August 19, 2010

a little bit of everything (Olympus announces new compact cameras)

Kevin Dowling wins grand prize in the Olympus PEN “your story” challenge. (via Photoxels)

Olympus announces mju-7050, FE-5050 and FE-4050 (Dpreview)

Olympus E-PL1 Review at Photoxels.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70 Review (Photographyblog)

A new Olympus forum has been launched. Check it out: Olympus Cafe

The german forum SystemKamera is collecting readers question for the planned Panasonic and Olympus interview:

August 18, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Panasonic GF1+20mm lens out of Stock at Amazon and BHphoto.

I don’t recall the latest time when Amazon (click here) and BHphoto had the GF1+20mm lens “out of Stock”!

I see more and more GF3 ghosts here… :)

August 18, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) The E-P3 is coming?

Above: A rendering of a possible E-P3 with built-in EVF (Not the real camera!)

According to rumors we received and according to the german magazine (a well known and reputable magazine) Olympus will soon announce the E-P3. The camera will be placed above the Olympus E-P2 (better specs). It is very likely that it will use the new Panasonic 14 Megapixel sensor. There is a rumor about a built-in EVF that we can’t confirm yet.
It also seems that the E-P3 is NOT the MFT high-end model. That model will come in 2011. The E-P3 for example is not weather sealed :(

I ask our german readers if they can send me a scan of the Photographie magazine where they talk about that camera. Thanks!

P.S: Something personal…may you will not believe me but I am working on rumors from here:

It’s a nice place in the middle of nowhere (Tuscany). Internet connection (via UMTS) doesn’t work very well but I really needed to be in a place like this! I enjoy the silence and the sun, and I hope to be able to catch some nice rumor from here :)

August 17, 2010
Posted in reviews

The need for speed: Canon 50mm f/0.95 (Leica M-mount) and the Canon 50mm f/1.2 (Canon FD mount)

Canon 50mm f/0.95 M-mount
If you care about your money you will not spend more than $2.000 for the Canon 50mm f/0.95 M-mount lens manual focusing lens! Nevertheless there is a flickr group (with 576 members!) that has a nice picture collection. The name of the group is “Canon 50mm f/0.95 “Dream Lens”. You can find some image taken with MicroFourThirds cameras (like here for example with the E-PL1).
Now it’s time for a little bit of camera porn: See the lens attached on the Panasonic GH1 (Fredmiranda) and on the Olympus E-P1 (DChome).
You can get the lens on eBay (click here to check out current auctions)

Canon 50mm f/1.2 FD-mount
Canon FD mount lenses are generally high-quality and also cheap lenses. So don’t mind to use the Canon 50mm f/1.2 FD-mount on your MicroFourThirds camera! Some image samples are available here on dpreview forum or flickr.
And now again some cameraporn: The lens on the GF1 (Flickr), on the E-P1 (Rangefinderforum)
You can get the lens on eBay (click here to check out current auctions)

Feel free to comment this post to add share your experience and pictures!

August 17, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Cgarrard Photokina speculations…

Cgarrard from Alphamountworld (which is no more a Sony website alone) posted his product predictions for Photokina. The list includes Olympus and Panasonic also:

Panasonic- Panasonic will likely be pretty quiet in comparison to the other makers at Photokina, yet could show us all one big surprise. Panasonic has released quite a bit of new products lately so I doubt they have much left in the pipeline to show us. It is doubtful however that Panasonic will not have at least some good juicy news to show at the worlds largest Photo event. I expect many more small compacts, possibly one big announcement of a finished product, or a hint a developing more 3D products as well. I think we’ll see a product ready to market for m4/3 cameras that will allow for 3D imaging (they recently announced development for the worlds first 3D lens for interchangeable cameras).

Olympus- I expect big news from Olympus. It has been a quiet volcano on its DSLR front for quite some time and I expect a big eruption of products with some seriously new innovation. Olympus typically never lie down without a fight and I can’t see them doing it now, especially with the momentum its Pen division has given the company. Many of its DSLR’s are due for replacement, and, it is time for Olympus to show the industry just how committed they will be to this segment. Olympus should be top two news of Photokina.

We from 43rumors do not agree with his Panasonic predictions (we believe Panasonic will release some very nice products) but I hope he is right about Olympus beeing the “top two news of Photokina”. I guess this depends a lot from the quality of the E-3 successor…

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