June 26, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) E-P3 with built-in Eye-Fi support (fold down external flash)


I hope you will be here on Wednesday to follow the Olympus announcement! Announcement should be made at around 6-7am London time. In the meanwhile I am continually getting tidbits of rumors!

A source just told me that the E-P3 has built-in Eye-Fi support for controlling the Eye-Fi cards (Click here to see the cards on eBay). And as you know there will be a new flash too (the Olympus FL-300R). A new source told me that it works like the Sony’s F20AM (Click here to see the cards on eBay). For example you fold down to turn off.

And now a couple of confirmations:
1) A couple of sources confirmed that the 40-150 II R is coming too.
2) Sources are now certain the sensor is designed by Olympus (and produced by Panasonic). Olympus goal was to improve the dynamic range, color fidelity and autofocus speed.
3) New and known soruces keep saying AF speed is amazing :)

June 26, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

SLR Magic x Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 Olympus PEN E-PL2. Get the lens on eBay (Click here).

There is a Panasonic G3 review at CNET (Click here): “If you’re looking for a camera that’s not quite as big as a dSLR but doesn’t skimp on hardware controls or features like an articulated LCD, EVF and stereo full HD video, the G3 is one of my favorite options. But performance is hit-and-miss for shooting action, so you may end up having to go with something just a bit bigger, anyway.”
Check if the new G3 is in Stock by clicking those direct search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

A very nice Olympus XZ-1 Field Report at Seriouscompact (Click here). Click those links to see the current Olympus XZ-1 price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay (There are price drops in many countries).

Fotosidan discovered that the Panasonic GF3 catalogue pictures have been taken with the Canon 5D :)

Our japanese reader can participate to a Panasonic product presentation in Tokyo and Osaka (DC.watch)

Fuji X100 review at Steve Huff. In Stock check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Innovation Underwater: Nauticam NA-EPL2 Housing for Olympus E-PL2 (Imaging Resource).

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 review Popco (korean only).

Image samples of the GF3 Miniature function at Flickr. GF3 preorder search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

June 25, 2011
Posted in deals

Panaosnic 20mm lens for $379 (and again a $5 price drop on the XZ-1)

The Panasonic 20mm is back in Stock and discounted at Amazon (Click here). It is also in Stock at Bhphoto (Click here) for $399. And a really funny history is happening with the Olympus XZ-1. Every day sicne one week you see price drops on the Olympus XZ-1 on Amazon (Click here). It now gets sold for $420 (yesterday $424).

P.S.: The Panasonic 100-300mm lens costs $513 at Amazon (Click here).

June 25, 2011
Posted in deals

Black, and brown Panasonic G3 in Stock.

The Black G3 with 14-42mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here). And so is the Brown G3 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon (Click here).

And today I noticed another small price drop on the Olympus XZ-1 at Amazon (Click here). Look like every day the price is dropping by $3-$4! My guess is that the upcoming E-PM1 will be priced at around $499 and the XZ-1 needs to be cheaper than that camera.

Reminder: The Panasonic 100-300mm lens is available for $513 only at Amazon (Click here).

June 25, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) New 14-42mm IIR Olympus kit lens coming! (+40-150mm IIR coming too?)

Image on top shows the Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 which is going to be replaced soon with the “IIR” version.

Olympus will not only announce two new lenses (the 12mm f/2.0 and 45mm f/1.8) but also one (or maybe two) reworked kit lenses! There will be certainly a new 14-42mm IIR lens. It has the same size and optical design of the current Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. But the new “IIR” version boost the autofocus speed to much higher (I repeat “much”!!!) speed than the Panasonic GH2 + 14-140mm combo! It is so faster that you “feel” it. It’s not just a marketing “blabla”!

One of our sources also told us that there will be also a new 40-150mm IIR coming too. But that has to be confirmed by other sources. Your older lenses will also focus faster on the new PEN but not as fast as you can do on the new lenses.

In summary, Olympus will announce three cameras (E-PM1, E-PL3, E-P3), a new Flash, two new prime lenses (12mm and 45mm) and two reworked zooms (14-42mm and 40-150mm). Is there somehting else Oly? :)

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