(FT4) New Olympus MFT and fast zoom on sale in Spring (no CP+ announcement).

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Private note first: The last three weeks I was busy because of family reasons. Finally I managed to reorganize my working day so that I can be 100% back on 43rumors. The last three days I had busy conversations with sources and they helped me a lot to get a clearer focus on the new product announcement roadmap. And if you feel that in these last three weeks I missed to post some of your work or reviews please mail me the links back at 43rumors@gmail.com. As you know I am doing all alone here on 43rumors and sometimes I need your understanding…thanks!

And now let’s talk about the next Olympus products. It’s months now that the I tell you something “different” and “new” is coming from Olympus. And that has been now confirmed by some of my sources. What I learned now is that Olympus will 100% market the new kind of camera in Spring. The real surprise is that they will not(!) announce it at the CP+ show yet but they opted for a later announcement. The reason is yet unknown, but from my parallel work on MirrorlessRumors I noticed a convergence of new product releases in late March-early April (new Canon EOS-M with integrated EVF, new NEX, and new Panasonic G5 successor). It may be casual…it may be not.

The new camera is rumored to have the new Epson 2,36 viewfinder and a new overall camera design. And there should be a fast zoom too (no, not the busted 50-150mm f/2.8 rumored lens).

And now back to the Cp+ show. Yes, there will be an Olympus product announcement but not for the new camera. More about that will come soon. And some Panasonic rumor too. So stay tuned on 43rumors!

 

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Five new companies join MFT!

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Olympus Japan officially announced that five new companies joined the Micro Four Thirds system: Blackmagic Design Ltd, JK Imaging Ltd, Photron Ltd, SVS-VISTEK GmbH, View Plus Inc.

Of course the most known company here is Blackmagic that already released a videocamera with MFT mount (here). Another company that grabbed our attention last week is JK Imaging that will release a Kodak branded MFT camera by end of this year. Than we have Photron a Japanese High Speed camera maker. SVS-Vistek is a German develops cameras for the industry. And to finish View Plus is also a camera maker from Japan.

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Amarcord: Olympus 35 SP

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We now know that Olympus will release a new Micro Four Thirds camera within the next 1-2 months. As they always took inspiration from the past let’s check back some of the Olympus historical cameras. Today I make a short intro to the is the Olympus 35 SP.

Like so many Olympus cameras also that one marked a point in the camera history. Launched in 1969 it had a unique feature: It was the first Rangefinder camera with a dual metering system (spot or centerweighted readings). It has a high quality 42/1.7 fixed G.Zuiko lens. Yep, there is a “G” letter before the “Zuiko” because it refers to the seventh letter of the alphabet to signify the seven elements of the lens construction. And according to Andrew from UTexas: “It truly matches or surpasses many prime lens available today.“.

But there are many unique features on that camera. a controls (including exposure modes and timer) are on the lens!
Really, you have to read the wonderful written article at Utexas (Click here) to understand all the greatness on this jewel. One more interetsing article is also available at Cameraquest.

The camera itself is of course available on plenty of acutions on eBay (Click ehre to see them). Great camera that (unlike all digital cameras) will likely work fine for all the rest of our long life :)

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a little bit of everything…

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Panasonic LX7 Setup Guide with Tips and Tricks

Sigma 19mm review at Amdiringlight.
60mm macro review at ThePhoBlographer.
Panasonic zoom guide in spanish at DSLRmagazine.
Chinese GH3 hands-on at DCfever.
Dutch Olympus 45mm/F1,8 test at Pixelmania.
OMD Black and White at Lepidi.
Panasonic GX1 Impressions at TheOnlinePhotographer.
German XZ-2 test at Der Spiegel.
Large Sensor Compact Cameras – Which one to buy? (Digitalrev).

Joe:Check out my unedited, raw footage from the Panasonic GH3 for my upcoming SLRLounge.com review. Puppies!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3fLKTkG5XQ

Tobi Topp:Hello,
I’v been following your site for quite a while now and want to thank you for all the hard work you ut in there! I fell in love with m43 when I got my GH2 in 2010 and since September I run my own litlle company. We shoot with “bigger” cameras now, but I am still in love with these great compact Pany cams!
I shot a short video that might be worth bein gshown on your site as an example of the capabilities of the new GH3 and the 25/50p 50mbps codec. It handled much better in post and the slowmotion is nice! Using it “nude in ice cold wind and snow was no problem at all! I hope you like it https://vimeo.com/56992228

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Panasonic GH3 Tips and Tricks Guide (Still a few cameras in Stock at Kenmore).

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If you own the GH3 and want to learn more about it watch the video on top that contains a Tips and Tricks Guide for your Custom Settings. And by the way, Giulio at SmallCameraBigPicture is very upset that Phase One is still ignoring the GH3 and E-M5 :)

And if you have a GH3 on pre order in US than Amazon likely notified you yesterday that the camera will ship by end of this month. There are still a few cameras left in Stock via eBay US at 39mm (Click here) and Kenmorecamera (Click here).

Reminder: The super E-M5 and Sigma MFT lens deals:
Black E-M5 body only for $809 at eBay US (Click here).
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens for $899 at eBay US (Click here).
Both Sigma MFT lenses (the 30 and 19mm) for the price of one only at BHphoto (Click here).

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