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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 review at DxOmark.
Kirk Tuck picks the E-M1 as camera of the year.
Modifying Yongnuo RF-603 to work with Olympus (to trigger flashes) at Betterfamilyphotos.
Modifying Yongnuo RF-603 cable to trigger the camera itself at Betterfamilyphotos.
M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 with an OMD EM5 at Samudranil.
E-M1 field test images at Outbackphoto.

Sam:Not really a rumor, but the Meike extension tubes (http://www.amazon.com/Meike-Automatic-Extension-Olumpus-Panasonic/dp/B00BY0F0P0/ref=pd_cp_p_2) in conjunction with the Olympus body cap lens yield some surprising macro results. See more at: http://samgoldphotos.blogspot.com/2013/12/meike-extension-tubes.html

Marc:I’m a big fan of 43Rumors as a user of an Olympus OM-D and and EP-2 and look at your blog every day. On the off chance that you might do a readers round up I wondered if you might like to feature my photography blog. I’ve just done my 200th blog post and that will stay as the current one for a week or so now. http://marcprovins.blogspot.co.uk

Stefan:This is not a rumor per se, it´s a tale of my experience after buying Olympus EM-1 and the PRO kit-lens 12-40mm f2,8.
A month ago I decided to expand my Olympus family and let the kit with the EM-1 and that tasty 12 – 40 mm F2.8 lens join my loved EM-5. I knew Olympus had a hit with the EM-5 and I belive they have an even grater hit with the EM-1. I just love it!
Just because I love it so much I was really shocked when I pulled the camera out of its bag to shoot pictures of my son as he was making tricks with his kickbike in an actioncenter. At first I simply refused to belive my eyes, the lens was litterally dangling from the camerabody and I could see the electronics inside. How on earth could that have happened? I had mounted the lend on the body and put the camera into a small tamrac-bag which it fit perfectly in. In fact, this whole summer I have been wearing this bag when I was hiking and biking with the EM-5 and my Voigtländer 17,5 mm F0,95 has been with me everywhere. Granted, it’s not the lightest lens to mount but I adore it and try to use it as my “normal” lens.
Imagine my shock when I pull out my camera after a 25 minutes walk and the lens is, in every sense of the word, broken!
I mean, come on! This is the PRO-lens we have been waiting for. I was actually already saving up for the 40 – 150 mm lens but that is cancelled right now in my mind. I actually have returned the lens to the shop and they are baffled.
They told me that I should contact the Olympus premium support since I have all my gear registered with Olympus but I felt that I simply had to show them what had happened. They need to know.

What worries me the most is that when I examined the lens I could easily see that the bayonett was only secured to the lens with four screws. That in itself does not need to be so bad, what is bad however is that these four screw are tightened into plastic sockets and from what I can see in my lens, three of the four plastic sockets inside has broken from just carrying the camera in a padded bag. It amazes me that a lens this heavy has such a weak construction. It totally belies the tactile feeling you get when shooting with it. It feels like it’s built like a tank! I’m sorry to say that it’s not.
Olympus tells me they will repair the lens at no charge, that does nothing to instill confidence in the lens though. I want to know how they will improve the construction! I wish that they would use metal in the lens instead of plastic. This is not a lens that you should need to leave at home because you are afraid it will break in the bag! This should be the lens you pick when you are going out in a blizzard to shoot pictures, or put in your backpack when you plan to go mountainbiking or trekking. This is THE lens that is meant to be in your pack when you fear for the life of all your other lenses!
I can’t see how I will have my confidence in this lens restored.
There is two reasons I write to you in what must be described as despair. First off, I just found out that other people have had the same misfortune as me so I’m not alone. (See http://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=56256 for example).
Secondly, I feel that you are a positive force online and in the photo community. I love your site and I wish that this will sort itself out somehow without all of us having to return the lens to Olympus for a refund.
I am hoping that you have a good solid relation with Olympus and can bring this to their attention. I’m hoping they will revise the construction and turn the lens into the PRO-lens we all expected.
I have taken a few pictures of my lens but *I find no way to attach them to this message.

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43rumors readers vote: What was the best MFT lens of the year?

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The Olympus E-M1 is by far the best MFT camera of the year according to our 43rumors readers (POLL results here). And now let’s see what new lens they liked most:

What is the best MFT lens of the year 2013:

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Olympus Christmas present: First $50 off on the E-M1- $20 off on the 12-40mm. And a “Blitzangebot” on the E-M1 in Germany.

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Image and info via Dealsrunner.com.

With a little surprise I just noticed a first small $50 price drop on the Olympus E-M1 sold at Amazon US (Click here). And German readers have a “Blitzangebot” on the E-M1 kit which runs today only (more info here at Dealsrunner).

P.S.: And also the Olympus 12-40mm pro lens got a first $20 price drop again at Amazon US (Click here).

 

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Merry Christmas!!!

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This is a simple plain post to wish you all a quite, nice, beautiful day with your family and friends.

Merry Christmas dear 43rumors fellowship! :)

Ale

P.S.: That Panasonic GM1 is perfect for family shots. Really enjoying the cam in these Christmas days. And for once it’s snowing like hell here. We had 50cm in 24h right now!

 

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