DxOmark (Click here) and also ePhotozine (Click here) tested the 14-42mm II (non X!) lens. And the DxO result shows that the 14-42mm II lens beats the X power zoom (and compact) version. ePhotozine “Highly Recommends” the lens and writes: “The Panasonic Lumix G VARIO 14-42mm II Lens has excellent sharpness throughout the zoom range.”
DxO also underlines one problem, none of the existing cheap MFT zoom kit lenses is really a high quality performer. It’s my opinion that Panasonic and Olympus should try to produce a lens with the characteristics of the Fuji 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 lens.
Reminder: The new GF6 will come with an updated new 14-42mm lens that is a little bit shorter. Stay tuned on 43rumors on Tuesday 6 am London time! We will follow live the Panasonic announcement.
Soon we will see new MFT stuff from Panasonic and Olympus. in the meantime a new Stock of refurbished olympus stuff is now on auction at Olympusmarket (Click here). Here is a selected list of items you can find on auction. Click on it to see the price:VF-3 viewfinder HLD-6 grip for the OMD White E-PM2 double lens kit 12mm prime lens 14-150mm zoom lens Black E-PM1 double lens kit 12-50mm zoom lens 45mm prime lens E-M5 body 12mm prime lens
Lumix GH3 Minute Movie – Hertz (via Dpreview).
Yesterdays Amazon had a few GH3 cameras in Stock that sold out after a few minutes. Now they have again new GH3 cameras in Stock via third party resellers (Click here to grabe one). Amazon itself will have them in Stock on April 11. Nine more cameras are in Stock at Kenmorecamera (Click here).
European GH3 price drops:
And there is a good news for Europeans too. James sent me the following email: “Just wanted to let you know that I live in the UK and phoned my camera supplier today to see if they had any GH3s in stock. I was astonished because they were advertising it for £950 (has been £1200!) and he told me that Panasonic were dropping the price at the beginning of April and he was receiving new stock next week. The website is http://fotosense.co.uk. They are a trusted supplier that sell through Amazon UK, although best price is direct.”
And in Germany the price fell down the 1000 Euro barrier in Germany (see Idealo). Same price drop in Greek stores.
Small rumor correction. Next Tuesday Panasonic will announce the GF6 but the other MFT camera, the G6 is going to be anno,unced in late April! And that’s also when we will see the other camera that I have been told will be the “first of anew series of camera“. This really could be the high end compact camera. I have no clue what else we could expect :)
Imay ask my anonymous sources if they can send me exactly:
1) The hour when the GF6 will be announced (so that I can make a nice countdown on 43rumors)
2) Announcement date for the G6 and the “new kind of camera”.
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Premium compact camera price and specs check that Panasonic has to compete with:
Fuji X100s at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Pentax MX-1 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Nikon A at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Sony RX100 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
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