November 20, 2011
Posted in deals

M43 cameras now cheaper than high-end compact cameras.

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At least in USA some Micro Four Thirds cameras are now cheaper than high end compact cameras! The black GF2 with 14-42mm lens now sells for $299 at Amazon (Click here and than look on the right sidebar under “more buying choice”). That’s $68 less(!) than the Panasonic LX5. I know we are comparing apple with oranges. The LX5 fits in your pocket while the GF2 with 14-42mm will not. But at that price even the not so hot-seller GF2 gets very attractive.

There are also other price drops on Panasonic products.The Gh2+14-140mm has a $300 rebate at BHphoto (Click here).

Maybe this is the result of the pressure they get from Sony and Nikon. The Sony NEX-5n is a real hot-seller and Nikon is doing better than I would have expected (Source: Amazon Ranking). Time to lower the price of the new GX1 too Panasonic :)

November 20, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic 14-42mm X lens reviewed at ePhotozine and Popco.

The new Panasonic 14-42mm X pancake zoom has been reviewed at ePhotozine (Click here): “If you value compactness above all but must have a zoom standard lens or you want ultra-smooth zooming movies from your CSC, you have (literally) no other choice than this one and I would therefore have to recommend it“. ePhotozine also said the optical performance is not better than the standard 14-42mm lens. But considering the increidble tiny size of the X lens this is sounds like a very good news.

Also the korean website Popco (Click here) tested the same lens. But there is no google english translation available. You can still look at their charts and image samples.

Check the 14-42mm X lens price and availability at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

November 19, 2011
Posted in deals

Panasonic Leica 25mm lens for $539. GF2 with kit lens for $389

There is a $60 price drop on the Leica 25mm lens at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Other US deals reminder:
There is a $100 instant rebate on the GF3 + 14-42mm lens kit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). And the GF2 with 14-42mm lens is available for $389 at Amazon (Click here).
The other US deal of the day is the Instant rebate on the E-Pm1. You can see the instant rebate list at BHphoto (Click here). Same deals are available at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
There is a price drop on the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake at Amazon (Click here).
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 got a $10 discount at Amazon (Click here). From $429 now $419.
E-P2 body only cameras for $299 at Amazon (Click here).

November 18, 2011
Posted in deals

Need for ueberspeed: Ernitec 25mm f/0.85

A 43rumors reader sent me this:
Hello!
I’ve been reading your site for a while, and have noticed how you’re keeping readers up to date about new speedmonster lenses. I have a speedmonster of my own, but as I’m lacking in funds for my study I’ve decided to sell it, it’s a 25mm f0.85, faster then f0.95. Samples are included in the auction, but you have my permission to post them on your site as well.
www.ebay.com/itm/110775644417
Just to let you know!

With kind regards,
Mathijs.

Here is an image sample taken with the lens. Click on image to enlarge:

November 18, 2011
Posted in news

Woodford talkes about the future of the Olympus camera business.

Amateur Photographer (Click here) published an Interview with ex-CEO Woodford. There is an interesting part concerning the camera business. W. thinks that “The camera business is stronger than it’s been for several years but we have to see where Olympus’s future goes“. And Woodford hinted that he would have felt differently had he been in charge three or four years ago.

Woodofrd also sees a bright future for high-end superzoom compact cameras.

And than he talks about the mirrorless system: “I am a great believer in product… we make world-beating cameras, wonderful lenses, sexy-styled bodies. We can do that – that’s what I’ve learned as I’ve got closer to the camera business.” However, he expressed frustration that Olympus did not have more resources to invest in a market that is becoming ever more competitive, and now pitching up against the likes of camera giant Nikon in the CSC arena. 

Just my two cent: I fully agree with him! Olympus (and Panasonic) created a great system but missed to bring more innovations. And now cameras like the Sony NEX-7, Nikon 1 and Fuji upcoming LX are bringing some REAL innovation (hybrid viewfinder, built-in EVF, High ISO quality and so on). But I don’t want to sound to negative. I think the m43 sensor size is the best choice to keep a good quality-camera size balance. And we also have some incredible nice lens other companies cannot offer. But I would lvoe to see less camera reiteration!

 

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