Double GX1 and E-M5 underwater test.


Olympus OM-D Underwater Video Tests – by Jim-Decker from Digital Shootout on Vimeo.

It’s summer time and I guess some 43rumors readers are divers. So you may look at the new double underwater test at Thedigitalshootout. They reviewed both the GX1 (here is the review) and the E-M5 (here is the review).

I live in the middle of the mountains so I am the wrong person when it comes to talk about what’s good or not about the underwater performance. Anyway, I trust the reviewer when he writes that the “E-M5 in the Nauticam housing is hands down the most sophisticated and highest performing mirrorless camera you can take underwater today.” and the “GX1 in the NA-GX1 is so brilliant… shooting performance is great, and the image quality rivals SLRs at 3 times its price.“.

For US readers: The Silver E-M5 kit is finally in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

GX1 shop search links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
E-M5 shop search links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.


Cheap 75mm lens hood alternatives…


Many of you will probably soon receive the new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens. As you know you have to pay about $80 at Adorama or 80 Euro at Amazon Germany extra to get the hood. 43rumors reader “Mister Roboto” pointed out an interesting alternative:

On eBay (via Hong Kong) you can buy a standard hood for $15 (Click here) and a tele hood for $16 (Click here).

Mr.Roboto writes: “It’s screw in though- but should match nicely. Eventually I know there’s going to be a knock off one like the one olympus offers (though I’d prefer a screw in).

Olympus 75mm preorder and price check at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.


(FT5) UPDATED: Full leak of the new Panasonic 45-150mm lens!


An anonymous source (Thank You!) sent me the link to a canadian website named Photoprice (Click here). It shows the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 HD OIS.

This is the fourth “normal” zoom lens after the 45-200mm ($240 here at Amazon) the 45-175mm ($290) and the Olympus 40-150mm ($280) lens. And I honestly don’t see the reason for that new release. I was hoping for a sort of very compact zoom lens but as we see this is not going to happen. And it’s not even a fast lens. So either this lens is incredibly cheap, either it is expensive but with a superb quality or either Panasonic simply did something wrong :)   Let’s see what happens on next Wednesday (July 18th) when Panasonic is officially going to announce it along the G5 and LX7!

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FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct


Three links to friends and Olympus market roundup…


Moment of Truth – Teaser Trailer from No More Talk Productions on Vimeo.

It is a nice Saturday morning here and I want to post three links to work from friends:

1) Perry sent us the video I posted here on top: “Been laying low for a while in the world of GH2 hacking, because I have been working hard on our feature film. I am the DP on this film and it is being shot all on hacked GH2’s everything from 244mbit(oldschool) to new Mysteron hack(finishing the film on this). We are using everything from Oct-18 Lomos, Nokkors, and M43 glass. here is the first teaser for the film, we are on a 2000$ budget, and it will feature actors who are donating there time to us in between shoots for burn notice and other network tv series

2) 43rumor reader Uwe wrote a book about Lightroom 4 Artistry. You can read the presentation at Outbackphoto (Click here).

3) Elena from (Click here) received my Olympus E-PL1 I gave her to tell her greek crisis stories. First pictures have been posted but she still needs to show more. Let’s see what’s coming next.

If our European readers want to get soem cheap camera or lens a place to look is Olympusmarket (Click here). They just posted a fulls et of new stuff including a Penpal module, XZ-1, E-PL2 cameras, VF-3 viewfinder, VF-3 viewfinder, E-P1, E-PL3, E-PL1 and the 14-42mm kit lens. Good Luck with the auctions!