After a very long time the 20mm pancake is back in Stock at Amazon (Click here to see it). And so is the 25mm Leica lens at Adorama (Click here) and Amazon (Click here). An Asian reseller is selling one 12-35mm X lens at Amazon US (Click here)…actually for a decent price!
The 75mm with the optional lens hood
The conclusion from Pekka Potka tells it all: “I have very little more to write about this lens. When something is average, there are usually many sides you can ponder. Now there aren’t. Just add all the superlatives you can think of if you want to make this blog longer.” The lens is sharp in the center and in the border at any aperture. There are only negligible differences. It’s really the sharpest Olympus M43 lens ever released.
Here is a picture of the lens on the E-P3 and here a picture of the lens on the Black E-M5. Black camera with Silver lens doesn’t really look good. I hope Olympus will release a Black version too!
The video on top is made by SmallCameraBigPicture and shows the 12-35mm unboxing ritual. I hope you can leave that experience soon too!
Panasonic 12-35mm X lens preorders at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.
New E-M5 books coming:
David Busch is working on a guide for the OM-D and it should be finished in July. As you know he alreayd wrote an E-P2 guide you can find here at Amazon. The german Profibuch from Wagner should be in Stock very soon at Amazon Germany.
New E-M5 reviews and news:
ThePhoBlographer sold everything for the E-M5: “It perfectly embodies what I loved so much about the Fuji X100, but incorporates the usability and flexiblity of my Nikon D7000.”
Photographer Marc Rogoff is also testing the E-M5. A never seen OMD grip at Dpreview Forum.
In Stock status check:
In USA some overpriced kits are in Stock at Amazon and eBay. In Stock in Canada at Mostlydigital.
Europeans have a bit more luck. Amazon UK has also the Silver body in Stock, Amazon Germany the black E-M5.
All preorder links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.
There is no vacation for a rumor website like me 🙁 Top sources just unveiled that Panasonic will have a major product announcement in early July. They didn’t share the “stuff” list but I was told that there are many new cameras. I am pretty sure we will finally see the new Panasonic G5. I am not sure about the LX6 yet. And I don’t expect any new m43 lens. The G5 should use the same G3 16 Megapixel sensor. What will change is the shape of the camera.
Stay tuned guys!
P.S.: I am moving to my new house in the middle of nowhere on the Pyrenees on July 5th. Please Panasonic no announcement on that day! 🙂
Links to the current G Panasonic models:
Panasonic G3 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic G2 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
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
For weeks now I am solving a series of minor issues on 43rumors and Mirrorlessrumors. I disabled the member messaging and member registration. The main reason is that I want to do a full checkup and upgrade that solves any spam or loading issue. If all works fine in two weeks 43rumors will load faster and be more spam-proof. Yesterday the website was offline for a coupel of hours. The main problem was MirrorlessRumors that had a broken comment system (now fixed).
Thanks for the patience! And now let’s go one with a real FT5 rumors…coming soon 😉