(FT5) Panasonic announcement on Wednesday morning (6-7am London time)


The brand new LF1 compact camera, the G6 Micro Four Thirds camera and the new updated 14-140mm MFT lens will be announced that Wednesday April 24th at around 6-7am London time! You are kindly invited to be online at 43rumors by that time to follow the live updates with news, reviews and first comments on the new Panasonic stuff.

The LF1 is a compact camera with fixed lens, tiny built.in EVF and 1:1,7 inch sensor like the current LX7
The G6 has a 16 megapixel sensor, same GH2 video quality, mic input and similar G5 size

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FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct


readers mail roundup…


Panasonic Australia Lumix camera GH3 Tech Tips – Videography

This will be an exciting week with Panasonic scheduled to announce the new LF1 and G6 camera on Wednesday. But before that let me catch up with some readers mails:

Russ:Here’s my latest vid, a promo for wood-fired hot tub delivered by bicycle! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q622LMXN9ic. Shot with a GH2, 20mm 1.7, 45mm 1.8 and 50mm 1.4 Nikkor.

Matt:I just thought this was kind of an interesting project that I shot with a hacked GH2 in 720 60 for slow mo. It really ended up quite beautiful (though the ladies definitely help with that) and color corrected really well. If it’s interesting at all, feel free to share it. The video is for a kickstarter project for the swimsuits. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn31fqzvq3U&sns=em

Anonymous:The project got funded!   I don’t see that you have published anything on the digital Bolex.  This might be a good time and to provide a link to the kick start project. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cappuccino/beyond-the-bolex-a-documentary-film.http://nofilmschool.com/2013/04/beyond-bolex-documentary-jacques-bolsey/ 43rumors Editor’s answer. Sorry, I simply missed to read your mail. And when I found it hours before the kickstarter money collection ended I tweeted this with my 43rumors twitter account!

Vincent:I’ve shot a highway car race on the GH3. Maybe it’s interesting for the GH3 lovers! https://vimeo.com/64343246
What happens when young people start to listen to music in their cars? Well.. THIS happens!
You will probaly recognize yourself in this little short film. Young people tend to start racing when listening to music in their cars! In this film our main character starts to ‘visualize’ an entire racetrack on his way to work.
This film was pre-produced in 2 days and shot in 1 one day. The driving part was pretty dangerous as our actor had to drive like an idiot on the highway and our camera-car almost had an accident. We took the same driving route for 5 times. Between these ’rounds’ we switched angles and put people inside the cars with shakey Canon 5D’s and 550d

Marc:I thought you might be interested in my work, all taken on an Olympus E-P2, I run a photo blog and recently I’ve been contributing to Untitled Cities, a New York based online magazine about all things urban. Anyway just in case you fancy dropping me into the next readers round ups…http://marcprovins.blogspot.co.uk/    http://untappedcities.com/author/marcprovins/

Lawrence: “Music Video in Hong Kong shot on the GH3 with a Voigtlander 17.5mm mainly. 50p .mov low bitrate mode. Rode Video Mic Pro. Thanks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZQBmHPAGV0


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


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).


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


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


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


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).