Samyang 16mm f/2.0 for MFT priced ay $449. Shipping in July.



Last week Samyang announced the new 16mm f/2.0 MFT lens. You can now preorder this lens at BHphoto (Click here). It will ship in July! It is yet unclear when this lens (and for what price) will ship in European ans Asian countries. The only image of the lens we have now is that one:



This is the second native Micro Four Thirds lens after the fisheye lens:
In USA it’s named Rokinon 7.5mm and you find it on eBay (Click here), Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
In Europe it’s named Samyang 7.5mm and you find it on eBay (Click here), Amazon (Click here).
In UK it’s named Walimex and you find it on eBay (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

eBay links on all Olympus Four Thirds lenses:
Samyang , Walimex , Rokinon , Opteka , Falcon , Vivitar andBower .


4% rewards at Amazon, Black lenses shipping in US. And Samyang FT lens discount.


Before to talk about single deals there is one brand new great 4% Reward action by Amazon (Click here to read the terms). You get 4% Reward on almost all Cameras and Lenses.

The Black Olympus E-M5 is shipping at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Silver Panasonic 45-150mm lens for $199 at Amazon (Click here).
$70 off on the Bower (same as Samyang) 35mm f/1.4 Four Thirds Lens at BHphoto (Click here).
$40 off on the Rokinon (same as Samyang) 8mm fishey lens at BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the Tough TG-2 iHS Digital Camera at BHphoto (Click here).
PNY – 16GB Secure Digital High Capacity for $14 at Bestbuy (Click here).
60% off SanDisk cards at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Olympus 14-150mm lens got a $110 discount through third party reseller at Amazon (Click here).

And massive more camera, lens, tablet and accessory deals on


(FT4) Olympus will now share the 5 axis stabilization system with Sony.


Last week I reported that Olympus is helping Sony in developing new A-mount lenses. The first co-developed lens will be the 400mm f/4.0 A-mount lens (to be launched in early 2014). And now according to multiple sources Olympus is also sharing their knowledge of the 5 axis image stabilization to Sony. All next A-mount cameras will have a so called “5-axis SSM”. This is a further and more advanced development of the current E-M5 system and it has been designed for Full Frame sensor.

In return Olympus will get the top notch sensors from Sony with phase detection on sensor. What I don’t know yet if there is a plan for Olympus to make a larger (FF?) mirrorless system camera in collaboration with Sony. Anyway, I find this partnership can turn out be very exciting!

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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


a little bit of everything…(Amos Chapple on DailyMail, Figosa strap, G6 test by Petr and more readers work).


CROATIA: SEA, MOUNTAINS AND SINGLETRACKS / first test of preproduction Panasonic G6 from Slavik Petr on Vimeo.

The video you see here on top has been made by 43rumors reader Pert: “I just made a “best of” movie about our mountain bike trip across Croatia captured with a preproduction Lumix G6. So It could be nice feed for your page as a demonstration of great sport and travel abilities of camera. My (2 weeks) work experience with Panasonic G6: very solid 1920×1080 50p / lightweight and flexible = ultimate tool for travel and outdoor / built-in timelapse, wi-fi = less garbage in your bag / “higher shoulders” and grip = better ergonomy than GH2 / I miss more control dials from GH2 and GH3 / I dont like flat buttons. Photo samples on facebook

News and readers mail roundup:
Our friend Amos Chappel made a new Editorial shoot for DailyMail UK. You have to check it out!
The State of the Mirrorless Camera Industry – May 2013 by AdmiringLight.
60mm macro review at Johnsson-photography
Sigma 19mm and 30mm f2.8 DN Lenses at ThePhoBlographer.
NEWS 3 min movies on Panasonic blog and behind the scenes stuff.
Olympus E-Pl5 review at Imaging Resource.

Laura & Andrea sent me this: ““Figosa” means in Italian “something cool” and this is what we want to pursuit: to make “cool” our photo cameras, giving them a vintage syle! All the Figosa straps are handmade (by us), in genuine leather and available in four colors: black, dark brown, cognac and honey. The metal inserts colour can be gold or silver, as the user likes. We have created Figosa’s page on Facebook, in order to test needs and liking of our customers, in order to test needs and liking of our customers. Currently we have an Etsy shop in order to sell our straps everywhere. Our project is just at the first steps, but we have already received positive and enthusiastic feedbacks from our users! All the straps are handmade and all the materials used are exclusively made in Italy. It is possible to combine the different leather colors with two metal elements kinds (gold or silver). The straps are available in three sizes: small, medium and large.
We are available to give you further information:
Figosa website:
Figosa on Facebook:

Gerbrand:I’ve ordered and received a black 45mm/1.8, and written a quick review on it

Julien:Not a rumor but rather showcasing the potential of the GH3. My friend and I spent a month traveling Europe (along Mediterranean and the Adriatic) and we made a video encapsulating our trip. There was so much life that ended up being captured after we picked a shot and filmed, I just loved to film and film. And what else can be said about the GH3? I’ve never had such a better time color grading footage. So glad I brought this camera over the GH2

Pascal:Hey! I wanted to share my latest reel, thought you might enjoy a few shots from beautiful British Columbia :). Everything was shot on GH1/GH2 around Vancouver:

Eric:Since 4/3 Rumors is turning into a Micro 4/3 Rumors thing, I thought you might be interested in this. I’ve written a review of the “Think Tank” Mirrorless Mover 10 camera bag — starring my Oly E-M5 and as many lenses as I could stuff into it:

Anonymous:For those interested, there is now a C Mount on M4/3 Facebook group you can join, cheers.

Mathieu:Just thought you might like to share our comparison between the two MFT titans, the E-M5 and the GH3:



The sub $800 price battle. Fuji-Sony aggressive discount!


Not only the features of a new camera but also the constantly changing prices can change the panorama of the mirrorless market. And that is exactly what happened yesterday. Both, Fuji and Sony dramatically dropped the prices of their mirrorless cameras:

What until some time ago was perceived as a nice but still expensive system now got an impressive pride drop. The Fuji X-E1 can be bought for $799 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. And the X-PRO 1 for $1,199 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. Both cameras got a $200 discount! And the offer is even more impressive if you consider that by adding a lens or more lenses you can save up to $1,300! Just try the different combinations rebates at BHphoto (Click here) and click on the “Click Here To Save $300 On Fujifilm XF 18-55mm Zoom Lens” link.

The Sony NEX-6 is now priced at $748 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

Panasonic-Olympus: While the G6 still can hold up well ($749 with kit lens and shipment on June 21 at Amazon) the Olympus E-P5 ($999 for body only, June 28 shipment) will have a hard time fighting particularly against the Fuji X-E1 which is also perceived as a “high quality photographers camera” like the E-P5. Particularly Olympus has to re-think their product pricing strategy. The E-P5 is a nice camera, but probably $200 too expensive on the US market. And 100 Euro too expensive in Europe. The likely best bet for Olympus is the E-PL5. $200 cheaper than the mentioned cameras, same OMD sensor and tilting LCD. I hope Olympus is hearing us and they may launch a “Fuji style” rebate on body and kits!