December 6, 2010
Posted in deals

(UPDATED -> Panasonic store starts shipment) First “canadian” GH2 in Stock on eBay


UPDATE: It looks like those guys that ordered the GH2 (Body Only) at Panasonic’s online store will get the camera very soon (Source: Dpreview forum). I hope this means that also other US stores will ship it soon…

The very first non-japanese GH2 version is now on auction at eBay! It is a body-only black Panasonic GH2 sold by a customer from Montreal (Canada). I bet that the auction will not end with a cheap sales price :(

Click here: “canadian” Panasonic GH2 auction

December 5, 2010
Posted in poll

(UPDATED) POLL started! What new MFT lenses do you need?

UPDATE: Last chance to vote your preferred leses. Tomorrow I will close the poll.

Almost 250 43rumors readers sent me a wishlist of future Micro Four Thirds lenses. I grouped them and now you can vote the lens you like!

A few rules:
1) You can vote a maximum of 10 lenses. You can vote one time only (your IP-address will be stored).
2) Don’t be worried if you can’t find the exact lens you were looking for. This is a pure indicative poll.
3) OIS = Image stabilization
4) I didn’t add the 25mm f/1.4 lens because it is already coming from Panasonic
5) Feel free to contact me at any time if you want me to remove or change your vote.

IMPORTANT: I will send the poll results to Panasonic and Olympus. So your vote matters!

Select your favorite future Micro Four Thirds lenses (choose a maximum of 10 lenses!)

