a little bit of everything…(with the most boring video test ever)


I was looking on vimeo and youtube for some nice new video samples to post within my next “a little bit of everything” article. And I found this, the most boring test video (on the E-M5) ever made. I haven’t learned anything from the video and you?

EU Nokton deal:
We Europeans can’t enjoy many deals like in US but Le Petit Boutique on eBay France (Click here) is selling the Nokton 17-5mm f/0.95 with a huge 160 Euro discount…for Europeans only :)

GF5 and 14-24mm X lens reviews:
Full Panasonic GF5 review at ePhotozine: “The Panasonic Lumix GF5 is a worthwhile upgrade, resolving a number of our original complaints about the GF3, and the addition of improved effects, menus systems, and built in scene modes with guides for beginners are a useful addition for beginners. The screen looks great and the camera feels better than ever with an improved rubber grip and body styling. The GF5 is certainly an appealing camera, particularly with improved noise performance in comparison to the predecessor
GF5 shop links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Lenstip posted the full 14-42mm X lens review: “The results of our test show that, when it comes to the optics, we deal here with a typical ‘kit’ lens which doesn’t stand out against the rest of contemporary devices of this type which are added at almost no charge to the reflex and mirrorless cameras of its rivals. The quality is something that makes the Panasonic stick out, though. It is a device produced in Japan, made of solid components with a metal mount.
Lens shop links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

More news
Cool Olympus advertising pictures at Behance (Click here).
E-P3 + PENTAX-110 50mm F2.8 at DC.watch.
Olympus 9-18mm firmware update (DCwatch).
New grips for the E-P3 at DC.watch.
Panasonic GF5 presentation event in Japan (DC.watch).

Something else:
Forgot to mention that you can subscribe Elena’s Greekdiaries feed by saving that link: http://www.greekdiaries.me/feed/. And she was busy with the children yesterday. She will answer your comments today ;)


New E-M5 review and eBay stuff (reminder, in Stock on Monday at Amazon).


The size comparison image by Imaging Resource. On right you see the OM-1 (here on eBay).

You can’t get enough of E-M5 reviews? Then fere is the next from Imaging Resource: “Resurrecting a popular design from its past proves fruitful for Olympus: Not only does the Olympus OM-D E-M5 look great, it takes great pictures, meeting or exceeding the quality of some pretty surprising competitors. Its interface is designed with photographers in mind, with ready control dials and a smart interface, all in a very small package“.

USA readers will be happy to know that the E-M5 will be in Stock on Monday: Black E-M5 with 12-50mm camera (click here). And here for the Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens (click here). And at the moment of writing exactly those two kits are ruling the Amazon mirrorless ranking (Click here to see it).

Meantime new ebay stuff for the E-M5 is coming out. Right now I found a new LCD screen you can buy to replace a damaged one (Here is the auction) and a new leather bag case that also “works” with attached flash (Here is the auction).

New E-m5 and new lens (pre)orders:
E-M5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.
Olympus 75mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
Panasonic 12-35mm X lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.


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 http://www.greekdiaries.me/. 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: https://www.facebook.com/Greekdiaries. 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).