(UPDATE: Now in Stock again) Panasonic 14-42mm X lens marked as discontinued at BH.

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Our reader Paul (thanks) noticed that the Panasonic 14-42mm X lens has been marked as discontinued at BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon itself doens’t even list it anymore (Click here). UPDATE: Now back in Stock. And what’s going to be updated is not the X version but the “normal” 14-42mm kit.

By the way also the GF5 is no more sold by Amazon itself (Click here). A few new GF5 with X zoom are in Stock for $429 on eBay US in White (Click here) and Black (Click here).

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Patent: Konica Minolta 12-42mm MFT lens.

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Egami (translation here) spotted another Konica-Minolta patent describing a normal 14-42mm or (as variation) 12-42mm lens. The interesting news here is that the lens is made to cover a Four Thirds sized sensor. And as you may recall there already is another patent for a 43mm f/1.4 MFT lens from Konica-Minolta (43rumors article here). I haven’t heard yet about a possibility that Konica-Minolta may join the MFT system. But it’s interesting to see that they are patenting MFT lens designs. Where there is smoke there is fire or not?

Reminder:
Konica and Minolta have a long history of lens design for rangefinder cameras. Konica designed the Hexanon M-mount Lens series (here on eBay). That includes the superb Hexanon 50mm f/1.2 (here on eBay). Minolta made the famous Rokkor M-mount lens series (here on eBay). That includes for example the 40mm f/2.0 pancake (here on eBay). This is just to say that Konica-Minolta would add a very high value to the whole Micro Four Thirds system! Here are the images of the 40mm lens (left) and 50mm Hexanon (right):

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(UPDATED FT5) First picture of the new 75-300mm. More pics from XZ-10

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And here it is the first picture of the “reworked” Olympus 75-300mm II Micro Four Thirds lens. It will be announced next week and be cheaper (in terms of price) than the current 75-300mm lens. And as I told you a couple of days ago you see it comes in Black only. And I guess we should be happy that Olympus doens’t make us pay more just because it’s black ;)

This is it with the “Big Announcement” advertised by GetOlympus. I will tell you, there will be a big announcement in Spring (March?) for a new MFT camera and new high quality lenses. That is what I define as “Big” :)

UPDATE: And here are more pics of the XZ-10:

 

also via Digicaminfo.

 

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a little bit of everything…

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Olympus E-PL5 Camera Review & Hands on Demo by Whatdigitalcamera.

G shoots Miami People – 30 celebrity portraits, 3 covers, one hybrid (SmallCameraBigPicture).
Panasonic G5 review at CameraLabs.
Against the grain on the new Olympus 60mm f/2.8 macro lens (Tysonrobichaudphotography).
Panasonic 35-100mm test at Camerastuffreview.
Using Adapted Lenses On Your Mirrorless Cameras (Digitalcamerareview).
Panasonic Leica 45mm F/2.8 ASPH review at KurtMunger.
60mm mini review at photofocus.
LED Light with ears, hides them if scared (PersonalView)

Riccardo “Hi,this is my gh2 hacked (vanilla) + 20mm 1.7 pancake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrCFiPayU5A

Triple GH3 video by 43rumors readers:
Snowboarding video shot on the GH3 (Vimeo).
Brimacombe’s Rail Jam Series 2013 shot on GH3 (Vimeo).
Panasonic GH3 night flight with the Cinestar Multi Rotor (Vimeo).

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(UDPATED: 2 GH3 in Stock.) New GX1 deal at Samys.

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While I got reliable info about the release of the new GF and G successors in Spring I still have no reliable info about the next generation GX camera. Wondering what Panasonic has in his mind. That said the current GX1 model is now available with the X pancake zoom for $649 at Samys (Click here) or via Samys at Amazon (Click here). There are also a few acutions one eBay where you can get the Silver kit for $599 (Click here).

UPDATE: Two Gh3 in  Stock for the regular price at 39mm (Click here).

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