Panasonic X in Stock. Olympus 75mm in Stock in UK.


A couple of readers got notification for the Olympus 75mm lens which should ship within the next few days in US and European stores. The first lens is in Stock via eBay UK (Click here). The only thing in Stock in US is the official lens cap at Adorama eBay (lol). Preorders are available at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK. And an alternative cheap standard hood for $15 (Click here) and a tele hood for $16 (Click here) via ebay Hong Kong.

In Stock: The Panasonic X zoom is still in Stock in limited quantity at Amazon (Click here). The Black E-M5 body is in Stock at Amazon (via JR) and at Adorama (Click here).


(FT4) Panasonic isn’t happy with the AG-AF100 sales. Considering a new strategy.


The AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds mount videocamera

Photokina will not only be important for the classic photo-cameras but maybe also for the mirrorless video-cameras. A source told me a while ago that Panasonic has deleted the AG AF line. The reason for that is that the AF100 had not been selling well and had seen a significant price drop since launch.

So what can we expect now? “Rumors” are floating around the web saying that Panasonic will now concentrate on a Super 35mm camera. This may be indirectly a good news regarding the GH3. They can now focus to make that camera rule in terms of video quality without to fear that this will take away some AG-AF100 sales.

Hopefully I can get some GH3 info soon! As usual feel free to send me completely save and anonymous messages through the contact form you see on the right sidebar. No identification needed and no info (like IP) gets stored! Juts use a fake name so that I can recognize you in future. Thanks!

P.S.: The AG-AF100 has a $500 rebate ongoing at BHphoto until late September (yep…until Photokina). The still super GH2 sells for $1,129 with kit lens at Amazon (lowest price ever).





Damian Mc GilliCuddy is already shooting with “Olympus secret stuff”…


In around one month Olympus will announce two new PEN camera (E-PL5 and E-PM2) and maybe another “secret” (Four-Thirds?) camera too. And it looks like Damian Mc GilliCuddy is already having fun while testing that Olympus “secret stuff“. He writes: “I’m in a secret location, for a secret client, preparing to shoot the first of my two weddings this year. Those whom know me will know most of my social commissions involve None Disclosure Agreements, so “mum” is the word… no details“.

Shooting a wedding… don’t think he is using an E-PL5 or E-PM2 for this….or? I got some first hints about a professional OM camera but as long as I heard this will arrive this winter. or maybe Olympus will announce it earlier and ship it later? Don’t know, need a little bit of help from my (anonymous) friends on this …or someone has to do a bit of stalking on Damian 😉

UPDATE: He now updated the post and writes the OM-D’s are with him. But this doesn’t exlude the possibility he carries the other “new” cameras too.

Olympus E-M5 body in Stock at Amazon. And so the E-m5 with kit lens.

Here is the chronological ordered list of all OM film cameras ever made by Olympus. Click on the names to see them on eBay (ordered by first announced camera): M-1, OM-1, OM-1 MD, OM-1N, OM-2, OM-2N, OM-2S/SP, OM-3, OM-3Ti, OM-4, OM-4T/Ti black and chrome, OM-10, OM-20 (OM-G), OM-30(OM-F), OM-40 (OM-PC), OM-77AF (OM-707), OM-88 (OM-101), OM-2000.



UPDATED: Silver E-M5 and Panasonic X zoom in Stock! Gold Box deal on the Lensbaby Composer for m43.


UPDATE: The Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and it may soon de thron the new Canon EOS-M in overall mirrorless camera sales ranking (here at A). The E-M5 with lens is also in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

UPDATE_2: Also the Panasonic 12-35mm X zoom is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

P.S.: There is a super Gold Box deal on the Lensbaby for Micro Four Thirds on Amazon (Click here to check it out).


Vitaly: GH3 rumor roundup and firmware suggestions…


A fake GH3 rendering.

Vitaly Kiselev, the Panasonic camera hacker posted a roundup of GH3 rumors floting around the web. And he added his firmware suggestions too. Here is the list via Personal-View:

GH3 Preliminary specs (really rumors and speculations, nothing official :-0 ):

  • Wheather sealed, metal body
  • Shutter button located similarly to G5, same power zoom rocker
  • 920k or better capacitive touch screen
  • Improved EVF (like full 1080p)
  • 1080p50/1080p60 at 28mp
  • 1080p120/1080p100 special modes (limited time usage), 720p120/720p100 unlimited
  • WiFi direct with Android and iPhone applications with remote video capture
  • 1/3.5″ mic input and headphone output
  • Supplied with new wheather sealed kit
  • And optional battery grip, of course.

Mine suggestions:

  • Improve video encoder making it independent from bunch of fixed settings, improve it’s performance
  • Make special dedicated expert screen for video settings, allowing to set any combination of encoder parameters, without any hacks
  • Make proper electronic follow focus with speed selection, ability to set predefined positions, etc, driven from mobile phone or using rocker


I would be so happy with these specs!!!

New Panasonic stuff preorders:
Black G5 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
Silver G5 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
45-150mm lens in Black at BHphoto (Click here) and in Silver at BHphoto (Click here).
LX7 in Black at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) in White at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
Other compacts, the FZ200 at BHphoto (Click here), the FZ60 at BHphoto (Click here).