E-PL1 for $139. 2% Back in Rewards at Amazon. AG-AF100 discontinued.

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This is now the cheapest new Micro Four Thirds camera you can buy. The Olympus E_Pl1 body sells for $139 at Amazon (Click here – Thanks jdhodges.com for finding the deal). We also have a new small 2% Back in Rewards on almost all camera and lens purchases at Amazon (Click here to read the conditions). Not a big discount but if you have to buy a lot of stuff than it’s actually a very good deal.

And than we have an interesting news. BHphoto (Click here) marked the AG-AF100 as “discontinued”. The question is, when will Panasonic announce the successor? My guess, right before the Las Vegas event in January :)

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New E-M5, E-PL5 GH3, 60mm macro and 12-35mm X lens (p-)reviews.

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The super fats spedd of the E-M5 compared to the Fuji X PRO 1 (found via Fujirumors)

I have to catch up with some recent Micro Four Thirds camera and lens review. This time we have quite a lot of popular blogger and website tests. Hope you have enough time to read them all today:

Robin Wong posted the second part of the E-PL5 review: “E-PL5 is what an Olympus PEN has always been famous for: light-weight, small in size, full with features, such as the built in Image Stabilization, full manual controls and customization, and now, add the highly regarded image quality of OM-D to the E-PL

Craig Litten posted a full E-M5 review. Some E-M5 image samples from the deep water at Digitaldiver. A full review has also been posted by Gianni Galassi: “All in all, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a camera that one can be tempted to build a system around. Which is exactly what I have been doing this summer after selling my whole Leica equipment. No regrets here.

Matti Sulanto posted a new 60mm test on his blog and writes: “I liked it so much that I bought one after trying it.” Doens’t happen that often that a reviewer buys the tested stuff! Some image samples have been posted by the dutch guys from Focusmedia. A full Japanese review of the lens has been posted by DC.watch (funny comlicated google translation here).

ePhotozine posted the 35-100mm X lens review: “It is a fine lens that is priced reasonably, especially when compared to lenses covering the same angles of view for 35mm format, with the added bonus of being much more compact, and lightweight.

The french friends from Hybridcams (Translation here) posted a first GH3 hands-on article. Also the other french friends from Openpn (Translation here) posted a GH3 and a 35-100mm hands-on.

So that’s all for today! It’s always great to see how many positive reviews we can read about the recent MFT cameras and lenses. The system popularity is really growing day by day!

Panasonic and Olympus Preorder Links with specs and price:
Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK (horrible price in UK!).
35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
60mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
12mm Black prime lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
15mm cap-lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

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New Lightroom update 4.2 adds support for the G5 and LX7

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Adobe just added RAW support for the Panasonic G5, LX7 and FZ200. While the new update also supports the new Sony NEX and Fuji X cameras there is no support yet for the new Olympus PEN and Panaosnic GH3. Anyway, here are the links to the downloads:

Adobe released Lightroom 4.2: Mac update (Click here), Windows update (Click here)
Camera Raw 7.2 and DNG converter 7.2: Mac update (Click here), Windows update (Click here)

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It happens in UK: Free 45mm lens when buying the E-M5!

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UK readers can buy the E-M5 and than get an Olympus 45mm f/1.8 for free! What the heck, such a great deal should be extended to the whole world! The promotion will go live on October 15th and you will see it soon here at http://olympus-omdevents.sales-promotions.com/.

P.S.: US deal reminder:
$80 Visa gift card on Olympus cameras at Amazon (Click here).
You save $150 on the Silver E-m5 body at Cametaauctions (Click here) and Camera store (Click here).
You save $150 on the Black E-m5 with 14-42mm lens at Cametaauctions (Click here) and Camera store (Click here).
You save $150 on the Silver E-m5 with 16-50mm kit lens at Cametaauctions (Click here) and Camera store (Click here).

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Pekka Potka discussion with Mr. Terada (PDAf possible, no OM-D monochrome).

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Pekka Potka (Click here) had an one hour chat with Mr. Terada from Olympus. Here are just some of the info you can read on his website:

– Once again Olympus confirmed that there will be new bodies that will bring full Af support on FT lenses. And once again notice that they do not say “FT body”…but just “body”
– There is the possibility of a new lower OMD and a higher OMD than E-M5 model. Which one of these will be coming first was not answered.
– Technologies like PDAF (phase detecting auto focus) on sensor and focus peaking are available for them, although “no decision yet” about usage.
– And an OM-D Monochrome sensor would cost too much. Note. the Leica Monochrome is the only camera currently having this and costs $8000 at Amazon(!).

Fulla rticle at pekkapotka.com.

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