(FT3) Ho Ho Ho! Panasonic announcement on May 21 ???

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The Italian blog Lucidistorte had a meeting in Milan with Mr.Uematsu from Panasonic. In that meeting Mr. Uemtasu unveiled that the new 12-35mm f/2.8 X lens will be announced on may 21th! Apparently Uematsu told them to not officially publish that news but the Italian blog wrote the news anyway 🙂
Uematsu also said that the 12-35mm f/2.8 is produced in the Panasonic Yamagata Plant in Japan and matches the quality of the Leica lenses! It has nano surface coating, power OIS. powerzoom.

As you know also the Panasonic G5 will be announced so I guess there is a fair chance that the rumor is real! Stay tuned on 43rumors! And don’t forget to follow us on facebook too (Click here)!

 

P.S: Panasonic soruces told me the lens has not a f/2.0 paerture like the Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0 (Click here to see them on eBay) becuase a) it would make the lens a lot bigger 2) lot more expensive.

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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Olympus E-M5 news roundup (Tokina lens coming on May 25th)

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Tokina informed that the new 30mm m43 lens will ship from May 25th.

Admiringlight (Click here) posted the full E-M5 review: “While the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is not quite up to the level of the Panasonic GH2 in the video arena, as a still photography machine it’s really brought Micro 4/3 to a new level.

More bits: Japanese E-M5 review at Kakaku (Click here). For European readers: One Silver E-M5 body for a good price on eBay UK (Click here).

USA+Canada:
Black E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 14-45mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).

Europe:
Black E-M5 body at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).

Asia:
Black E-M5 body at Digitalrev (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon JP (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Digitalrev (Click here) and Amazon JP (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon JP (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 14-45mm lens at Digitalrev (Click here) and Amazon JP (Click here).

Today E-M5 Rankings (changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 2/7/11/13 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 7/12 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 1/4/5 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 3/6/11 (Click here).

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Kinetics says this is a GH3 underwater case??? Only a marketing trick?

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A couple of readers sent me a link to that image. It is coming from the Nauticam Europe Wholeslae store. On the image and within the text specification you can read many times GH-3. So what the heck is that? A huge error? Or…they know the GH3 is coming soon?
I think this is probably a marketing trick to promote the Gibson Underwater Housing by BS Kinetics (for sale here on eBay).

 

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New reviews roundup (primes battle, Sigma lenses and more)

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Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Review at Photographyblog (Click here): “The Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN therefore comes highly recommended as an unobtrusive, lightweight and above all affordable performer.
Sigma 19mm lens tested at Optyczne (Click here): “It’s a little worse than his brother’s optical focal length of 30 mm.
The 30mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).
The 19mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).
Olympus M.ZUIKO ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 Lens Review at ePhotozine (Click here): “Optically, this lens performs reasonably well, producing good sharpness across the frame, at least. Compared to other lenses compatible with the Micro Four Thirds system, it falls short of the performance of the best lenses available.
Panasonic 14-140mm lens gets tested at DxOmark (Click here).
Japanese GF5 review at Itmedia (Click here) and Mynavi (Click here).
PEN portraits by Damian McGilliCuddy (Click here).
Pdc:Have posted some purple fringe test shots taken with the Nokton 17.5mm received to-day.
http://www.drivehq.com/file/df.aspx/publish/pdcsylva/JPEGsCV17TestingPDC
#23/#32 are F0.95, #31/#40 are F16, in between are full click stops. All Lightroom processed. -2 is LR “all edges” defringe. -3 is defringe plus “Direct Positive” preset. No other adjustments applied.
Bottom line – in modest backlight, significant edge fringing at F2 and wider. LR defringe only modestly useful. Strong backlighting would increase fringing. Avoid strong backlights when shooting wide open. GH2 used for this test.” (P:S.: The lens is in Stock at Foto Hans Keuzekamp).

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Olympus E-M5 body will be in Stock on May 16!

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Good news for USA folks! Finally the Black E-M5 body will ship by May 16th at Amazon (Click here). I hope there are plenty of cameras coming because it’s alreayd the most ordered mirrorless camera at Amazon (here is the ranking).

Meantime Kirk Tuck (Click here) wrote “Why I think the Olympus OM-D, EM-5 is making so many waves“. But at the end he writes: “The reality is that while I like the camera just fine and would love to own one I’m intrigued by rumors of a new Panasonic GH3.“. Then dear Kirk you will have to wait until September 😉

E-M5 (Pre)order links (Click on store name): Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Bestseller list. Check the list (changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 1/6/12 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 21 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 2/4/16 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 4/10/16 (Click here).

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