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A Review of the Panasonic GH3 Compact System Camera by David Thorpe on Youtube.

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN review at M43photo.
New Olympus 75-300mm lens will ship in Japan from March 1 (DC.watch).
Mirrorless Battle: OM-D vs GH3 vs X-E1 by Admiringlight.
E-PL5 review at TechHive.
Olympus 15mm f/8 Body Cap Lens review at Admiringlight.
Spanish M.ZD 17mm f/1.8 review at Juansinponte.

Riccardo: “My last work with my gh2, Hope you like it (youtube)

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Next GF deal: GF3 with pancake for $309.

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Only a few weeks from now Panasonic will announce the new GF model. And as you know all current GF models keep getting some nice price drops. Today it’s the turn of the Brown GF3 with 14mm pancake lens kit that now sells for $309 at Amazon (Click here). The GF3 X kit sells as low as $329 on eBay US (Click here).The GF5 with X lens for $374 on eBay US (Click here) and the GX1 X for $499 again at on eBay US (Click here).

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Olympus/Panasonic 2013 roadmap sketch.

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With all those rumors it’s easy to loose the overview so I thought to share this homemade baby styled roadmap design :)

There will be more than just the mentioned cameras and lenses. For example new Sigma and Tamron lenses and maybe a new Blackmagic MFT camcorder too. But this is more or less what I got. I am working to collect the single info and specs from each of the mentioned camera and lens. If you find some info share it at 43rumors@gmail.com or use the anonymous contact form on the right sidebar.

Based on that bay roadmap let me know what the most exciting new stuff is (selecta a maximum of three options):

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Readers question: How to improve the comment system.

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Good Morning!

Before to start into the new week with news and rumors I have a general question about the 43rumors comment system. Currently I have three major problems to solve:
1) Spam filtering: Sometimes good comments get marked as spam by the wordpress aksimet spam filter. And I have difficulty checking for good comments in the immense full spam comment container
2) Moderation: I have to manually approve comments and sometimes I am busy at work or at home and some comments may be displayed many hours after they have been written
3) Identification: Some people is having fun using real name from others to write comments. And that creates a lot of confusion

There are three possible choices to take now:
1) we keep things how they are now
2) I allow members only to write comments (but many may don’t want to register on 43rumors to write a note)
3) Install a software like Disquis which is used by plenty of websites and where you can login with your social accounts like facebook and twitter. Or you make a Disquis account.

I would like to hear your opinion on that. Thanks!

Please vote. The new comment system sould be...

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Amarcord: The PEN F

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Olympus PEN history is very long and plenty of nice cameras have been created. And let’s check what kind of design could be used for the future PEN models. And if you dream of a digital PEN with integrated viewfinder than you cannot avoid to talk about the superbly made Olympus PEN-F (here on eBay)!
And the viewfinder isn’t juts a “normal” viewfinder. Camerapedia writes: “The Pen F is a quite compact camera with a porro prism viewfinder, which completely avoids the traditional SLR prism bulge because the reflex mirror flips sideways, resulting in a compact viewfinder arrangement.” You can see the back of the PEN-F here. Another unique feature was the rotary focal-plane shutter that has the advantage that you can sync with the electronic flash at all shutter speeds.

But overall the camera shines because of the clean and extremely elegant design. Maybe its just me, but I would love to see the same design on a future PEN with integrated viewfinder! And with the same cult lens cap (they are here on eBay).

More about the camera at Cameraquest and Camerapedia. PEN-F acutions on eBay (Click here).

So let me know…

...would you like a digital PEN-F designed camera?

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