May 7, 2011
Posted in news

Noktor is officially dead :(

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Solomon Chase announced the dead of Noktor on Twitter: “Sadly, Noktor has come to an end. Thank you to all our customers and supporters. On to bigger and better things!“. The Noktor.com website has been shut down. It’s pity. They had a huge momentum at the time of the launch. They didn’t manage to exploit it. I have one of the Noktor lenses and I use it for mainly for video production. Wide open it isn’t good enough for stills. The Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 is definitely the much better choice.

The only place were you have some chance to find a Noktor is eBay (No auctions yet). What are the alternative lenses you can buy? Easy:
1) There are plenty of fast  50mm C-mount lenses on eBay (Click here and you will find plenty of Navitron, Angenieux, Canon and Noctilux lenses). They are far cheaper than the Noktor but you also have to buy an adapter.
2) JJeying sells reworked 55mm f/1.0 Kowa lenses on eBay (Click here). You don’t need any adapter.

We Thanks Solomon Chase for his work and we wish him all the best for the future!

P.S.: The Voigtländer 25mm is in Stock at Amazon France (Click here) for 749 Euro only (UPDATE: sold out now!). More links to the lens:eBay

Via Photorumors

May 6, 2011
Posted in deals

Full US deals summary

Olympus E-PL1

Mother’s day deal: You can get the camera + les for $399. Click those direct links to get the E-PL1: Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here), J&R (Click here).

Olympus lenses

The Olympus 14-150mm lens sells for $50o instead of $599 on Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here), J&R.
Olympus 9-18mm lens for $599 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here), J&R (Click here).

Panasonic GF1

The display units I told you about are still for sale but that time with a $10 discount compared to the last time_
first display unit on eBay (Click here).
second display unit on eBay (Click here).
-third display unit on eBay (Click here).

Panasonic GH1 and G2 camera+lens rebate

Adorama launched a $50 to $200 instant rebate offer on the GH1 (Click here) and the G2 (Click here).

May 6, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Panasonic adapter patent shows a mirrorless L1 :)

I just found that very exciting new Panasonic patent. The United States Patent Application number is 20110103789 (Click here to read the full patent). The first thing I noticed is that the patent is extremely new. The filling date is 01/10/2011 and the publication date is 05/05/2011. The patent itself talks about a new adapter that adds contrast autofocus function to lenses not designed for Micro Four Thirds. But the real cool thing is that the patent shows a Panasonic L1 (Click here to see it on eBay) styled Micro Four Thirds body! It has a built-in Viewfinder. That’s exactly a camera I would love to see for real!

We are talking about a patent only so maybe Panasonic has no plan to make a mirrorless LC1. But the fact that they used that design and the fact that the patent is very new is reason enough to make us dream a bit!

P.S.: Imagine if the latest two rumors we posted on 43rumors would become true. Olympus designing their owns sensors, and Panasonic having a rangefinder styled mirrorless camera. That would push Micro Four Thirds in a new higher dimension :)

Links to the Panasonic L1 at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (Click here).

May 6, 2011
Posted in news

Olympus answer to the Four Thirds competition.

A couple of months ago the italian website qtp.it launched the Four Thirds Alive Petition (Click here). They now got an answer from Olympus: ”

Dear Mr./Ms. qTp.it, Italian Photocommunity,
Thank you for your e-mail regarding our E-system products.
First of all, we are very grateful for your loyalty to Olympus and for all the support you have given us for over these many years since OM-system .
Here are our idea and plan for the future:
In regard to the demanding requirements of professionals and high-level amateurs, the durability and speed, the PEN is still unable tocover the Four Thirds fully. Therefore we need the Four Thirds.
Therefore, when users of the E-system want to make a replacement purchase, we recommend the high-end Four Thirds series like the E-5 for the durability and speed, the PEN for consumer-friendly, small and lightweight. We will make efforts to meet customers’ requests in these series.
We will be constantly making efforts to improve our products and services, and your continued support for Olympus would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Best regards,

Thanks qtp.it for your effort!

Links:
– The OM system on eBay (Click here)
– The Olympus E-5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

May 5, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) Olympus revolution: The next Pen Pro with own designed sensor!

The Panasonic sensor (for the Olympus E-30)

It’s not a secret that Olympus is working on a Pen Pro camera line. We long discussed on 43rumors how those cameras should be to deserve that “Pro” definition. Many agreed that Olympus would have to get rid of the Panasonic agreement that forces them to use the second generation sensors (Olympus still hasn’t used the GH1 or GH2 sensors in PEN cameras). I know from my sources that Olympus tested Kodak sensor (two years ago) and Sigma sensors. But those were only prototypes and Kodak isn’t developing any CMOS sensor anymore. And I was told that they were not happy with the noise at High ISO of the Sigma sensor. But the rumor I got now is  a huge but also very welcome surprise! Before you read the rumor let me add that I got the info from a well known source. I asked him thousand times if he was really sure about that rumor he gave to me. He said he is 100% sure! But it’s to early to give that rumor a high credibility. I hope some other of my trusted sources can help me to confirm (or deny) the rumor. Thanks!

So here it is:

Olympus has designed their own very first Four Thirds sensor! And it’s going to be used inside the next Pen Pro camera. The sensor is 100% designed by Olympus and will be produced by Panasonic. If the recent Japan earthquake disaster didn’t delay anything than the PRO camera should arrive within 2011. The source could not give me any specs about the sensor but a second new source told me that Olympus has developed the sensor with “photography” in mind. He expects a low Megapixel sensor with high dynamic range and better image quality than any other current m43 sensor. I should receive more info about the sensor soon. But let me say I am crossing my fingers for that news to be true!

One more thing: The Pen Pro definitely has a built in electronic viewfinder (EVF). That has been confirmed by some of my other sources too. I don’t know yet if it will have a DSLR (EVF in the middle) or a rangefinder style like the Olympus RC. I bet such a camera would be at least as popular as the Fuji X100.

As soon as the source gets back to me to tell me more I will post the new info on 43rumors. Just a reminder. We expect new Olympus pro m43 lenses to be announced in June!

Links:
– Olympus RC on eBay (Click here).
– Fuji X100 on Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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