(FT4) Panasonic only “real” new lens will be the 35-100mm f/2.8? Rest is on roadmap only.


The only new Panasonic lens that we will be able to buy soon after Photokina is the 35-100mm f/2.8 X lens. The other new Panasonic lenses will be shown on a roadmap only (and maybe as a prototype behind a thick glass only). This “other” lenses will than be available from early 2013 only. We have no bulletproof spec about the next Panasonic lenses but there could be one new wide angle zoom, a telephoto prime and another unknown lens.

Price of the 35-100mm X should be similar to the current Panasonic 12-35mm X lens. Something else. A readers sent me the link to a 12-35mm X led ring adpater (Click here).


(FT5) New E-PM3 and E-PL5 with same Olympus E-M5 16 Megapixel Sony sensor!


The current E-M5 with Gariz.

A couple of sources confirmed that both new PEN cameras will be equipped with the same Sony 16 Megapixel sensor of the Olympus E-M5! This is very likely the one major improvement on the new PEN cameras and a highly welcome one :)

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

E-M5 Case:
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.

E-M5 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.


about “no-rumors” on the Olympus E-7 and something about viewfinders…


It’s late here and I am a bit tired. It’s rumor time and I am working every minute I can on the details for the next cameras and lenses. Just wanted to post two weird rumors (or no rumors) I have to understand:

First: There is no reliable info about an upcoming E-5 successor. Makes me think there is no E-7 at all coming any time soon!
Second: I keep getting hints about a “sort of viewfinder solution” coming from Olympus. I have been told that it is not a viewfinder like the VF-2 and VF-3, it’s also not a built-in viewfinder solution and also not really a Leica Visoflex adapter solution. Sounds pretty much crazy :)

Hope sources can soon send me some info regarding these two points.

P.S.: I am getting more and more info about the PEN and GH3 cameras. I am double and triple checking everything and I hope to be ready soon to unveil you more!


a little bit of everything…(with readers work)


The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing from Michael Mills on Vimeo.

Olympus E-P3 tested with the Sigma 150mm macro at DC.watch. Panasonic LX7 hands-on at DC.watch.

Buying more m4/3 cameras and lenses at Soundimagesplus.

Olympus Challenges Photokina Visitors to Put their Cameras to the Test (Photographyblog).

Panasonic G5 arrived in the hands of Soundimagesplus.

Panasonic LX7 tested at Trustedreviews.

Panasonic 45-150 mm 4.0-5.6 tested at Camerastuffreview.

Using GPS Tracklogs in Lightroom Maps fro Aerial Photography at Outbackphoto.

win $100 on e-p1.net.

Anonymous:have today as a supplement made a new test of the same lens, now with a moving object. https://vimeo.com/48150666 AFC is much faster as wide (12mm).

Bjarne:Just thought I’d mention that, what seems to be, the first Lumix G5 unboxing is now available on youtube, http://youtu.be/d6wScBkzgJM. I have put a little unformal test on Vimeo of the AFC speed with the 12-35 mm f.2.8 on GH2 https://vimeo.com/47999097

Marcelo:I work in astronomical instrumentation (Scientific CCD cameras), and I’m subscribed to Photonics, a scientific magazine in electrooptics. Today I received the info at the link below, a development at Harvard School of Engineering, which can impact significantly the design of future camera lenses http://www.photonics.com

Michael:About a year ago I was pleasantly surprised to see you link to one of my GH2 Vimeo videos. This time I’m sending you a short and abstract interview video which strives to emulate a high contrast B&W film look, in case you wish to include it with one of your occasional “little bit of everything” entries: https://vimeo.com/48487720 (Editor’s note: video has been embedded on top of this post)”

Bruno: ” Seem to remember from reading the forum that you have an interest or background in physics / astronomy, so maybe this will interest you.  I’m a research scientist at the South African Astronomical Observatory and this is something I did a few weeks ago mostly with my Olympus E-P3 with the Pana 20mm and Oly 17mm.  I went up on the mountain and spent 4 nights to capture as much night sky as I could. We keep hearing that micro-4/3 don’t do well in low light or high ISO, so, being an anti-conformist, I decided to invest in the system to do just that!  I’m not a pro by any measure, I’m pretty new to photography in general and 3 weeks ago I didn’t know much about the whole post-processing world, but I gave it a go anyway. I’m very happy with what I got from that small camera!  I made a 90sec montage of over 1300 images from 5 different point of view, 13h total time on sky. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzMhMazdOrU&hd=1

Amanda:Not a rumour but We shot a film using the GH2 for an 48hour project in Rotterdam. This is the film: https://vimeo.com/48292058 Unfortunately its spoken dutch without subtitles. In some time there will be an extended edit which will also be graded….This version is ungraded strait from the camera. I used the Cluster v6 Nebular patch from Driftwood.


(FT5) GH3 has fastest AF of the world. It is like a pro DSLR. Best hybrid cam ever (Source report)


A tester had the chance to test a Panasonic GH3 camera which he says was a final prototype with unfinished firmware. There are only few cameras at the moment going across the world in hands of photographers and journalists. First he said the specs I posted in these days are correct. The GH3 is weather sealed, has a new 16 Mpx sensor, ALL-I 72Mbit/s video recording, 100-12.800 ISO, external vertical battery grip and full Application remote control. While he can’t unveil the spec he said that the camera was a real surprise fro him:

1) Ergonomy: The GH3 is bigger and heavier, it is built like a tank! Panasonic clearly wants to give you a “DSLR feeling” going away from the “smaller is better” philosophy. It feels much more PRO than the Olympus E-M5. De facto it looks more similar to a PRO DSLR like a Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D more than to any other Panasonic/Olympus mirrorless camera we have seen before.

2) Specs: While he can’t unveil the specs he said that Panasonic improved any aspects of the camera. They really studied the feedback they got from Photographers and Filmmakers using the GH2. So almost everything you wished to have on a GH3 will become truth. The sensor gets on market with the “Wide Dynamic Range” definition while the Autofocus is said to be the fastest of the whole interchangeable camera world. Video specs and features are the best he ever saw on these kind of cameras. While there was no chance to analyze the stills quality he got the chance to see some videos made with the GH3. Definitely a leap forward!

3) Connectivity and accessories: The GH3 is all about getting connected. There are many physical and wireless connection possibilities. Filmmmakers are going to have all the connections they need for a professional production.

Thanks source for the precise report that I as usual rewrote (by adding my usual baby-English language) to hide your language style. We are all looking forward to see the GH3!!!


P.S.: All sources confirmed that the Gh3 is the “only” new m43 camera from Panasonic at Photokina. But as I told you before I expect a new GX2 to be announced a few months after Photokina.

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