July 1, 2011
Posted in deals

(UPDATED) Amazon accepting E-P3 and new lens preorders. G3 and GH2 body only in Stock!

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UPDATE: Amazon is no more accepting preorders!

E-P3, 12mm and 45m lens

Olympus E-P3 preorders at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here)
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 preorders at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here) and eBay (Click here)
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 preorders at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here).

G3

The Brown G3 is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
The Red G3 is in Stock at Bhphoto (Click here).

GH2

Midwest has the black GH2 body only in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

July 1, 2011
Posted in news

Surprise! Ricoh buys Pentax!!!

This is not a Micro Four Thirds related news but damn…that’s a huge news we absolutely have to talk about! Ricoh just announced the acquisition of Pentax for $124.2 million! I really didn’t expect a relative “small” company like Ricoh to buy Pentax. There were rumors about Samsung or even Canon interested in buying Pentax. It will be also interesting to see how Ricoh-Pentax will now evolve their mirrorless system. And now we can be sure that Pentax will not join the Micro Four Thirds system!

P.S.: I am wondering if Ricoh will soon get rid of that über-expensive “Pentax Q” system (See that ugly camera at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay).

You can read the full press release at MirrorlessRumors.com (Click here).

 

July 1, 2011
Posted in deals, news, reviews

Panasonic G3/GF3/XZ-1 news, reviews and in Stock status!


I have to catch up with some news I didn’t post because of the recent Olympus rumor and news mill! Here is the news list:

1) Lori Grunin from Cnet US (Click here) tested the G3: “If you’re looking for a camera that’s not quite as big as a dSLR but doesn’t skimp on hardware controls or features like an articulated LCD, EVF and stereo full HD video, the G3 is one of my top options. But performance is hit-and-miss for shooting action, so you may end up having to go with something just a bit bigger, anyway.

2) Hardwarezone (Click here) tested the G3 and GF3: “In the two days of manhandling the G3 and GF3 in Chiang Mai, both cameras performed up to speed with our expectations and were outstanding in their respective specialization…Of course, we have also littered our hands-on observations with little quirks that we didn’t quite like – say, G3’s rather disappointing battery life and the positioning of GF3’s video button, but these are naturally little quirks in an otherwise pleasant shooting experience with both Lumix G cameras.

3) Engadget (Click here) posted a GF3 hands-on: “Shooting 1080i video is as simple as hitting record, just to the right of the shutter button. Remembering not to accidentally cover the microphone, however, was more of a challenge. Internal mechanical noises dominated the first few minutes of our first video — our subject picked up volume significantly after we adjusted our grip, creating a free path to the mic.

4) There is a new Olympus XZ-1 firmware you can download at Olympus (Click here). It has an improved algorithm for ESP spot metering. Get the camera at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

And finally some in Stock status info about the very nice G3!
In Europe you can find it right now at Amazon.de (the brown model), Amazon.uk (they have all kits in Stock!) and eBay.
In US at Amazon, B&H, and eBay.

June 30, 2011
Posted in deals

Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon (Japan and UK) taking worldwide first preorders (But where are the E-PM1 and E-PL3 cameras?)


Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.jp are the first stores to accept preorders. What’s completely missing now is the E-PM1 and E-PL3 price and availability. UPDATE: The E-PL3 should be available in late August and the E-PM1 in September/October :(

Those are the links for Amazon:
Olympus E-P3 Black http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Thirds-Interchangeable-Digital-14-42mm/dp/B0058PL9RK/?tag=
Olympus E-P3 Silver http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Thirds-Interchangeable-Digital-14-42mm/dp/B0058PL9RK/?tag=
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-12mm-Cameras/dp/B0058PL9R0/?tag=
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-45mm-Cameras/dp/B0058PL9QG/?tag=

Those are the links for Adorama:
E-P3 BLACK W/14-42MM   http://www.adorama.com/IOMEP3B14.html?KBID=64498 $899.99 (Available in August)
E-P3 SILVER W/14-42MM   http://www.adorama.com/IOMEP3S14.html?KBID=64498 $899.99 (Available in August)
E-P3 SILVER W/17MM F2.8   http://www.adorama.com/IOMEP3S17.html?KBID=64498 $899.99 (Available in August)
E-P3 WHITE W/14-42MM    http://www.adorama.com/IOMEP3W14.html?KBID=64498 $899.99 (Available in August)
E-P3 WHITE W/17MM F2.8   http://www.adorama.com/IOMEP3W17.html?KBID=64498 $899.99 (Available in August)
OLYMPUS FL-300R WIRELESS FLASH http://www.adorama.com/IOMFL300R.html?KBID=64498 $169.99
OLYMPUS 12MM F/2 F/EP SERIES http://www.adorama.com/IOM12M.html?KBID=64498 $799.99 (Available soon!)
OLYMPUS 45MM F/1.8 F/EP SERIES http://www.adorama.com/IOM4518M.html?KBID=64498 $399.99 (Available in September)

