Europe: All MFT cameras you can get for less than 300 Euro/Pounds.

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And here is a new roundup of the MFT (MicroFourThirds) cameras you can buy for less than 300 Euro. Sorry if I include eBay stores only but it would take weeks for me to check every single store in every single European country. Take this post as an indication of how much you have to spend on a new MFT camera. If you find other stores having even cheaper offers than drop us a comment! Thanks!

Panasonic GF3:
Body only for 199 at Digitalcameraprofi DE.
Body with 14-42mm lens for 299 at Digitalcameraprofi.
Body with 14mm pancake lens for 285 at Crampton UK.
All GF3 eBay auction for less than 300 Euro/Pounds on Slidoo DE, Slidoo UK (Login to change the country of reference to IT, FR or other EU countries).

Panasonic GF1:
Body only for 275 at Wichern DE.
All GF3 eBay auction for less than 300 Euro/Pounds on Slidoo DE, Slidoo UK.

Olympus E-PM1:
Body only for 209 at Digitalcameraprofi DE.
Body with 14-42mm lens for 270 at Trustmultimedia DE, 275 at Mobileplanet DE, 280 at Web FR and 285 at Parkcameras UK.
Body with 14mm pancake lens for 285 at Crampton UK.
All GF3 eBay auction for less than 300 Euro/Pounds on Slidoo DE, Slidoo UK.

Olympus E-P1:
Body only for 279 at Digitalhandel DE.
All GF3 eBay auction for less than 300 Euro/Pounds on Slidoo DE, Slidoo UK.

Olympus E-PL3:
Body only for 253 at Topfoto DE.
All GF3 eBay auction for less than 300 Euro/Pounds on Slidoo DE, Slidoo UK.

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New lupe alike Kenko filter & E-M5 grip/stay (+ GH3 & E-PL5 tests)

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Don’t kow you guys, but I never saw a filter like this! It has been announced by Kenko-Tokina and you may check out their website to learn more about it. Looks  abit tricky, don’t knwo if I would carry one of these along my camera…

More news bits:
The US company J.B. Camera Designs made a new E-M5 grip&stay you can already buy on Amazon (Click here).
Frugalfilmmakers posted a short GH3 hands-on report. Full size GH3 image samples by Optyczne.
Mobile01 (translation here) posted the full Olympus E-PL5 review.
Sgoldswoblog posted a short body cap lens test. Bye the way, you can win that lens by participating the latest E-P1.net contest.

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(FT4) Christmas present: 17mm f/1.8 to hit stores in December for 550 Euro.

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Few weeks ago we got Yahoo Taiwan listed the new Olympus 17mm f/1.8. And now we got a more specific info confirming that the lens will hit the stores in mid December. The rumored price in Taiwan is $16,900 NTD and in Europe price will be around 550 Euro. Olympus already said that this lens will have the same build quality of the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens. I will certainly grab one of these!

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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New E-PL5/E-PM2 case from Gariz.

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Current and future E-PL5/E-PM2 owners may be glad to know that Gariz just released their new high quality case. And they are already available on eBay:
Black E-PL5 case (Click here).
Brown E-PL5 case (Click here).
Black E-PM2 case (Click here).
Brown E-PM2 case (Click here).

There is also another E-PL5 ISO test posted by the Hungarian website Pixinfo. Sadly google translation tool doesn’t work on that website so you can just take a look at the ISO test images.

E-PL5 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France and eBay (via Slidoo).
E-PM2 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France and eBay (via Slidoo).

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Panasonic GH3 test at EosHD (Global shutter GHx in two years?)

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Example of moire on the Panasonic GH3 from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

Our friend Andrew from EosHD had the chance to test a pre-production GH3 camera. He met Panasonic manager Uematsu-san and the first interetsing news is that he “hinted at a weaker anti-aliasing filter in our conversations. This results in sharper stills but more aliasing in video mode“. On the other side the weaker AA filter allows to have a “better overall image because of improvements to colour, gradation and the codec“. And the GH3 “resolves as much detail as the $15,000 Canon C300 and at a higher bitrate in 24p.

A look into the future: Uematsu-san said that Panasonic could bring global shutter to the GH line in 2 years.

If you want to read more about the GH3 I invite you to read the article at Luminous Landscape.

Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here)Panasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt.

UPDATE: 60mm macro lens in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).

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