April 22, 2011
Posted in news

Good news! Olympus can ship the new m43 converters.


You might not be interested in getting those converters but it’s good to know that Olympus manged to solve all logistic problems due the recent Japan earthquake disaster. The new converters worldwide shipment was scheduled for March 18 but i had to be delayed. In a recent press release (Click here) Olympus announced that worldwide shipment will now start on April 28. Reminder, those converters can be used on the new 14-42mm II lens which is also the new kit lens of the Olympus E-PL2.

You can already preorder the converters in many stores:
Olympus Fisheye Converter at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus Wide Lens Converter at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus Macro Converter at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

April 22, 2011
Posted in news

43rumors Mini Meeting in Antwerp

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Tomorrow (on Saturday) for the very first time I will have the chance to see some of my readers….for real! Everybody can meet me between 13:30 and 16:00 at the “Bar 2″ which is located in the center of the city (Vrijdagmarkt 19). How can you find me? Easy, I will have my white E-P1 with Nokton lens on the table.

The reason for the meeting is quite simple. I need to discuss about the further development of the website and you will might help me on that. And It’s by far more funny to talk about it on a table with a couple of beers!
UPDATE: I plan to make more minimeetings in Barcelona, Montpellier and NYC.

See you tomorrow!

P.S.: If you will arrive after the start of the meeting and for some reason we will not be there because we might moved to other place ask the barkeeper where “43rumors” has gone.

April 22, 2011
Posted in deals

Olumpus E-PL1 250 pound price drop in UK. New XZ-1 firmware.

Olympus UK offers an 250 pound instant rebate on the Olympus E-PL1! Now you can get camera with lens for 299 pounds only at Amazon UK (Click here). And another good news for UK reader. We finally found an eBay store that has Panasonic refurbished stuff. Right now you can get a refurbished GH2 with 14-42mm lens for 649 pounds only (Click here to see the item on eBay).
UPDATE: Also in germany the E-PL1 cameras are discounted (Click here to see the E-PL1 price at Amazon DE)
And a deal for all europeans. Olympusmarket is selling a refurbished white E-P1 with kit lens (Click here). Current auction price is 80 Euro (ends today).

And the new Olympus XZ-1 firmware is finally out. The Pic Orientation has been added to the Camera Menu. Download page: Olympus Japan (Click here).

April 21, 2011
Posted in Rumors

The Megapixel race (Sony making a NEX-7 with 24 Megapixel)

Panasonic is going to announce the new G3 with 16 Megapixel in May. If you need one more explanation why Panasonic and Olympus are not going to stick at 12 Megapixel you might read this: We have been told that Samsung will launch a 18 Megapixel NX20 and NX200 in Summer and Sony’s new NEX-7 will have…drumming….a 24 Megapixel sensor!

As you see the Megapixel racing is still ongoing and it doesn’t sound like there is an end insight. Maybe next year Panasonic will make a 20 Megapixel sensor for the GH3?

More info about the upcoming cameras from the competition
NX20 and NX200 at MirrorlessRumors (Click here).
NEX-7 at SonyAlphaRumors (Click here).

April 21, 2011
Posted in news

Tipa Award: The Olympus E-5 is the best DSLR, the XZ-1 the best compact and the GH2 the best Mirrorless camera!

-> The full list of TIPA award winners can be seen here: http://www.tipa.com/english/XXI_tipa_awards_2011.php

What a surprise! The Olympus E-5 has been voted as “Best expert DSLR camera” for the year 2010. It received the TIPA award for the following reason: “For a very reasonable price, the Olympus E-5 provides benefits that rival those found in some professional SLRs: complete weather-sealing, comprehensive functions, excellent responsiveness, 100% viewfinder, good noise control, dual CF/SD slots, built-in image stabilisation, all in a rugged magnesium-alloy body. Add to this Olympus’ Dust Reduction System, which has proven to be among the most effective solutions in the market. The 12.3 Megapixel Live MOS sensor, combined with the ‘TruePic V+’ image engine produces images that rival competitors with substantially higher pixel counts.
To be onest we have to admit that the E-5 had almost no competition. The Nikon 7000 the price in the category “Best D-SLR Advanced” and Canon didn’t announce any high-end DSLR cameras in 2010.
Check out price and availability of the E-5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

And that is certainly NOT a surprise. The Panasonic GH2 won the price as “Best Compact System Camera Expert“: “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is a true ‘hybrid’ photo and video camera, where video is no longer just an additional function. The DMC-GH2 features full HD 1920×1080, 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) smooth, high quality video recording with 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) output in addition to the high quality photo, a world’s first for cameras in this category. The DMC-GH2 can be operated through an intuitive touch control screen. For example, just tapping a subject on the screen will make the camera focus with a speed that rivals the best DSLR’s on the market.
Check out price and availability of the GH2 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

And the Olympus XZ-1 won the price as “Best Expert Compact Camera“: “The Olympus XZ-1 has one of the fastest zoom lenses in its class, the iZuiko f1.8-2.5 6.0-24mm (28-112mm equivalent angle of view in 35mm cameras.) Rather than succumb to the continuing Megapixel race, the light-reception area of each pixel of the 1/1.63-inch, 10 Megapixel CCD has been doubled. The XZ-1’s AF illuminator, Dual Image Stabilisation, Low-Light mode that automatically adjusts the ISO sensitivity up to ISO 3200 and the compact size all add up to an exciting “candid” camera that also offers advanced manual controls.
Check out price and availability of the XZ-1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

The full list of TIPA award winners can be seen here: http://www.tipa.com/english/XXI_tipa_awards_2011.php

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