July 15, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Panasonic is working on a lens with powerzoom!


The image on top shows a Micro Four Thirds camera prototype from Panasonic (Source: Egami). But what is also interesting is that zoom lens mockup. One of my very good sources told me that Panasonic is indeed working on a Micro Four Thirds zoom with motorized zoom. I am not sure how that will work but there will be  probbly a button on the lens to move the zoom. Maybe that new feature is the reaosn for the 12-50mm f/2.5 lens delay? We still hear that the lens will be announced in late 2011 early 2012. If true this would become the perfect lens for video shooters and will put Panasonic on the top of the HDSRL war against Sony and Canon! Imagine that the GH2 or AG-AF100 with the 12-50mm f/2.5 lens! Amazing or not?

The currently only optimized video lens is the Panasonic 14-140mm (but it has no powerzoom!). Check the lens price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Check the links of the two best Panasonic videocameras:
– The GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
– The AG-AF100 (101) at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

July 15, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

Olympus Pen tiny-mini are available for $7 at Micgadget.com.

All new PEN cameras in 3D at Olympus Spain.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Review at DigitalPhotographySchool.

Demos of the forthcoming adapters for the Panasonic AF100 (Birger.com). Check the AG-AF100 price and specs at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Panasonic GF3 Image samples at Quesabesde. GF3 search links for preorders at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Panasonic G3 review at Popco. Check the G3 availability at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Olympus PEN E-P3 Hands On Preview at Dphotographer. E-P3 search links for preorders at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Panasonic AG-3DA1 Full HD 3D Camcorder En Route to Space Station Onboard the Final NASA Space Shuttle Mission (Imaging Resource). See the camera price and features at BHphoto.

Panasonic GF3 Ad in Japan, very nice! (Thanks Chris!)

July 14, 2011
Posted in deals

US deals reminder (20mm pancake for $345, G3 discounted, new Olympus flash in Stock)

There is a new price drop on the Panasonic 20mm pancake at Amazon (Click here). it is now in Stock for $345 only!

As you know Olympus announced many new products on June 30. And the first to be in Stock (in non asian countries) is the new Olympus FL-300R Compact Flash at Amazon (Click here).

Some of you may preordered the G3 long time ago. But you might re-order it now because there is now a $66 discount on the black G3 with 14-42mm lens on Amazon (Click here)!

More deals

You can now get the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake for $334 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).
BHphoto sent me an email to say that the very last GH1 cameras are now in Stock (Click here). Once sold out there will be no more GH1 cameras for sale anymore! And if you purchase the GH1 body (for $399) you will get $100 on any Panasonic m43 lens you buy. You have to click on “Save $100 on Select Panasonic Lenses” to see the deal.
The same deal is ongoing at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

July 14, 2011
Posted in reviews

Olympus 12mm lens coming in US on July 21. E-P3 already shipping in Asia! Flash in Stock!

Jurek Ugarow tested the new Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens with the GH2 (some parts of the video on top are taken with that lens).

As you know I am on vacation but you people keep sending me tons of links to news and reviews 😉
Mad a roundup of the latest interesting news!

I have been told that the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 should be in Stock in US and European stores by July 21st. Quantities should be very limited. Preorders available here at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The Olympus E-P3 is already shipping in Asia! You can see the first unboxing pictures at mobile01 (Click here). The japanese E-P3 manual is available at Olympus Japan (Thanks Ogawa). A bit of E-P3 cameraporn is available at DC.watch :)
Robin Wong posted a new review article of the E-P3.
ThePhoBlographer tested the Olympus EP3 with Panasonic Lenses.

The new Olympus FL-300R Compact Flash is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).


Preorder links:
Olympus E-P3 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK and Amazon DE.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H, Amazon DE and eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H and Amazon DE.

July 14, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Sony beats on time Panasonic and Olympus. Rangefinder styled camera coming!

Many readers here on 43rumors are waiting to see a rangefinder styled camera from Panasonic and Olympus. But Sony did it “right” and they will beat them on time with the new NEX-7 which should be announced in late August. How does it look for you? At least better than the current NEX cameras! The real problem for Sony is that they have no small lenses on their roadmap (That Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 is still way to large!). Read more at http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr4-hot-is-that-the-first-image-of-the-nex-7/

UPDATE: Keep in mind that Panasonic will announce a GF PRO camera this year (probaby in August too) which could have the rangefinder style of the Panasonic L1 (Click here to see that camera on eBay).

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