As you know the current official Olympus Four Thirds to Micro Four Thirds adapter costs around $150 (here at Amazon) while the Panasonic adapter is a bit cheaper ($115 at Amazon). Other adapters are offered form third party companies but do not allow any electronic use of the lenses….until today! I am surprised from the new Viltrox adapter (Click here). It is a Four Thirds adapter that supports the AF! It’s sold for $70 by a Hong Kong store on eBay (Click here). I hope Viltrox can do more of that kind of adapters with electornic support!
For the first time the Nanoha 5x macro lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). If you need some info about that relatively unknown lens here is a list of useful links:
Official presentation: Nonoha’s website
Image samples: DC.watch (Click here)
Video on vimeo and by Seb Farges
Review at ePhotozine (Click here) and Digi163 (Click here)
Unboxing at Mobile01
More USA deals:
The Panasonic 14mm pancake is in Stock now for $275 at Amazon (Click here). It sets a new low price record but it’s even more a bargaing if you get it along the GF3 as kit lens…$394 for the full combo at Amazon (Click here)!
After a long time the Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens is back in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
And the super $199 deal for the Panasonic 45-200mm is also still ongoing at Amazon (Click here).
It’s getting more and more busy on the rumors front. I am receiving new info every day and as you know I try to double check rumor with trusted sources in order to give you some FT4 or FT5 ranked rumor (ranking description at the bottom of this post). All I can tell you for sure is that both Panasonic and Olympus will have major product announcements within the next weeks. Please keep in mind that the rumored announcement data of May 21th (Panasonic) and June 18th (Olympus) are coming from external or non trusted sources. I am checking right now if the data are correct or not.
What’s also sure (FT5) is:
1) There will be a new Panasonic G5 with same G3 16 Megapixel sensor.
2) The Olympus 75mm f/1.8 is currently being tested by many photographers and will ship this summer.
3) The 12-35mm f/2.8 Panasonic X lens will ship this summer.
The surprises (FT2):
1) a new Olympus Four Thirds camera is coming
2) New 7-14mm OIS lens coming
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
As you know the Panasonic GH2 is used by many professionists and artists for their work. Here are three new videos you can see:
1) Konstantin Syomin (Click here) won the international Documentary Challenge in Toronto with a movie shot with the GH2!
2) Living the dream teaser at DVXuser (Click here).
3) And here is the long text sent me by Luke:
“I wanted to let you know about a film that I made on the GH2 that is currently touring festivals and also available online during a limited internet-only pre-release via a partnership with the website Prescreen.
The film follows the Thai National Cheerleading team from their humble beginnings practicing on concrete up until the 2009 and 2011 World Championships in Florida where they brought home medals and caused over 10,000 spectators to jump up and down screaming “BANGKOK! THAILAND! BANGKOK! THAILAND!” …. it’s more than just a movie about cheerleaders though, it’s a movie about following your dreams and how even if the odds are totally stacked against you, that you can achieve your goals.
Here’s our website for the film
And our Facebook page
The important link though is this one, where the film can actually be rented (until June 24th)
We’ve screened in Thailand, Singapore, USA and Norway. And we recently won Best Documentary at the 60N Os Festival in Norway. In Norway, the film was blown up on a 4K screen and still looked amazing, later this year we will have broad theatrical distribution in Thailand. The GH2 was totally the right camera to make this film on.
Thanks again for all your hard work on the blog, if there is any way that you could give our film a mention that would be great! I am attaching a press release announcing the release on Prescreen and also our press kit. If you want some press stills, you can grab them from this link
– Luke Cassady-Dorion, Director, The Cheer Ambassadors”
Great work guys!
Long time ago trusted sources told me that Panasonic had the plan to upgrade the current Panasonic 7-14mm f/4.0 lens. The day may be close that this will happen because the lens just got discontinued at BHphoto (Click here to check). And only a bunch of them are in Stock at Amazon (Click here to check). The trusted sources told me Panasonic developed a OIS (lens stabilized) version of the lens.
Let’s see if the rumored May 21th announcement turns out to be real (reminder, this is a rumor coming form external websites!).