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Christmas shopping in Paris (Testing GH3) from PhilMyself on Vimeo.

Here is a short roundup of MFT related news:
Win An Olympus OM-D And More With Team McGillicuddy (ePhotozine).
Olympus 15mm f/8 Body Cap Lens review at SLRgear
Olympus 75mm mini review at Photofocus.
Low price camera grip for “E-PL5” (DC.watch).
Panasonic changing photography report at Quesabesde (translation here).
Panasonic GF5 Review at Sansmirror.
You remember the weird camera patent from Panasonic? It may be a Bird cam (they are here on Amazon).
A Panasonic lens patent describing manual control function (Freepatentsonline PDF).
Lorenzo:I thought you might be interested in knowing I recently took a GH2 to Burkina Faso for my PhD research. I worked with it for a whole year and it always performed well, even with the high humidity levels and terrible fine dust. All my videos here are shot with it in the course of that year:
https://vimeo.com/lorenzoferrarini/videos

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First small $55 saving on the 35-100mm X lens.

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Today we had the sixth GF Gold Box deal in row and I didn’t even bother to mention it. I guess you already know that the GF series is heavily discounted. Panasonic may need to clear their Stock before the next GF7 announcement. So let’s talk about new deals. The 35-100mm X lens got the first small $55 discount via trusted reseller Panacam at Amazon (Click here). And they also sell the 12-35mm X lens for $1,039 (Click here).
The most interesting ongoing deals is the GX1 with X zoom kit at Amazon and Bhphoto for $499.

Reminder: E-M5 price drops:
-$50 on the body only at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto (Click on store names to open the page).
-$50 on the body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
-$100 on the body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Same price drops on different auctions on eBay (to check here via Slidoo).

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Panasonic shows interest in fixed lens compact camera with FT sensor.

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Image courtesy: Quesabesde.

Panasonic manager Michiharu Uematsu had a press conference in Barcelona and there is an interesting report at Quesabesde (translation here). The main topic was the present and future of high end compact cameras with fixed lens.

Umeatsu compared the Panasonic LX7 versus the Sony RX100. He claims that the larger size advantage of the RX100 sensor is overridden by the lower brightness of the RX100 zoom. At the wide end the image quality of the LX7 and RX100 are equal while the LX7 tops the RX100 on the tele end. That said Uematsu also talked about a possible future fixed lens camera with larger Four Thirds sensor. He said that it would have to be smaller than the GX1, feature a fixed and bright f/1.7 or f/2.0 lens and price could be around 700 Euro. But Uematsu does n0t know if there would be a high demand for a model like that.

So guess what…let us help Panasonic! Here is the poll:

Would you buy a GF sized camera with GX build quality, FT sensor, f/1.7 fixed lens and 700 procie tag?

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Let’s see if you like that camera or not!

LX7 price check at: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Gariz LX7 case on eBay (Click here).

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First Jackar 34mm f/1.8 lens review by ePhotozine.

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ePhotozine (Click here) posted the very first review of the new Jackar 34mm f/1.8 Micro Four Thirds lens: “For landscape shots and situations where image quality is more important, it may not be the ideal lens, but for low light, wide-open shooting, and portrait shots, it could be ideal.

The lens itself can be bought via US, German and Hong Kong retailers on eBay (Click here) (found via Slidoo).

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New GH3 news and reviews roundup.

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Fall from Caleb Roberts on Vimeo.

Time to catch up with some GH3 videos and test:
The GH3: It Sounds Real Good (Frugalfilmmakers).
User report at Redsharknews.
Panasonic Australia GH3 Tech Tips on Youtube.
Panasonic GH3 – remote control with Android phone on youtube.
The GH3 shipment may be delayed but one Bay you can find the battery grips (Click here) and original Panasonic batteries (Click here).

GH3 store links and in Stock status check:
12-35mm GH3 kit: Wex UK, Wex DE, Photoexpress UK, FotoHansKeuzekamp (NL),
14-140mm GH3 kit: Wex UK, Amazon UK, Photoexpress UK, Wex DE, Amazon FR,
Body only: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Panasonic store, Samys, Henry, Vistek, Wex UK, FotoHansKeuzekamp (NL), Amazon FR, Webdistirbution FR.

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