July 17, 2011
Posted in deals

HOT: Olympus 12mm lens in Stock at Amazon!!!

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The new (amazing) 12mm f/2.0 lens is in Stock via third party resellers at Amazon (Click here). With the normal price!

Olympus and Panasonic announced many new products. Those are all the search links I usually sue to see if the new camera and lenses are in Stock (Click on shop name to visit the page in a new tab):
Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

More deals

Some of you may preordered the G3 long time ago. But you might re-order it now because there is now a $66 discount on the black G3 with 14-42mm lens on Amazon (Click here)!
You can now get the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake for $334 on Amazon (Click here)
Adorama has the Voigtländer 25mm in Stock (Click here). And don’t forget that they are also accepting preorders on the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 lens (Click here)
You can now get the AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds camcorder with a free (!) 14-140mm zoom lens at BHphoto (Click here).
The Black and White Olympus XZ-1 are in Stock for $409 only at Amazon (Click here).
BHphoto sent me an email to say that the very last GH1 cameras are now in Stock (Click here). Once sold out there will be no more GH1 cameras for sale anymore! And if you purchase the GH1 body (for $399) you will get $100 on any Panasonic m43 lens you buy. You have to click on “Save $100 on Select Panasonic Lenses” to see the deal.
The same deal is ongoing at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

July 17, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Olympus confirms: The VF-3 is coming! (with built-in flash!)

Our reader “Andi” made a nice finding! If you visit that german Olympus page (http://www.de.olympus.ch/consumer/208_manuals.cfm?prodID=E-P3_master) and download the E-P3 manual you can find something “unexpected” on page 120. You can see the picture of the new VF3 which has a builtin flash!

The question now is…why didn’t Olympus announce the VF-3 yet? I do hope it has at leats the same quality of the VF-2 if not better! I have been told by my sources that the VF-3 is cheaper than the VF3! Check the current VF-2 price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Reminder -> 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

July 17, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Panasonic G3 review at Photoreview and E-P1.net

Photoreview Australia published a full G3 test: “Overall, we found the G3 very agreeable to use. It provides some worthwhile improvements on its predecessor, while taking on some of the more user-friendly features of other recent additions to the G-Micro stable. The key manual controls required by serious photographers remain reasonably quick and easy to access, not buried deep in menus where they can only be reached with many button presses.

There is also a Real World Review with Full Size images at E-P1.net.

Olympus and Panasonic announced many new products. Those are all the search links I usually sue to see if the new camera and lenses are in Stock (Click on shop name to visit the page in a new tab):
Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

July 16, 2011
Posted in deals

Panasonic 14mm pancake now for $329.97 (and US deals reminder!)

The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake is now in Stock for $329.97 at Amazon (Click here).

More deals

Some of you may preordered the G3 long time ago. But you might re-order it now because there is now a $66 discount on the black G3 with 14-42mm lens on Amazon (Click here)!
You can now get the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake for $334 on Amazon (Click here)
Adorama has the Voigtländer 25mm in Stock (Click here). And don’t forget that they are also accepting preorders on the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 lens (Click here)
You can now get the AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds camcorder with a free (!) 14-140mm zoom lens at BHphoto (Click here).
The Black and White Olympus XZ-1 are in Stock for $409 only at Amazon (Click here).
BHphoto sent me an email to say that the very last GH1 cameras are now in Stock (Click here). Once sold out there will be no more GH1 cameras for sale anymore! And if you purchase the GH1 body (for $399) you will get $100 on any Panasonic m43 lens you buy. You have to click on “Save $100 on Select Panasonic Lenses” to see the deal.
The same deal is ongoing at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

July 16, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic Interview and new Panasonic/Olympus reviews


On top: E-P3 Video Review from Digitalrev.

Fotopolis published an English interview with Michiharu Uematsu from Panasonic. In short, he confirms they are working on new viewfinder technology and focus speed improvement. And for him the future is Mirrorless (not DSRL).

Panasonic Lumix GF3 review at Trustedreviews: “It’s really hard not to like the GF3 – it’s very small, very stylish, very easy to use and is capable of delivering very good image quality too. On top of this it also offers a generous amount of user control, some useful shooting features and excellent HD video recording abilities. Our only real concern is that the removal of the hot-shoe is a step backwards in terms of flexibility. ” New GF3 studio shoots are available at Imaging Resource.

Panasonic G3 review at Fotopolis (google translated!): “Panasonic Lumix G3 is an interesting proposition for amateurs and for those who prefer a little more size than access controls. It offers image quality comparable to the SLR, but it is closed in a much smaller package. Items that are missing in the new Lumixie is primarily the removal of the proximity sensor with an electronic viewfinder and the lack of artistic modes, HDR images and vast panoramas

Olympus E-P3 review at Adorama: “Would I recommend this camera for photojournalism, street, documentary, and travel photography? Absolutely—even with the higher price tag, and even though I would have to pay extra for an eye-level viewfinder—because in the tradeoff between speed and quality, in these particular areas of photography speed will inevitably win, and the E-P3 is faster than anything else out there in its size and price class for capturing the decisive moment.

Those are all the directs search links to the new Oly/Pana products! Click on shop name to visit the search pages of every single product:
Panasonic G3 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Panasonic GF3 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Olympus E-P3 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay

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