I will soon have a good reason to disappear for a few days :)

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Life always manages to surprise our short staying on this world. Almost a year ago I was hit by a multiple series of not so good events (article here). Those bad news were related to some people close to me that have been living different kind of issues. The months after I worked hard to fix what could be fixed. Of course some things cannot be fixed at all. It had been a time where I spent more energy than I could get back from the world around me. But as I told you, life is immensely surprising. And not only bad news come and go, also unexpected good news hit you from time to time :)

Particularly the news I am going to share you today will have a great influence on my life and also a bit on my work on 43rumors. That’s the reason why I choose to make it public. I will very soon become father for the very first time. The baby is “scheduled” to see the light of the world…guess when…January 1st! Of course you never know when that creature decides to jump out of the box :)

As we are pretty close to the event it could be that when this happens for a few days 43rumors will not be updated. If you see me not posting any news you should know that I have a good reason for it! And the first two weeks I will likely post less on this website. Could be that I skip the usual news-reviews coverage in favour of rumor posts only. And please don’t be upset if I don’t answer your mails or if your comments will take long time before they get approved! And expect me to double or triple the error rate in my already poor written English! :)

Thanks for your understanding!!!

P.S.: I am now going to the gynecologist with my wonderful girlfriend (and future wife). Will be offline for a few hours. And here are some more little news:
43rumors and Mirrorlessrumors design update:
A small design update on 43rumors is coming. And ipad and iphone versions are coming too.
Mirrorlessrumors will be completely redone and become a “vertical community” where to share stories and work and news around the mirrorless world (it will take 4-5 months to develop that).
Thinking on doing a personal blog:
As you know I decided to live somewhere in the middle of nowhere on the Pyrenees. I am thinking on doing a blog sharing some of my small experiences doing that life. I may do camera reviews by photographing cows and goats :)
Slidoo:
Last week I presented you my Slidoo.com project (article here). This is an easy search and notification service for eBay that soon will be expanded to Amazon too. I carefully discussed all your proposals and ideas with my programmers and most of them will be realized soon! Thanks for your help and keep using and testing it. I hope you will find it useful!

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New GH3 reviews! And also babies can shoot with it :)

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Panasonic GH3 Review 5: Wi-fi Operation from Nick Driftwood on Vimeo.

Time to share some new GH3 test. Particularly the tests on vimeo are interesting:

Triple video test:
Moire Aliasing Lumix GH2 vs GH3 test (Vimeo).
GH3 lens test | 12-35 Kit | SLR Magic 12mm | Voigtländer 25mm (Vimeo).
ISO test | Panasonic GH3 | Canon 5d mk3 | Canon 7d (Vimeo).

Readers mail:

Martin sent me a link on Flickr (Click here). As you see the GH3 is so eays to use that even babies can shot with it! :)
Bernie:I received yesterday my new GH3 and did some tests with it. Maybe you find it interesting and find a way to share this. https://vimeo.com/54810374.
GH3 presentation in Japan (via DC.watch). Our reader Ogawa was there and tested the GH3 and talked to the Panasonic guys. These are the info he shared:
You can “touch focus” shutter release with ios (maybe android. Too. I don’t  interest android so no talk about android). Big one is the ios remote control. Great step  forward.
Fn can be assigned from almost anything. And most of fns are symmetrically assignable from the same items list
New mf assist mode. When in mode.  You can move the window. Notfocus. Target area. Previously  assist window is fixed in center as you know
Menu is rearranged a litte for more intuitive    Focus related settings are gathered. And more.
This is almost perfect Ui and function camera. This will becomes the new standard during next few years for all camera makes.
If it had released a half years before, I would have bought ie instead of E-M5.
But its good, because of it, i knew Olympus especially its in-body IS. And I realized how pana Ui is great :-)
M. Ogawa
Tokyo

GH3 store links and in Stock status check::
12-35mm GH3 kit: Wex UK, Wex DE, Photoexpress UK, FotoHansKeuzekamp (NL),
14-140mm GH3 kit: Wex UK, Amazon UK, Photoexpress UK, Wex DE, Amazon FR,
Body only: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Panasonic store, Samys, Henry, Vistek, Wex UK, FotoHansKeuzekamp (NL), Amazon FR, Webdistirbution FR,

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Film conversion software for the GH2. Does it work? You tell me :)

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Invicem from Kristoffer Stranden on Vimeo.

Rubber Monkey Software have just released a fine new version of the FilmConvert digital emulsion emulation with support for the Panasonic GH2 sensor. On top you can watch the example video shot with the GH2. What do you think…are we really getting this “mythical” film-look?

Meantime “price-cheaters” are pretty active on eBay (Click here). Selling the GH3 for much more than you can get in “ordinary” stores. Here are some more “normal” price in EU, US and Canada. Only exception may be UK where Panasonic set a high price:

12-35mm GH3 kit:
Wex UK, Wex DE, Photoexpress UK, FotoHansKeuzekamp (NL),

14-140mm GH3 kit:
Wex UK, Amazon UK, Photoexpress UK, Wex DE, Amazon FR,

Body only:
Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Panasonic store, Samys, Henry, Vistek, Wex UK, FotoHansKeuzekamp (NL), Amazon FR, Webdistirbution FR,

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Third Panasonic lens price drop in three days: 7-14mm for $759 (UPDATE: deal gone)

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Today the price of the 7-14mm f/4.0 zoom went down to $759 at Amazon US (Click here). This is a $130 price drop compared to the usual price ($889 at BHphoto now). UPDATE: Deal is now over!

 

P.S.: he curious thing is that this is the third price drop on the third lens in three days:
on Sunday the 12-35mm X lens price dropped by $200 at Amazon (still ongoing!).
on Monday the 20mm f/1.7 lens price dropped by $30 at Amazon (still ongoing!).
And today we have that one.

So….what kind of lens would you like to see discounted tomorrow?

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David Busch’s E-M5 book shipping. Firmware update for the 12-35mm X.

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David Busch’s E-M5 book is now downloadable on iTunes (Click here) and shipping  at Amazon US (Click here). It will ship in two weeks at Amazon UK (Click here). German readers can buy the book from R.Wagner at Amazon.de.

Panasonic (Click here) released the new 12-35mm firmware update 1.1. It improves the AF performance on the E-M5. Reminder: There is a $200 price drop on that lens at Amazon (Click here). And the 20mm pancake price decreased down to $324 at Amazon (Click here).

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