US/Canada deal (12mm, LVF2, 14mm and E-M5)

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OM-D vs. NEX-7 by Mirrorlessreviews (on top Video Part 1 and here Video Part 2).

Finally I have some deals for our canadian readers too 🙂 Steve sent me a terrific deal: The Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens is selling for $499 in Canada. $300 off the list price at Lozeau (Click here) -> UPDATE: Deal now is now dead 🙁
The Panasonic DMW-LVF2 (GX1 viewfinder) suddenly went on sale for $160 last night at B&H and Adorama.
Panasonic 14mm for $265 via thrid party resellers at Amazon (Click here).
Since yesterday the Black kit is in Stock at Amazon (Click here). And at the moment of writing even the Black Body only is in Stock for the normal price via third party resellers at Amazon (Click here).

P.S.: On June 1-3, the first Olympus E-M5 workshop took place in Münster, Germany. Professional fashion photographer Ralph Man prepared the sets and gave valuable insight on the camera and creative tips. All the participants were given a silver E-M5 for the duration of the workshop. Here are some shots of the weekend: http://www.flickr.com/photos/68603035@N04/sets/72157630052837280/detail/.

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(FT3) Panasonic GH3 coming with external battery grip?

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The current Panasonic GH2 with the chinese Ownuser battery grip.

The GH3 battery grip:
The latest rumor I got says that the upcoming new Panasonic GH3 will (finally!) have an external battery grip. We long waited for this for the current Panasonic GH2 but all we got was the chinese Ownuser battery grip you see here on top. I have no details about the battery grip specs but I have been told it’s weather sealed like the camera.

Currently I have some FT5 (80-99% reliability) and FT3 (40-60% reliability) rumors about the GH3:
FT5: Coming late August (early September), similar GH2 design, weather sealed, no global shutter, major improvements in AF speed and EVF quality, GH3X kit with 12-35mm X lens.
FT3: 15.5 mega-pixel sensor, Iso 160-12800 (extends to 80-51200), 6.7fps, 3.2″ inch LCD with 1050k-dots, EVF with 2.06 mega-dots, double SDXC slots, in-camera GPS.

Will the GH3 become as popular as the Olympus E-M5? I hope so, would be nice to have two top high end m43 models!

New E-m5 and new lens (pre)orders:
E-M5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.
Olympus 75mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
Panasonic 12-35mm X lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Reminder -> 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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Your (lens-) message in a bottle for Schneider Kreuznach!

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As you know Schneider is considering to develop a new 30mm f/1.4 and 60mm f/2.4 macro lens. These lenses should be unveiled in 2013. But is that what 43rumor readers do want? What would you want from Schneider?

Consider that:
1) Schneider will make prime lenses (not zooms) for now
2) The lenses will be expensive (1.000-1.5000 Euro)
3) They will high super high quality, autotofcus but no in body stabilization

Take into account the three points and let me know what lens the Germans should make to convince you to spend your money! Comment this post!

 

Some nice lenses you can take inspiration of:

Xenon 16mm f/1.2 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 25mm f/0.95 (Click here to see on eBay).
Curtagon 35mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Componon 50mm f/1.4 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 50mm f/1.9 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 50mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 75mm f/3.5 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenotar 80mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 180mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).

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E-M5 climbing the rankings…

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Since Yesterday the Black E-M5 with 12-50mm is in Stock for the first time at Amazon US (Click here). And it’s already climbing the rankings at Amazon. Of course this has a very relative and pure indicative value but it’s somewhat nice to see an Olympus camera beating the 5DmarkIII and D800 (Click hee to see overall camera rankings). No PEN camera ever managed to get so much on top. WIll the GH3 do even better? 🙂

P.S.: E-M5 is on top at the mirrorless camera ranking.

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(FT4) Newly(!) designed Sigma m43 lenses will be announced at Photokina.

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Good news folks! There is a 60-80% chance that Sigma will unveil new Micro Four Thirds lenses in September (for Photokina). And if the rumor I got are correct these lenses are completely designed for the Micro Four Thirds system only!

As you know the current 30mm and 19mm lenses cover the APS-C sensor because they are made for the NEX and NX system too. The lenses are very good (and cheap) but bigger than they could be if they would have been designed for the m43 system only.

The 30mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).
The 19mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

Just a reminder. Sigma also offers a nice amount of Four Thirds lenses:
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 Sigma 24mm f/1.8 Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 Sigma 55-500mm f/4-5.6 Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Sigma 135-400mm f/4-5.6 Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6

Reminder -> 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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