(FT4) Rumors are becoming stronger about a new Olympus camera with hybrid MFT-FT mount

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The Ikon Contax also had a hybrid mount solution

The new GX camera rumors really has stolen the show from Olympus. But trust me, that’s going to be a strong and intriguing rumor battle! In these last few days I got two rumors from sources I know from a long time. Both told me that they got hints about a new high end Olympus camera that will be announced in September. And it’s going to be a camera much larger than the current E-M5 that has a mount that allows to take both Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds lenses without the use of any adapter!

How this could work I don’t know. There are two examples from the filmcamera history but I don’t know if Olympus will pickup one of the two ideas (or both together):
1) Contax AX camera (here one Bay): The camera had a moving film plane inside the camera.
2) Zeiss Ikon Contax (here one Bay): The original Contax rangefinder made from the 1930ies to the 50ies had two bayonets! Camerapedia explains how this works: “This mount is in fact the combination of two bayonets. There is a focusing helical built in the body and the standard lenses mount directly in that focusing ramp via an internal bayonet. So the standard lenses have no focusing ring of their own. The other lenses mount on an external bayonet and have their own focusing ring, only the rangefinder coupling is done via the body’s focusing ramp.” A nice image of the mount can be seen at Fotocommunity.

I hope some of our sources can me soon explain how this works for real (if the rumor is true). This is going to be a really exciting time, GX successor sounds amazing and that Olympus high tech may turn out to be a really nice (and useful) camera too!

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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

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Oh wait….this is the biggest lens ever used on a MFT camera!

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Image credit:  Esben Garn

 

A couple of days ago I posted the images of the GH2 with the massive Kodak Ektar lens (Click here to read the article). I thought this would be the biggest lens ever used by a MFT camera. But Esben Garn proved me wrong by sending these pictures of his GH2 with 100x lens broadcast lens! Massive combo :)

UPDATE: The lens costs over $200,000 at BHphoto (Click here)!!!

 

Image credit:  Esben Garn

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GX1 for $199 is BestSeller at Amazon. 20% cash back at Rakuten.

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The crazy $199 GX1 deal is still running at Amazon (via Adorama) and Adorama (Click here). As I told you yesterday both stores offer you a 2% back in reward too! And obviously that deal pushed the GX1 on top of the Amazon mirrorless sales ranking (Click here to see the list). This is a terrific deal and you can bet the new GX2 will be expensive. If you have the money wait, if not grab that one!

UPDATE: There is a hot 20% cahs back at Rakuten (Click here). On all stuff!

And here are the brand new deals collected via DealsRunner.com:
Panasonic 12-35mm X lens for $960 via trusted third party reseller at Amazon (Click here).
Silver 45-150mm lens for $199 at Amazon (Click here).
Third party reseller Panacam will ship the GF6 with X lens on June 1 through Amazon (Click here).
Manufacturer refurbished G5 with 14-42mm lens for $389 on eBay US (Click here).
White GF3 with 14mm pancake for $249 at eBay US (Click here).
Refurbished E-M5 for $759 at GetOlympus.
Olympus E-P3 with lens for $349 at Amazon (Click here).

If you find more US, European or Asian MFT deals please submit them via DealsRunner.com so that everyone can see them! Thanks!

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Samyang will soon announce the 16mm f/2.0 for FT and MFT mount!

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This is the first image of the soon to be announced Samyang 16mm f/2.0 UMC CS lens. It will be made for both, Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds mounts. The lens has a 77mm filter size, price is yet unknown. P.S.: Save this search on Slidoo to get notified when the Samyang lens will be available one Bay.

This is the second native Micro Four Thirds lens after the fisheye lens:
In USA it’s named Rokinon 7.5mm and you find it on eBay (Click here), Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
In Europe it’s named Samyang 7.5mm and you find it on eBay (Click here), Amazon (Click here).
In UK it’s named Walimex and you find it on eBay (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

eBay links on all Olympus Four Thirds lenses:
Samyang , Walimex , Rokinon , Opteka , Falcon , Vivitar andBower .

 

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It is true, Lens Turbo coming for MFT the second half of the year.

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So it’s real! Mitakon is now selling their first Lens Turbo Adapter with 0.72x Focal Reduce. It works exactly like the Speed Booster adapter from metabones but it costs a lot less. Plenty of Lens Turbo auctions for NEX can be found here on eBay. The official press release can be read at Mitakon’s website.

I asked Mitakon if and when they will make adapters for the MFT system. They told me they will release them the second half of this year! I still have no info about the supported lens mounts. But it’s great to have different options and a cheaper alternative.

P.S.: To automatically get notified when new Lens Turbo will be for sale on eBay just save this search in your Slidoo account.

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