Two different views on the new E-P5.

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The E-P5 comments are divided between people who thinks this is an overall nice new camera and people who doesn’t’ believe the E-P5 makes sense in today’s market. I picked up two statements expressing in short two different views on the E-P5:

Thom Hogan:I was an early E-P1 purchaser and upgraded right up to the eventual OM-D E-M5. An E-P5 would be a step backwards, as far as I’m concerned. I’d also have to assume that the few new features we see in the E-P5 (focus peaking, WiFi, etc.) will make their way to the inevitable OM-D E-M6. So I’m good to go. But would someone buy into the E-P5 instead of an OM-D E-M5? That seems debatable.” (Source: Sansmirror).

Douglas Brown:Frankly, I went to the preview prepared to dismiss it as a model that should be merged into the EPL series, but came away totally impressed with the build, new functionality, interface changes, and most especially the new EVF.” (Source: Torontowide).

The E-P5 is certainly not going to be a big jump in the MFT history (as it was with the E-P1, GF1, GH2 and E-M5). Yes, the E-P5 isn’t a deal-breaker and yet it has some new nice features. Hard to say yet if this will be a success or failure in terms of market sales. For now the E-P5 superkits remains the hottest option according to Amazon ranking (Click here). The body only preorders are not really high.

Specs, Price and Preorders:
E-P5 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 White at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Silver at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Black with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 White with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Black with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and Wex UK.
E-P5 White with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
17mm f/1.8 Black at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
45mm f/1.8 Black at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany.
75mm f/1.8 Black at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
VF-4 viewfinder at Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.

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Zeiss: “Lenses for the Micro 4/3 mount are technically possible, but nothing is planned yet.”

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I guess you all know that Zeiss released their first “Touit” lenses for the Fuji X and Sony NEX systems. In a Zeiss FAQ posted by ePhotozine they stated that “Lenses for the Micro 4/3 mount are technically possible, but nothing is planned yet.

Zeiss also explains why there is not MFT mount version of their current Touit lenses: “In order to reach the best compromise between lens size, weight and imaging performance for smaller sensors, e.g. the Micro 4/3, other optical and mechanical designs are sometimes more suitable than for APS-C

Let’s hope they will make MFt lenses!

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First review of the new 14-140mm Panasonic lens!

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Photoreview (Click here)  posted the very first full test of the brand new Panasonic 14-140mm lens. And their conclusion contains also a negative finding: “While subjective assessments of test shots and video clips showed them to be acceptably detailed, with natural-looking colours and an adequate dynamic range in outdoor lighting, our Imatest tests revealed the new lens suffered from the same performance issues as most extended-range zoom lenses. At no point did the resolution recorded in our tests reach expectations for the 16-megapixel sensor in the GF6. Interestingly, corner and edge softening was less than we found with the original 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 lens

Gosh! Worse than the older lens? I just hope they got a non perfect prototype lens!

Panasonic PZ 45-175mm lens for $299 at Amazon (Click here).
New Panasonic 14-140mm lens links at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and at Wex UK (Click here).

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New US deals: iPad madness auction, new demo 75mm lens, and first SLRmagic 25mm auction.

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1) Ipad Madness:
Plenty of photographers use iPads for their post production work. UPDATE: The $449 Black 16GB iPad 4 Wifi tablet (Click here) deal is now dead and a new deal started on the Ipad mini where you save $30 (Click here to see the auction).

2) the best MFT lens:
Seven Demo version of the best Micro Four Thirds lens ever are for sale at Cameraland with a $100 saving (Click here).

3) Need for Speed:
his is the first auction on the brand new SLR Magic 25mm f/0.95 (Click here).

4) The overall MFT savings roundup:
Plenty of “older” generation MFT cameras are discounted. And to get an easy overview you can visit that newly launched Amazon mirrorless camera deals page (Click here).

5) UPDATE -> After Adorama also BHphoto lowered the price of the Nokton lenses:
$200 price drop on the Nokton 25mm f/0.95 at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 price drop on the Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

6) UPDATE -> New lens deal
Panasonic PZ 45-175mm lens for $299 at Amazon (Click here).

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(FT5) What’s next? Three new Olympus and one new Panasonic camera to come.

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The E-P5 and this means that I have to work on the next bunch of rumors. So what’s going to be announced as next? According to the info we got we can expect plenty of new stuff. Here are the four new cameras:
1) The new OMD camera
2) The new E-x Four Thirds camera
3) The Olympus high end compact camera (not MFT but a fixed lens with (hopefully) large sensor (unlike the just announced Panasonic LF1).
4) A brand new and completely “different” Panasonic MFT camera.

I already got some info about some of these cameras and I am working to double check the early rumors I got. All I can share for now is that all that stuff is coming from late August till early September. That’s only 3-4 months from now. I know it’s hard to say without knowing specs and design…

but (instinctively) can you tell us what is the camera that interest you more?

but (instinctively) can you tell us what is the camera that interest you more?

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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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