December 2, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Olympus lens patent (8mm f/3.5 fisheye that will never come’)


The japanese blog Egami (Click here) found a couple of new lens patents. There is no surprise. These are the lenses:
8mm  f/3.5 fisheye
10mm f/2.8
12mm f/1.8
12mm f/2.0
12mm f/2.8

It’s easy to guess that the 10-12mm lenses are just different variant of the current Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens. And if you look back at the early 2011 Olympis roadmap it contained an 8mm fisheye lens. But I doubt this lens will come any time soon. We already have a Panasonic 8mm fisheye and a super tiny and nice Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 (Click here to get them on eBay) and an almost unknown Madoka 180 degree fisheye.

The Olympus 12mm f/2.0 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The Panasonic lens costs around 600-700 dollars/Euro and is available at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The Black Samyang 7.5mm lens is available on eBay (Click here).
The Silver Samyang 7.5mm lens is available on eBay (Click here).

December 1, 2011
Posted in news

GH2 super deal at Adorama POLL: Your Panasonic GH3 features choice.

Image on top: The Panasonic GH2

That huge GH2 deals ongoing in US and EU stores may be a sign that a GH3 is coming soon (February-March?). The deal just started and will last until they run out of cameras:
GH2 with 14-42mm lens for $699.95 at Adorama (Click here). Please insert the Coupon Code “S1442144”.
GH2 with 14-140mm lens for $999.95 at Adorama (Click here). Please insert the Coupon Code “S2141401”.
You have to to sign in to see price. Coupon codes are entered on the checkout page!
But there are discounts in almost any store. Check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

I know that in January-February there will be a new GH2x kit option with the yet available 14-42mm X and the upcoming 12-35mm and 35-100mm X lenses. But I don’t know if that alone is the reason of the $300-500 price drop in US stores. But if there is really a GH3 coming soon I ask you:

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And here are a couple of GH2 related news (mostly sent or made by our readers):
German interview with Timo Großpietsch that shot his latest documentary with the GH2 (
Fabio Bianchi sent us his latest video link on Vimeo.
GH2 stills and video tips and tricks on youtube.
Steve made a short film with the Voigtlander Nokton 25mm, Canon FD 50mm 1.4 and the Panasonic 14-140mm. Video on Vimeo.
The Poetry and Artistry of Cooking” on vimeo.

December 1, 2011
Posted in news

Woodford seeks for shareholder backup

Now here we are with our next (almost) daily Olympus crisis news roundup:

The big news is that Woodford quits form the Olympus board and is seeking for Olympus Shareholder Backing (Bloomberg). If he will archive the gold than he could soon come back as new Olympus CEO. We will know within the next few weeks for sure! Meanwhile more weird stories are coming out. A Key figure in Olympus scandal has been found in Hong Kong (Reuters).

But I will stop here, I wish all that mess will be over soon. It’s time to talk about the future 12-60mm Olympus lens announcement!


November 30, 2011
Posted in deals

(UPDATE_2) Hot: GH2 with lens for $699 at Adorama!! And cashback in Germany (reminder: firmware coming soon!)

UPDATE_2: Hold on guys! Adorama is offering an even more crazy deal on the GH2 with a coupon code. The offer starts in a couple of hours so please hold on! And the codes were “reversed”. Now it should be fine. Here are the deals:
GH2 with 14-42mm lens for $699.95 at Adorama (Click here). Please insert the Coupon Code “S1442144”.
GH2 with 14-140mm lens for $999.95 at Adorama (Click here). Please insert the Coupon Code “S2141401”.
Limited Quantity at this price.

And here are the Amazon GH2 deals:
GH2 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon (Click here) for $795 only! No joke, That’s $105 less than the GH2 body only sold by third party resellers at Amazon (Click here)…LOL! And at the moment of writing you can find eighteen GH2+14-140mm kits for $1199 at Amazon US (Click here). For Europeans: There is a cashback action on the GH2 and G3 in Germany (Click here). The only other Cyber deal that is still ongoing on m43 cameras is the GF3 + free accessory action at Amazon (Click here). Full deals homepage at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Cameta (Click here) and J&R (Click here).

Reminder: Within the next two weeks Panasonic will announce the new GH2 firmware with “Progressive Segments Frame” recording -> 1080/25p signal recorded as 1080/50i with 24Mbit/s. And that is the official features/improvement list from Panasonic:

  • – New video mode which is suitable for editing video recorded at high bit rate (24Mbps)
  • – New functional option with Power Zoom Lens ([DISP FOCAL LENGTH (Display of Focal Length)], [STEP ZOOM], [ZOOM RESUME], [ZOOM SPEED] and [ZOOM RING*])
  • – Full area enlargement of AF area setting
  • – Improvement in the speed of consecutive shooting when shot with auto bracket
  • – Increased number of recordable images in consecutive shooting
  • – [EX.TELE CONV. (Extra Tele Conversion)] can be set ON/OFF separately in photo or video recording
  • – More accurate light adjustment of built-in flash
  • – Improvement in the AF performance in video recording
  • – Synchronization of alarm volume for low battery with [BEEP VOLUME]
  • – New [HALF-PRESS RELEASE] function
  • – Improved NR (Noise Reduction) in high sensitivity shooting
  • – ON/OFF control of the touch-screen

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