(FT5) 17mm f/1.8 is a high quality lens. Now only a prototype.

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Image on top: The current Olympus 12mm f/2.0.

Sources told us that the upcoming 17mm f/1.8 Olympus lens is still in development and will not go for sale now. It is built like the current Olympus 12mm f/2.0. This means it has distance scale, metal construction and so on. It comes in Silver (no Black version yet).

P.S.: 12mm f/2.0 lens search links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

 

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New PEN message at ePhotozine. 75mm lens in Stock in EU. Yetserday Blackout report.

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Image courtesy: ePhotozine.

ePhotozine posted that next (no-)image of the hidden new PEN camera. Now they covered the Hot Shoe again 🙂

I have a good news for my European readers. The 75mm lens can be bought for the normal price on eBay at SRSmicrosystem UK (Click here), Mike Kelly UK (Click here), Photovideopro France (Click here). In US there is one lens sold via on eBay US (Click here)

Service note: Yesterday Anonymous /the hacker group) attacked godaddy and millions of websites all over the world were offline. Also 43rumors.

 

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(FT5) There will be a new Olympus 17mmf /1.8 lens!

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Image on top: The current 17mm f/2.8 pancake.

Just got one of these rumors that will make most of us very happy today 🙂

Olympus will announce a new 17mm f/1.8 lens at the Photokina show. What I don’t know yet is if the lens will be shown as “Prototype” or as a “Real” final production lens. Better to keep expectations low and bet on the first option 🙂

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

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(FT5) Panasonic and Olympus announcement both on Monday September 17th!

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Both, Olympus and Panasonic will announce their new Micro Four Thirds stuff on Monday September 17th. Yes, exactly in one week!

Panasonic will announce the GH3 (full specs here), the 35-100mm f/2.8 X lens and very likely show 2-3 more prototype lenses behind a thick glass. One of them should be a fast tele lens.
Olympus will announce the E-PM3 and E-PL5 PEN cameras with same E-M5 sensor. There will be a 15mm f/8.0 lens-cap, the 60mm macro and a 12mm Black limited edition lens. May more prototype lenses will be shown.
More m43 stuff is coming via Sigma, SLRmagic and other third party companies.

On the competition front we know that:
Pentax will announce an unexciting new Q10 camera this week (more info here).
Sony will announce the NEX-6 and three new NEX lenses on Wednesday September 12th (more info here).
Samsung will surprisingly not announce any new NX stuff (more info here).
Nikon and Canon will have no major mirrorless related news. The only interesting thing may be their cheap FF DSLR which will set a new mark on the price of FF bodies (more info here).
Hasselblad may announce a large sensor mirrorless system camera on September 18th (more info here).

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Competition rumor: Sony made it (not?) right?

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Huuu, that was close! Sony “almost” release the first mirrorless Full frame camera!  (I don’t count the Leica M9 is a rangefinder camera). What you see here on top is the Sony RX1, the big Full Frame brother of the current RX100. So it’s actually a fixed lens camera with a 35mm f/2.0 Zeiss. But the Sony guys didn’t have the smart idea to make it with an interchangeable mount. For almost $3000 this camera is way too expensive. But I am posting this because I would like to be in the head of the Olympus and Panasonic managers to see their reaction when watching this camera. Would it be worthy to risk to develop and launch a new system with larger sensors?

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