December 29, 2011
Posted in news

Ownusers GH2 battery grip now for sale!


The Taiwanese company Ownuser announced the start of the GH2 battery grip sales. Here is the official press release:

Dear Customer
We will tell you a good news. PANASONIC GH2’s grip is already on the market in 2011/12/20. On this website, you can get more product information.
On this website, you can buy products through PAYPAL (online credit card page, like EBAY)

MIG-PGH2 has four purchase specifications
(1) MIG-PGH2B = only BODY (B = BLACK)
(2) MIG-PGH2AB = BODY + MEB-03-c (A = external AA battery pack)
(3) [New specifications] MIG-PGH2RB =BODY + mini IR 2B & RHS (R = IR Remote, not the wired remote control)
(4) MIG-PGH2RAB = BODY + MEB-03-c + mini IR 2B & RHS

We recommend to buy (1) or (3).
Because AA batteries is not recommended as the main power supply that use on GH2 cameras.
Thanks for your business and support, wish you and your family a merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Best regards,
Ownuser Customer Service


Soon the battery grip will be on sale on eBay too (Click here to search for Ownuser stuff on eBay).

December 28, 2011
Posted in deals, Rumors

Olympus E-P3 and XZ-1 discounted. XZ-2 coming soon? And LX-6 too?


Although not a Micro Four Thirds camera the XZ-1 is one of those nice products you look to before to jump the m43 system. The camera is compact, has an incredible zoom lens and unlike the m43 cameras is super pocket-able. The price dropped below the $400 mark at Amazon (Click here). And the Panasonic LX5 is even cheaper (Click here to see it at Amazon). I heard that there will be very soon a new successor for both cameras. I guess it’s a matter of days only!

Micro Four Thirds deals:
The black Olympus E-P3 is now in Stock for $749 only at Amazon (Click here).
The super nice 12mm f/2.0 gets less expensive and now costs $743 at Amazon (Click here).


December 28, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Also Panasonic is working on a new organic sensor.


The japanese Blog Egami (Click here) found a new Panasonic patent disclosing a new organic sensor technology. It’s the same idea from Fuji and as you know Fuji claims that their APS-C organic sensor can beats the image quality of any current fullframe sensor. Of course a patent is just that….a paper! It might take a long time before it gets used for real or it might will never happen at all.

Micro Four Thirds needs a new generation of sensor with a boost in image quality. Fuji is going to do that with the organic sensor, and Sigma said they will announce a surprise in early January (maybe a new foveon sensor that doesn’t cost as much as the one used for that crazy priced Sigma SD1 (See price on eBay)). Would be nice to see some surprises from Panasonic and Olympus too!

December 27, 2011
Posted in reviews

First Olympus 12-50mm tests.


Robin Wong (Click here) had the chance to play the new weather sealed Olympus 12-50mm lens: “For a standard zoom lens, the sharpness that this lens produces is very remarkable.

Pekka Potka (Click here) likes the lens and says his only flaws are on the very wide end when it shows visible distortion and chromatic aberration.

Also Pen&Tell (Click here) noticed the same flaws and says that the distortion goes away between 20-40mm and comes back as “pincushion” at the long end.

First stores are now accepting preorders on the lens. Check these search links to see if it’s available: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

December 27, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Fuji-Olympus: Some bits about the organic sensor….


If Fuji is ever going to acquire or “invest” in Olympus than it’s certainly because of the very profitable endoscope division and NOT because of the camera business. Reuters reports that when asked about a possible investment in Olympus Kouichi Tamai (head of Fujifilm’s medical systems unit) said that “Until we know what will happen to Olympus as a company, it would all be theoretical, so we don’t know“. The news here is that indeed Fuji is clearly interested in what’s happening around Olympus. The only thing I can add via my source channels is that indeed Fuji’s name is floating around the Olympus headquarters more than any other big names.

One more thing: You already know that in February Fuji will announce their new LX mirrorless system with the first camera having an organic sensor. Actually it’s an APS-C sensor that beats the image quality of ff sensors. There is a rumor saying that to cut the production costs Fuji is willing to sell sensors to third parties. As Olympus is having a good relationship with Fuji I guess there is a small chance Olympus could be one if not the only one using those sensors. It would suddenly let make a quantum leap forward. Couple that with the new Olympus viewfinder technology and …..keep dreaming 😉


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