17mm 1.8 preorder in Germany. Nine refurbished E-M5 too.

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Also in Europe you can preorder the new Olympus 17mm lens at Amazon DE. And it’s again a German store having some new refurbished Olympus deals (via Olympusmarket):
E-5 (Four Thirds!) body only E-M5 body only E-M5 with 12-50mm lens all nine E-M5 kits are here on Slidoo eBay.
Black E-PL3 with 14-150mm lens Black E-PL3 double lens kit all four E-PL3 on Slidoo eBay.
Black E-P3 body White E-P3 with 14-42mm lens White E-P1 with 17mm lens Black E-PM1 with 14-150mm lens all four E-PL1 on Slidoo eBay.
all two E-PL2 on Slidoo eBay.

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GX1 with lens now for $449 only. X zoom for $229.

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It’s hard to imagine that there is will be no GX2 launch soon when watching these continuous price drops on the GX1. It now sell with kit lens for $449 at Amazon (Click here). I think this is the fourth or fifth small price drop in two months. And the Silver GX1 with 14-42mm X pancake zoom sells for $549 on Kenmore eBay (Click here).

More deals:
The 45-175mm X zoom got a huge $70 price drop at Amazon (Click here).There is also a Gold Box deal on a Panasonic compact camera on Amazon. And here some GF3 and PEN deals:

Panasonic GF3:
Red body with 14mm pancake for $319 at Samys eBay (Click here).
Black body with 14mm pancake for $329 at Samys eBay (Click here).
via Slidoo.

Olympus E-PM1:
Brown E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens for $299 at Lawrence eBay (Click here).
White E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens for $299 at Lawrence eBay (Click here).
via Slidoo.

Olympus E-PM5:
Silver refurbished E-M5 for $849 at Cameta eBay (Click here).
via Slidoo.

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Damian talks about the new Oly (40-150mm f/2.8) zoom? New 17mm images and preorders.

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Our readers following Damian McGillicuddy tweets noticed that message between Damian and Olympus UK manager Mark Thackara. They chat about the “new zoom”. Easy to guess that this may be the 40-150mm f/2.8 lens. I am not 100% sure yet but I heard the lens will be on sale for January. This will be the first fast Olympus zoom lens and I expect it to be as good as the 35-100mm f/2.0 but hopefully a lot cheaper :)

In the meantime new 17mmf /1.8 image samples can be found at Lenstip and Sulanto. The lens can now be preordered at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Let me know if you can find mroe preorder options. Thanks!

 

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DxOmark tested the E-PL5 sensor. Beats the E-M5 by a negligible 1 point.

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DxOmark (Click here) just posted the full E-PL5 sensor test. And as you can imagine the E-PL5 is as good as the Olympus E-M5 with even a slightly better score at High ISO performance. DxO writes: “The Pen E-PL5 changes the game by reducing the image quality gap between the micro 4:3 and the NEX APS-C formats. For color depth, the Sony cameras retain an advantage of 1 bit, more or less — fairly hard to detect on a photo. For dynamic range, the Pen E-PL5 is outdistanced by the NEX-5N by one full stop in terms of exposure latitude — ultimately not very much, given that the NEX-5N is a champion in this area. But compared to the NEX-7, with its score of 12.7EV, the Olympus is pretty much in the same league in this category with a score of 12.3EV.

That sounds very good! Can’t wait to see the Olympus version of the Sony NEX-7! My Olympus 35 Sp dream is coming true?

Price check:
E-PL5 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France and eBay (via Slidoo).
E-PM2 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France and eBay (via Slidoo).
Gariz case:
Black E-PL5 case (Click here).
Brown E-PL5 case (Click here).
Black E-PM2 case (Click here).
Brown E-PM2 case (Click here).

 

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