First Olympus 15mm f/8.0 image samples!

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Image courtesy Pekka Potka.

Finally you can see plenty of image samples taken with the strangest of all Micro Four Thirds lenses…the Olympus body cap lens.

Pekka Potka just posted the first B&W pictures of his dog and writes: “Aperture f/8 is far too dim to be usable (without flash) casually in a traditional P&S style whenever, if you expect normally sharp images. You really have to set your eye and mind to f/8 and work with the consequensies of it, namely blur.

Also Peter Norman (via mu43) posted a set of image samples on Flickr. This time in color!

Lens preorders at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here).

 

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Save up to $200 on Panasonic lenses!

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Panasonic keeps launching one deal one after another (at least in USA). You can now save up to $200 on camera+lens at Amazon (Click here to check the deal page). Here is the detailed deal list. Just click on the camera name link to check it out:

Keep in mind that there are two more deals to watch out:
$80 Visa Gift Card on Olympus camera purchase at Amazon (Click here to read the conditions).
And the 2% back in Rewards again at Amazon (Click here to read the conditions).

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New Panasonic GH3 image samples!

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Panasonic is now sending the GH3 cameras to bloggers for testing (not with me of course..LOL). Within the last 24 hours FourThirdsUser (Click here), Pocket Lint (Click here), Photographyblog (Click here) and ePhotozine (Click here) posted new GH3 image samples. There are no RAW files available yet. As I said before I suspect the GH3 quality is more or less on par with the E-M5. Same sensor I guess…

The GH3 preorder links at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK, Technikdirekt DE and Digit-photo FR.

For EU readers: The less than 300 Euro camera deals:
White Olympus E-P1 body for 184 Euro on eBay Germany White Olympus E-PM1 body for 199 Euro on eBay Spain Black Panasonic GF3 body for 199 Euro on eBay Germany White Olympus E-PM1 body for 249 Euro on eBay Germany White Olympus E-P1 body for 249 Euro on eBay Germany Silver Olympus E-PL3 body for 259 Euro on eBay Germany White Olympus E-PM1 with kit lens for 279 Euro on eBay Germany Silver Panasonic GF2 with kit lens for 284 Euro on eBay Germany Black Olympus E-PM1 with kit lens for 285 Euro on eBay Germany Black Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens for 287 Euro on eBay Germany

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Olympus Image share app now on iTunes. Panasonic X zoom to ship on October 31th.

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If you are going to buy the new E-PL5 or E-PM2 than you will be happy to have this, the new Olympus image share App. It’s now available for free on iTunes (Click here). By the way the E-PM2 shipment should start this week according to BHphoto and the E-PL5 should ship on October 23th (again BHphoto).

And there is also a new shipment info about the Panasonic 35-100mm X lens. Panacam will ship the lens from October 31th through Amazon (Click here). Panacam is a Hong Kong reseller that proved to have a good and reliable service.

Panasonic and Olympus Preorder Links with specs and price:
Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt.
35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
60mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
12mm Black prime lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
15mm cap-lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

 

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(FT4) More and more hints about a possible Panasonic GX2 release in November.

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Months ago I already published rumors about a possible GX1 successor coming after Photokina. Now rumors are getting stronger. According to multiple anonymous sources a Panasonic announcement is scheduled for the first half of November. One of the sources said that the GX2 has some “major differences” from the current GX1 and has “the same PGH3 sensor“. The current GX1 got multiple price drops during the last weeks. The GX1 with kit lens (Click here) costs less than the “supposed to be cheaperGF5 with same lens! I am still not sure if the camera will have a built-in viewfinder liek the DMC-L1(Click here) or not.

P.S.: I also heard that there will be no new lens announced along the GX2.

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Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
The Sony NEX-7 (Click here) and the Fuji X PRO 1 (Click here) are for now the only mirrorless cameras with such a rangefinder styled design.
The DMC-L1 eBay (Click here).
The DMC-LC1 on eBay (Click here).

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Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

 

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