Zeiss Touit lenses no better than the cheaper MFT lenses.

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Zeiss announced that they will not any MFT version of their Touit series because they want to focus on the larger ASP-C sensors which in their mind delivers better image quality. But according to DxOmark who tested both new Zeiss lenses on the NEX-7 this statement isn’t really true. The Panasonic-Leica 25mm ($569 at Amazon) is on par with the more expensive Zeiss 32mm ($900 at Amazon). And the Olympus 12mm lens ($799) beats the much more expensive 12mm Distagon ($1250!).

So again Zeiss…what did you say? :)

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Deals for German and UK readers (E-PM2 and GF6)

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Doens’t really happen often that I can share good Gold Box deals for Europeans. Today Amazon Germany (Click here) is offering a “blitzangebot” on the greta Olympus E-PM2 camera with kit lens. If you scroll further you will see all color options. I am not sure about it but I think also non Germans can grab the deal!

And UK readers will get a 50 pound cashback when purchasing the new Panasonic GF6 at Amazon UK (Click here).

All these deals have been found and submitted by you on Dealsrunner. Thanks!

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a little bit of everything…(with 43rumors Flickr page)

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Olympus PEN E-P5 Camera Review

To fellow 4/3 Rumors fans: the 4/3 Rumors Flickr group is off to a fabulous start! In just two weeks, we already have 150 members and 240+ photos posted. These photos are the best of the readers’ work, and really show off what these “little sensors” can do, with street, snaps, macro, portraiture, fashion, landscape, cityscape, product shots, events, you name it. We even have kittens, puppies, and babies!  There is so much quality, that it’s become my de facto “favorites” list, and I hope it will be yours, too. We have shots to show off dynamic range, high ISO, resolution, depth of field, and, of course, industrial design of the 4/3 and µ43 universe. We have sticky discussion topics for introducing yourself, for showing off pro work, and for curmudgeonly punditry. Check us out! Join us! http://www.flickr.com/groups/43rumors/

Sample Gallery: Olympus PEN E-P5 at Digitalcamerainfo.
Olympus E-P5 review at DC.watch.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 Review at digital-photography-school.
Panasonic 7-14mm vs Olympus 9-18mm by Admiringlight.
Olympus OM-D EM-5 + Olympus 17mm f1.8 vs Fuji x100 at Thisisnotaprint.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 Review at ePhotozine.
Olympus E-P5 guide on google play.
Panasonic GF6 review at Photographyblog.

Andrzej:Maybe you will be happy to see how 3 different cameras work together http://www.behance.net/gallery/EAT-BEAT-JAPAN/9424173
Panasonic gh2 – wide shots
Canon 60d – close up shots on actres
Canon 5d mark2 – medium shots, and all food shots.

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E-P3 with lens and bag for $299. E-PL3 with lens for $239.

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The new Olympus E-P5 is good but very expensive. So if you want to buy a PEN you may take the chance to grab the E-P3 which sells for $299 with lens and bag at Adorama (Click here).

And the eBay Deal of the day is the Olympus E-Pl3 with kit lens that can be bought for $239 via Newegg eBay (Click here).

And one more thing: The new Panasonic 20mm II pancake can’t come nowhere near to the popularity of the “older” lens at Amazon mirrorless ranking (Click here to see the list).

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POLL: Will you get the new Panasonic 20mm lens?

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Preorders:
Black lens at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here).
Silver lens at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here).

The new 20mm II lens:
Our hopes of a better AF performance (and little hopes for a better image quality) haven’t been fulfilled. The only new “features” of the new version is the better chassis and the possibility to chose a Silver version. I am not disappointed about the “non-improvement” on the image quality front. This was already great and it’s hard to achieve even better results on such a small piece of glass. But a better AF performance would have been welcome.

That said, let me know if you are going to buy the lens:

Will you buy the lens?

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