20mm price drop at Amzon and J&R. “Unboxed” 14mm pancake for $173!!!



There is a new price drop on the most famous of all m43 lenses. The 20mm pancake sells for $339 at Amazon (Click here) and J&R (Click here). Panasonic is really doing many deals in these hot summer weeks!

There is one more interesting “phenomena” I want to show you. As you know Panasonic had that super GX1 and GF3 deal boxed with the 14mm pancake. Those pancakes are now sold “unboxed” for $171-$177 on eBay! So you can get a de facto new 14mm lens at Podmantech (Click here), Eeassa (Click here) and Nomohideo (Click here). If you want it boxed than you have to spend $100 extra on Amazon (Click here).

P.S.: Looks like the people is not going to buy the 45-150mm lens tomorrow…the 45-200mm is the most sold mirrorless lens of the moment at Amazon (here is the ranking).


FZ pictures, LX7 with f/1.4 lens. Le Monde de la Photo leaks G5 announcement time (6am Paris time on July 18th)


After Telegraph UK (Article has been removed!), Photoprice and Nphoto also Le Monde de la Photo showed some bits of the Panasonic presentation. The website now has been removed and you see an error page only. A very small portion of the leak has been cached by another website Newsvortex.net.

The title of the article is: “Panasonic Lumix G5: A replacement of DSLR cameras?“. It includes the Embargo date which is 18 July at 6am in the morning Paris time. I posted the full FZ60 and FZ200 pics on MirrorlessRumors.com (CLick here). These cameras actually have something the G5 has not…a dedicated M mode for video!

I still haven’t found pictures of the new LX7 but Le Mounde de La Photo leaked the lens specs which (if true) is 24-110mm f/1.4-2.3. Still no info about the sensor size. Telegraph UK wrote: “The former is a top of the line compact camera with a fast f1.4 Leica lens, 10.1 megapixel Mos sensor and 3-inch screen.” But is it a real Sony RX100 competitor or not? That’s the question!

Stay tuned on 43rumors!!!

P.S.: Don’t forget that there is a Canon announcement on July 23th  and a Samsung announcement next week you can follow on MirrorlessRumors!


(FT5) UPDATED: Full Panasonic G5 image leaks….and Telegraph UK leaks info!


One of our trusted sources found plenty of pictures of the new Panasonic G5 which is going to be announced tomorrow along the new 45-150mm lenses leaked yesterday (Click here) and a bunch of new compact cameras (like the new LX7). Also three more websites leaked pieces of info, Telegraph UK (Article has been removed!), Photoprice leaked one single picture of the G5 and Nphoto.

The new G5 has a more rounded shape compared to the G1/G2/G3 generation. It will share the same G3 sensor but offer a new imaging processor that in theory should increase the image quality.  Expected price for the body is $599. As I told you before the camera will be announced tomorrow (July 18th) at 5am London time!

Follow the event live on 43rumors and on facebook (Click here)! I am going to link you to every interesting news and reviews I can find! See you soon!


UPDATE: Incredible, even the famous Telegraph UK magazine (Article has been removed!) leaked some info! They write:
The new DMC-G5 features a 3-inch fold out screen and a top of the line 16-megapixel sensor powered by Panasonic’s Venus Engine VII.
Also launched is the DMC-LX7 and DMC-FZ200. The former is a top of the line compact camera with a fast f1.4 Leica lens, 10.1 megapixel Mos sensor and 3-inch screen. The DMC-FZ200, which is due for release in late August or early September, replaces Panasonic’s FZ150 as its new flagship bridge camera. Included is a highly formidable 25-600mm lens, which is incredibly wide yet capable of zooming extreme distances. Even more impressive is that the lens on the FZ200 maintains a constant f2.8 aperture throughout.
Panasonic has led the way in the mirrorless market for a while now and the DMC-G5 is its latest attempt at ensuring things stay that way. The G5 is capable of things like full HD video recording and capturing images up to 12,800 ISO. Also announced alongside the G5 was two new lenses, an f2.8 12-35 Power O.I.S and a 45-150mm f4 lens.
It will be released next month with prices starting at £599 and rising to £879.
The LX7 is designed for those who want to get more out of a compact camera, incorporating things like full manual control as well as decent low light photography thanks to the fast lens, Venus VII picture engine and 12,800 ISO capability. The LX7 can also capture full HD 1080p video. The LX7 will be released in September but Panasonic has yet to confirm the price.

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Something else: New article by my friend Elena from greekdiaries: “Igia na echoume” Check out her blog ;)


Lensrentals says: “The Olympus 75mm f/1.8 is expensive because it’s worth it.”


Image courtesy: Robert Cicala by lensrentals

Now this test is going to push the Olympus 75mm preorders ;)

Robert Cicala from Lensrentals (Click here) just published another kind of Olympus 75mm lens review. He actually disassembled the lens to see what’s inside. He didn’t care a lot about the image quality because…”I won’t repeat what has already been done more thoroughly elsewhere. But I will say the Imatest results are spectacular.

The real question was, how well is the lens made? He writes: “Some people are put off by the price, at least from the discussions I’ve seen online. My perspective is that sometimes things are expensive because they’re worth it. This seems to be one of those times. The build quality is different than the majority of mirrorless lenses. The ones that are built like this are about this price range.

Read the full article at Lensrentals (Click here) to get the nice feeling that Olympus that time did it right and didn’t save a single penny on the lens costs. Full image quality reviews can be seen at DSLRmagazine (Tranlsation here), Robin Wong (part two) , Robin Wong (part one), Pekka Potka and SLRgear.

And now to the preorder options and shipping info:
In USA Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here)J&R(Click here) and BHphoto (Click here), will start shipping the lens in a few days.
Also in Europe  Amazon Germany (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon France (Click here) and Amazon Italy (Click here) will very likely ship the lens by end of the month.
In Asia it’s already available at Amazon Japan, Digitalrev and on eBay.

Hood alternatives:
As I told you days ago the original hood costs $80 at Adorama or 80 Euro at Amazon Germany. On eBay (via Hong Kong) you can buy a third party standard hood for $15 (Click here) and a tele hood for $16 (Click here).


(UPDATED) US deal: All E-M5 kits in Stock!!! Body only in Stock in EU and Asia.


Suddenly all E-M5 kits are in Stock and here is a short overview of where to find them in U stores:
Black E-M5 with 14-42mm lens at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here) and Adorama eBay (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Willoughbyscamera eBay (Click here) and Popflash eBay (Click here).
Silver E_M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here).

Ranks: The Silver E-M5 is also leading the overall Mirrorless ranking at Amazon (Click here).

E-M5 Body only in EU and Asia: It’s in Stock in Asia (Digitalrev) and in Europe (Amazon Germany, Amazon UK) but still not in US (1-3 months delivery according to Amazon).
UPDATE: BHphoto (Click here) will start shipping the E-M5 body only options on July 30th.

More US deals: Panasonic-Leica 25mm lens back in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). 14-42mm X lens for $287 at Amazon (Click here).