(FT5) G5, 45-150mm, LX7 and compact cameras announcement on July 18th!

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I finally got the final release date of the new Panasonic G5, 45-150mm m43 lens, LX7 high end compact camera (and other cheap compact cameras). All that stuff is going to be announced on July 18th (Tokyo time). It will be July 17th in USA.
As you know the G5 will feature the same G3 16 Megapixel sensor but there will be lots of minor improvements (and small design changes). I still don’t know if the 45-150mm lens is a pancake lens. And as I told you before the LX7 (although not a m43 camera) may be the major interesting news here. It should get a larger sensor like the Sony RX100. This is a very profitable market and the Sony camera is the most sold digital camera of the moment at Amazon (here is the overall ranking).

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Pekka Potka’s Nokton 17.5mm review (new X zoom shipping in Europe).

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Image courtesy: Pekka Potka

Pekka Potka (Click here) posted the full Nokton 17.5mm review: “It has potential to give you visually interesting images with its own touch. It has also potential for great image quality in strictest technical meaning. But it is not a good choice for a casual shooters. Street photography and moody images in low light are its own territory.

To get the lens check eBay (Click here).

P.S.: The Panasonic 12-35mm X lens is now shipping in Europe. In Stock for example at Fotomundus (Germany).

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USA: New Panasonic lens price drops (GF3 almost for free) and Olympus viewfinder deal.

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If you are about to buy an Olympus camera you can get the VF-3 external viewfinder (Click here) for $80 less. Full pdf deal description here.

What’s really hot is the new Panasonic lens rebates we found today:
The 20mm f/1.7 lens got a $40 price drop by Amazon itself (Click here).
You can get more or less the same price drop on the 14-42mm X zoom again at Amazon (Click here).
The 14mm f/2.5 pancake lens got a smaller drop of $8 at Amazon (Click here).

GF3 almost for free:
But than again if you want that 14mm pancake buy it along the GF3 (Click here) and the camera will cost you $20 only :)

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Second part of the 75mm review by Robin Wong (and play with the lens online)

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Robin Wong (Click here) posted the second part of his Olympus 75mm f/1.8 review: “it will give you extremely sharp images, with very admirable bokeh quality and performs very well in autofocus. If you need the 75mm focal length, do a lot of portrait shooting, and know what you are doing with a 75mm focal length, this 75mm F1.8 lens will make you a much happier photographer.

And don’t forget to play with the nice Matching Simulation (Click here). All newest lenses including the 75mm Olympus, Panasonic X zoom, Tokina 300mm, Sigma primes and Nokton 17.5mm are included! The only thing I hope Olympus and Panasonic will add is larger pictures. Hope they are reading me :)

Links to the mentioned newest lenses of 2012:
Panasonic 12-35mm X lens preorders at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.
Olympus 75mm preorder and price check at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
Sigma 30mm lens at Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev.
Sigma 19mm lens at Amazon US , Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon JP and Digitalrev.
Nokton 17.5mm at Amazon and Bhphoto and we Europeans can find it for an incredible good price at LaPetiteBoutique (Click here).
Tokina 300mm….still missing :(

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