Video of the Panasonic CP+ booth (with new 14-42mm II lens).


PhotoNewsReviews posted this Panasonic 14-42mm II hands-on video at the CP+ booth in Japan. As you can see this lens is really the only “news” you find from Panasonic. It’s the biggest show of the year right in heart of the camera industry and I am still surprised to see the most Japanese companies didn’t unveil any major new camera or lens. Photokina was five months ago and no other big shows are coming this year (no Photokina, CES was in early January). You have an idea what’s going on?

By the way, if you find more videos of the show feel free to share! Thanks!

UPDATE -> More CP+ pics and reports:
Olympus 75-300mm hands-on at DSLRmagazine (translation here).
XZ-10 hands-on by DSLRmagazine (translation here).


The CP+ roundup (E-P5, Nokton 42.5mm and more).


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The CP+ show in Japan started today and it’s time to make a roundup of the news concerning our Micro Four Thirds system. And finally we got some more interesting news than last days reworked “old” lens announcements :)

New Olympus E-P3 successor:
Olympus (not) showed the E-P3 successor which has been covered with a blue tissue. It’s said tome this year and no other info has been shared. We suspect this PEN has the new integrated Epson viewfinder. The E-P3 is discontinued at BH and from what I heard the camera should come in Spring/Summer. By the way, the new 75-300mm is now availbale for preorder at BH.

New Olympus 2013 roadmap with E-P5, E-5 successor, new OMD and new high end compact:
Olympus anticipated what will come this year. Not only the new PEN (the E-P5?) but also a new OMD model, a new E camera and a new High End compact camera are on roadmap for 2013. There is no other info about these cameras. The high end compact camera may have a large 1 inch or Four Thirds sized sensor. And while unlikely I still believe there is a chance that the next OMD and E camera may be the same camera :)

New Voigtlander 42.5mm f/0.95:
It’s a surprise to see Voigtlander-Cosina announce a lens with that focal length knowing that Panasonic will release a 42.5m f/1.2 lens later this year. Voigtlander didn’t unveil a price and time release info yet. All we know is that minimum focusing distance is 23cm, maximum magnification ratio 1:4. And there is no aspherical lens. While waiting to get more news about it you can save this Slidoo eBay search to get notified when preorders will be up.

Tamron 14-150mm f(3.5-5.8 Di III VC:
There are some pics of the new Tamron zoom at

Noticed something? No real Panasonic news! Where is our GX2? Or the 150mm and 42.5mm lenses? All we see at the Panasonic CP+ booth is the new upgraded 14-42mm lens (Pictures at Focus Numerique).



We had a busy day today. And I am again curious to hear what you find to be the most exciting news…

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GH3 in Stock at BHphoto now. Already a $90 discount on eBay US?


For the first time the GH3 is in Stock right now at BHphoto (Click here). It’s also in Stock at Samys (Click here). The a bit surprising news is that I found a $90 discount at [shoplink 36510 ebay]Buy (Click here)[/shoplink] and a $65 discount on [shoplink 36502 ebay]eBay US (Ohio store)[/shoplink]. Isn’t it too early for discounts? To get notified on future GH3 eBay deals save that Slidoo search.

And there is another nice deal. Lowest price ever for the GX1 body at Amazon ($319). And still running and in Stock the double Sigma lens deal at BHphoto (Click here).


Olympus displays the (covered) Olympus E-P3 successor!



Look how Olympus is going to tease us! What you see on top is the E-P3 successor and Olympus will not show it to us for now :(
UPDATE: There is absolutely no official detail yet about possible specs. They only say that they will release that new E-P3 within 2013. And the graph below states that Olympus will release the new PEN, a new OMD, a new E and a new high end compact camera by end 2013.

Source: (Thanks Masato!)