The Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens is certainly the best performing Micro Four Thirds lens to date. That’s why it is almost impossible to see price drops on that lens. But I finally found a way to save $100 by purchasing one of the eight available lens sold right now by CameraLand on eBay (Click here). And you also have nine 60mm macro Demo lenses (you save $50). These are “Demo” lenses and here is the original text from Cameraland: “As one of the largest Olympus dealers in the USA we are happy to offer this great lens at a super price. We recently had an Olympus event and these were opened and demo’d for the day. They can all pass as new and come with a 1 year USA warranty“. Sounds great!
The current GF5
A trusted and a new source shared a news about the new GF camera. The miniaturization war is definitely over and the new GF will be bigger and have a “more high quality” feeling over the previous GF5 model. As I told you before the camera is going to be announced in early April. So like they did with the GH3 Panasonic is now going the opposite direction than they did in the past. Bigger is Better is the new slogan :)
That said the current GF5 is a bargain compared to the new GF camera (that will be priced at $599). In UK you can get the GF5 with X lens for 290 Euro(!) at Wilkinsoncamera UK (Click here). Too bad they do ship in UK only :(
In US you can grab it for $399 on eBay (Click here).
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
The world of Micro Four Thirds adapters is growing and sometimes it surprises you with new products from companies you never heard of it before. The German company Mirex launched a new Micro Four Thirds Tilt Shift Adapter. The adapter is not yet listed on their webpage, but it is available and 43rumors reader Florian owns it. You can read his report and see more pics at Floriansphotos.com.
Current T/S adpaters or lenses for MFT are:
Arsat Arax Photex 35mm f/2.8 (here on eBay).
MC 2.8/20mm TILT/SHIFT lens (here on eBay).
Minolta Tilt adapter (here on eBay).
Kipon Nikon F mount Lens to Micro 4/3 Tilt & Shift Adapter (here on eBay).
The GH3 is now in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) too!
The GH3 is already in Stock for days now at Adorama (Click here) and Samys (Click here).. Adorama also offers some GH3 + accessory kits (Click here). It is surprisingly still not in Stock at Amazon but at least you can play with their new Lens Finder Tool at Amazon (Click here) to kill the time until it will be back in Stock :)
The 12-35mm X lens just got DxOmarked (Click here to read the test). And they write: “The Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f2.8 ASPH Power O.I.S is the best lens of it’s type by quite a long way, but at a price that would buy better equipment if you are not wedded to the Micro 4:3 system.”
The 12-35mm X zoom beats the rest of the MFT lenses and comes very close to the Olympus 12mm and 45mm prime lens performance. Now we have to see if the upcoming new Olympus f/2.8 zoom can match or even beat the Panasonic X performance!
DxOmark writes that the X zoom is expensive but you can find some deals in US and Europe:
Panacam sells the lens for $985 via Amazon US (Click here).
Five demo lenses are for sale in Germany (Click here) for 829 Euro.