August 26, 2010
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Important: New rumor value system proposal.


I am very happy that Voigtländer joined the MicroFourThirds group and I am happy that we from 43rumors where here to report you the news. As you know the BIG caliber Panasonic and Olympus are supposed to announce the new products by mid-September. Before that I wanted to propose you a new value system and talk about some issues we had with some of our rumors:

1) The value system is to complicated (FT1 to FT5).
2) Even trusted sources have prooven to fail with some of the rumors.
3) The rumor language.

So here my proposed solutions:

1) I propose a new rumor value system:
FT1 = Rumor from unknown or external source. In that case we don’t know if there is some truth behind the rumor and it’s likely that the rumor turns out to be false
FT2 = Rumor from one of our trusted sources. A trusted source is a source that gave me correct infos in the past.. This doesn’t mean that the rumor is automatically correct because there is still the possibility that he received wrong or partially incorrect informations.
FT3 = Rumor from trusted sources + evidence (example image leak). Sometimes sources do send me a “proove” and they ask me to not post it. So you should know that when I post a FT3 rumor without posting a “concrete evidence” this happens because I can’t post it.

In any case you should keep in mind that those are rumors and not official news. So there is always a chance that it tourns out to be false! I will also try to underline that in every rumor I will post on 43rumors.
An example. Once we leaked the Panasonic G2 images and specifications on the Panasonic website (!). I posted the rumor with FT5 value. As you remember those specs were wrong! Just to explain you that even on official websites (which are supposed to have correct informations) there could be still errors!

2) Even trusted sources can fail to give me correct informations.
There are many reasons why a trusted source can give me uncorrect informations (not deliberatley!). Olympus and Panasonic do their best to close their information leaks. And they are aware that 43rumors is trying to get infos about upcoming products. That could be a reason why different trusted sources can sometimes receive slightly different informations about the same camera. Another reason is that I receive mostly cryptic and partial informations. It’s rare that a source writes me and says “Hey the GH2 has those and those specs”. They mostly use a codified language I have to interpret.

3) The rumor language.
Every source has a different character and different language. Yesterday for example one source said that a new product was coming and “99% of you will want but only 20% of you will buy“. I didn’t know what was coming until the very last hours. Don’t blame on me if this doesn’t turn out to be 100% correct (not everyone likes the Voigtländer). My job is to post what I receive. And next time I will make it clear that you have to take such statements with a grain of salt!
I also have to improove my “rumor” language. Most of the times I am in hurry. I work on 43rumors during my coffea breaks, pauses and when I am at home late evening. I also never learned english at school and it is not native language. That makes it easy to be misunderstood. Now that we are getting closer to Photokina I will double-triple check every text I am going to post. But please be aware that my language is far from beeing good!

So keep always in mind that this website has an unperfect and personal style!

Many Thanks you all!
Me :)

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August 25, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) A “rangefinder” company will release a MicroFourThirds product within few hours…enthusiastic

UPDATE 2: It’s 10pm London time now. I was told that there are only 1 hour left!

According to three of our trusted sources a company (not Panasonic or Olympus) will make an nice new product for MicroFourThirds. That company is expected to announce a new product within few hours. The new product will be produced by a company that also makes rangefinder cameras (IMPORTANT: this doesn’t mean they will come out with a rangefinder body! They also could make a lens or an accessory only!!!).
My “feeling” is that it is not a camera.

In a (maybe too enthusiastic) statement one source wrote that “it is a product that 99% of you want and 20% of you will really buy“. But again take that statement with a grain of salt! The product should be announced tonight between 11pm London time and 2am London time.

We made a list of the most important current rangefinder camera producers:

- Leica with the M-series
- Zeiss Ikon
- Cosina-Voigtländer with the Bessa
- Epson RD1 and RD1x
- Kodak Retina
- There are also Mamiya, Bronica and Fuji
We left out Nikon and Canon because we are sure they won’t make products for MFT! I don’t know if I missed mentioning other important companies…

August 25, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) UPDATED -> A new MicroFourThirds product is coming within 9 hours!!!

Dear readers!

Our best sources sent us the following message (a few hours ago):

“Within the next 12 hours a new “exceptional” product will be announced. A product that 99% of you want but only 20% of you will buy!”
UPDATE: Those are the words from the sources. Let’s keep our feet on the ground, maybe not everyone will like it (hey I don’t know what it is).

It is something nobody expected and no rumors website has even talked about (so I have been told). I still don’t know what it is…but I am working on it.

“Nobody expected” to me means no GF2/GF3/GH2 and no E-5 or no new PEN.

