(FT4) Trusted source: E-5 successor coming for sure.

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A trusted source told me to trust him (LOL) when he says that a native Four Thirds camera is going to be announced this year. He is 100% sure that this is not a hybrid MFT and FT camera but simply a new E-7 FT. He also told me the camera is also ready to go into final production and all specs are defined (alreayd since end of last year). The camera will be on amrket the second half of this year. Good news for all those folks using top class Zuiko FT lenses :)

The two superb Zuiko f/2.0 zooms:
14-35mm f/2.0 on eBay (Click here) and via Slidoo eBay.
35-100mm f/2.0 on eBay (Click here) and via Slidoo 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

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Here is the image of the first SVS-Vistek “Hasselblad styled” MFT camera!

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The German company SVS-Vistek announced the first Industrial Micro Four Thirds camera. The name is “EVO Tracer” and it reminds me of my nice Hasselblad 903SWC camera with that cube style :)

  • Micro Four Thirds mount
  • full electronic support for aperture control and autofocus
  • Remote Lens control via Ethernet
  • Monochrome or Color sensor (made by Truesense Imaging)
  • Full-Frame speeds of 146Hz, 85Hz, 40Hz and 21Hz at 1, 2, 4 and 8 Megapixels respectively
  • Dual GigE Vision Data-Interface (Gigabit Ethernet Standard)
  • GigE Vision und GenIcam Standard compatible
  • Two parallel Ethernet connections
  • variable AOI
  • SDK for Windows (32/64 bit) and Linux.
  • Sequence Shutter mode and enhanced Strobe control
  • On-the-fly programmable AOI for higher frame rates and reduced data transfer
  • 3 Inputs and 3 Outputs (put details in the spec table)
  • 2 Outputs for driving LED flash illumination or Pan-Tilt mount (see spec)
  • RS-232 communication for controlling external devices over the Gige interface
  • Rugged IP-67 rated housing
  • Standard M12 industry-proven connectors for use with COTS cabling

Full specs can be read on that pdf (Click here to download).

 

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Panasonic 45-200mm for $99. And GH3 with accessory kit at Adorama.

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This is as cheap as it gets! The 45-200mm lens from Panasonic sells for $99 at Bestbuy (Click here).

Meantime the GH3 is in Stock at Samys and Adorama (with free shipping and 2% rewards) . But Adorama has also a few superkits options. The GF3 X kit sells as low as $329 on eBay US (Click here).The GF5 with X lens for $374 on eBay US (Click here) and the GX1 X for $499 again at on eBay US (Click here).

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(FT3) Surprise announcement from Olympus in April?

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A source just told me that there will be an “impending Olympus announcement in April“. It seems to be something “Big” but we have to see if this is related to a new camera/lens announcement or whatever.

I ask my sources to check into this. All I know is that an E-P5 and new f/2.8 zoom will hit the market in June. Don’t know if the announcement will come earlier in April.

Something else: I am surprised ot see how many of you liked the idea to have a digital version of the current Olympus PEN-F (here on eBay). Results of your voting can be seen here:

...would you like a digital PEN-F designed camera?

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Hope Olympus is getting your loud and clear message :)

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

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New Single Lens 3D tech from Panasonic.

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There was a time when everyone was talking about the 3D future. And we MFT users also got the first 3D lens for a digital mirrorless system from Panasonic (the 12.5mm f/8 here at Amazon). Now the hype is over but I am sure 3D will come back. Image Sensor World spotted that Panasonic design explaining the new Single Lens technique. Instead of using special 3D lenses you focus on the use f special 3D sensors. I guess smartphones and compact cameras may will be released with the mentioned technique. Don’t believe Panasonic will make a MFT 3D camera but if they do you may be able to use all your MFT lenses for shooting 3D. Nice.

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