LF1 for $299. 12-35mm X for $999.

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As a nice Christmas present you can grab the Panasonic LF1 for $299 only at BHphoto (both black or white).

Official Panasonic reseller MZgamers sells a new Panasonic 12-35mm X for $999 only on eBay US (Click here).

E-PL5 double lens kit for $499 at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

A list of all current Olympus and Panasonic deals can be found at Amazon (Click here).

New Olympus E-M1 Gariz case now on eBay in Black (Click here) or Brown (Click here).

A couple of 12-40mm PRO lenses are again in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

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Panasonic GM1 tested at Dpreview.

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This is the new Richard Franiec GM1 grip (more info at http://www.kleptography.com/rf/)

Dpreview published their full GM1 review. The camera earned the Gold Award:

The GM1 offers much of the features and image quality of its Lumix GX7 sibling in a much smaller, lighter package. A few concessions have been made to reduce the size so drastically, namely a lower-capacity battery, but it’s an excellent option for casual shooting.

GM1 store list:
In US at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at Amazon Germany, Wex Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Cyberphoto Sweden and Wex UK.

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Finally! Olympus forecast says they will return to profit thanks to increased camera sales!

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Yesterday I told you how surprised I was to see that the E-M1 seems to sell way better than the A7-A7r cameras according to Amazon mirrorless ranking (Click here). Well for once Amazon was apparently telling us the truth!

Today Bloomberg reports that” Olympus forecast a return to profit for its camera unit next fiscal year as sales of mirrorless models increase.“. Olympus CEO confirmed that camera sales will rise up to 1 million units til April (with 5% market share). And this means that after many years Olympus will make the first profit in the camera business!

Olympus CEO also said that the sales increase happens thanks to their high end mirrorless cameras. And it’s an easy guess that he meant the E-M5 and E-M1 cameras :)

Reminder: Gariz realized their sexy half leather cases for the new Olympus E-M1 You can have it on eBay in Black (Click here) or Brown (Click here).

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a little bit of everything…

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Olympus PT-EP11 Underwater Housing For the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera – First Look and Details from Backscatter on Vimeo.

GX7 with primes test (DxOmark).
E-M1 is camera of the year at Imaging Resource.
12-40mm lens test at Optyczne.pl
First Impression reviews on-line for the 12~40/2.8 PRO lens and the 75/1.8 Prime lens at Furnfeather.net.
Sports Photography with the Olympus E-M1 and 75mm Prime (TheDigitalStory).
First two parts of a multi-part comparison between the Fuji X-E1 & OM-D E-M1 (Link to part one and part two)
FF resolution vs micro-43 resolution (Camerastuffreview)

Henrik:There’s currently not many hands on tests available on the new 12-32mm Pancake lens available, so maybe the readers are interested in an overview and some Twig Pixel Peeping, how this lens compares to others in the Panasonic line up. And there’s a quiz, too … check from a crop if you’re a lens master and you can identify which lens was used :-) :
http://www.mopswerk.de/panasonic-lumix-g-12-32mm-quick-check-and-comparison/

Ulysses:I’m actually not writing about a rumor, but to report on a user experience I read about his Olympus E-M1 and brand new 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens. Apparently it was in a camera bag but got knocked onto a carpeted floor. Although not a long drop, the lens broke. On examination, he was surprised to find the screws that hold the mounting plate into the lens are inserted into plastic threads, making this seem like a weak point for the lens.
Now, perhaps other pro lenses from Canon or Nikon are constructed the same way. Right now, many people in that thread are understandably angry with Olympus.
As a pro photographer, I know from experience that even pro lenses for full-frame cameras can take an unfortunate bounce and shatter irreparably even when you might not expect. That could be the case with this poor guy. Or the lens may have already had some defect. Maybe not enough facts are known. And no one truly knows about the design quality of the lens other than Olympus.
What I was wondering from you: Do you (or anyone you know) have any insight as to the construction of the 12-40 lens? Is that rear mount actually held together by plastic? And would this make the lens less durable than might be hoped for?
And furthermore, does this call into question the construction of other lenses like the upcoming 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens?
You can read the thread and see photos of his unfortunate lens here:
http://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=56256

Obj:There’s a nice Panasonic/Kathmandu promotion running in New Zealand. Depending on the price of the camera, you get up to NZD 150 (EUR 90, USD 124) as a voucher for Kathmandu (well known NZ outdoor shops). The promotion includes the GM1! Here’s a link to the promotion: http://www.panasonic.co.nz/promotions/kathmandu-bonus-voucher-with-lumix-purchase/


A 43rumors friend created a new APP that some of you coul find to be very useful: iOS App texBlend and it’s is available in the App Store (Click here). More info about it at Outbackphoto (Click here).

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E-M1 more popular than Sony’s A7-A7r series (Amazon ranking).

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Size comparison image via Camerasize.

I know we have to take the Amazon mirrorless ranking (Click here) results with a grain of salt. That said I noticed something I didnt’ expect. The Olympus E-M1 has never been surpassed by the so praised Sony A7-A7r cameras. The E-M1 constantly ranks above them even now that the A7r is in Stock for the first time.

Olympus has done it right with the E-M1. Hope they can repeat the success with the new OMD camera that is going to be announced soon!

 

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