Official 17mm and VF-3 price drops. New GF and GX deals.

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Olympus Japan officially announced the price drops on the 17mm f/2.8 lens and on the VF-3 viewfinder. You see the price drop info on the image on top. There is no detail yet about EU and US price drops. I guess we will see them soon too. Current price of the 17mm lens is $299 (Amazon) and around 240 Euro in Europe (Amazon). The VF-3 sells for $159 (Amazon) and 132 Euro (Amazon).

US deals:

Today you can rgab the GF3 with pancake lens for $299 at Amazon or the GX1 body again for $299 at Amazon.

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(FT3) There may be a17mm f/1.8 Black lens edition soon…

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The current Silver 17mm lens.

After the 12mm f/2.0 Black edition Olympus may soon launch the 17mm f/1.8 Black edition too! I am not sure this will be a lens marked as “limited edition” and as consequence cost more than the actual lens. I hope Olympus don’t do that again (the overpriced limited edition). They should just release it in Black with the same price of the current lens :)

Price check of the 17mm Silver lens at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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Olympus 12mm Black edition now definitely gone from US stores. Gh3 in Stock at BH.

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As noticed by our reader “Dutch” the Limited edition Black 12mm lens is definitely gone from all major US stores like Amazon (not available), Adorama (not listed) and Bhphoto (no more listed). I guess Olympus will soon release a “Normal edition” and “Normal” priced Black 12mm soon :)

UPDATE: The Panasonic GH3 is in Stock at BHphoto (limited quantity).

 

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(FT4) Trusted source: E-5 successor coming for sure.

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A trusted source told me to trust him (LOL) when he says that a native Four Thirds camera is going to be announced this year. He is 100% sure that this is not a hybrid MFT and FT camera but simply a new E-7 FT. He also told me the camera is also ready to go into final production and all specs are defined (alreayd since end of last year). The camera will be on amrket the second half of this year. Good news for all those folks using top class Zuiko FT lenses :)

The two superb Zuiko f/2.0 zooms:
14-35mm f/2.0 on eBay (Click here) and via Slidoo eBay.
35-100mm f/2.0 on eBay (Click here) and via Slidoo eBay.

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

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Here is the image of the first SVS-Vistek “Hasselblad styled” MFT camera!

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The German company SVS-Vistek announced the first Industrial Micro Four Thirds camera. The name is “EVO Tracer” and it reminds me of my nice Hasselblad 903SWC camera with that cube style :)

  • Micro Four Thirds mount
  • full electronic support for aperture control and autofocus
  • Remote Lens control via Ethernet
  • Monochrome or Color sensor (made by Truesense Imaging)
  • Full-Frame speeds of 146Hz, 85Hz, 40Hz and 21Hz at 1, 2, 4 and 8 Megapixels respectively
  • Dual GigE Vision Data-Interface (Gigabit Ethernet Standard)
  • GigE Vision und GenIcam Standard compatible
  • Two parallel Ethernet connections
  • variable AOI
  • SDK for Windows (32/64 bit) and Linux.
  • Sequence Shutter mode and enhanced Strobe control
  • On-the-fly programmable AOI for higher frame rates and reduced data transfer
  • 3 Inputs and 3 Outputs (put details in the spec table)
  • 2 Outputs for driving LED flash illumination or Pan-Tilt mount (see spec)
  • RS-232 communication for controlling external devices over the Gige interface
  • Rugged IP-67 rated housing
  • Standard M12 industry-proven connectors for use with COTS cabling

Full specs can be read on that pdf (Click here to download).

 

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