Black GX7 could come to US too if demand is there. Updated preorder list (US, CA, UK, DE).

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For some weird reason not all kits and colors are available in every country. For example US stores do not sell the Black Camera (again..weird), 20mm kit is not selling in Germany and so on. An US source told me that Panasonic will sell the Black camera only if the demand is be high. So let’s do a little help for Panasonic marketing department and let them know what GX7 package is your prefered.

But first the updated preorder list that now includes Canada and Germany preorders too:

Silver GX7 body at Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Samys, Henrys and Wex Deutschland, Wex UK ,and Amazon JP.
Silver GX7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Samys, Henrys and Wex Deutschland, WexUK.
Black GX7 body at Henrys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK and Amazon Japan.
Black GX7 with 14-42mm lens at Henrys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK.
Black GX7 with 20mm lens at Henrys, Wex UK and Amazon Japan.
Silver GX7 with 20mm lens at Henrys, Wex UK and Amazon Japan.

And now let the Panasonic managers know what kit you like most:

Which one is your prefered GX7 buying option?

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(FT5) Again: MFT Schneider lenses coming in 2014.

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A reader asked me what happened to the Schneider MFT lens development. I asked again my Schneider source and he confirmed that Schneider plans to release those lenses in 2014 only. The reason is the limited lens production capability of Schneider. They first want to produce enough of their special video lenses before to release the new Micro Four Thirds lenses. There is a chance that some lens specs will change in the meantime. The original plan was to introduce the 14mm f/2.0 the 30mm f/1.4 and the Macro 60mm f/2.4. All lenses will come with full electronic AF and Aperture support. Internal focusing, aluminum weather proof case. I do hope they will get rid of the macro (we already have the Olympus version).

A Xenon 16mm f/1.2 would be a nice replacement for the macro  :)

Current Schneider lenses:
Xenon 16mm f/1.2 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 25mm f/0.95 (Click here to see on eBay).
Curtagon 35mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Componon 50mm f/1.4 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 50mm f/1.9 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 50mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 75mm f/3.5 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenotar 80mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 180mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).

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Sigma announces new Mount Conversion Service that enables lens use across camera systems

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Guess what the big Sigma teaser was for? A Mount Conversion Service :(

In short Sigma announced an (expensive!) service to converts a very limited range of Sigma lenses in other mounts. SigmaPhoto writes:

Global Vision lens owners can request the Mount Conversion Service to convert their current Sport, Contemporary or Art DSLR lenses to their choice of a Sigma, Sony, Pentax, Nikon or Canon mount. Global Vision category lenses for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILCs) can be updated to either a micro four thirds (MFT) or Sony E- mount.

This wasn’t worth a teaser :(

P.S.: I would really like to see a Foveon sensor inside an MFT camera. Me thinks this is the way to go! :)

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New Olympus US deals reminder: E-P5, OMD and almost all lenses discounted.

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In case you missed it: Yesterday Olympus launched a huge list of new price drops. And this includes the just announced E-P5…maybe to contrast the GX7 launch? If that was the goal than they didn’t achieve it. The GX7 (and discounted G5) still sells way better according to Amazon ranking (Click here).

New Olympus US deals roundup:

E-P5:
$5o off on the Black E-P5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$5o off on the Silver E-P5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$5o off on the White E-P5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).

E-M5:
$150 off on the E-M5 with 12-50mm kit lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the E-M5 with 14-42mm kit lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).

E-PL5:
$50 off on the E-PL5 with 14-42mm kit lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the Black E-PL5 Kit with 14-42mm lens, case, mini tripod, and memory card at Amazon (Click here).

E-PM2:
$50 off on the E-PM2 with 14-42mm kit lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the Black E-PM2 Kit with 14-42mm lens, case, mini tripod, and memory card at Amazon (Click here).

Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds lenses:
$150 off on the Four Thirds 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Four Thirds 8mm f/3.5 Zuiko Fisheye at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Four Thirds 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 12mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 60mm f/2.8 macro lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 75mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 40-1500mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the Four Thirds Olympus 25mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).

Micro Four Thirds accessory:
$80 off on the Olympus MMF-3 4/3 to Micro 4/3 Adapter at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$75 off on the Olympus FL-600R Wireless Flash at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$75 off on the Olympus FL-300R Wireless Flash at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$75 off on the Olympus HLD-6 Battery Holder at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the Olympus View Finder VF-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the Olympus View Finder VF-3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).

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(FT5) New High End OMD is also the E-5 successor (hybrid MFT and FT mount).

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It’s almost a year now that we speculate about a new Olympus hybrid mount camera. And finally I got multiple feedbacks from sources saying that indeed Olympus will launch a High End OMD camera in September that will have 100% full support for both MFT and FT lenses. And surprise, the High End OMD also replaces the current Olympus E-5 FT camera! The High End OMD is placed a step above the current Olympus E-M5. The High End OMD doesn’t replace the E-m5 and the E-m5 will get replaced in 2014.

So what about the mount? I am still not 100% sure on this but it seems that the new High End OMD has some sort of hybrid MFT and FT mount. How this should work I don’t know yet. Hope more sources can read this post and answer that question soon. Thanks!

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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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