12-35mm X lens gets DxOmarked!


The 12-35mm X lens just got DxOmarked (Click here to read the test). And they write: “The Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f2.8 ASPH Power O.I.S is the best lens of it’s type by quite a long way, but at a price that would buy better equipment if you are not wedded to the Micro 4:3 system.

The 12-35mm X zoom beats the rest of the MFT lenses and comes very close to the Olympus 12mm and 45mm prime lens performance. Now we have to see if the upcoming new Olympus f/2.8 zoom can match or even beat the Panasonic X performance!

DxOmark writes that the X zoom is expensive but you can find some deals in US and Europe:
Panacam sells the lens for $985 via Amazon US (Click here).
Five demo lenses are for sale in Germany (Click here) for 829 Euro.


What to expect in April (G7, GF7, E-P5, 12-40mm f/2.8 and maybe a GX2).


A GX2 Mockup design made by 43rumors reader Mike (Thanks!).

Three announcements are expected to be made within early April and late April (or early May). Two from Panasonic and one from Olympus. Based on what we know so far we will get a GF6 and G7 with new 16 Megapixel sensor and usual improvements on AF, EVF resolution and so on. A new E-P5 with same E-M5 sensor and no integrated viewfinder, a new f/2.8 zoom form Olympus (maybe a weather sealed 12-40mm), a new Black 17mm f/1.8 and If we are really lucky maybe a GX2 with integrated viewfinder too.

So if the rumors are correct…

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Double 17mm f/1.8 lens review…


We have two brand new review of the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens:

That is what Admiringlight writes: “Overall, I think the 17mm f/1.8 is an extremely good lens for environmental portraiture and street shooting, as its image qualities shine in these situations, and the autofocus is blazingly fast.  If you are after this lens as a high quality landscape lens, it’s probably not worth your money, as you can get similar quality from your kit zoom at 17mm stopped down.

And that is Digitalcamerareview’s conclusion: “The 17mm f/1.8 lens is the kind of lens I want to use almost all the time. I won’t butcher the fabulous Olympus OM-D E-M5 by gluing this lens to it, but Olympus is going to have to send some very tough repo men to wrestle this lens back from me.

So both like the lens and if the rumors I got are correct than we will get a Black version of this lens soon too!

Olympus 17mm lens price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.



G5 kit for $399. E-M5 price drop. GX1 super canadian deal


Only for today you can grab the G5 with kit lens for $399 at Woot.com (Click here). That’s a $100 saving over the price at Amazon (where it is the most sold mirrorless camera).

And there are only a few E-M5 kits for $1169 via Sunset at Amazon. In Black (Click here) and Silver (Click here).

But the top deal of the day is going on in Canada: You can grab the GX1, both Sigma MFT lenses, a Holster Case and an SD card for $769.99 (you save $454.94) at Henrys (Click here).

Reminder: LX7 for $299 at Amazon (Click here).


(FT3) E-P3 successor has same E-M5 16 megapixel sensor.


I am not sure about this rumor yet but a trusted sources told me that it is highly unlikely the E-P3 successor will feature a completely new sensor. The E-P5 will almost certainly use the same E-M5-E-Pm2-E-PL5 sensor (16 Megapixel). It will be interesting to see if the camera will get rid of the Anti Aliasing filter to squeeze out the last bit of sharpness and resolution.

Anyway, for now those are the posisble characteristics of the new E-P5:
– 16 megapixel sensor
– No integrated viewfinder
– Price around $1,000 with kit lens
– New external viewfinder as optional (2,44 million dot)
– Announcement in late April/early May and availability in June

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