June 13, 2011
Posted in news

(Continually updated) Panasonic GF3 and Leica lens announced!


I will continually update this page. Latest additions will be on top of each category!

HOT! Preorders available!

Black GF3 with 14mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
White GF3 with 14mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
Red GF3 with 14mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
Brown GF3 with 14mm lens at Amazon (Click here).
Leica 25mm still not available for preorder on Amazon (Click here to see the search results).

Hot details

Compared to the GF2 the GF3 has a high-speed contrast AF (approximately 0.18 seconds). Burst speed has been increased 3.8 seconds at full resolution screen as the shutter is re-designed. No hot shoe! The GF3 has the VII processor engine.
The GF3 is available from July in black, red, white and brown for a suggested retail price of 550 Euro-including 14-42mm kit lens. 599Euros (or 699 dollars) with the 14mm lens.
HOT! According to DC.watch websites the Leica 25mm F/1.4 Summilux will retail for 73.500Yen (630 Euro) and will like the Lumix GF3 be available around July.
The lens uses nano coating technology and also has a new UHR (Ultra High Refractive) index lens.

Previews and Reviews

Hands-on at Quesbesde (google translated).
HOT! MTF resolution chart and image samples on Panasonic’s website.
HOT! First Leica lens review at Dslrmagazine (google translated). The lens has a very good resolution and contrast!
Hands-on preview at Photographyblog.
Preview at Techradar.
Preview at Imaging Resource.
HOT! Preview at DPreview.
Hands-on at Reghardware (with ISO-test!)

Image samples

Panasonic GF3 image samples on Flickr. Leica images on Flickr.
HOT! Full size image samples in JPG and RAW at Quesabesde.
Full size image samples at lenstip.
HOT! First RAW pictures on Photographyblog.
Image samples taken with the Leica lens at Photographyblog.
First images on Bestproduct.nl.

Links to Press release

Panasonic GF3 presentation website.
GF3 and Leica lens presentation at Forum Olympus France.
SystemKameraForum (german)
Pink GF3 available in Japan (DC.watch).
Amateur Photographer.
DSLRmagazine (spanish).
Photoscala (german).
Leica lens on Focus Numerique (french).
GF3 on Focus Numerique (french).
Fotosidan (swedish).
Hybridcams (french).
The finnish website cisionwire.
The dutch magazine Twekaers

Videos on youtube and vimeo

Russian presentation on youtube.
First testvideo taken with the GF3 on youtube.
GF3 and Leica lens presentation video on youtube (dutch Beste Product).
First video on youtube (by italian PMAstudio).

Panasonic GF3 specifications

Image Sensor 12.1 MP LIVE MOS
Engine Venus Engine VII HD
ISO setting 160-6400
AF speed Approx 0.18 seconds
Burst shoot: 4 fps (12.1MP)
Movie recording: AVCHD HD (1080i, sensor output 25fps)
LCD Screen: 3.0″, 3:2, 460K dots Touch LCD
Size: 107.5 x 67.1 x 32.0mm
Weight: 222g
Built-in Flash: GN6
Interface: HDMI, Digital AV Out


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June 13, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Panasonic will announce two new lenses in autumn!

Image courtesy: Quesbaesde

The nice guys from Quesabesde shared that screenshot that discloses Panasonic’s intention to unveil two more new lenses in autumn. According to our sources one should be a zoom and one a prime lens. And 1-2 current lenses should be updated.

June 12, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Pictures of the GF3 back, fastest light AF ever.

Here are two more pictures. The picture on top shows the back of the GF3. And the picture below says the GF3 has the fastest light AF ever (when using the Panasonic 14-140mm).

We are very close to the official announcement. I will stay up the whole night to watch for news, previews images samples and other useful stuff. Keep following 43rumors!

June 12, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) First picture of the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4! And new GF3 picture (it has built-in flash)!

And here it is the worlds first picture of the upcoming new Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4. I don’t know the exact price yet but it will be certainly below $1000 (some say even below $800). It has a diameter of 63mm and length of 54,5mm. That’s half the size of the older and discontinued Four Thirds version of the lens (Click here to see it on eBay)

And the image on top shows the new GF3 with built-in flash! The GF3 has 12.1 Megapixel (so no G3 sensor) and records FullHD!

The new Leica 25mm and the GF3 will be announced at 7am London time on Monday. As usual I will be here to give you all the links to previews, reviews, videos and other stuff like that. As usual help is appreciated! If you find some link or something I missed drop me a line at 43rumors@gmail.com! Thanks!

Reminder -> 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

Thanks R.

June 12, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) Hints (or mess) about the upcoming Leica lens on Amazon? Lens available on June 17?

It’s not a secret that dealers already know the specs and price of the upcoming new Leica 25mm Micro Four Thirds lens. And it sounds like someone on Amazon (Click here) is making a bit of mess while preparing the new product page. The page from the old Four Thirds lens is getting elaborated. It says the item will be released on June 17 (that would be amazing if it would be true) and inside the product description it sayd the model is “25mm Micro Four Thirds“. The rest of the page still contains the info from the older four Thirds lens.

P.S.: You can help me to find some info by using google to find leaks about the lens. Drop me a line if you find something! Thanks!

P.P.S.: Fuji X100 preorders are back at Amazon (Click here).

Reminder -> 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

Via Amazon

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