June 25, 2011
Posted in deals

Panaosnic 20mm lens for $379 (and again a $5 price drop on the XZ-1)

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The Panasonic 20mm is back in Stock and discounted at Amazon (Click here). It is also in Stock at Bhphoto (Click here) for $399. And a really funny history is happening with the Olympus XZ-1. Every day sicne one week you see price drops on the Olympus XZ-1 on Amazon (Click here). It now gets sold for $420 (yesterday $424).

P.S.: The Panasonic 100-300mm lens costs $513 at Amazon (Click here).

June 25, 2011
Posted in deals

Black, and brown Panasonic G3 in Stock.

The Black G3 with 14-42mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here). And so is the Brown G3 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon (Click here).

And today I noticed another small price drop on the Olympus XZ-1 at Amazon (Click here). Look like every day the price is dropping by $3-$4! My guess is that the upcoming E-PM1 will be priced at around $499 and the XZ-1 needs to be cheaper than that camera.

Reminder: The Panasonic 100-300mm lens is available for $513 only at Amazon (Click here).

June 25, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) New 14-42mm IIR Olympus kit lens coming! (+40-150mm IIR coming too?)


Image on top shows the Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 which is going to be replaced soon with the “IIR” version.

Olympus will not only announce two new lenses (the 12mm f/2.0 and 45mm f/1.8) but also one (or maybe two) reworked kit lenses! There will be certainly a new 14-42mm IIR lens. It has the same size and optical design of the current Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. But the new “IIR” version boost the autofocus speed to much higher (I repeat “much”!!!) speed than the Panasonic GH2 + 14-140mm combo! It is so faster that you “feel” it. It’s not just a marketing “blabla”!

One of our sources also told us that there will be also a new 40-150mm IIR coming too. But that has to be confirmed by other sources. Your older lenses will also focus faster on the new PEN but not as fast as you can do on the new lenses.

In summary, Olympus will announce three cameras (E-PM1, E-PL3, E-P3), a new Flash, two new prime lenses (12mm and 45mm) and two reworked zooms (14-42mm and 40-150mm). Is there somehting else Oly? :)

June 25, 2011
Posted in deals

List of refurbished Olympusmarket auction ending today (E-620, E-450, E-PL1, E-P1 and lenses).

There is now plenty of refurbished items back in auction at Olympusmarket. Reminder, they do deliver to European countries only! The first ending auctions are on top:

Olympus E-450 (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus E-PL1 (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus 40-150mm (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus FL-36R flash (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus E-P1 (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus E-450 (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus E-PL1 (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus E-450 (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus E-P1 (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus E-620 (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus 40-150mm (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus 9-18mm Four Thirds lens (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus 17mm (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus E-450 double lens kit (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus E-450 (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus E-PL1 (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus 9-18mm lens (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus 14-42mm lens (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus E-620 double kit (Click here to see the auction).

Those are all ending today!

June 24, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) Will Fuji announce a Micro Four Thirds camera in September?

A couple of months ago the Fujiguys promised that there will be some exciting news in September 2011. Now Photorumors got a rumor from an unknown source saying that there will be probably “some kind of a mirrorless solution with a sensor probably smaller than APS-C, something in the m4/3 range.” I don’t know how reliable the source is, what I know for certain is that Fuji wants to make a mirrorless camera that takes interchangeable system. One of my sources also told me months ago that there was a meeting between Olympus and Fuji. I hope that source will know come back to me and tell me if that rumor is true or not ;)

Meanwhile Fuji released the new firmware for the X100 you can download here: http://www.fujifilm.com/support. And click those links if you want to check price and availability of the X100: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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