon. 20% cash back at Rakuten.

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The crazy $199 GX1 deal is still running at Amazon (via Adorama) and Adorama (Click here). As I told you yesterday both stores offer you a 2% back in reward too! And obviously that deal pushed the GX1 on top of the Amazon mirrorless sales ranking (Click here to see the list). This is a terrific deal and you can bet the new GX2 will be expensive. If you have the money wait, if not grab that one!

UPDATE: There is a hot 20% cahs back at Rakuten (Click here). On all stuff!

And here are the brand new deals collected via DealsRunner.com:
Panasonic 12-35mm X lens for $960 via trusted third party reseller at Amazon (Click here).
Silver 45-150mm lens for $199 at Amazon (Click here).
Third party reseller Panacam will ship the GF6 with X lens on June 1 through Amazon (Click here).
Manufacturer refurbished G5 with 14-42mm lens for $389 on eBay US (Click here).
White GF3 with 14mm pancake for $249 at eBay US (Click here).
Refurbished E-M5 for $759 at GetOlympus.
Olympus E-P3 with lens for $349 at Amazon (Click here).

If you find more US, European or Asian MFT deals please submit them via DealsRunner.com so that everyone can see them! Thanks!

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