(FT4) Four new Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras within the next 8-10 months.


While talking with one of my sources about the Photokina event he unveiled to me that Olympus plan is to release at least four new Micro Four Thirds cameras within the next 8-10 months:

1) The new E-PM and E-PL cameras are coming at Photokina. They will offer small upgrades and some of the E-M5 tech like the same super fast autofocus
2) There will be one more OM-D model placed above the E-M5
3) There will be a new camera that opens a new “Kind” of m43 series.

We didn’t talk about the Four Thirds cameras but he was sure there would be new models…

Links to the current E-M5 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Here is the chronological ordered list of all OM film cameras ever made by Olympus. Click on the names to see them on eBay (ordered by first announced camera): M-1, OM-1, OM-1 MD, OM-1N, OM-2, OM-2N, OM-2S/SP, OM-3, OM-3Ti, OM-4, OM-4T/Ti black and chrome, OM-10, OM-20 (OM-G), OM-30(OM-F), OM-40 (OM-PC), OM-77AF (OM-707), OM-88 (OM-101), OM-2000.


In case you want to see where the hell the 43rumors admin is right now :)


In case you are wondering why the heck I am not answering your mails in these days here is the picture showing the house I am currently living in. There is no Internet connection there but from now on I will have a more constant access thanks to a mobile 3G USB stick.

Finally I can go back to 100% full news and rumors coverage! Stay tuned ;)

BIg hug from Ale.



First 12-35mm X video test. 35-100mm X coming soon…


Panasonic 12-35mm Lens Test (Informal) from Jurek Ugarow on Vimeo.

Jurek Ugarow sent me his first Panasonic 12-35mm X video test. Enjoy!

The second 35-100mm X zoom we saw many times as prorptype lens will be announced within six weeks! We are still pretty much in the dark about the final price but I have been told it will cost more or less like the current 12-35mm X lens.

P.S.: 15 X lenses are back in Stock at Amazon (Click here). And with the X zoom we now have three Panasonic lenses within the 20 most ordered lens ranking list (Click here to see).


Let me know what you are waiting for…


More or less One month from now we will have a long list of new product announcements. I put together a poll and mixed reliable and non reliable rumors about possible Photokina stuff. And here is the question for you:

What's the hot stuff you are waiting for (select a maximum of three products).

  • Panasonic GH3 (32%, 2,419 Votes)
  • Olympus "professional" m43 camera. (31%, 2,313 Votes)
  • Olympus 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 lens (18%, 1,378 Votes)
  • Olympus Four Thirds camera (15%, 1,138 Votes)
  • Panasonic 35-100mm X f/2.8 lens (15%, 1,136 Votes)
  • Olympus 25mm f/1.8 macro and pancake lens (15%, 1,114 Votes)
  • Olympus PEN with integrated viewfinder (14%, 1,098 Votes)
  • Olympus f/2.0 zoom lens (14%, 1,082 Votes)
  • Panasonic GL1 rangefinder styled camera. (13%, 999 Votes)
  • Panasonic wide angle and fast pime lens. (12%, 899 Votes)
  • Sigma m43 designed prime lenses. (8%, 588 Votes)
  • Olympus 60mm f/2.8 macro. (8%, 587 Votes)
  • Olympus E-P5 (7%, 509 Votes)
  • Tamron f/2.8 zoom lens (5%, 407 Votes)
  • Olympus E-PL5 (5%, 354 Votes)
  • Olympus E-PM2 (3%, 215 Votes)

Total Voters: 7,579

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The list of Olympus 75mm lens alternatives…


If you are interested in buying a 75mm lens but want first to check if there is an alternative to the just announced Olympus 75mm lens check this list. Of course keep in mind that you have no autofocus on these third party lenses.

1) Dallmeyer 75mm f/1.9 (Here on eBay). This is an extremely expensive lens and I don’t know why it is so. Only crazy guys would buy that :)
2) Leica Summilux 75mm f/1.4 (Here on eBay). Extraordinary high quality lens for an extraordinary price (although it’s still less expensive than the mysterious Dallmeyer). It’s the fastest of all 75mm lenses
3) Zeiss Biotar 75mm f/1.5 (Here on eBay). Fast and also a bit exotic lens made for the Exacta series.
4) Leica Summarit 75mm f/2.5 (Here on eBay). High quality and relatively compact lens. A bit slow compared to the Olympus (f/2.5).
5) Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 (Here on eBay). Probably the best alternative of the new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens. Same aperture, superb high quality and cheaper.
6) Fujinon 75mm f/1.8 (Here on eBay). This is a very cheap TV lens and I don’t expect the quality to be very good. I wouldn’t buy that unlike your really need that focal length and you have a very low budget.

In short, if you don’t care about autofocus I would go for the Voigtlander Heliar. If you are rich like a Sultan go for the Leica Summilux! But than again, you will probably use it on the $8000 Leica M Monochrome and not on a m43 camera  :)

P.S.: And here are the preorders to the m43 Olympus 75mm lens if you still want it (LOL): Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.