November 19, 2011
Posted in deals

Panasonic Leica 25mm lens for $539. GF2 with kit lens for $389


There is a $60 price drop on the Leica 25mm lens at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Other US deals reminder:
There is a $100 instant rebate on the GF3 + 14-42mm lens kit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). And the GF2 with 14-42mm lens is available for $389 at Amazon (Click here).
The other US deal of the day is the Instant rebate on the E-Pm1. You can see the instant rebate list at BHphoto (Click here). Same deals are available at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
There is a price drop on the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake at Amazon (Click here).
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 got a $10 discount at Amazon (Click here). From $429 now $419.
E-P2 body only cameras for $299 at Amazon (Click here).

November 18, 2011
Posted in deals

Need for ueberspeed: Ernitec 25mm f/0.85


A 43rumors reader sent me this:
I’ve been reading your site for a while, and have noticed how you’re keeping readers up to date about new speedmonster lenses. I have a speedmonster of my own, but as I’m lacking in funds for my study I’ve decided to sell it, it’s a 25mm f0.85, faster then f0.95. Samples are included in the auction, but you have my permission to post them on your site as well.
Just to let you know!

With kind regards,

Here is an image sample taken with the lens. Click on image to enlarge:

November 18, 2011
Posted in news

Woodford talkes about the future of the Olympus camera business.


Amateur Photographer (Click here) published an Interview with ex-CEO Woodford. There is an interesting part concerning the camera business. W. thinks that “The camera business is stronger than it’s been for several years but we have to see where Olympus’s future goes“. And Woodford hinted that he would have felt differently had he been in charge three or four years ago.

Woodofrd also sees a bright future for high-end superzoom compact cameras.

And than he talks about the mirrorless system: “I am a great believer in product… we make world-beating cameras, wonderful lenses, sexy-styled bodies. We can do that – that’s what I’ve learned as I’ve got closer to the camera business.” However, he expressed frustration that Olympus did not have more resources to invest in a market that is becoming ever more competitive, and now pitching up against the likes of camera giant Nikon in the CSC arena. 

Just my two cent: I fully agree with him! Olympus (and Panasonic) created a great system but missed to bring more innovations. And now cameras like the Sony NEX-7, Nikon 1 and Fuji upcoming LX are bringing some REAL innovation (hybrid viewfinder, built-in EVF, High ISO quality and so on). But I don’t want to sound to negative. I think the m43 sensor size is the best choice to keep a good quality-camera size balance. And we also have some incredible nice lens other companies cannot offer. But I would lvoe to see less camera reiteration!


November 18, 2011
Posted in news

Olympus Yakuza connection suspect. Goldman Sachs makes money on the back of Olympus?


Everyday there are more and more true (or false?) news about the Olympus fee scandal. As usual take all news with a grain of salt. It’s so hard to understand what’s REALLY happening behind the scenes. There might be some kind of “obscure” interest that we are not aware of. The only thing I hope is that Olympus can soon take action to stop the never ending negative media reports.

The New York Times (Click here) writes that “In a memo prepared by investigators and circulated at a recent meeting of officials from Japan’s Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission, the Tokyo prosecutor’s office and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, officials say they are trying to determine whether Olympus worked with organized crime syndicates to obscure billions of dollars in past investment losses and then paid them exorbitant sums for their services.” and “The memo says investigators believe that over half of that amount has been channeled to organized crime syndicates, including the country’s largest, the Yamaguchi Gumi. The memo does not make clear whether Olympus knew about those links. But if confirmed by investigators, an association with organized crime could prompt a delisting of Olympus shares from the Tokyo Stock Exchange, under the exchange’s rules.

There is another huge surprise coming out via (Click here) reports that Goldman Sachs earned $26 million by short selling “approximately 830,000 Olympus stocks the day before Woodford was dismissed“. As you see there are so many obscure interests behind the story! If we really would put a Lupe on all companies and banks we might discover that the whole finance world is a mess. But as I said many times, I am a small writer living in the middle of the alps. My only hope is that Olympus employees will not be affected by that mess.


November 18, 2011
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GX1 preview at Cameralabs, LL and


Panasonic Lumix GX1 preview – interview from Gordon Laing on Vimeo.

There is a new GX1 preview at Cameralabs (Click here): “The Lumix GX1 is a perfect illustration of a company listening to its customers. Many enthusiasts were perfectly happy with the physical side of the original GF1, but lamented the decision to dumb it down on subsequent generations. Why did they need to switch to the bigger form factors of the G3 and GH2 to enjoy the latest sensor and features? How about a premium GF model which satisfied the desires of enthusiasts while remaining as pocketable as possible?

Luminous Landscape (Click here) posted a GX1 preview: “So, at this point what I can say about the upcoming (December, 2011)  GX1 is that when it comes to just about everything that I can test, the camera looks like a winner for Panasonic. If image quality turns out to be comparable or even slightly better than the G3 from this past summer, and there’s no reason to doubt that it will not, then there are bound to be a lot of GX1 cameras and X lenses in some folks Christmas stockings this season.

Also (Click here) posted a first GX1 preview. And a GF1/GF3 versus GX1 size comaprison on Flickr.

Preorder are now available on Amazon Uk and Japan too. That is the new preorder link list:
Black GX1 body at Amazon (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here), and Digitalrev (Click here).
Silver GX1 body at Amazon (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
Black GX1 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here), Amazon France (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).
Silver GX1 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here).
Black GX1 with 14-42mm at Amazon (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here).
Silver GX1 with 14-42mm at Amazon (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here) and Jessops (Click here).


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