Those are the links for BHphoto:
All E-P3 kits at http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Olympus

Those are the links for Amazon UK:
There are many different kit options anc colors here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Olympus+E-P3&x=0&y=0&tag=43rum-21

 

Other US deals:
One single RED G3 is in Stock for the normal price at Amazon (Click here).
Adorama is now accepting Voigtländer 25mm preorder again (Click here).
You can now get the AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds camcorder with a free (!) 14-140mm zoom lens at BHphoto (Click here).
The Balck and White Olympus XZ-1 are in Stock for $420 only at Amazon (Click here).
The Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens is in Stock for $379 via third party resellers on Amazon (Click here).
BHphoto sent me an email to say that the very last GH1 cameras are now in Stock (Click here). Once sold out there will be no more GH1 cameras for sale anymore! And if you purchase the GH1 body (for $399) you will get $100 on any Panasonic m43 lens you buy. You have to click on “Save $100 on Select Panasonic Lenses” to see the deal.
The same deal is ongoing at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

June 30, 2011
Posted in news

Continually updated: Olympus new PEN and lenses announced!


This post gets continually updated. Latest addition are on top of each categories. You can reload this page from time to time to see the updates. Thanks!
In Summary, Olympus announced three cameras (E-P3, E-PL3, E-PM1) two new lenses (12mm f/2.0 and 45mm f/1.8) and a new external flash. We are still missing the external viewfinder announcement.

Links to preorders

Olympus E-P3 preorders at Adorama (Click here). Price $899 with kit lens!
E-P3 presentation page on Amazon (Click here). No preorders yet.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens preorder at Adorama (Click here). Price $799.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 preorder at Adorama (Click here). Price $399.

Reviews, Previews and Hands-on

Doug Brown’s Luminous Landscape preview
E-P3 review by Robin Wong.
Hands.on at TvSmith
Sexy camera pictures and image samples at Clubsnap
Size comparison at ePhotozine.
E-PM1 hands-on at FourThirdsUser.
E-PL3 hands-on at FourThirdsUser.
E-P3 review at DCresource.
Short E-P3 review at PDN.
Full E-P3 review at Digitalcamerareview.
HOT! E-P3 versus G3 at Dpreview (Jpeg Studio comparison)
HOT! Full E-P3 review at ThePhoBlographer.
Olympus E-P3 field report at OutbackPhoto.
Olympus E-P3 preview at Dpreview.
Olympus E-PL3 and E-PM1 preview at Dpreview.
HOT! First complete E-P3 review at Digitalcamerainfo!
E-P3 hands-on at Quesbesde.

Image and video samples (+ video reviews)

12mm hands-on on youtube.
An image of a personalized E-P3 grip at HastaLosMegapixeles.
E-P3 spanish presentation at Quesabesde.
E-P3 video hands-on on youtube (Photographyreview).
First video quality test at youtube (ThePhoBlographer).
12mm image samples on Quesabesde.
First hands-on video on youtube (ThePhoBlographer).
HOT! First RAW pictures at Quesabesde (once clicked scroll down to download them).
12mm image sample gallery at Dpreview.
E-P3 image samples at Dpreview.
E-P3 field test gallery by OutbackPhoto.
Image samples at ThePhoBlographer.
HOT! Autofocus speed test on youtube (ThePhoBlographer)

Official press release

Grip option list at Olympus Japan.
Openpn (french)
Engadget
The new reworked kit lenses at DC.watch.
Focus Numerique (french).
Photoradar.
Amateur Photographer PEN presentation on youtube.
SystemKameraForum (german)
Cnet US
Photoscala.de (german)
E-P3 at Olympus official website.
Photographyblog
Imaging Resource
Launch event pictures in Malaysia (Twitter)

Hot news

Olympus E-P3 price: $899 in US and 849 Euro in Europe (with kit lens).
Olympus doesn’t explain what’s new with the new sensor. After first tests we can see the new PEN cameras do have an excellent color accuracy and superb AF speed.
M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 lens: Available Now Estimated Street Price: $799.99
MCG-2 Exchangeable Camera Grip: Available Now Estimated Street Price: $19.99
FL-300R Compact Flash: Available Now Estimated Street Price: $169.99
M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 lens: Available in September 2011 Estimated Street Price: $399.99

User reactions

Olympus E-P3 tweets.
Olympus E-PM1 tweets.
Olympus E-PL3 tweets.

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