July 19, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Full VF-3 specs leaked at Olympus America!

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Without having it yet officially announced Olympus America does list the new VF-3 viewfinder with full specifications! Here is the official text:

Electronic Viewfinder VF-3 (Silver)
The VF-3 is a compact viewfinder that easily slides onto the accessory port and hot shoe of the Olympus PEN and XZ-1 to provide 100% field of view and .97x magnification. The VF-3, which is compatible with all PENs that have an accessory port, is quite useful for outdoor shooting, low-angle shooting or telephoto shooting.

Specifications:
Resolution: Approx. 920,000 dots
1.00″ (W) x 1.7″ (H) x 1.75″ (D) (25.6mm x 43.5mm x 44.7mm)
Approx. 1.0 oz (30g) without cover
100% field of view
Approx. .97x magnification (-1m¹, 50 mm Macro, at infinity)
Eye-point: Approx. 17.4mm (-1m¹)
Diopter adjustment (-3.0 to +1.0m¹)
Shoe-lock mechanism

Thanks Ward and Bizzarrini

July 19, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Olympus 50mm macro lens for Micro Four Thirds coming by end of the year!

As you can see from the roadmap on top Olympus has the plan to release a 50mm macro lens for Micro Four Thirds. We now have been told by our sources that Olympus delayed the release of that lens til end of the year to anticipate the release of the just announced Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens. I think that was a good move made by Oly because we already have a 45mm macro lens from Panasonic. We have been told the 50mm macro will be on a very high level. Don’t know what you think, but Olympus is making a damn good job with lenses now! And I know there will be more lenses coming soon!

In the meanwhile check if the new lenses are available for preorder:
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

July 19, 2011
Posted in deals, reviews

G3 is in Stock in Europe! New review at Outbackphoto

Outbackphoto (Click here) posted a new Panasonic G3 review: “The Panasonic Lumix G3 is clearly the m43 camera we like so far the most (except that the GH2 has better video support). The G3 is now an integral part of our m43 camera kit and our GF1 will get retired.

In the meanwhile the G3 is now available in many European stores! Here is the list (Click on shop name and you will see the G3 price and availability!):
Austria: Amazon.at, eBay.at
Belgium: Pixmania.be, eBay.be
Finland: Pixmania.fi, eBay
France: Amazon.fr, Pixmania.fr, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon.de, Pixmania.de, eBay.de
Ireland: Amazon.uk, eBay.ie
Italy: Pixmania.it, eBay.it
Netherlands: Pixmania.nl, eBay.nl
Norway: Pixmania.no, eBay
Poland: Redcoon.pl, eBay
Spain: Redcoon.es, eBay.es
Sweden: Pixmania.se, eBay
Switzerland: Amazon.de, Pixmania.ch, eBay.ch
United Kingdom: Amazon.uk, Pixmania.uk, eBay.uk

P.S.: The GF3 is now available in Asia at Amazon.jp, and Digitalrev.

July 18, 2011
Posted in news

New PTool v3.61d with GH2 hack released!

Vitaly Kiselev just released the new updated PTool v3.61d at Personal-View.com (Click here). It brings the following new features:
– Wastly improved Video Bitrate patches.
– Many new encoder related patches for testers added.
– Few minor software bug fixes.

 

P.S.: Panaosnic GH2 search links to Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Thanks Travis

July 18, 2011
Posted in deals

Olympus 12mm now in Stock at BHphoto too!

The new Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens in now in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon (Click here).

Other US deals reminder:
The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake is now in Stock for $329.97 at Amazon (Click here).
Black G3 with 14-42mm lens for $633 on Amazon (Click here)!
Adorama has the Voigtländer 25mm in Stock (Click here). And don’t forget that they are also accepting preorders on the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 lens (Click here)
You can now get the AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds camcorder with a free (!) 14-140mm zoom lens at BHphoto (Click here).
The Black and White Olympus XZ-1 are in Stock for $409 only at Amazon (Click here).

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