New Olympus USA rebates on E-Pm1/2 and E-PL3

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Olympus US launched new discounts on three PEN cameras:
1) E-PM1 with kit lens for $299 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
2) E-PM2 with kit lens for $499 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
3) E-PL3 with kit lens for $345 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Reminder: Current Panasonic deals:
Panasonic 45-150mm for $198 at Amazon (Click here).
GX1 body for $249 at Adorama (Click here)
20mm pancake for $335 at Amazon (Click here).

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Cheap Speed Booster alternative coming? The “Lens Turbo”.

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Last week Metabones officially announced that the new MFT Speed Booster adapter release has been delayed til late 2013. But there could be a good news soon. The Chinese company Zhongyi Optical announced the cheap alternative of the Speed Booster named “Lens Turbo” The first adapters are made for the Sony E-mount system but the MFT version should follow soon. There are some differences with the popular Speed Boosters:
1) They have no electronic contacts (no AF and no automatic Aperture control).
2) To avoid patent disputes with Metabones the adapter has a different design and a reduction ration of 0.726 (Speed Booster is 0.71)
3) The Lens Turbo price is set at US$239 which is half the price of the Metabones Speed Boosters

Zhongyi Optical also makes the Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 lens (here on eBay). But…I am not sure Metabones lawyers will stay calm on this…

Reminder: Here are the links to the lenses you can find on eBay and that will be supported by the Speed Booster MFT adapter:
Nikon F lenses Contax C/Y lenses Contarex lenses Alpa lenses Rollei lenses Canon EF lenses

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Discounted G5 sells better than Nikon-Canon DSLR at Amazon US!

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You really don’t see that very often, a MFT camera beating Canon and Nikon DSLR sales on the usually “conservative” and not so “Mirrorless friendly” US market. The $499 G5 kit sells so well that it even beats all Canon-Nikon DSLR topsellers (Click here to see the overall camera ranking)!

More US deals:
Today is the last day you can grab the E-Pm2 with a $50 discount at Amazon US (Click here).
Panaosnic 45-150mm for $198 at Amazon (Click here).
GX1 body got a new price drop and now sells for $249 at Adorama (Click here) and $259 via third party resellers at Amazon (Click here).
Black E-P3 with kit lens sells for $399 at Adorama (Click here).

 

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(FT4) Panasonic to announce a new 14-140mm too.

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Image on top: The current 14-140mm lens.

Panasonic will announce the new LF1 and G6 by end of next week (on Friday?). And according to Digicaminfo there may be a new version of the 14-140mm lens too. Also an anonymous source sent me that info two weeks ago. SO I guess this rumor has good chance to be correct. The same source told me that Panasonic also plans to “update” the 14-42mm PZ lens too!

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

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a little bit of everything…

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THE TIDE from Hugo Goudswaard on Vimeo (with GH3 and SLR magic 35mm)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 review at Photographyramblings.
Panasonic GH3 review by EosHD.
GF6 hands-on preview by Photographyblog.
Waiting for the better “M”? 3D-kraft.
Get one over on the Airlines! Buchangrant.
Olympus 75mm lens test by Steve Huff.

Rohith:I wanted to share with you a guide that I wrote about setting up an OM-D E-M5: http://thumati.com/chronicle/2013/4/7/setting-up-olympus-omd-em5
Carl:A journey through Japan by train shot with the GH2 + Voigtlander 25mm .95 https://vimeo.com/63567009
Vincent:I’ve shot a highway car race on the GH3. Maybe it’s interesting for the GH3 lovers! https://vimeo.com/64343246

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