(FT2) E-PM to cost 399 Euro (599 for the E-PL5)

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I got some more bits about the new Olympus PEN cameras:

The screen on the E-PL5 swings like the one of the Sony F3. It shoots 9fps. There is no built-in flash. The price with kit lens 599 Euro/Dollars. The E-PM2 with kit lens costs 399 Euro/Dollars.

While I leaked the full GH3 specs I still don’t know the final GH3 price. But I have the “suspect” that Panasonic still hasn’t unveiled to anyone what the price will be. They may are waiting to see what others are bringing? I hope that now that Nikon lowered the mark of FF cameras (with the D600) Panasonic may do the same on the pro GH3 🙂

 

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(FT5) First Olympus XZ-2 images leaks out! (and front pic of the 15mm lens)

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A reader just sent me a link to the first pictures of the new Olympus XZ-compact camera (via Tinypic). We also have been told by other sources that the sensor size will not change. It will use a similar Olympus XZ-1 sized sensor and not a larger 1 inch sensor like you see on the Sony RX100 camera. But this is going to be a real nice camera and as you see form the picture you can even customize the grip like you do on the Olympus E-P3!

UPDATE: One more pic of the front of the 15mm m43 lens at mu-43.com

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Olympus 75mm shipping in Europe.

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I hope the upcoming 17mm f/1.8 lens will not take so long before to ship like it happened with the great 75mm lens. At least we Europeans can finally find the lens in Stock (the lens was first displayed in February!). You can find it in Stock at Amazon Germany (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Photo Video France (Click here), Fotoexperte (Click here), SRSmicrosystem (Click here), Mike Kelly (Click here). A cheap hood for the lens gets sold by ProPhotoshop Germany (Click here).

Some new image samples have been posted at Zuikoholics.

Readers mail: “Not a rumor but thought u may be interested in the awesome pics with the Olympus 75mm lens on the em5 for a street protest I n Australia. A lot of pics but shows the versatility of this lens. There are two parts to the photos at http://footlessfish.com/

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Black Magic Cine Camera review by Philip Bloom. (and an RX1 surprise)

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Video review of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

The first Micro Four Thirds camera to be announced before the Photokina show is the intriguing Black Magic Cine Camera (specs and preorders up at BHphoto). Philip Bloom posted this well made review I embedded on the post on top. The original article is available on his website: “The good news is with a M43 mount you can put on any lens with easily available adaptors for PL, M, Nikon, Canon. C mount (make sure they cover sensor). It’s a much more flexible camera lens wise and makes more sense than the EF version here.

Something else. Me and my friends form the other rumor websites are surprised about the new Sony RX1 popularity which at least according to Amazon ranking (Click here) is getting a lot of clicks and preorders. We are surprised because we didn’t believe people would spend that much for a fixed lens camera! We are talking about the reasons… but we didn’t came to a real conclusion. You have an idea?

Couldn’t agree more…enjoy the movie!

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New 35mm f/1.4 Cine Lens from SLRmagic?

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An Asian reader sent me that image showing what he says is the new SLRmagic 35mm f/1.4 Cine Lens. It means it has a smooth click-less aperture ring and noiseless focus ring. Sound perfect for the use on the new Black Magic Cinema Camera or upcoming GH3.

Current SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Straight Spotting Scope lens (w/ hand grip) is now available on eBay (Click here).
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here).
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here).
Noktor SLRmagic 50mm on eBay (Click here)

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