(FT5) One new MFT camera from Olympus to come soon (likely end of January).

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The E-P3 marked as “discontinued” at Bhphoto.

Finally trusted sources could confirm that one single new Micro Four Thirds cameras will be announced “soon”. They didn’t unveil me any specs or other detail but It’s easy to guess that the camera will be announced in late January for the CP+ show in Japan. The only I received from unknown (also non trusted) sources was that there will be a “completely new PEN”.

Sources that may want to share what they know about the camera can send me an anonymous message using the contact form on the very right of their website or by sending me an email at 43rumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

And you readers stay tuned! Christmas Holiday time is officially over…at least for me :)

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(FT5) Compact cameras only at CES (from Olympus)

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Hi!

More trusted sources confirmed that Olympus will have an announcement on early January but there will be new compact cameras only. Major new MFT announcements will be made in late January. And I am still not 100% sure but also Panasonic should announce compact cameras only yet.

Coming back to Olympus, one new Camera and one new lens could be announced in late January. The cameras is “completely new” while the lens specs are unknown yet.

Personal note: I am very busy in these days because of family reasons. Sorry if I don’t answer your mails yet. Will do it as soon as I have time. Thanks for your understanding!

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

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Olympus patents a couple of new zooms (12-60mm)

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A patent fulfilled back in September 2011 describes a couple of new zooms (Source: freepatentsonline). Sadly all are relatively slow and no one will make you jump off the chair. Here they are:
12-60mm f/4.0-5.7
12-70mm f/4.0-5.7
12-82mm f/4.0-5.7
12-94mm f/4.0-5.8
14-70mm f/4.0-5.7

If at least they would be compact. Time to come up with something really different than the current 12-50mm f/3.5-6.4 lens lens. One day I will find some f/2.8 or even f/2.0 zoom patent. One day… :)

Olympus 2.0 zooms on Slidoo Europe.

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SLR Magic 35mm T f/1.4 lens in Stock at Adorama. G series discounted and selling well.

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For the very first time the new SLRmagic 35mm T/1.4 lens is in Stock at Adorama (Click here). Two test videos can be seen on Vimeo_1. and Vimeo_2.

And the Panasonic G series is discounted and selling well. For example the GF3 plus X kit for $375 at Amazon (Click here). And so the GX1 and GH2 and G cameras (Click here to see ranking and deals).

Reminder: $100 discount on the 35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).

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Toyo Optics 12.5-75mm review.

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We are all waiting for the day that Olympus will introduce their famous f/2.0 zooms in native Micro Four Thirds mount. But maybe you were not aware that there is already a cheaper and faster zoom lens out there. It is the Toyo Optics 12.5-75mm. A reader sent me this link to an one year old review of the lens tested on the GH2. Anyway, while this may be a good solution for a few of you I still hope that Olympus will do some f/2.0 zooms too. Does it make sense for the MFT system? I think the answer is yes!

Some Toyo lenses can be found on eBay (Click here).

The two superb Zuiko f/2.0 zooms:
14-35mm f/2.0 on eBay (Click here) and via Slidoo eBay.
35-100mm f/2.0 on eBay (Click here) and via Slidoo eBay.

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