GX1 X kit Gold box deal. E-M5 Firmware update no big deal :(

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There is a Gold Box deal on the Silver GX1 and 14-42mm X kit at Amazon (Click here).

And that’s the only big deal we had today as the December 14ht date for the E-m5 firmware release was wrong (P.S: it was a FT2 rumor from two unknown sources). So you see why you don’t see so many FT2 rumors on that website :(
UPDATE: 43rumros reader Samuel shared an email he got form Olympus saying that “we are not thinking of updating the firmware for OM-D E-M5 at present.”

Back to the GX1, there is also a new Camera Cover from Gariz (Click here to check out the three different versions for sale).

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Tamron will soon announce MFT lenses…

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Watch the video from minute 2.35. The Tamron manager says that they will soon announce lenses for the MFT system.
As you know Tamron already released on lens for the E-mount mirrorless system, the 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 (here on eBay). Let’s see if they will release such a huge zoom lens for the MFT system too!

Thanks Noflux for the link!

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17mm lens ships in Germany (Cashback in France and 35-100mm X firmware and Lightroom update).

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Our reader Klaus sent me the picture of the new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens he just got from a store in Hamburg! And French readers should be even more happier because they got a 50 Euro cashback on that lens (read at lepidi).

And we have some small news:
1) Olympus Japan announced the availability of the 17mm acceccories and E-PL5 water housing (both sceduled for a December 21 release).
2) Panasonic Japan released the new firmware update for the 35-100mm X lens. The update enhances the AF (auto focus) performance with the sensor drive at 240 fps for use with DMC-GH3.
3) New Lightroom 4.3 update brings support of the E-PL5, E-PM2, XZ-2 and GH3.

There is still no store showing the 17mm as in Stock. You can save this Slidoo search to get notified when it will be on eBay (login to change country of reference). Preorders at at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon DE.

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Panasonic may sell its Sanyo digital camera business.

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Reuters reports that “Panasonic may sell its Sanyo digital camera business to Japanese private equity fund Advantage Partners by the end of March
What I didn’t know til today is that “Advantage Partners” already makes cameras for other companies including Olympus. This should not have any influence on the Micro Four Thirds strategy. What Panasonic is selling is the unprofitable compact camera and video camera business acquired two years ago from Sanyo. As Reuters writes: “Sales of compact digital cameras are under pressure from increasingly powerful smartphones.

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GH3 to ship in January in US (and new US deals roundup).

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As you know Panasonic Japan announced a short two weeks shipment delay. And the GH3 shipment status at Amazon (Click here) has been modified and it says it will ship in January. Some bodies are available in Canada on eBay (via Slidoo) and in UK (via eBay again), Wex UK and Wex DE.

And here are some new US deals:
E-P3 with kit lens for $499 at Adorama (Click here).
Save $100 on the 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R Lens when purchased along the E-M5 at BHphoto (Click here).
$50 price drop on the XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Olympus 75-300mm at Amazon (Click here).

Ongoing US deals:
GH2 body for $499 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
-$50 on the E-M5 body only at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto (Click on store names to open the page).
-$50 on the E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
-$100 on the E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
-$100 on all E-PL5 kits at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
-$100 on all E-PM2 kits at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

 

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