You gotta love this: $240 pice drop on the E-P3 in USA!

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Right now the White E-P3 with 17mm pancake lens got a $240 discount at Amazon USA (Click here to check it out). That’s $240 less than the yesterdays price (comparison with BHPhoto here). And it looks like many here are goinf to buy this as shown by the Amazon sales rankings (Click here to see).

P.S.: Silver E-M5 body only will ship next week according to Amazon (Click here).

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(FT5) Olympus will announce the cheapest Olympus prime lens ever made at Photokina!

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A super trusted anonymous sources just shared a bit of a strange news. One of the new Micro Four Thirds lenses announced at Photokina will be the cheapest prime lens ever announced by Olympus. It will be cheaper than the $250 17mm pancake (image on top). The source didn’t unveil any specs but he said it’s not a new version of the 17mm pancake but instead a completely new lens! Let’s see if some other sources can tell us more about it…Thanks 🙂
Current 17mm pancake price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The cheapest Panasonic pancake is the superb 14mm f/2.5 that is for sale for $266 at Amazon (Click here).

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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Panasonic also using Sony sensors? At least on the new LX7…

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An imaginary LX7 vertical grip created by a user of the SLRclub forum.

Our reader Trevor pointed out how the new Panasonic LX7 sensor may be from Sony. There is a Sony Japan pdf (download here) that describes what seems to be exactly the new LX7 sensor (From Google Translate):

9.33mm diagonal (Type 1/1.7)
Approximately 12.4 million effective pixels (4072H × 3046V)
■ pixel size: 1.85μm square pixel unit
■ shooting 35frame / s approximately 12.4 million pixels Support

■ dynamic range, high sensitivity Back-illuminated with low noise CMOS image sensor
■ Movie mode 4K2K (4096H × 2160V, 60frame / s)

 

So after Olympus with the E-M5 also Panasonic with the LX7 is using Sony sensors. Wondering if Panasonic will sometimes in future use Sony sensors in m43 cameras too…

New Panasonic stuff preorders:
Black G5 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
Silver G5 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
45-150mm lens in Black at BHphoto (Click here) and in Silver at BHphoto (Click here).
LX7 in Black at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) in White at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
Other compacts, the FZ200 at BHphoto (Click here), the FZ60 at BHphoto (Click here).

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The sub $300 (or Euro) deals roundup….

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For 299 Euro you can get that double lens kit in Irland eBay.

You really don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a good Micro Four Thirds camera. And getting closer to the Photokina makes it even easier to find some good deal. This is just a tiny fraction of links to some good m43 camera price:

USA-Canada:
E-P1 body for $199.
E-P2 body for $249 and Amazon.
GF2 body for $249.
E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens for $249 and $274 at Amazon.
E-P1 with 14-42mm lens for $279.

Europe:
E-PL1 body for 129 Euro.
E-PL1 double lens kit for 299 Euro.
E-PL2 body for 219 Euro.
GF2 body for 229 Euro.
GF3 body for $199.

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New E-M5 and G5 reviews…SIlver E-M5 in Stock in US.

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The likely most difficult to find E-M5 camera is the Silver body only option. But it’s now in Stock at Amazon (via JR)Cameta (Click here) and also on their eBay page (Click here). Menatime Amazon said that they will ship them on August 7th (Click here). The Black ktis are more or less all in Stock at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

New E-M5 reviews have been posted at Rasmusphoto and OpenPN (french).

New G5 reviews at WhatDigitalCamera: “The G5 has to be the most complete Lumix G-series camera we’ve seen, that mounts a serious challenge to established DSLRs.Cnet Asia: “We were also impressed with the improvement in video quality, which is one of the best we’ve seen from an ILC“. First pics of the G5 at the Olympus in London at Techradar. Panasonic G5 review at Fotovideo.nu (Translation here) incl. Imatest results.

 

P.S: Farrukh: “The G5 may shoot the Olympics, but I used the EP3 there yesterday 😉 http://www.flickr.com/photos/swamibu/sets/72157630793769412/

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