August 5, 2011
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Back from vacation. New rumorstories coming (with two possible surprises).

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Just a short note for my readers. It’s my last day in France now and I had a very good vacation here. I had only good experiences and met many nice french people! I have to admit that 43rumors kept me more busy than I thought it would be. For the next time I will try to find a 100% substitute for the time I am away. As I told you months ago I will now travel a lot for work and I will need someone helping from time to time. Next week I will be on mountain trip on the Dolomites (I love to climb). And Next Month I will have a huge work to do first in Belgium than in NYC. Anyway, don’t want to bore you with my personal stories, I only wanted to let you know that I am very limited in time so please excuse me when I forget to answer your emails or when I am a bit late in posting a news.

Coming back to rumors. All I can tell you know is that both Olympus and Panasonic will have announcements in late August/September. And I heard from a possible surprise from Olympus and an almost certain huge surprise from Panasonic. I still have only few tidbits about that but as usual you should now that I am trying to post that stuff as soon as I can. The GF7 is coming (and that is not a secret anymore) and also new lenses. I got the feeling that the upcoming Sony NEX announcement (on August 24) put some pressure on Panasonic as I heard they will announce some products earlier than expected.

A very personal message: Some french friends that I met in these weeks are now reading this website. That’s a message for them: “Merci pour la journée magnifique”!!!

August 4, 2011
Posted in reviews

Very first Olympus E-PL3 review at DSLRmagazine

Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine

Once again DSLRmagazine (Click here to read the google english translation) is the very first website to post an Olympus product review. This time they tested the Olympus E-PL3. In short:

– it has very favorable balance between physical dimensions and overall performance.
– Although the folding screens are nothing new to the E-PL3 gives a remarkable charisma.
– they miss an enhanced grip.
– The final opinion is that the E-PL3 deserve a great success of acceptance and sales. In fact, we seem to be technologically more advanced than the E-P3, despite the OLED display and most complete control of it, it simply inherits the E-P2.

The tester Valentin Sama did highlight one particular problem (google translation): “why provide an index of ISO 12,800 if you have no sense to use given the poor quality it offers? A little common sense, please. Each system has its limitations and it has been demonstrated that trying to cover an APS-C sensor with a 16 mm compact is foolhardy, just will recognize that the Micro Four Thirds System offers a compromise between optical quality (image) and weight , volume and price are unbeatable, but for now, with current sensors, providing EI values ​​over 3,200, with picture quality seems just a pipe dream. And why pretend otherwise if the rest is superb?

Yeah, that’s the power of marketing!

E-PL3 are only available at Amazon Deutschland (CLick here), Digitalrev (Click here) and notfying service at BHphoto (Click here).

August 4, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) HOT: New Panasonic GF7 camera within the next 3-4 months!

Good news folks. I now got the product codes of the next Panasonic camera! It will be the Panasonic GF7! As you know this is a more pro version of the current Panasonic GF3.

As you see I got the REAL product codes:

DMC-GF7k: This is the GF7 with 14-42mm kit lens
DMC-GF7x: This is the GF7 with Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4!

This usually means that the camera will be announced within the next 3-4 months!!! I am sure that Panasonic will announce new products between August26 and September 1. But I don’t know if the GF7 will be one of them. Anyway, I am working to give you some more details as soon as I can. And I still don’t know yet if the GF7 will have a built-in viewfinder like the Panasonic DMC-L1 to compete against the upcoming Sony NEX-7 (Check SonyAlphaRumors to get more news about that cam).

Feel free to help me if you heard something about the GF7. Contact me by using the contact form you can find on the right sidebar. You already know that it work anonymously :)  Thanks!

 

August 4, 2011
Posted in deals

New set of refurbished Olympus (m-)43 products.


There is a new huge set of new (m-)43 products you can buy as refurbished at Olympusmarket. As you know all those items are in “Like-new” conditions and usually very cheap. But only EU citizens can buy them! I divided the new stuff in categories and the first ending auctions are on top. Click on the product name and you will see the full description and current auction price of the product (it opens a new window in your browser):

Micro Four Thirds

9-18mm lens
14-150mm lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with double kit lens
E-PL2 with double kit lens
E-PL2 with double kit lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
FL-14 flash
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
E-PL1 with double kit lens
E-PL1 with double kit lens
E-PL1 body only
14-150mm lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
VF-2 external viewfinder
E-P1 with kit lens
E-P2 with 17mm lens
E-P2 with kit lens
E-PL2 with double kit lens
E-PL1 with double kit lens
E-P1 with double kit lens
E-P1 with 17mm lens
E-PL2 with double kit lens
E-PL2 with double kit lens
FL-14 flash
E-PL1 underwater case
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL2 with 14-150mm lens
E-P1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with double kit lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-P1 with kit lens
E-PL2 with kit lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
VF-2 external viewfinder

Four Thirds

E-450 with kit lens
E-620 with double kit lens
12-60mm lens
35mm macro
E-450 with kit lens
E-620 with kit lens
14-54mm lens
FL-36R flash
11-22mm lens
E-5 body only
E-450 with double kit lens
70-300mm lens
E-450 with kit lens
E-450 with kit lens
E-450 with double kit lens
70-300mm lens

XZ-1

white XZ-1 compact camera
black XZ-1 compact camera

August 3, 2011
Posted in deals

Next little 20mm pancake price drop (+ US deals summary)

The Panasonic 20mm got another small price drop at Amazon (Click here). It is now in Stock for $359 via Vanns. And as you know there is also a new metal Panasonic lens hood for the pancake you can find right now in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

US deal reminder:
The Black GH2 with 14-42mm lens is in Stock for $946 at Amazon (Click here).
White and Black E-P3 are in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
There are plenty of (m-)43 cameras and lenses at Adorama (Click here to see the full list).

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