June 3, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Rumors form others: Pentax Q, Sony NEX-C3 and Mirrorless rumor roadmap!

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There have been some new rumors about the competition during the last 24 hours. Before that I can tell you that other soruces confirmed the Panasonic and Olympus announcement dates. June 13 for Pana and June 30 for Oly. So be prepared to follow the announcement live on 43rumors on those days!

1) Pentax will launch a 12 Megapixel APS-C mirrorless camera in August (MirrorlessRumors.com via Photorumors)
2) Sony NEX-C3 will be announced on Wednesday June 8 (SonyAlphaRumors.com)

The real suprise is that Canon seems to have no plan to make a mirrorless system at all! Anyway, I hope Olympus and Panasonic do recognize that they are not alone anymore. It’s time for them to bring some real r-evolution!

June 3, 2011
Posted in news

Message to readers: A bit about about me and 43rumors future :)

Unlike other (bigger websites) 43rumors is not sponsored by big companies, and no company advertises here to finance the website. Everything here is based on the time I do spend after works (or in coffee breaks). And it is thanks to your help that I can keep the website up to date with all news and rumors (you rule!!!). But with the numbers of visitors that is increasing also the amount of work increased. What you also don’t know is that usually I do travel a LOT. I shot documentaries or do have photo-projects mostly in South America and lately in Africa too. The last 15 months I didn’t travel much because I had to plan and develop some new projects (one of them you will see soon). But now time has come for me to travel again (and I am happy to disconnect myself from Internet!).But the question for me was, how can I keep or even better increase the quality of 43rumors while I am travelling around the world?

There is a good news! I found two people that will help me to keep 43rumors and MirrolessRumors up to date so that you will notice me being away from time to time (or better, you will notice it because their English is much better than mine). One person is a very smart (and nice) Lady. She will help me for free and in exchange I will sponsor her Canon website. I think that is a good deal! The second person will help me a lot on MirrorlessRumors. I want MirrorlessRumors to become the main website for all Mirorrless camera news and rumors. 43rumors should remain as filter website that displays Panasonic-Olympus content only to make it easy for you to follow the Micro Four Thirds system news. If all works fine you will be able to post on MirrorlessRumors and 43rumors by using the same account.

I also found two people that will help me to make the 43rumors/Mirrorlessrumors website make work better. I want to push the social aspect of the website and I will pay two developers to dramatically improve the user experience.

And there is also the new server coming soon. It should speed up the website loading time by a 3x-4x. P.S.: You can give a “Server contribution” via paypal:


Thanks!

Long term plan ideas are:
– To create a community that can actively create content on all websites. You should become the king on 43rumors/Mirrorlessrumors!
– To add a creative element on all websites. We also want to speak about REAL photography :) I would love to talk more about quality work made by artists and photographers.

There are also some basic rules for both 43rumors and Mirrolessrumors you should know:
– This website will always be user oriented and not company oriented. No company will ever be able to influence the content of the website. This means we don’t accept direct company advertising, we don’t accept paid reviews or news. You and I should be always free to express your REAL and HONEST opinion. I have the feeling other (bigger) websites are going in the exact opposite direction…but that’s just a “feeling” I do have that could be wrong…or not?
– When argumenting or writing comments be respectful, and be rational. Don’t shout like animals because otherwise I will have to start to unapprove comments. And it’s not something that I want to do.

Thanks for your understanding. Now let’s enjoy that month full of rumors and new products!

June 3, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Zone-10: Two PEN prototypes in the field. Will Olympus fail or win?

Zone-10 (Click here) wrote down his mix of speculations/predictions about the upcoming Olympus cameras:
No less than two distinctly different prototypes have been seen in the wild. One has a built-in EVF, the other not. M43 line-up will be expanded to three cameras with presence in the low, mid and high price ranges
But Olympus future success doesn’t only depend from the quality of their products:
In fact, as Olympus market share and overall sales has continued to drop, even a successful product launch will most certainly still end up a failure because Olympus Sales and Marketing–especially Olympus America, is unable to get product out to where the buyers are.
And to scare our Four Thirds readers the article ends with that sentence:
It is very obvious that Four-Thirds is dead, dead, dead.

Now let’s hope Olympus will not disappoint us on June 30. That would be a good start to get back some of the share they have lost during the last years!

Thanks Don

June 2, 2011
Posted in deals

(UPDATED with fixed links) Plenty of refurbished Olympus cameras on auction at Olympusmarket!

Americans might have the best deals but at least we europeans got a nice Olympus refurbished market. And in these days the market is selling plenty of new stuff!I am sure that time I will not cause a huge raise of the auction bets. There are simply to many refurbished cameras for sale! And here is the list of the auction ending in the next two days:

Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight).

Olympus E-P1 with 14-42mm lens (Click here to see the auction).
Olympus E-P1 with 17mm lens (Click here to see the auction).

Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen).

Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm and Four Thirds 40-150mm lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two, three, four, five).

Olympus E450 with 14-42mm lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight).

Olympus E450 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two, three).

Olympus 9-18mm lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two, three, four, five).

Over 10 Olympus FL-14 flash for $99 (Click here to see the acution).
Over 10 Olympus 14-150mm lenses for $399 (Click here to see the acution).

Olympus 35mm macro lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two, three).

Olympus 40-150mm lens (Click here to see the auction number one, two).

June 2, 2011
Posted in news

Fuji X100 is the editor’s choice 2011. And in Stock at BHphoto!


Right now you can find the X100 in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) UPDATE: Sold out now!

After winning the TIPA Award the X100 now received Editors Choice Award 2011: “Fujifilm’s FinePix X100 is a compact digital camera featuring a new hybrid viewfinder, which combines a projected bright-frame optical viewfinder and an electronic viewfinder system with approx. 100% field of view and a 1,400,000 dot LCD panel. A magnesium alloy body with manually operated control dials, an APS-C CMOS sensor and new EXR processor deliver the highest image quality in the history of FinePix cameras, the quality of which is so high that is almost beyond the performance of DSLRs.

Let’s hope Olympus and Panasonic can learn from the success of the Fuji X100. They should not copy the idea but make it better!

P.S.: Links to the FUji X100 product search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay (Difficult to find in Stock now).

Via Photographyblog

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