UPDATE 6: Nor Olympus and Panasonic product. Fuji and Leica are not expected to join MFT with a camera body (Leica already said they are not interested in MFT). My speculation is:
- Sigma, Kodak or Pentax body (but that’s hardly going to happen)
- Zeiss, Leica, Sigma, Pentax or other third party lens
- or something else I hardly can imagine to be “exceptional”. No Adapter or third party viewfinder will ever make me go crazy :)

UPDATE 5: I contacted the first source of the rumor and he told me we should expect the new product to be announced tonight between 11pm (London time) and 2 am (London time). It is definitely a new MicroFourThirds product. He can’t or won’t give me any more details yet. In the meanwhile other sources confirmed that there is no planned Olympus or Panasonic announcement!

UPDATE 4: It’s a MicroFourThirds product!

UPDATE 3: Now 9 hours left. There is also no planned Panasonic announcement. So it could be an announcement from a third brand. I don’t believe Fuji or Sigma or Pentax will come with a MFT camera. And also leica said they will not join the MFT system.

UPDATE 2: Now 11 hours left. We asked some of our sources if there was a planned press release from Olympus or Panasonic. There is definitely no planned press release from Olympus….so you can stop voting for the Olympus fullframe camera ;)

UPDATE: Now 12 hours left. I guess it is a countdown :) We will continually update this post with all the rumors we receive. We are currently investigating if there are planned press releases…

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August 24, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) More about the Olympus E-5 (the puzzle game!) Olympus also has a translucent tecnology?

Finally we understood why many of our sources has given us different rumors about “supposed” same cameras. Yesterday we gave you info about the E-5 from a good source. He told us the sensor has 12MPX (and I am sure he is telling the truth). Today another very good source gave us other specs and explained to us why this is happening. Olympus has more versions of the same cameras and more new different cameras that people is testing right now. And not only that. They also FALSED the names.This happens because Olympus want to avoid possible leak about the real final camera specs!

An example: The rumors I received about the E-P3 are not about a PEN camera. The E-P3 is the false name of the E-5. And so one with other camera names! Crazy or not? The trusted source from yesterday didn’t see the final E-5, but a different version (a prototype)!

Ok I know you are confused :)
The second source tested another prorotype called E-P3 (also very likely the E-5) camera. He said that we: “should be aware that I was never talking about actual products, but prototypes for testing purpose only. So there is no guarantee that we will see anything now or in the future. ”

What did that source telll me about the E-P3 aka E-5?
The source (which always gave me correct rumors in the past) is testing a camera called “E-P3″. But that is a FAKE name. The camera is a professional FourThirds model and very likely an E-5 prototype. The specs are slightly different than the one 43rumors posted yesterday. So maybe there are different version of the same camera or simply two slightly different models.
The E-P3 prototype has a new 15 Megapixel sensor produced by Panasonic. It has a new focus-system with 19 points in continous mode and 11 points in single mode. The eight new points are just assisting and cannot be selected manually. The new autofocus is very good, but not as good as the professional Nikon or Canon cameras. It has 8fps (frames per second). The viewfinder is the same us the E-3 but it has a kind of “translucent overlay”. That makes it possible to see the histogramm, gridlines and the digital level. The Design of the camera is an evolution of the E-30 design. There is also a new HDvideo mode.

But there is also a second FourThirds prototype that he is testing. The name is E-P330 (again a FAKE name). It will be very similar to the current E-330. He still doesn’t know if that camera will ever come on market. It has a similar technology to the sony alpha cameras presented today, but it does not have a translucent mirror, it has some kind of liquid chrystal (he believes) mirror. The advantage is that you have light loss when you take the real picture. The mirror can electronically change between 50% translucent and 100%. When you don’t take pictures it uses 50% of the light for the AF-system and 50% for the sensor. When you take the picture it uses the full 100% alight source. The disadvantage is that it is not as fast as the Sony technology and you do not have any AF if the mirror is at 100%. The prototype iuses the same E-620 AF-system. The viewfinder is integrated in the body and has the same specs as the VF2 for MicroFourThirds. The LCD can be tilted and it uses the same GH1 sensor. It takes movies with 720p. You can use an external microphone.

In summary the source that yesterday told me that the E-5 will have 12 megpixels saw a different camera!

Dear readers. There are more rumors to come and also real products (this week!). So keep following us.

August 24, 2010
Posted in Rumors

So guys…are you ready for the rumors show? ;)

And finally all those “crazy” rumors we received during the latest weeks (if not months) are going to make a sense!

Special mount, Panasonic sensor delay, different E-5 specs, GH2….
I really get scared when I realized that trusted sources gave me different rumors. I knew there was something wrong and I was looking for the key to understand what’s going on. And yes now I have the key ;)

It’s time for action and REAL products. Oh there is much more to come from Panasonic and Olympus than expected! Stay tuned. Hot stuff is coming!

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