(UPDATED: FT5) Busted? No 40-150mm f/2.8 coming…


Image on top shows the current Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 X lens lens.There is no f/2.8 from Olympus now.

For three weeks now rumors are floating around the web saying Olympus would launch a 40-150mm f/2.8 lens. That rumor has been circulating for a relatively long time before I decided to pick it up and post it with a FT3 value on 43rumors. Finally a trusted source contacted me to say that there will be no new 40-150mm f/2.8 lens. He said that this lens is not on the roadmap of Olympus for 2013.

UPDATE: Two more trusted sources confirmed the rumor is false. One of them also said “something else” is coming soon.

Certainly a fast zoom is something we are missing from Olympus. That 40-150mm rumor may was part of a collective subconscious need of fast zooms :)  Good that we still have some trusted sources bringing our feet to ground. By the way, the source only added one more info. There is really a LOT(!) to come from Olympus the next few months!

The two superb Zuiko f/2.0 zooms:
14-35mm f/2.0 on eBay (Click here) and via Slidoo eBay.
35-100mm f/2.0 on eBay (Click here) and via Slidoo eBay.

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



New Lumix Link App coming with GH3 support. New 20mm price drop!


GH3 video by Weddingfrance.

Panasonic US lens price drop:
Yesterday Panasonic lowered the price of the 12-35mm X lens by $200 at Amazon (Click here). . And today there is another deal: you can have the 20mm f/1.7 pancake for $324 only at Amazon (Click here).

Steve found that new info: Panasonic announced that Version 2.1 of Lumix Link App is coming out this month with new features specifically for the GH3. The Panasonic Link App is available on iTunes (Click here) and Google Play (Click here). It will add following features:

▪“Aperture”, “Shutter Speed”, “Exposure Compensation”, “ISO Setting”, “White balance” can be adjusted while monitoring live view image of camera in remote control.(GH3)
▪Focus control using a variety of “AF(Auto Focus) mode” and “MF(Manual Focus) mode” is available in remote control.(GH3)
▪”Touch Shutter” enables focusing and shutter release by just touching the target point on the camera’s live view image in remote control.(GH3)
▪All settings in the camera’s “Q(Quick)-MENU” can also be adjustable in remote control.(GH3)
▪Video can be recorded with timer setting in remote control.(GH3)
▪Images can be transferred to the smartphone / tablet automatically right after shooting.(GH3)

One more little new GH3 review: Nick Driftwood posted the third part of his ongoing GH3 review on vimeo.

Cameta just announced a price drop on refurbished E-M5 cameras and kits:
-30.00 E-M5 & 12-50mm Lens (Silver/Black) – Factory Demo at Cameta an Cameta eBay.
-20.95 E-M5 & 14-42mm II Lens (Black/Black) – Factory Demo at Cameta an Cameta eBay.
-20.00 E-M5 Body (Silver) – Factory Demo at Cameta an Cameta eBay.
-30.00 E-M5 & 12-50mm Lens (Black/Black) – Factory Demo at Cameta an Cameta eBay.
-20.00 E-M5 Body (Black) – Factory Demo at Cameta.


Presentation of my little new project: Slidoo.com


I have the pleasure to introduce you to a little new project I created with a group of friends and that I am sure some of you will find useful to use. The name is Slidoo.com and it’s an eBay search and notification service that will be soon expanded and include Amazon results too.

Why I create this:
I guess most of you use eBay (or Amazon) to find stuff. But it’s quite difficult to find some real deals on eBay. I will make you an example. Back in 2011 I noticed that every couple of months a polish store sold new Nokton 25mm f/0.95 lenses for 250 Euro less than the regular price you pay in the rest of Europe. I wished to have a tool where I could easily get notified when the auction is up. eBay gives you a service like that but it’s not nicely done and a bit annoying to use and customize. That is why I created Slidoo with a group of programmers that are actually close friends of mine.