  • 25mm f/1.2 (23%, 973 Votes)
  • 12mm f/2.0 (Compact) (18%, 772 Votes)
  • 12-50mm, f/2.0 (Video optimized, OIS) (16%, 691 Votes)
  • 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 (like the Four Thirds Zuiko) (15%, 663 Votes)
  • 12mm f/1.4 (14%, 605 Votes)
  • 14mm f/1.4 (12%, 517 Votes)
  • 17mm f/1.4 (12%, 509 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.4 (with OIS and Macro) (12%, 503 Votes)
  • 12-75mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS, for $1.000-$1.500) (12%, 500 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.8 (Pancake) (11%, 477 Votes)
  • 50mm f/2.0 (Macro) (10%, 445 Votes)
  • 50-200mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (10%, 439 Votes)
  • 14-50mm f/2.0 (Weather sealed pro lens optimized for video with OIS) (10%, 430 Votes)
  • 12-75mm f/2.8-4.5 (Compact version) (10%, 416 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.2 (10%, 416 Votes)
  • 40mm f/2.0 (Pancake, Cheap) (9%, 388 Votes)
  • 100-300mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (9%, 384 Votes)
  • high quality 1.4x tele-converter (9%, 371 Votes)
  • 20mm f/1.2 (9%, 368 Votes)
  • 7-12mm f/2.5 (8%, 367 Votes)
  • high quality 2x tele-converter (8%, 358 Votes)
  • 90mm f/2.5 (Macro) (8%, 357 Votes)
  • 7mm f/3.5 (Compact, 400$) (8%, 328 Votes)
  • 12-45mm f/2.8 (OIS) (8%, 327 Votes)
  • 300mm f/2.8 (600$) (7%, 321 Votes)
  • 10mm f/2.0 (7%, 319 Votes)
  • 17mm f/2.0 (Pancake) (7%, 312 Votes)
  • 35mm f/1.2 (7%, 308 Votes)
  • 11-44mm f/2.0 (OIS) (7%, 293 Votes)
  • 9mm f/4.0 (Super wide-non fisheye, compact, $400) (7%, 291 Votes)
  • 35-100mm f/2 (Video optimized, OIS) (6%, 279 Votes)
  • 7mm f/2.0 (6%, 274 Votes)
  • 35-100mm f/2.8 (Compact) (6%, 273 Votes)
  • 12-60mm f/4.0 (Compact) (6%, 259 Votes)
  • 14-100mm f/2.8-4.0 (OIS) (6%, 250 Votes)
  • 45mm f/1.2 (6%, 250 Votes)
  • 10-20mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (6%, 246 Votes)
  • 40mm f/1.2 (6%, 240 Votes)
  • 150mm f/2.0 (5%, 233 Votes)
  • 100mm f/2.0 (5%, 226 Votes)
  • 12-35mm f/2.8-3.5 (Compact) (5%, 225 Votes)
  • 70mm f/1.4 (OIS) (5%, 221 Votes)
  • 30mm f/1.7 (Pancake) (5%, 211 Votes)
  • 42mm f/1.4 (5%, 210 Votes)
  • 200-600mm (pro lens for sport and wildlife $3.500-$4.500) (5%, 206 Votes)
  • 35mm f/2.0 (Macro) (5%, 205 Votes)
  • 85mm f/2.8 (Pancake) (5%, 204 Votes)
  • 10mm f/4.0 (Tilt/shift) (5%, 203 Votes)
  • 14-45mm f/2.8 ($500) (5%, 200 Votes)
  • 14-35mm f/2 (Video optimized, OIS) (5%, 197 Votes)
  • 30mm f/0.95 (with AF, 1400$) (5%, 196 Votes)
  • 10mm f/4.0 (Compact) (4%, 188 Votes)
  • 45mm f/1.8 (4%, 186 Votes)
  • 12mm f/4.0 (Tilt/shift) (4%, 184 Votes)
  • 85mm f/1.8 (4%, 183 Votes)
  • 14-85mm f/2.8-3.5 (4%, 183 Votes)
  • 100mm f/2.8 (Compact) (4%, 180 Votes)
  • 25mm f/2.0 (leaf shutter to give flash synchronisation to 1/500 or 1/1000 sec) (4%, 178 Votes)
  • 42mm f/1.2 (4%, 168 Votes)
  • 14-75mm (Compact all-around lens) (4%, 162 Votes)
  • 15mm f/1.4 (4%, 160 Votes)
  • 10-20mm f/4 (Compact and cheap) (4%, 159 Votes)
  • 5.5mm (Super Fisheye) (4%, 155 Votes)
  • 70-300mm (with tripod mount) (3%, 149 Votes)
  • 11-22/2.8-3.5 (Compact) (3%, 144 Votes)
  • 9mm f/2.8 (3%, 142 Votes)
  • 400mm f/5.6 (under $1.500) (3%, 139 Votes)
  • 45-100mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (3%, 136 Votes)
  • 200mm f/2.8 (3%, 133 Votes)
  • 180mm f/2.8 (Compact) (3%, 131 Votes)
  • 135mm f/2.8 (Compact) (3%, 115 Votes)
  • 18-60mm f/2.5 (Video optimized, OIS) (3%, 113 Votes)
  • 14-35mm f/2.8-3.5 (Compact) (3%, 112 Votes)
  • 58mm f/1.2 (2%, 103 Votes)
  • 1000mm f/5.6 (mirror lens) (2%, 101 Votes)
  • 10-30mm f/2.8 (2%, 100 Votes)
  • 100-400mm f/5.6 ($1.500-$2.000) (2%, 97 Votes)
  • 10-25mm f/2.8 (2%, 90 Votes)
  • 14mm f/2.8 (Zuiko version of the Panasonic lens) (2%, 86 Votes)
  • 15-200mm f/4.5-6.0 (collapsible MSC) (2%, 81 Votes)
  • 20mm f/2.8 (pancake) (2%, 77 Votes)
  • 35-75mm f/2 (Video optimized, OIS) (2%, 73 Votes)
  • 20-60mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (2%, 72 Votes)
  • 55mm f/1.4 (2%, 68 Votes)
  • 67mm f/1.8 (2%, 67 Votes)
  • 150mm f/3.5 (1%, 36 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,322

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December 5, 2010
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

glimpse of andalusia from emeric on Vimeo.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Review (DigitalPhotographySchool)

Novoflex adapter “marries” PEN E-PL1 and Canon FD lens (Pixiq)

Olympus Patents a Monocle Viewfinder (Petapixel)

Nokotn 25mm image samples at

E-5 / E-30 Comparison – Resolution test chart (Dpreview forum)

OlympusCafè launched the Olympus Cafe TV, where users can see all Olympus/Photography related videos in one place on the site.

