(FT4) Newly(!) designed Sigma m43 lenses will be announced at Photokina.

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Good news folks! There is a 60-80% chance that Sigma will unveil new Micro Four Thirds lenses in September (for Photokina). And if the rumor I got are correct these lenses are completely designed for the Micro Four Thirds system only!

As you know the current 30mm and 19mm lenses cover the APS-C sensor because they are made for the NEX and NX system too. The lenses are very good (and cheap) but bigger than they could be if they would have been designed for the m43 system only.

The 30mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).
The 19mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

Just a reminder. Sigma also offers a nice amount of Four Thirds lenses:
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 Sigma 24mm f/1.8 Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 Sigma 55-500mm f/4-5.6 Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Sigma 135-400mm f/4-5.6 Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6

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

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Panasonic patent shows describes a new sensor tech.

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The guys from Egami found a new patent from Panasonic. Apparently Panasonic found a way to adjust the exposure time for every single row of pixels depending on the subject. So if for example you take a picture of a landscape where usually the sky is much brighter the sensor exposure time will be shorter on the upper lines than on the lower lines. Smart idea but as usual…just a patent for now!

 

The after vote morning at greekdiaries.com

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Black E-M5 with 12-50mm now in Stock

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And here we are, finally the E-M5 with 12-50mm lens is in Stock and shiping by Amazon itself (Click here). It took a veyr long time (four months) until we got it. Olympus may be influenced by the Panaosnic delay syndrome :)

The Silver kits will be available next week too while it you will have to wait one month to see the body only. Meantime the Panasonic main kit price is now $1,149 at Amazon. The GH3 is coming closer…

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E-M5 photo contest by Olympus. Tomorrow E-M5 Amazon DDay.

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The official Olympus Facebook website (Click here) launched a new E-M5 photo contest: “The “OM–D Photo Contest” will be held on facebook starting July 2! (Japan Standard Time). The first contest theme is “First shot taken with the OM–D.” Submit a favorite photo that was taken soon after you bought your OM–D to the OM–D’s facebook page. One photo each will be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze from among the submitted photos. Selected photos will also be posted on the OM–D’s wall together with comments from the Olympus Photo Contest Team. The deadline for submissions is 6:00 p.m., July 23 (Japan Standard Time).

And while you are there you may “Like” 43rumors too? https://www.facebook.com/pages/43rumors/154271467964575 :)


After two months the E-M5 kits will be in Stock tomorrow at Amazon (Click here). Finally!
June 19th for the Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens (Click here).
1-2 days processing for the Black E-M5 with 14-42mm lens (Click here).
June 21th for the Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens (Click here).

We Europeans already have the Black models in Stock but are still missing the Silver version here and there: Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany and Amazon France.

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a little bit of everything…(with the most boring video test ever)

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I was looking on vimeo and youtube for some nice new video samples to post within my next “a little bit of everything” article. And I found this, the most boring test video (on the E-M5) ever made. I haven’t learned anything from the video and you?

EU Nokton deal:
We Europeans can’t enjoy many deals like in US but Le Petit Boutique on eBay France (Click here) is selling the Nokton 17-5mm f/0.95 with a huge 160 Euro discount…for Europeans only :)

GF5 and 14-24mm X lens reviews:
Full Panasonic GF5 review at ePhotozine: “The Panasonic Lumix GF5 is a worthwhile upgrade, resolving a number of our original complaints about the GF3, and the addition of improved effects, menus systems, and built in scene modes with guides for beginners are a useful addition for beginners. The screen looks great and the camera feels better than ever with an improved rubber grip and body styling. The GF5 is certainly an appealing camera, particularly with improved noise performance in comparison to the predecessor
GF5 shop links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Lenstip posted the full 14-42mm X lens review: “The results of our test show that, when it comes to the optics, we deal here with a typical ‘kit’ lens which doesn’t stand out against the rest of contemporary devices of this type which are added at almost no charge to the reflex and mirrorless cameras of its rivals. The quality is something that makes the Panasonic stick out, though. It is a device produced in Japan, made of solid components with a metal mount.
Lens shop links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

More news
Cool Olympus advertising pictures at Behance (Click here).
E-P3 + PENTAX-110 50mm F2.8 at DC.watch.
Olympus 9-18mm firmware update (DCwatch).
New grips for the E-P3 at DC.watch.
Panasonic GF5 presentation event in Japan (DC.watch).

Something else:
Forgot to mention that you can subscribe Elena’s Greekdiaries feed by saving that link: http://www.greekdiaries.me/feed/. And she was busy with the children yesterday. She will answer your comments today 😉

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