Olympus is investigating the OM-D Cracked Screen Bezels issue.

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ePhotozine reports that “Olympus is to investigate cracking around the screws of the screen bezel on Olympus OM-D models after many users discovered that their cameras have the fault. There is debate as to whether this is a manufacturing fault where the screws have been over tightened, causing the plastic screen bezel to crack, or whether it is down to the quality of the plastic itself. Olympus are unsure whether the problem is due to a faulty batch, and is currently looking into the issue.

We just had these nice E-M5 deals for Black Friday….. I hope they didn’t ship you a faulty batch of cameras!

Speaking of US deals:
Four Thirds owner may be inetrested to know that there are new rebates on Samyang/Bowler lenses:
$70 off on the 35mm f/1.4 at at BHphoto (Click here).
$80 off on the 14mm f/2.8 at BHphoto (Click here).
More deals: $1039 for the 12-35mm X zoom at Amazon (via Panacam) and $299 for the G3 with lens at Bhphoto.

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(FT2) 14-40mm f/2.8 and 300mm f/4.0 lens from Olympus?

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The Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 FT lens.

As you know rumors are circulating around a possible 40-150mm f/2.8 lens (P.S:: not confirmed by any of my trusted sources). But many of you said that a fast zoom in many ways similar to the Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 FT lens would also be welcome. I haven’t heard anything form my trusted sources yet some forum user at Fredmiranda wrote that:

A little birdy told me that, in addition to the 40-150 f/2.8, there will also be a ~14-40ish f/2.8 coming next year, as well as a 300 f/4. The birdy said that the 300 will be about as long as the 75-300, but larger in diameter – no idea how it can be that tiny, but that’s what I was told.

Can’t guarantee on the reliability…but I hope that bird is a real source :)


P.S.: The 12-60mm FT lens on eBay (Click here).

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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a little bit of everything…(with some readers work)

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Apefoscope – Hold Me Now – Indiegogo Project from apefos on Vimeo (shot on the GH2)

Reviews:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Review at Dpreview.
Panasonic G5 review at Neocamera.
Sony and Panasonic ratings cut by Fitch (BBC).
Olympus 17mm f/1.8 test at Quesabesde (translation here).

Readers mails:
Lars:Hi not a rumor, but I just wanted to share some of my pictures taken during a recent trip to Ireland. All photos were taken with the E-M5 and either the 12-50mm, 45mm, or Pana 45-175mm. Hope you enjoy. http://www.flickr.com/photos/larsbeduhn/sets/72157632024744416/
Mal:i’m an Olympus spanish promoter and I pleased to trying the new XZ-2 camera. I have taked some photos last Friday in a music concert. I have some direct JPG examples that I would be pleassed if you want to show everybody.
Here are all of them: http://www.flickr.com/photos/malraulio/sets/72157632041612785/
Vitor:I just bought an olympus 40-150, that came whith a bag and a 8G class 10 cardo for just 149€ brand new in a FANC store in portugal. U can check it online at: http://www.fnac.pt/Olympus-ZUIKO-ED-40-150mm-f-4-5-6-R-kit-Acessorios-Objectiva-Objectiva/a639264
Steve:Thought I would share with you something that I still quite can’t believe. I am being quoted the sum of £1549.00 from my local Panasonic store in Elgin Scotland for the GH3 + 12-35 X lens. This is VAT inclusive and they have confirmed shipment at the end of November. I have asked them many times to confirm that the price is indeed correct and they have assured me that it is. The store is http://www.geddesandmellis.co.uk/
Andy:For USA buyers, Costco has the Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm Lens for $299.  Her is the link: http://www.costco.com/Olympus-E-PL2-with-14-42mm-Lens-Compact-System-Camera-Bundle.product.100011392.html
Twills:Here is a guide to how I have my GoPro 3 setup and some tips on how to handle some of the issues with it. This isn’t totally about Micro Four Thirds. However, I use a GoPro 3 instead of buying a wide angle lens which is very expensive with m4/3s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d_GI31Tv5A
Vittore:Here a little summary of my equipmemnt for wedding photography: http://weddingphotographybest.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/micro-43-wedding-photography-settings-and-gear/

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Amazon is shipping the first GH3 cameras today!

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next good news today! A couple of readers just informed me that Amazon shipped their preordered GH3 camera today! Right now the item is marked as “Temporarily out of Stock” (Click here to see). If you preordered the camera at BHphoto they will ship it soon (December 5th). And as I told you before it is also shipping in Europe via  via Wex Germany and Wexphotographic UK. It’s the first time since I work on 43rumros that that Panasonic delivers the camera in time!

One more deal: Panacam is selling the 12-35mm X lens for $1030 via Amazon (Click here).

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(FT4) E-M5 firmware update coming in mid December? Brings a small surprise…

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How to  “trick” a sort of focus peaking mode on the E-M5

I just got a message from a source saying that there will be a new E-M5 firmware update rolling out mid-December. It adds several more options to the menu regarding EVF info and “one exciting feature that is sure to please users. ;)

I don’t know yet what this feature is but my guess is that it is focus peaking! Or do you have another feature in your mind?

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P.S.: Bernt sent me this: “Amateur Photographer, Dec 1 2012 issue reviews the E-PL5 and gives it a score of 83%. The OM-D E-M5 is no. 21 on PC World’s list of best products of 2012, http://www.pcworld.com/article/2015065/the-100-best-products-of-2012.html

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E-M5 order links:
Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

E-M5 Case:
There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.

E-M5 Batteries, and other things:
The Olympus GS-4 strap and the DSTE E-M5 batteries you have to use with an extra charger. There is an E-M5 car charger a new E-M5 LCD screen and a Front Cover+ Top Panel.

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