January 16, 2012
Posted in news

Panasonic interviewed at Imaging Resource…


Imagin Resource (Click here) had a long talk with MR. Darin Pepple, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Imaging at Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Here are some of the interesting points:

– Again Panasonic explains the advantage of m43 over the NEX system: “it allows us to produce really small lenses, still extremely good optical quality, and at the same time make small bodies.” Edge detail of NEX lenses suffers from lens size.

– He confirms that Panasonic is “seriously” following the hacked GH2 improvements: “Yes, you can go outside that with some hyped-up features and firmware updates and that sort of thing, but then you’re outside the normal specification, and for us as a manufacturer, we really have to stay within it.

– About the new lenses: “By this time next year I hope to come back to you and say, ‘Look at our lens line-up now. We’ve added four or five more lenses.’

– Panasonic says real innovation is coming not from Full Frame but from small sensors. Those technologies will be implemented in future m43 cameras. It sounds like the future GH3 camera could have BSI technology!

– Panasonic doesn’t believe a big sensor in a compact camera makes sense. They will not go the same path with the LX5 successor as the Canon G1 X.


In summary: When reading the interview you really feel how “video” is very important for them. There is also no plan to create a new system with bigger sensor as the market really focused on sub-fullframe sensors size. Panasonic approach is more “little steps” forward instead of looking for big revolutions. They have a very practical and rational approach and this is also something I like. As I always said, the first problem with Panasonic is their management. It is not possible that every time they release a new product you have to wait up to 6-7 months to get them! P.S: Easy to guess that the next products they will announce are the LX5 and GH2 successor :)

January 15, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) The new camera name is “Olympus OM-D”


And this is going ot be the name of the future”Oh My Goodness” camera :) Olympus registered the name “Olympus OM-D” on January 3 (Source: trademark.markify). The”D” is for “digital”. And that camera will be the follow up of the last of all OM cameras, the OM-2000 (film camera). The camera will be announced arounf February 8th.

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


Thanks Ross

January 14, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) “Oh My Goodness”! Olympus is coming big :)


Did you read the text on the image on top? It has been taken from the back page of next week’s Amateur Photographer magazine. And Olympus higligted the letters “O” and “M” :) You can see a full size image of the back page here: http://minus.com/mxvrbfbS1#1.

The digital OM styled m43 camera is going to be announced the second week of February! Don’t miss to visit 43rumors the next days. I will post any rumors I can get, and hopefully we can find an image too! Meanwhile look at all those nice OM cameras. The system just became 40 years old :)

OM-4T/Ti black and chrome
OM-20 (OM-G)
OM-40 (OM-PC)
OM-77AF (OM-707)
OM-88 (OM-101)




Thanks anonymous sender

January 14, 2012
Posted in deals

First SLR magic 12mm lens on eBay.


The very first SLR magic 12mm f/1.6 lens is on auction on eBay (Click here). This is quite a good lens (I tested one) but I still do’t know where you can buy it online. The lens is 2/3 of stops faster than the Olympsu 12mm lens. The SLR magic has a smooth aperture ring that will appeal filmmakers. The Olympus lens has AF an a better image quality. And, at leats in USA it’s getting soem interesting price drops at Amazon (Click here).

P.S.: The new SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Spotting Scope for mFT is also available eBay (Click here).

January 13, 2012
Posted in deals

First Olympus 12-50mm in Europe. 12mm for $704 at Amazon (and pancake X still missing).


I spotted the very first Olympus 12-50mm weather selaed Olympus lens at Foto Hans Keuzakamp in Holland. It’s certainly a nice looking lens despite the not so stellar specs. Wonder how it will look on my next digital OM camera :) If you are not from Holland you can rpeorder the lens at Adorama (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

USA Deal: There has been another price dorp on the 12mm Olympus lens which is available at Amazon for $704 (Click here).

MISSING in USA: After four months the 14-42mm X lens still has never been in Stock in US stores! No way to find it at Amazon (Click here) and I guess you can wait even longer for the new GX1+14-42mm X kit (Click here). Really don’t knwo why Panasonic USA is that slow. It’s available since months here in Europe!




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