(FT4) New Panasonic 45-150mm lens coming along the G5?


WIll the new 45-150mm lens be a pancake like the current 14-42mm X lens?

And yet we will see the light of another zoom lens! Along the G5 (to be announced within 1-2 weeks) expect the release of a new 45-150mm lens. Now, we already have a 45-200mm and a 45-175mm lens so I really hope this lens has something special that makes it worth to be released. I am not sure but this could be a pancake zoom. If it is I will happy, if it is not than I can’t figure out why Panasonic is doing this. Bye the way, the lens is not fast (I have been told so).

Stay tuned on 43rumors! There might be a Panasonic announcement within this week!

UPDATE: Curious…the 45-175mm X lens had a $70 price drop via Samys at Amazon (Click here).


(UPDATED) 75mm review by Robin Wong. 12-35mm X lens test at Lensrentals.


Robin Wong posted the full Olympus 75mm review: “looking at the 100% crops, seriously the sharpness was outstanding, and beyond my expectations. I think this lens will set a whole new level of benchmark for resolution and sharpness tests.

Dpreview posted new full size image samples taken with the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens. Same thing has been done by Imaging Resource.

Lens Rentals tested the 12-35mm X lens and proved that the lens resolution is second to the Olympus 12mm prime lens. They also compared the results with the Full Frame Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens: “I think there’s clearly a difference in favor of the Panasonic / Olympus combination here. Now, before any Fanboys have a  stroke and spit their beer, the Canon lens used was optically tested 3 days ago. It’s perfectly fine and has no problems.” The only real complain from Lens Rentals is about the high price. But essentially you get an excellent lens for what you pay for.

Panasonic 12-35mm X lens preorders at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.
Olympus 75mm preorder and price check at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.


Panasonic price drops in US (-$100 for the GX1, -$50 on G3/GF3)


There is a new nice deal today. Particularly the GX1 gets a very competitive price! Here is the list:

$100 price drop on the Panasonic GX1 with 14-42mm at Amazon (Click here) and Samys (Click here).

$50 for the GF3 with 14mm pancake at Amazon (Click here) and Samys (Click here).

$50 for the G3 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon (Click here) and Samys (Click here).



Olympus E-M5 case and battery list…

I love to digg in the ebay world and I made a list of the stuff I found for all current (and future) E-M5 owners. it may help you out to find something you need.

There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.

Batteries, and other things:
The Olympus GS-4 strap and the DSTE E-M5 batteries you have to use with an extra charger. There is an E-M5 car charger a new E-M5 LCD screen and a Front Cover+ Top Panel.

Let me know if you find more stuff! Thanks!

Some E-M5 preorder links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.


Fake Sigma 12-35mm lens rumor (20mm on top of rankings)


A website I know very well for posting false rumors started a buzz around a possible Sigma 12-35mm X lens. Many other websites picked it up. I am writing this post just to say that there is a 99% chance the rumor is fake. I say this based on the past fake stuff I saw on that website I don’t wanna link to it 🙂

Meantime the first user review of the real Panasonic 12-35mm X lens is up at Amazon (Click here). This is really a great lens. Can’t wait to see what’s coming next week from Panasonic!

P.S.: The Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 is back in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and is on top of the Mirrorless ranking (Click here).