I’ve come across some info that shows are far lower price. (This shot was taken from an Olympus site we can’t give the link!). Macro light is only about $60 and converter is $60 too… fish eye is $179 though! And Amazon Germany (Click here) has the MAL-1 available for preorder for a much lower price than expected (49 Euro!).
It looks like Olympus has lowered the price of some of the newly announced accessories. Good news!
Excellent news for Olympus! Dpreview tested the new Olympus XZ-1 and gave the camera the GOLD AWARD! That’s what they say: “The XZ-1 combines simple direct controls with an excellent lens to create probably the best photographers’ compact currently available.”
A few days ago Dpreview tested the Canon S95, the Panasonic LX5 and the Nikon P7000. The XZ-1 beats all of them!
Not a single of our trusted sources gave us any possible Olympus or Panasonic product announcement day. But a new source just sent us the following rumor: “Next olympus announcements : 8/2 and 2/3“.
As you know the japaneses biggest show, the CP+ is starting on February the 9th. I hope to have more info soon.
P.S.: Olympus should announce a few pro lenses and a new pro camera within the first half of the year. And Panasonic will announce the G3 and a bunch of new lenses.
Meanwhile Photographyblog published their own Olympus E-PL2 review: “This new model also mostly solves one of our major criticisms of the E-PL1 – its painfully slow auto-focusing speed. The E-PL2 and new 14-42mm kit lens are thankfully a lot faster to lock onto the subject in good light or bad, so much so that we only missed the decisive moment due to our own fault, rather than the cameras“. The camera gets Highly Recommended!
In Europe the E-PL2 is in Stock: Germany -> Amazon.de, eBay.de
France -> Amazon.fr (available next week), Pixmania.fr (available next week), eBay.fr
UK -> Amazon.uk (available next week), eBay.uk
Italy -> Pixmania.it, eBay.it
Austria -> Amazon.de, eBay.at