Something else: Daily Greek Diaries with the E-PL1


I have a very good friend who’s name is Elena. It’s not her real name but because of safety reasons I can’t unveil her real name andinstead  I will give you the name she has chosen to be named with. She grew up in Antwerpen but she has Greek origins and she now lives in Greek with the husband and two children. If you would know her you would agree that she is a wonderful women. So why am I writing about Elena here on 43rumors?

For years now we got bombarded by a huge amount of information about Greece. And it is for years now that I weekly and sometimes daily talk with Elena about the very daily and normal aspects of her life in Greece. She told me so many little stories that I never read on any newspaper. She unveiled me the real struggle to live in a situation like that as a mother of two children.

I thought it’s pity that we don’t hear/see/read that kind of stories in our newspaper, TVs or radio’s. So an idea came to my mind. I bought an Olympus E-PL1 for very cheap at Olympusmarket and sent it to her. She got the camera yesterday. And I asked her to share the stories she usually tells me with the 43rumor audience.

She is not a journalist nor a writer and she is very shy. So she still needs time to get comfortable with the writing. She wrote a couple of test articles on her website and I still feel she needs you reader to push her, to be less formal and less focused on the big themes we hear every day of.

She still has to learn how to write in order to communicate what I know she has inside her feelings. I ask you to help her to get out the most from her stories. Make questions, criticize and she will learn and open you a little and deep world.

So invite you to visit the website which is As I told you, if you are interested int he matters push her, contact her and ask here to show some pics done with the E-PL1. I feel what’s happening in Greece may be important for our future too!

Thanks guys!
Your 43rumors admin


UPDATE: I just created the facebook page for greekdiaries. It’s here: Click on “like” to follow the stories 🙂


Hot! Schneider is working on a 30mm f/1.4 and 60mm f/2.4 macro for m43!


The guys over at Photoscala (Translation here) just got some insider tip directly from Schneider managers. Schneider is considering the development of a 30mm f/1.4 and a 60mm f/2.4 macro lens that should be unveiled in 2013.

My short opinion on that…Schneider skip the 60mm macro. Olympus is doing almost the same lens!!! The 30mm is a much more appealing lens while I personally would prefer a 35 or 40mm f/1.4 lens. perfect for portraits!

Bit of history: Schneider made some 25mm and 16mm f/1.4 lenses (they are here on eBay). They made many more Macro lenses (they are here on eBay) including an impressive and huge Variogon 140-280mm (here on eBay)

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(UPDATED) E-M5 Silver and Black will be in Stock on Monday at Amazon!


UPDATE: Amazon just unvieled that the E-M5 kits will be in Stock on Monday. Click here to grab the Black E-M5 with 12-50mm camera. And here for the Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens.

Don’t forget that the Olympus PEN deal will last until tomorrow only. You can see the full deal page at Amazon (Click here).


What’s next? Olympus and Panasonic announcement roadmap!


An imaginary GL1 based on the Four Thirds Lumix DMC-L1 camera.

Yesterday we had that big Schneider rumor and news coverage. It’s already time to look forward about what’s coming next. This summer will not be a quite time for us:

First we have new Panasonic/Olympus announcements in July. I am pretty sure there will be the new Panasonic G5 and Olympus will maybe show us the XZ-1 successor (with larger sensor?). There will be no PEN and no GH3 yet…but…

Late August/early September
…less than three months from today we will have a massive announcement party. The GH3 is coming for sure along the 35-100mm f/2.8 X lens and other new Panasonic lenses. Plus the LX6 (with larger sensor). Olympus will announce a completely new PEN lineup, new lenses (like the 60mm macro prototype) and maybe one more surprise (will let you know about it later).

Third party companies:
I expect new lens announcements from Sigma and maybe from Tamron. Schneider will show us the final 14mm f/2.0 prototype lens and maybe give us a hint about the two other m43 lenses that will arrive in 2013.

Canon will probably announce a mirrorless system with Four Thirds sized sensor while Olympus may release a new Four Thirds camera. And what about a Lumix DMC-L1 camera styeled m43 camera?

As you see I have a lot of work to do to get specs and images of the new products. I am already working on it and got some rumors I will post the next days and weeks. All this I have to do while I am moving to my new house in France where I will live for some time in the middle of nowhere high on the Pyrenees. But that’s another story I may tell you in a little post on a boring weekend 🙂


New Olympus 75mm lens already shipping next week (preorders requests low?)


A couple of dealers contacted me to say that the new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens will ship next week in Asia and Europe (no info about USA yet). From the chats I had with dealers it sounds like there weren’t so many preorders requests and unlike it is happening with the E-M5 there will be no delay. While the lens has a superb quality the price and maybe the focal length are not for everyone needs. You can check the price and preorder the Olympus 75mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.

The same dealers said that they had many more preorders on the new Panasonic 12-35mm X lens (Preorder at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev).