June 23, 2011
Posted in deals

First G3 in Stock at Amazon (+ more US deals)

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The very first Panasonic G3 is in Stock at Amazon (Click here). It is the white model with 14-42mm kit lens. There are more white models in Stock at eBay (Click here) and also a red model on eBay (Click here).

The most popular and most demanded micro 43rd lens, the Panasonic 20mm pancake is back in stock at BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon (Click here).

And there is again a new price drop on the Olympus XZ-1 at Amazon (Click here). I guess Olympus is making space for the upcoming new Olympus E-PM1.

The last deals is about the Panasonic 100-300mm lens. Every week the price drops by $5-$10 and is now available for $513 only at Amazon (Click here).

June 23, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Leica 25mm pictures at CNET and Dpreview (+ 20mm pancake in Stock for $389)


Credit: Shawn Low/CNET Asia)

Before to read the test, if you are from US, you can get the Panasonic 20mm pancake for $389 on Amazon (Click here). It’s in Stock via Vann’s!

Shawn Low from Cnet Asia (Click here) tested the new Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens: “We think the lens produced good, pleasing bokeh (the quality of blur) unlike some kit lenses which can make out-of-focus elements appear harsh. The lens produced sharp images all the way to the edges. The lens also produced natural colors that were very close to what our eyes perceived. Although we had a positive experience with the Leica 25mm F1.4, we think that the lens’ minimum focusing distance of 30cm can sometimes be limiting.“More pictures at Cnet Asia.

Dpreview (Click here) posted more 25mm versus 20mm pancake image comparisons. There is a huge discussion about those images. Someone on DPreview said the 20mm f/1.7 lens is actually sharper. To me it looks like the new Leica is sharper than the pancake when you look at the the center of the image.

You can preorder the Leica 25mm f/1.4 at Adorama (Click here), J&R (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here). I didn’t find any preorders in Europe yet.

June 23, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Olympus E-P3 specs. It has an interchangeable grip!


I still don’t have any E-P3 picture to share with you but I have been told the E-P3 has basically the same design of the E-P2 (see picture on top). But at least I have the specs! Two weeks ago a new source sent me the E-P3 details and my trusted sources now confirmed the info he gave to me are correct (Thanks new source!). So here is the E-P3:

– It has the new Olympus “tweaked” 12 Megapixel Sensor
– Truepic VI engine (two processor in one)
– ISO 100 to 12.800
– 1080i 60frs AVCHD or JPEG video
– 35 point autofocus
– OLED touch Display (610k resolution). Sounds like it is almost the same screen used for the Olympus XZ-1.
– pop up live guide
– dual dials
– fastest AF to date for any mirrorless cam (and I have been told that it is considerably faster that the Panasonic GH2!).
– updated art filters
– effects to combine with art filters (like starlight)
– 3D still images
– Interchangeable grip. I have been told there are two different grips you can buy (and more will come after).
– Design changes: The top dial is now placed instead of the ON/OFF button of the E-P2. To make room for the built-in flash. There is a video recording button over the AEL button.

Reminder: Announcement on June 30th. As usual on that date we will continually update 43rumors with all news, reviews and image samples we can find on the web! And don’t forget to join us on Facebook and Twitter! Subscribe our RSS feed!

Links cameras/accessories mentioned in that article:
Olympus XZ-1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-P2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Reminder -> Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
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FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

Thanks anonymous sender

June 23, 2011
Posted in Rumors

E-PM1 versus E-PL1 size comparison (Plenty of refurbished E-PL1 at Olympusmarket)

A reader just sent us that size comparison between the upcoming new mini PEN (E-PM1) and the Olympus E-PL1. The new E-PM1 is just a bit less thick and a bit less wide than the E-PL1. The real difference is made by the absence of the grip.

By the way, there are eleven of refurbished E-PL1 on Olympusmarket. Click on the numbers to see the E-PL1 auction (ordered form first to last ending auction): one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven.

 

Thanks Lupo

June 23, 2011
Posted in news

Pentax makes a new mirrorless suicide system :)

Today Pentax announced their new “Q” mirrorless system! For $700 you get a camera with 47mm lens and a sensor that is smaller (1:2.33 inch) than the one used inside the Olympus XZ-1. I know Pentax will announce a more serious APS-C mirrorless system in autumn but isn’t that “Q” system way overpriced? And isn’t Pentax wasting to much of their (few) resources?

You can read the full announcement article on MirrorlessRumors (Click here).

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