How it works:
(Note: Slidoo is an officially approved eBay APP and we have access to their full database.)
First you have to login. Actually you can easily login by using your facebook or twitter account so that you don’t have to waste time on a new user name and password creation. On the notification settings page you can set your Location so that you can optimize the search based on where you live and buy stuff (like for example US or Germany and so on).
Coming back to my Nokton 25mm lens notification example I set my search here (Click this link). I want a lens in “new” condition, from “Europe” and “Buy it now” option only. The regular price in Germany is 950 Euro (too expensive for me). That’s why I want to get notified when the lens will be in Stock for le’ts say less than 820 Euro. As a registered user I can save this search and get notified when some new auction will be online within the parameters I set. I set a price range of 600-820 Euro because I wanted to cut out all the accessory stuff for the lens that usually sells for 150 or less Euro.
For USA friends I will make an example with the superb Olympus 75 f/1.8 lens. The lens sells for a regular price of $899. But two times I found them for sale for $100 or even $150 less and I set this search (Click here) to get notified when this happens.
Within the notification settings you can set how to get notified (via email, facebook, twitter or zero notifications). Important: You can also mark single products to get notified about price changes of the specific item.

The real time feeling:
I also wanted to create a search that works in real time. It means that you can use the sliders and results will change almost instantaneously! I found this very useful for example to compare the price of used and new stuff or to order the results by different options (for example price).

The future features:
This is a Beta version. Within one month we will add Amazon results too (used and new stuff). Within 3 months an iPad and iPhone and Android APP will be created. Along that stuff many little new features and small design changes will appear every week.

How you can help us:
I would be immensely grateful if you could try the website for a short period to see if that is actually a service you find useful or not. Of course it is useful for all stuff you search…not only for cameras and lenses! And please don’t forget that you can change the location search settings on that notification settings page. We worked hard on it and invested a lot of time to make it. You can also send your suggestions for new features and bugfixes at contact.slidoo@gmail.com.

So join and try out Slidoo.com! Oh…one more thing…can you spread the word to people you know that may be interested in using this? We don’t have money for advertising so we rely on your help to spread the news :)

Thanks a lot from Ale and his friends Andrea-Richard-Melle-Elena-Mate :)

You can also join the Slidoo Facebook group and Twitter stream.

eBay vs Slidoo
Some asked me to explain the difference between eBay notification service and the Slidoo notification service:
1) On Slidoo while you set the search parameters the page doesn’t get reloaded…you just slide. Try to set price and item status (like new or auction) on eBay. It’s a long time to set them forward and backwards!
2) on eBay you have to click through two times to reach your saved search list. On Slidoo you just hover your saved search item list and you have them all.
3) Notification is also customizable. For example you can set email or facebook notification or have no notifications at all (if you prefer to check the saved searches for yourself on web).
4) On Slidoo  the frequency of the notification can be set too. On eBay you get notified once per day. Here you can get notified multiple times.


(UPDATED) GH3 kits info for US. Wireless flash shipping in mid Dicember.


A source sent me that info that may answer why there is no GH3 camera+lens kit in USA:

Panasonic will be passing on kits for the GH3. However they will be running lens rebates when purchasing the camera, so it will offset the price to match what a kit would end up being priced at. As far as flashes go. There will be some new revamps to the line over the next year. The GH3 offers wireless flash control, so their line will be updated to include this feature more effectively.

UPDATE: The flash he is talking about is the new DMW-FL360L that will start to be shipped form mid-December in Japan (Source: DC.watch).

EU, US and Canada links to the GH3:

12-35mm GH3 kit:
Wex UK, Wex DE, Photoexpress UK, FotoHansKeuzekamp (NL),

14-140mm GH3 kit:
Wex UK, Amazon UK, Photoexpress UK, Wex DE, Amazon FR,

Body only:
Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Panasonic store, Samys, Henry, Vistek, Wex UK, FotoHansKeuzekamp (NL), Amazon FR, Webdistirbution FR,

All current GH3 auction on eBay (via Slidoo).