(FT4) 12-35mm coming in June. And the 35-100mm will arrive later (August/September).

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Trusted sources told us that while the 12-35mm X lens from Panasonic will be announced within the next weeks the 35-100mm X lens will be released along the GH3 in late August/early September. I don’t know the reason why Panasonic is splitting up the lens release. Just my guess: looking at the past delivery problems of Panasonic they may choose to release only one lens first to avoid major delivery problems. The problem is particularly evident in USA where many lenses are still not availabel in decent quantity. The 20mm pancake (Click here) and the 25mm Leica (Click here) only got back in Stock in these days (and I guess they will again go out of Stock soon again).

 

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New Viltrox adpater with AF support!

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As you know the current official Olympus Four Thirds to Micro Four Thirds adapter costs around $150 (here at Amazon) while the Panasonic adapter is a bit cheaper ($115 at Amazon). Other adapters are offered form third party companies but do not allow any electronic use of the lenses….until today! I am surprised from the new Viltrox adapter (Click here). It is a Four Thirds adapter that supports the AF! It’s sold for $70 by a Hong Kong store on eBay (Click here). I hope Viltrox can do more of that kind of adapters with electornic support!

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Nanoha lens in Stock at BH. New low price for 14mm pancake. Leica 25mm back in Stock.

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For the first time the Nanoha 5x macro lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). If you need some info about that relatively unknown lens here is a list of useful links:
Official presentation: Nonoha’s website
Image samples: DC.watch (Click here)
Video on vimeo and by Seb Farges
Review at ePhotozine (Click here) and Digi163 (Click here)
Unboxing at Mobile01

More USA deals:
The Panasonic 14mm pancake is in Stock now for $275 at Amazon (Click here). It sets a new low price record but it’s even more a bargaing if you get it along the GF3 as kit lens…$394 for the full combo at Amazon (Click here)!
After a long time the Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens is back in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
And the super $199 deal for the Panasonic 45-200mm is also still ongoing at Amazon (Click here).

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(FT5) Panasonic and Olympus m43 announcements within the next weeks!

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It’s getting more and more busy on the rumors front. I am receiving new info every day and as you know I try to double check rumor with trusted sources in order to give you some FT4 or FT5 ranked rumor (ranking description at the bottom of this post). All I can tell you for sure is that both Panasonic and Olympus will have major product announcements within the next weeks. Please keep in mind that the rumored announcement data of May 21th (Panasonic) and June 18th (Olympus) are coming from external or non trusted sources. I am checking right now if the data are correct or not.

What’s also sure (FT5) is:
1) There will be a new Panasonic G5 with same G3 16 Megapixel sensor.
2) The Olympus 75mm f/1.8 is currently being tested by many photographers and will ship this summer.
3) The 12-35mm f/2.8 Panasonic X lens will ship this summer.

Still unconfirmed rumor (FT3):
1) Olympus XZ-2 is coming (will replace the current Olympus XZ-1)
2) Pansonic LX7 is coming (will replace the current Panaonic LX5)

The surprises (FT2):
1) a new Olympus Four Thirds camera is coming
2) New 7-14mm OIS lens coming


Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

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Three professional work made with the Panasonic GH2!

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As you know the Panasonic GH2 is used by many professionists and artists for their work. Here are three new videos you can see:

1) Konstantin Syomin (Click here) won the international Documentary Challenge in Toronto with a movie shot with the GH2!

2) Living the dream teaser at DVXuser (Click here).

3) And here is the long text sent me by Luke:
I wanted to let you know about a film that I made on the GH2 that is currently touring festivals and also available online during a limited internet-only pre-release via a partnership with the website Prescreen.
The film follows the Thai National Cheerleading team from their humble beginnings practicing on concrete up until the 2009 and 2011 World Championships in Florida where they brought home medals and caused over 10,000 spectators to jump up and down screaming “BANGKOK! THAILAND! BANGKOK! THAILAND!” …. it’s more than just a movie about cheerleaders though, it’s a movie about following your dreams and how even if the odds are totally stacked against you, that you can achieve your goals.
Here’s our website for the film
http://www.TheCheerAmbassadors.com
And our Facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/TheCheerAmbassadors
The important link though is this one, where the film can actually be rented (until June 24th)
https://prescreen.com/movie/The-Cheer-Ambassadors
We’ve screened in Thailand, Singapore, USA and Norway. And we recently won Best Documentary at the 60N Os Festival in Norway. In Norway, the film was blown up on a 4K screen and still looked amazing, later this year we will have broad theatrical distribution in Thailand. The GH2 was totally the right camera to make this film on.
Thanks again for all your hard work on the blog, if there is any way that you could give our film a mention that would be great! I am attaching a press release announcing the release on Prescreen and also our press kit. If you want some press stills, you can grab them from this link
http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?9dvh5b82a224jex
– Luke Cassady-Dorion, Director, The Cheer Ambassadors

Great work guys!

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