June 3, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Zone-10: Two PEN prototypes in the field. Will Olympus fail or win?

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Zone-10 (Click here) wrote down his mix of speculations/predictions about the upcoming Olympus cameras:
No less than two distinctly different prototypes have been seen in the wild. One has a built-in EVF, the other not. M43 line-up will be expanded to three cameras with presence in the low, mid and high price ranges
But Olympus future success doesn’t only depend from the quality of their products:
In fact, as Olympus market share and overall sales has continued to drop, even a successful product launch will most certainly still end up a failure because Olympus Sales and Marketing–especially Olympus America, is unable to get product out to where the buyers are.
And to scare our Four Thirds readers the article ends with that sentence:
It is very obvious that Four-Thirds is dead, dead, dead.

Now let’s hope Olympus will not disappoint us on June 30. That would be a good start to get back some of the share they have lost during the last years!

Thanks Don

June 2, 2011
Posted in deals

(UPDATED with fixed links) Plenty of refurbished Olympus cameras on auction at Olympusmarket!

Americans might have the best deals but at least we europeans got a nice Olympus refurbished market. And in these days the market is selling plenty of new stuff!I am sure that time I will not cause a huge raise of the auction bets. There are simply to many refurbished cameras for sale! And here is the list of the auction ending in the next two days:

Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight).

Olympus E-P1 with 14-42mm lens (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus E-P1 with 17mm lens (Click here to see the auction).

Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen).

Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm and Four Thirds 40-150mm lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two, three, four, five).

Olympus E450 with 14-42mm lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight).

Olympus E450 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two, three).

Olympus 9-18mm lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two, three, four, five).

Over 10 Olympus FL-14 flash for $99 (Click here to see the acution).
Over 10 Olympus 14-150mm lenses for $399 (Click here to see the acution).

Olympus 35mm macro lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two, three).

Olympus 40-150mm lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two).

June 2, 2011
Posted in news

Fuji X100 is the editor’s choice 2011. And in Stock at BHphoto!


Right now you can find the X100 in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) UPDATE: Sold out now!

After winning the TIPA Award the X100 now received Editors Choice Award 2011: “Fujifilm’s FinePix X100 is a compact digital camera featuring a new hybrid viewfinder, which combines a projected bright-frame optical viewfinder and an electronic viewfinder system with approx. 100% field of view and a 1,400,000 dot LCD panel. A magnesium alloy body with manually operated control dials, an APS-C CMOS sensor and new EXR processor deliver the highest image quality in the history of FinePix cameras, the quality of which is so high that is almost beyond the performance of DSLRs.

Let’s hope Olympus and Panasonic can learn from the success of the Fuji X100. They should not copy the idea but make it better!

P.S.: Links to the FUji X100 product search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay (Difficult to find in Stock now).

Via Photographyblog

June 2, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) New Panasonic GF3 and Leica 25mm lens to be announced on June 13!

So here we are, tomorrow (June 8) Sony will announce the new ultra compact NEX-C3 (you can follow the announcement on MirrorlessRumors.com). And five days later (June 13) Panasonic will launch the counterattack and announce the new ultra-compact GF3. A fully touchscreen oriented device which is around 15% smaller than the current GF2. It should have almost exactly the same Panasonic G3 specs. We also heard that the price will be very similar to the original GF2 price ($699 with kit lens). The GF3 is that tiny that the mount is higher than the camera itself. Sources that have seen the camera said that it is an ugly looking camera :)

Panasonic will also launch the Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds lens. Hope to get some info about the price soon. But it should be definitely cost less than the discontinued Four Thirds Leica 25mm which costs around $1000 dollar/euro on eBay (Click here). Don’t know if many of you will buy the lens when you can get a much cheaper and unlike the Leica lens much more compact 20mm f/1.7 lens. It will be interesting to see if that lens will become are hotseller or not!

 

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

 

June 1, 2011
Posted in deals

(Updated) First price drops on the GH2 in US stores (body only for $859).

UPDATE: Sold out!

Wow, the GH2 is finally in Stock in US and they already have the first $50 price drop on the GH2 with 14-140mm lens at Amazon (Click here). And for those of you looking for the body only option there is one third party dealer selling the camera for $899 at Amazon (Click here and scroll down to “Midwest” dealer). The body only option is also in Stock for $859 at eBay (Click here)…sold by US dealer!

P.S.: Those price drops are not realted with a possible GH3 release. I don’t expect the GH3 to be announced within 2011!!!

UPDATE: There is a 20% price drop on the GH2 at Amazon UK (Click here). That’s an interesting price for all European readers because it’s exactly 1.200 Euro and much cheaper than the best price I found in Germany (which is 1.430 Euro). Yes, you can buy it without any problem at Amazon UK even if you are not from UK!

Check price in other stores: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Thanks LMN

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