January 3, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Olympus E-PL2 should be available in February (Reminder: announcement on Thursday!)

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The white XZ-1

UPDATE: Sorry! The source made a mistake. The announcement will be made on Thursday the 6th and not on Tuesday the 4th!!!!!

On Thursday Olympus will announce the new Olympus E-PL2 (with same E-PL1 sensor), the new XZ-1 high end compact camera (with LX-5 sensor), three new converters, two new underwater case, the pen module, a new close up spotlight and a bunch of new compact cameras (VG-120 VR-310 TG-310 TG-610 SP-610UZ). I guess the official time release is 6-7am London time (January 6th). The new accessories should be in Stock very soon in January. The E-PL2 and the XZ-1 will probably hit the stores in February. Panasonic will also present a new bunch of compact cameras (including the new S-series) but I don’t expect any more than that from Pana. I was told that nor Canon nor Nikon will make any big announcement so the Olympus E-PL2 will be the only new large sensor camera to be presented at the CES show.

As usual follow us on 43rumors. I will make you a nice summary of all previews and interesting links. I also do hope you will keep following me after the E-Pl2 announcement. I already have been told that Panasonic and Olympus will make major product announcements by late February-early March! I expect new Micro Four Thirds lenses and cameras from both of them (at least 2 cameras and 5 new lenses!). UPDATE: it looks like Sony could show a new NEX but as prototype only (see SonyAlphaRumors). And I forgot to mention that Samsung announced the NX10 copy..the NX11 LOL! (Via x-rumors)

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January 3, 2011
Posted in reviews

5D and GH2 Rolling Shutter comparison (+Slrmagic and Panasonic lens test)


Canon 5D markII vs Panasonic GH2 rolling shutter ocmparison by Mike Kobal.

Steve Huff tested the new SLRmagic 26mm f/1.4 lens on the Olympus E-PL1. Reminder: You can buy them on eBay only (Click here).

Photographyblog reviewed the Panasonic  7-14mm F4.0 Lens. The lens gets highly recommended and not highly recommended mainly because of the high price tag (the performance itself is very good!). But at least in US this is changing quickly. There has been a $150-$200 price drop at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

January 2, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) The E-PL1 vs E-PL2 spec differences (1/4000s shutter and eye detection)

A new source sent us the list of new features the E-PL2 has compared to the older E-PL1. Other sources confirmed me that the info is correct. So here is the list:

– on/off switch and grip is different
– Live Guide II for still images and for Movie capture with Rotating Dial
– New “Dramatic Tone” Art Filter and six background Music (Melancholy, Nostalgic, Love, Joy, Cool, Beat)
– 3.0 LCD with 460k Dots
– ISO 6400
– Shutter: 1/4000s
– SDXC Memory Car
– It has Cable Release
– Face Detection with Eye Detect
– 22 Scene-Select Modes
– Accessory Port 2
– BLS-5 Lithium Ion Battery
– And the kit lens is the new 14-42mm Lens II MSC

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January 1, 2011
Posted in deals, reviews

First SLR Magic Toy Lens test (+ Panasonic 100-300mm and 14mm price drops)

Nikkorexf posted a first set of image sampels on flickr (Click here) taken with the new 26mm f/1.4 lens from SLRmagic. I would say that those samples are not so bad as I would have expectedform a lens with that price Click here to see the lens on eBay.

But if you are looking for real good quality lenses you should take a look at the two new Panasonic lenses, They are getting the first price drops!
The Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 is now in Stock at Amazon (Click here) for $565.57 only. That’s -$35!
And also the Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5 has a $22 discount and is now in Stock for $378 at Amazon (Click here).
Hot deal reminder: Panasonic GF1 body only is in Stock for $299 at Amazon (Click here)!

January 1, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Olympus goes diving (underwater case leaked)

There will be two underwater cases for both new Olympus cameras the E-PL2 and the XZ-1!

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