E-M5 with upcoming 75mm f/1.8 sexiness!

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Oly5050 from Clubsnap (Click here) posted a set of nice pictures of the new E-M5 along the superb Carl Zeiss Sonar f/1.5 (on the left of the image) and the upcoming new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens. That lens will arrive this summer and NOT be weather sealed. The exact price is unknown but it will be certainly higher than the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 price ($399 at Amazon now). Some unconfirmed rumors from external websites say the price in between $700-$800. The lens is so good on the new Olympus E-M5!

WIll you buy the 75mm f/1.8 lens for $700-$800?

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Here are two more pictures (Click on them to enlarge):

E-M5 (Pre)order links (Click on store name): Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Today Rankings:
USA: E-M5 on position 8/13 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 bad ranked (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 4 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 6/13/16 (Click here).

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Surprise: Nokton 17.5mm is already in Stock!

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Surprise! The new Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 lens which actually was supposed to ship on April 29th only is already in Stock on eBay Germany (Click here)! It ships worldwide!!!
It is also available as kit lens in combination with the GF3 (Click here to check) with the E-P2 (Click here to check) and with the E-P3 (Click here to check).

The store is well known and trust worthy. And they ship worldwide! So be fast and grab the lens if you want it now!

P.S.: The only short test you can find about that lens has been made by OpenPN (Click here to read the google translation).

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(UPDATED) Panasonic announces new AVC-Ultra (no new m43 camcorder yet)

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As you know a couple of days ago I posted a FT3 rumor (50% chance the rumor is correct) to say that there could be a new Panasonic camcorder announcement. Panasonic advertised the event as “camcorder presentation” but in fact it turned out to be more  “a look into the future discussion” than a real product announcement. Here are the news:

1) AVC-Ultra compression scheme. Panaosnic said: “So we have AVC-Intra Class 200, AVC-Intra Class 4:4:4, up to 2K and 4K resolution, and we also have a technology called AVC-LongG, which can get down to 25 Mbps. All of these are recordable on a Panasonic P2 media card.
2) Panasonic will introduce new cameras at NAB that can be upgraded to AVC-Ultra in 2013. There are not many details about the products that will be shown at the NABshow.

Source: Tvtechnology

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Lens poll results. Short analysis (fast zoom lens needed!)

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Over 6,400 unique voters selected the favorite future Micro Four Thirds lens wish list. You can see the poll and full results here: http://www.43rumors.com/poll-vote-your-future-micro-four-thirds-wish-list/.

While this doesn’t pretend to be a scientific analysis there are certainly some general tendency we can extract from the results:
1) There is a high need for high quality zooms. Currently the m43 systems offers many zoom lenses but none is really fast. And that is something our m43 readers highly do miss.
2) The most requested lens is the Micro Four Thirds version of the popular Four Thirds 12-60mm f/2.8-3.5 weather sealed. The current 12-50mm slow zoom isn’t enough for you!
3) While Panasonic is about to launch their f/2.8 X zoom lenses the 43rumors readers are still demanding faster f/2.0 zooms. Probably influenced by the superb (and expensive) Olympus 14-35mm and 35-100mm f/2.0 lenses you asked for new m43 12-35mm f/2.0, 12-50mm f/2.0 and 35-100mm f/2.0 zooms. I asked you to take into consideration that those lenses would be very expensive. I hope your emotional part of the brain didn’t fully overrun the logic 🙂
The Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0 costs over $2,000 at Amazon right now (Click here). So be prepared to pay a lot for these lenses if Olympus/Panasonic will ever release them for real!
4) The most requested prime lenses are the 17mm f/1.4 and 25mm f/1.2 weather sealed high quality lenses. I voted for them too 😉
5) Interesting to notice that the most requested pancakes are again having the same focal length of the top quality primes: 17mm f/2.0 and 25mm f/1.8 pancake.

 

Overall high quality and weather sealed lenses with wide up to normal focal length and fast aperture are requested. Surprisingly there is not a high demand for tele lenses. Do you found other interesting aspects from the poll results?

P.S.: Thank you all for the talking part in this. If I get soem feedback from Olympus/Panasonic soruces I will let you know what they think about it!

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E-M5/GX1 and lens review roundup (E-M5 again in Stock at eBay UK).

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Washing test by 20minutos (Click here / via 100nyc / Thanks Jeff)

One week to go until the E-M5 hits the stores in USA and Europe! Although in some single cases the E-M5 can be found in Europe like it is now on eBay UK (Click here to grab one of the five E-M5 that are in Stock right now). I am really curious to see if the Olympus can surpass both current most requested cameras like the NEX-7 and Fuji X PRO 1 (at least according to A. ranking).

Meantime read some of the latest reviews of the GX1/E-M5:
Imaging Resource (Click here) posted the final Panasonic GX1 review: “Though they missed a few key features users were hoping for, like dual manual control dials as seen on the Sony NEX-7, the Panasonic GX1 is a good start toward making a camera that enthusiasts will appreciate. An increase in resolution comes with an improvement in high ISO performance too
DC.watch (Click here for the translation) posted a set of GX1 + the new Sigma 19mm image samples.
E-M5 preview and image samples at DC.Watch (Click here). The 12-50mm lens got tested by Quesabesde (Click here for the translation).

Links to preorders of the mentioned cameras (Just click the shop name to check availability and price):
GX1 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
E-M5 at Amazon USA, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.
Sigma 19mm at Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France.

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