Cameralabs: “E-M5 marks the beginning of a new strand in mirrorless CSC cameras”

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Venid Vidi Vici: E-M5 remains on top of the mirrorless ranking since the day it was in Stock for the first time (Click here to see the rankings).

I really try hard to not overpost 43rumors with Olympus E-M5 related news. But we just got many new reviews and one of them is from one of my favorite reviews…CameraLabs! I guess Panasonic has to hurry with the GH3 release otherwise we will all end buying the E-M5! 🙂

CameraLabs: “The OM-D E-M5 marks the beginning of a new strand in mirrorless CSC cameras that poses the strongest threat yet to the dominance of DSLRs in the higher-end of the consumer market. It cleverly combines a retro SLR design (which is still widely held in affection 40 years on) with the best that modern technology can offer.”
PDNgear: “Maybe, in the end, that’s the best thing I can say about the Olympus OM-D E-M5. It’s a cute-looking, retro-style camera that’s capable of taking some fantastic quality images and HD video but like its awkward-sounding model name, it just never felt comfortable to me.
Rovingphotographer: “The E-M5 isn’t for everyone. There are die-hards, purists, and folks who just like their DSLRs. That’s fine. That’s why we have choices. I truly think this is the first step towards a new era of cameras. But even if it’s not, it’s a step forward for me.
For our German readers: E5-M Einstellungsführer at System Kamera Blog.
The Black E-M5 ramins within the top 40 of all sold cameras at Amazon (Click here). pretty impressive if you consider that unlike Canon and Nikon camera sthe E-m5 gets splitted in two color versions (would eb ncie to see the sum of Black and Silver E-M5 sales).

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.

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(FT4) All Black Olympus 12mm and 45mm lenses coming at Photokina?

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According to infos unveiled by Olympus managers it is very likely that Olympus will release an All Black version of the current Olympus 12mm f/2.0 and Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lenses. The optical design will not change, just the color! The current Silver lenses really do not match well on Black bodies like the new Black E-M5.

The lenses will very likely be unveiled before Photokina and of course there will be also completely new lenses (like the 60mm macro f/2.8) but I still haven’t got the specs about them yet. Drop me a message if you know something about them! Thanks!

Olympus 12mm f/2.0 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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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Panasonic 12-35mm X lens to be in Stock this week. And new reviews.

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I got some emails from dealers confirming that the lens will ship this week at least in Asia and Europe (Have no info about US/Canada now). Watch out for the postman! 🙂

Two new test and image samples have been posted by the Asian websites DC.watch and Mobile01. Preorders and price check at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

 

 

 

 

P.S.: Reports about the Lumix Fetsival in Germany in Hannover (some pics on Flickr).

 

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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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