April 21, 2011
Posted in deals

Panasonic refurbished stuff on eBay

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Two days ago I discovered that there where a lot of Olympus refurbished cameras and lenses on eBay. I managed to get the white E-P1 with lens for 201 Euro only (the camera should arrive at my home in Antwerp today). Today I found a reseller that has refurbished Panasonic stuff! The bad news is that he sells in Germany only. To bad because he has quite a lot of nice stuff:
– Refurbished white GF1 with 14-45mm lens (Click here)
– Blue Panasonic G2 with 14-42mm lens (Click here)

If you can find stores having Panasonic/Olympus refurbished stuff send me a message! Would be nice to create a list of all asian-america-european stores offering this kind of refurbished stuff!

Those are the cool (Micro)-FourThirds products OlympusMarket is selling today on eBay:
Olympus FL-14 Flash for 109 Euro (Click here).
Olympus E-450 auctions (Click on numbers: one, two, three)
Olympus E-P1 auctions (Auction number: one, two, three)
Olympus E-PL1 auctions (Auction number: one), two, three, four, five
The Olympus 17mm f/2.8 lens (Auction number: one)

April 20, 2011
Posted in news

Canon and Nikon product shortage makes increase the prices. What about Panasonic and Olympus?

The very well informed Amateur Photographer website (Click here) noticed that “high-end digital SLRs threatens to raise street prices in the coming weeks as UK dealers struggle to meet demand after last month’s Japanese earthquake.

Also our sources told us that product shortage is expected for all Japanese camera producer (Including Panasonic and Olympus). The worst “rumor” I received told me that there will be supply problems for the next 6 months! If you noticed a price increase on Panasonic/Olympus products drop me a message at 43rumors@gmail.com. The only thing I have seen is that in US there were almost no price drops or deals on any Micro Four Thirds product during the last 3 weeks and also the Panasonic GH2 is out of Stock again (Check Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay). That’s pretty unusual.

The only real good deal is the GH1 kit offer. It’s ongong since a few weeks and will last until the last GH1 has been sold:
1) Panasonic GH1 with 14mm lens for $699 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $364. and if you would buy it separately with the GH1 it would cost you a total of $764. With that deal you save $64!
2) Panasonic GH1 with 20mm lens for $699 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $399. You save $99!
3) Panasonic GH1 with 45-200mm lens for $649 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $349. You save $100!
4) Panasonic GH1 with 14-45mm lens for $649 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $359. You save $90!
5) Panasonic GH1 with 14-42mm lens for $499 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $199. You save $100!

P.S.: There were a few dollar price drops on the Panasonic 100-300mm lens which is now in Stock for $525 at Amazon (Click here).

April 20, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Olympus 12mm f/2.0 with different design than the mockup.

After yesterdays Olympus lens rumor post a trusted source contacted me to add a little bit of new info. First the lens mockup Olympus showed a few months ago is not the real final lens. The design has been changed! The real final production lens will be a bit more compact. He also confirmed the specs I received from a new sources a while ago. The lens should be a 12mm f/2.0 lens. It’s the first Olympus High-grade lens. It’s very sharp also at f/2.0. Price is unknown yet but the lens will be announced in late June. Panasonic is currently offering a 14mm f/2.5 lens which is very compact and cheap (but not a very high-quality lens). The only faster wide angle lenses are CCTv lenses like the Pentax TV Lens 12mm f/1.2 (Click here to see that on eBay) and the soon coming new SLRmagic lens. But those are very low quality alternatives.

There are two questions I have for you. Try to be fair with your answer 😉

Will you buy the high quality 12mm f/2.0 lens if the price not to high?

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April 20, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

Olympus XZ-1 with VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder – Best of Both Worlds? (TheDigitalStory)

GF1 vs. E-PL2 size comparison on Flickr.

Olympus E-PL2 test at DC.watch.

Angle and Frame bis (Jjsemplephotography).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ18 / ZS8 review (CameraLabs)

Link to the new redesigned Olympus Cafe Forum: http://www.olympuscafe.com/forums/

I received that message from Chris Kovacs,: “We would like to introduce you to a new venture in fine art photography. Adore Noir Magazine is an digital (PDF) black and white fine art photography magazine. You can download a sample of Adore Noir Magazine from the download section of our website. Download directly to iPhone, iPad and any other electronic device supporting PDF files. The sample includes the full feature of acclaimed photo artist Dominic Rouse and an article on the Artistic Mind, by Sandra Djak Kovacs. We hope you enjoy this new venture.
Kind regards,
Chris Kovacs, Editor, www.adorenoir.com facebook.com/Adore.Noir.Magazine

April 19, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Olympus announcement late June? (two lenses for certain!)


By the end of 2010 our sources reassured me that Olympus will introduce quite a lot of interesting new m43 stuff. The good news is that the same sources are still convinced that Olympus will surprise us with some new cool stuff. The bad news is that it might take a bit longer than we have expected. As you can imagine it’s quite difficult yet to talk about product roadmaps. I heard from Sony deleting the new NEX stuff, Panasonic lenses coming in late summer only, and that because of power supply problems in many Japanese plants. According to our sources Olympus will release two of the three planned lenses in late June. They were originally planned to be released in Spring (see the official Olympus lens roadmap on top). Good for us that the lens that will not be announced is the 8mm fisheye! If that rumor turns out to be true than this was definitely a wise decision. We already have the expensive Panasonic 8mm fisheye and now even Samyang is making a cheaper manual 8mm fisheye lens too! To have a third 8mm fisheye really would not make a lot of sense! The other two lenses are high quality primes. One should have a 12mm focal length and the other one around 50mm. We received a few details about those lenses from new sources and I am still trying to get some feedback from trusted sources. If you know something more about those lenses drop me a line at 43rumors@gmail.com or use the contact form on the right sidebar. Thanks!

I am also trying to get more info about the next PEN cameras. There should be two new cameras announced within 2011. Let’s cross the finger!

P.S.: Samyang announced a few months ago that the 35mm f/1.4 Four Thirds mount would hit the market in March. Did you find the lens somewhere beeing in Stock??? All Samyang lenses for Olympus can be found on eBay only and under seven different brand names (Click on it to see all Four Thirds lenses from the specific brand!):
Samyang
Walimex
Rokinon
Opteka
Falcon
Vivitar
Bower

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