(FT4) Major Olympus Camera and Lens announcement in January?

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Maitani: The inventor and deisgner of the OM line.

I am still collecting pieces about the next Panasonic and Olympus announcements. As I told you last week I got rumors about two Olympus semi professional cameras. Now I got an indication about the possibly next Olympus announcement. It could be in early January! And this would fit perfectly with the next big show which is the CES event in Las Vegas. There are only two info I can share with some reliability (FT4) for now:
1) There will be semi pro stuff.
2) There will be new Cameras And Lenses!

Message to sources:
As usual I ask sources and readers to have some patience. For sources: Don’t be afraid if I don’t post a rumor you sent. I usually try to double check rumors. As you can imagine I also get wrong or fake rumors too. Would be fine if you can use some kind of fake name so that I can recognize you whenever you send me new messages. You may create a fake gmail account to send me anonymous info at 43rumors@gmail.com. Or use contact form you see on the right sidebar. Thanks!

P.S.: We had many OM Film Cameras designed by Maitani. Here is the chronological ordered list of all OM film cameras ever made by Olympus. Click on the names to see them on eBay (ordered by first announced camera): M-1, OM-1, OM-1 MD, OM-1N, OM-2, OM-2N, OM-2S/SP, OM-3, OM-3Ti, OM-4, OM-4T/Ti black and chrome, OM-10, OM-20 (OM-G), OM-30(OM-F), OM-40 (OM-PC), OM-77AF (OM-707), OM-88 (OM-101), OM-2000.

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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a little bit of everything…(and small 20mm price drop at Amazon)

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Video on top: pre and post firmware v1.5 update showing the difference that the IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) makes when using adapted, third party lenses in video mode on the Olympus OM-D E-M5. By Tyson Robichaud.

There is a small price drop on the Panaosnic 20mm pancake at Amazon (Click here).

More MFT news:
ePhotozine posted their 2 months E-M5 review.
The Panasonic mini cameras at Focus Numerique (Translation here).
Olympus 75mm f/1.8 – Assessment and Conclusion at Soundimagesplus.
Dynamikumfang E-M5 – on Field (Pen And Tell).
Panasonic G5 review at Gizmodo and Soundimagesplus.
Introduction to LOMO OCT 19 cinema lenses on the GH2 and FS100 (EosHD).
Eric:Decided to follow someone’s advice on the forums and create a Google Doc version of the lens spreadsheets I sent you last month. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Av6A1MA87MyldDhtbEdOQkZiSVFZcXI3WEVNTTE1enc
Sterling:Just wanted to give you a heads up that we’ve published our annual Best Underwater Compact Camera roundup, and it features several Olympus cameras as our top picks, including the weatherproof Tough TG-1, the PEN series, and the OM-D E-M5! http://www.backscatter.com/learn/article/article.php?ID=57“.

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Panasonic announces the new firmware update for the two f/2.8 zooms.

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Panasonic announced an upcoming firmware update for the 12-35mm and 35-100mm X lenses. The firmware will be released in mid December and enhance the AF (auto focus) performance with the sensor drive at 240 fps for use with DMC-GH3.

Source: http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/pressrelease/h_hs12035_h_hs35100_firmware/

P.S.: The new 35-100mm lens is in Stock at Technikdirekt (Click here). In US the lens will be in Stock next week via Panacam at Amazon (Click here) and November 15th at BHphoto (Click here).

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New Panasonic GH3 and 35-100mm X lens hands-on. E-PM2 in Stock at Amazon and Cameta!

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The E-PM2 is for the first time in Stock (via third party reseller) at Amazon (Click here).

UPDATE: Also Cameta (Click here) has a lot of E-PM2 kits in Stock! They sell them also on Amazon (Click here) and on eBay (Click here) -> found via Slidoo.

ThePhoBlographer posted the GH3 first impression review: “I feel that Panasonic here has a chance to put a real clamp on Canon’s waning grasp on the video community. This camera has some promising features.

Sgoldswoblog is among the first to have received the new 35-100mm X lens: “Contrast and colour seem excellent and the sharpness improves as you stop down. I was very happy with it. CA, which is an issue with the 12-35mm, didn’t seem to be apparent to the same degree as the 12-35mm

Panasonic and Olympus Preorder Links with specs and price:
Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here)Panasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt.
35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), Panasonic US.
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
60mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
12mm Black prime lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
15mm cap-lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

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Olympus XZ-2 review by Robin Wong (XZ-1 still rules the ranking)

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Our friend and superb photographer Robin Wong (Click here) reviewed the new Olympus XZ-2 camera. The main question is, is it good enough for street photography?: “I’d say a definite yes. It is small enough to be discreet, light and easy to be carried with you everywhere…Most importantly, the XZ-2 delivers amazing image quality for a compact camera“.

I have no doubts about the quality of the XZ-2 but I think it’s too pricey. Will you spend $599 for the new XZ-2 (Click here) when you can buy the older generation XZ-1 for $199 at Amazon (Click here)? That’s a huge difference in price that may not be justified by the new XZ-2 features and improvements. And the Sony RX100 with much bigger sensor is only $50 more expensive. For now the XZ-1 is beating both, the XZ-2 and RX100 sales at Amazon (here is the ranking).

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