You can now preorder the Olympus E-PL2 at Adorama (Click here) and the Olympus XZ-1 also at Adorama (Click here). You can also sign up to be notified when E-PL2 preorders do start at Amazon and Bhphoto and also for the XZ-1 at Amazon and BHphoto.
I told you that rumors would not stop! We are working on quite a few news right now! The first rumor we post is about the next Panasonic zoom lens. A few weeks ago a trusted source said us that Panasonic was about to release a new 12-50mm f/2.5-3.3 zoom. We looked for confirmation from other sources and now we found that also according to DSLRmagazine sources Panasonic will soon release that lens! I was told the zoom lens is pretty big and that it should be announced very soon along the new MFT camera sometimes between February and May. It’s a lens optimized for video like the Panasonic 14-140mm (that means silent autofocus, smooth zoom). I guess this is the lens that has been made primarily for the use on a Panasonic AG-AF100 and Panasonic GF2. We have no price indication yet. The closest lens you can compare with is the Olympus 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD (Four Thirds) which costs $899 at Amazon. But that lens is not optimized for video and not as fast as the Panasonic.
This is not the only lens Panasonic is preparing. The Micro Four Thirds version of the current Four Thirds 25mm f/1.4 is also almost ready for launch also latest news reported that the lens will not be in Stock before April-May.
P.S.: Dslrmagazine also reminds you that Olympus will launch three pro MFT lenses in April-May.
Stay tuned guys…those are busy times!
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A 43rumors reader sent me this picture he of a new underwater housing he made for himself! Inside the massive case he uses the Olympus E-P1. He also bought the new Nikonos to MFT adapter which is available at eBay (Click here) and put the famous Nikonos underwater lenses on it! Nice job! Click here to see the picture of the back on flickr.
Amazon listed the new cameras without price and availability (for now). But they will soon start to accept preorders.
The Olympus E-PL2 + 14-42mm lens will cost $599 and be available in February (Click here to see the product page on Amazon and here to see it at BHphoto).
The Olympus XZ-1 will cost $499 and be available soon (Click here to see the product page on Amazon and here to see it at BHphoto).