The new GX1 price drops. LX7 sells well.

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If we look at the recent GX1 deals than a GX2 may be really coming soon! Today we have some new price drops (again):
1) GX1 with 14-42mm X lens for $489 at Amazon (via third party reseller).
2) GX1 with 14-42mm lens (non -X) and a huge amount of accessories for $454 at Amazon (via third party reseller).

That said the LX7 is Panasonic’s bestseller according to Amazon Ranking (Click here).

P.S.: The GF5 with 14-42mm lens for $399 at Amazon (Click here).

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(FT5) Three announcements in one month!

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According to multiple top sources we will have at least three announcements between early April and early May:
1) First announcement form Panasonic in early April
2) Second announcement from Panasonic in late April-early May
3) Another announcement from Olympus in late April-early May

Panasonic is likely going to announce a new G and a new GF model. I am still not sure about a possible new GX model although the recent massive price drops suggest that a new camera may be on the horizon. The 42,5mm f/1.2 and the 150mm f/2.8 lens are NOT going to hit the marked for the next 6-8 months.

Olympus is likely to announce the new E-P5 (with no built-in EVF), a new fast f/2.8 zoom, a Black 17mm f/1.8 lens and a new external viewfinder with 2,44 million dots.

What else can we expect? Maybe a new Blackmagic MFT camera with full electronic support, maybe one of the preannounced Schneider lens. Zeiss is NOT going to release a MFT version of their three new primes for the NEX and Fuji X system.

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 image samples of the Voigtlaender Nokton 42,5mm lens.

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The German Blog Photography-YouAndMe (Click here) posted some brand new image samples taken with the new Voigtlaender Nokton 42,5mm f/0,95 lens. The author writes: “Feeling as good as the two before but I felt it is much better in image quality. Even with open aperture it has a wonderful sharpness an bokeh. Death of field is outstanding. But this was preseries.

The first images we posted on 43rumors were from Kakaku: f/0.95 image, f/1.4 image and f/2.0 image.

The lens price is still not know. But shipment is scheduled for summer. Save this search on Slidoo to be notified when the lens will be available for preorder on eBay.

For the record. These are the five f/o.95 lenses:
Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 (not in Stock yet, save this search for notification).
SLRmagic 50mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
SLRmagic 25mm f/0.95 (not in Stock yet, save this search for notification).

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New US deals (with BH code). GX1 for $248.

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Here is the next US deal: Just use the Promo Code “2505524955085”  when purchasing the GX1 (Click here) or the G3 (Click here) at Bhphoto to get a nice discount.

More new deals:
GX1 for $248 at Amazon (via Buydig).
GF3 with kit lens for $329 at Amazon (Click here).

Deals already posted yesterday and still vaild:
Olympus E-P3 with kit lens now sells for $49 at Adorama (Click here). That’s $150 less(!) than the normal price at Amazon.
GX1 with 14-42mm X lens sells for $489 at Amazon (via third party reseller). That’s  $210 less than the “normal” price at BHphoto.
G5 double lens kit for $543 at Amazon (Click here).
$100 savings on the E-M5’s are back at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here).
Panasonic LX7 sells for $298 at Amazon (Click here).
Panasonic 12-35mm X lens for $985 at Amazon (via Panacam).

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GH3: There may be a chance to get Focus Peaking with the next firmware update?

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The new improvements list expected with the GH3 firmware update

Joe Fotosiamo from SLRLounge.com spoke to a couple of high-ranking officers at Panasonic and they can confirm that there is no technological limitation to prevent focus peaking to be added and that it is one of the features that are targeting to add in the next major firmware update.

As you know the firmware update is coming in late March so let’s see if Panasonic will add this feature too!

 

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