Panasonic will launch a new LCD protective film for the GF2 on March 12 (

A 43rumors readers sent me following text: “G2 has the Extended Teleconversion feature of the GH2. I checked the manual and sure enough the G2 has the extra teleconversion feature that the GH2 has even for video. They called it EZ zoom for the G2 though. It is limited to a single 3.1x zoom for videos but it appears to be the near lossless version of the GH2. It crops the sensor instead of scaling.
I can’t believe no one has mentioned that the G2 had this before? Panasonic did not even advertise it.
Now that the G2 can be hacked it could be amazing with the 100 mb/sec MJPEG settings and the teleconversion feature. I think the G2 will increase in value in the near future.
G2 manual page 56 explains how its EZ zoom feature works for Video and Stills.….90/vqt2s42.pdf
Thread about G2 teleconversion

Another mail form a 43rumros reader: “Not a rumour but you may be interested to know that I have posted full jpegs from my recently received Panasonic Vario 100-300 zoom lens for m43 platform. These are in a Flickr group I have created for the lens:
I also posted my impressions in the 4/3rds forum of GetDPI:

December 4, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) Is that a real or fake Ricoh Micro Four Thirds module picture?

An anonymous source (Thanks!) just sent me the following picture. That’s why I ask you (and my sources) if that picture is real or fake!
The Ricoh GXR system was announced 13 months ago and since there we have had many rumors about a possible Ricoh Micro Four Thirds module release.

UPDATE: The source is a user that wrote a comment on He says that this picture “was shown on a developer meeting last month“.

P.S.: The Ricoh GXR system is made by a main body and many separated moduls (Click here to see them on eBay)

Would such a module make the GXR system more attractive for you?

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December 4, 2010
Posted in reviews

Luminous Landscape and the GH2 crop mode. Deals: new low-price record on the GF1 and GH1

GH2 ETC Mode from Michael Reichmann on Vimeo.

I don’t know if Panasonic is really conscious about the fact that the 1:1 video crop mode could become one of the most popular features of the new Panasonic GH2! Vitaly (the hacker), Philip Bloom, EosHD and many other famous blogger are simply amazed about it! Not only, also Luminous Landscape posted an article about the Panasonic GH2 Extra-Tele Video Mode: “Its presence is hidden on the user manual page about digital zooming, and Panasonic makes no mention of it in their product promotion. This should have been a banner feature for the GH2, something that those shooting video would see as a huge differentiating feature. Being able to shoot uninterpolated Extra Tele Conversion output from the sensor, and have what is effectively a 2.6X tele-extender with no light loss and no image degradation – all available at the press of a button – is quite a big deal to my mind. Did the engineers at Panasonic not tell Marketing about this feature? If not, why not? Or, did Marketing not understand what this was all about? We’ll likely never know the truth. But now you know, and if like me you find this to be an exceptionally useful capability – pass it on.

Panasonic GH2 direct preorder links:
Amazon US, Adorama, Amazon UK, Amazon France and eBay.

One more deal: US readers might not get the GH2 soon but at least you can enjoy one low-price record after another!
The Panasonic GF1 with 20mm lens is now in Stock for $579 ony at Amazon (Click here).
And the Panasonic GH1 price is back at $959 at Amazon (Click here)

P.S.:Panasonic has set the price for the GF2+14mm lens in Hong Kong: HK $5,990 (That’s $771 US dollars)

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