December 9, 2011
Posted in Rumors

GH2 slowly getting out of Stock? GF3 super deal (now camera almost for free!).

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Before to talk about the GH2. There is a new GF3 + double lens deal at Adorama (Click here). Yesterday they sold the kit for $537, today they sell it for $499! The 14-42mm and 14mm pancake alone do cost $462 only when bought separately. The GF3 is almost for free now :)

GH2 and GH3
I still don’t have any confirmation that the GH3 is coming within the next 2-3 months. All I can say is that there will be a Panasonic announcement in January. Meanwhile the GH2 is slowly running out of Stock. And EosHD got an email from a reader saying that the GH2 is “end of line“. But as I told you months ago I suspect that in January we will see new GH2X kits with the new 14-42mm, 12-35mm and 35-100mm X lenses. And indeed there is no more GH2+14-42mm lens kit at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) and there are “only” 18 GH2-14-140mm kits left at Amazon (Click here). The price drops in USA have been massive but in Europe there was only a small price drop, but as long as I know Europe has never seen big price drop before a new camera announcement (they usually come AFTER).

One more thing: Here is the long list of today’s Amazon Deals (Click here to check it out).

December 9, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Olympus announcement on December 14. Lens has powerzoom!

Finally I got the news! The new Olympus high quality zoom lens will be announced on December 14! That’s Wednesday next week! Ironically that is also the last day Olympus has to present their financial results to avoid the delisting from Tokyo Exchange.

That’s all I know about the announcement: There will be a new zoom lens which has super-high-speed-AF, it has with powerzoom (it’s a video-lens!), it starts with 12mm and has NO constant aperture, it’s similar but equal to the Olympus Four Thirds 12-60mm f/2.8-4, and has a high optical quality. I hope to get more info about the specs and price soon. But it sounds like this could become a “cheaper” alternative of the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 (or brighter) zoom that will be announced in January.

On Wednesday (6-7 am London time) you can follow the announcement live on 43rumors.

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December 8, 2011
Posted in deals

New Olympus refurbished cameras.

panasonic lumix gh2 firmware 1.1 test (part i) from Roderick Kar on Vimeo.

European readers can check the new set of refurbished Olympus cameras posted by Olympusmarket:
White Olympus XZ-1
Black Olympus XZ-1
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Four Thirds 40-150mm lens
Silver E-P1 with 14-42mm lens
E-510 with 14-42mm lens
Silver E-P1 with 14-42mm lens
Four Thirds 14-54mm lens
E-510 with double lens kit
Four Thirds 40-150mm lens
E-420 with 14-42mm lens
E-420 with 14-42mm lens
E-410 with double lens kit
E-PL2 with double lens kit
E-PL1 with double lens kit
Silver E-P1 with 14-42mm lens
E-420 body
E-330 with 14-42mm lens
E-500 with double lens kit
E-PL1 body
9-18mm m43 lens
Four Thirds 40-150mm lens
White E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
E-500 with 14-42mm lens
E-450 with double lens kit
14-150m m43 lens

 

P.S.: The dutch shop Fotohanskeuzekamp.nl sells the GF2 body for 149 Euro.

 

UPDATE with Superdeal: For $539 you can now get the GF3 +14-42mm +14mm super at Adorama (Click here). If you sum the prices for the lenses than you pay $70 only for the GF3 :)

Also Adoramas GH2 superdeal is back: You can get the GH2 with 14-140mm lens for $999 (Click here). During the checkout procss Insert the following code “S2141401“. That’s $100 less than what you pay at Amazon and BHphoto. But keep in mind that this action will end soon. Meanwhile the GH2 +14-42mm kit is in Stock for $699 at Bhphoto (Click here).
And don’t forget the GF3 double kit lens deal for $595 at Bhphoto (Click here).

December 8, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) New Olympus lens is “similar” to the Four Thirds 12-60mm zoom. Coming before Christmas?

I am still not sure WHEN Olympus will announce the new lens but I a sure it will be soon and probably before Christmas!  Two sources told me that the new m43 lens is very “similar” to the  Olympus Four Thirds 12-60mm f/2.8-4 zoom you see pictured on top of this post. But there will be differences. My guess is that it will have a different aperture. A trusted source told me that it is a High Quality lens with super fast autofocus like the Olympus 12mm f/2.0.

One more thing. There will be NO new camera announcement yet, but I have been told we don’t have to wait too long… :)

Stay tuned!

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

December 8, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Micro Four Thirds reviews…

Loving Lake Tahoe (SLR Magic 12mm f1.6) from JJ Labritakis on Vimeo.

Photoxels (Click here) tested the Panasonic GF3 with 14-42mm X lens: “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 [GF3X] is a real winner as an alternative to the traditional entry-level DSLR. You’ll find a camera that is easy to use for a point-and-shoot user with performance and image quality that rival the traditional entry-level DSLRs. Highly Recommended.”
GF3 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 review at Digitaljournalofphotography (Click here): “In camera JPEGs and video are very clean, but noise reduction is being applied quite heavily when compared to RAW files. And Panasonic still has a way to go with colour rendition, it’s not up to that of the rival Olympus Pens“.
G3 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 review at Camerastuffreview (Click here): “The  Panasonic 14 mm 2.5 doesn’t show signs of glare or ghosting and chromatic aberration is absent (after in-camera correction). The resolution shown by the Panasonic 14 mm 2.5 is, definitely in the center, but for a wide angle lens certainly also at the edges, very high“.
14mm price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

And Panasonic 8mm fisheye review again at Camerastuffreview (Click here): “The Panasonic 8 mm fisheye is a surprisingly compact, lightweight, but good lens. Both finish and optical performance.“.
8mm price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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