(UPDATED to FT4) New Lumix cameras and camcorder presentation on April 5!

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Some of our sources are telling us that Panasonic is preparing a huge event where they claim that they will show “new Lumix cameras and camcorders“. Of course we know that at least a new GF5 and a new m43 camcorder will be announced. It has to be seen if there will be something else too but I have no hope that there will be a GH3.
I think it’s Panasonic strategy to not announce too many new products on the same day. That’s why the G5 could be announced in May.

UPDATE: More sources confirmed the announcement will be made on Thursday April 5th (Japan time).

One more thing: Of course this is just my personal wish but I am still waiting for my Micro Four Thirds Lumix DMC-L1 camera to become real! That is a beauty of a camera! I know Panasonic is reading me that’s why from time to time I am writing that message 🙂
P.S.: You can still find some DMC-L1 cameras on eBay (Click here).

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New Panasonic 45-175mm and Nanoha lens reviews (+french GX1 test)

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Klaus from Photozone (Click here) posted a new Panasonic 45-175mm lens review on Photozone: “The Panasonic lens is a good albeit not superb telephoto zoom lens as some might have hoped from its “X” designation“. The problem is that the X lens has huge vignetting and pronounced Chromatic Aberration. But overall Klaus says: “There is much to like about the Panasonic lens – also from a price/performance perspective.”

Digi163 (Click here) posted a Nanoha lens review. The bad news is that the review is made in Japanese and google translation tool doesn’t work on that website. But you can still look at the nice image samples!

Felix from ThePhoBlographer (Click here) tested the Zeiss 50mm Planar ZM on the E-P1 and G1: “The colors, contrast and bokeh are equally pleasing when used on Micro Four Thirds as they are on the Leica.“. The lens can be found here on eBay.

Our french colleagues from Hybridcames (Click here to read the translation) also published a new Panasonic GX1 review.

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Have fun with the E-M5 matching simulation (and first unboxing pics!)

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It’s weekend and time for relaxing! Click here to have some fun with the Matching Simulation tool that now includes the new E-M5: http://www.four-thirds.org/en/special/matching.html.
Interesting to note that the most voted combination is the E-M5 + the Four Thirds 50-200mm SWD lens and on second place the E-M5+12mm combo.
And our reader Zetton Nara just got his E-M5 in Japan and you can see his unboxing pics on Flickr (Click here).

E-M5 Preorders: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

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New video by Seb Farges (+ Olympusmarket roundup)

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Seb Farges sent me the link to his next tiny anamorphic lens test with the GH2 and Canon 50mm FD lens. As you know he is using the small and cheap Berthiot Tiny Cinemascope 2X to realize these videos. Enjoy!

Olympusmarket published a long list of new refurbished m43 cameras and lenses. Here are the direct links. A susual, only European citizens can buy that stuff:

E-P3, E-PL3 E-PM1:
Silver Olympus E-PL3 with double lens kit Black Olympus E-PM1 with kit lens Silver Olympus E-PL3 with double lens kit Black Olympus E-PL3 with kit lens White Olympus E-PL3 with kit lens Brown Olympus E-PM1 with kit lens Silver Olympus E-PL3 with kit lens

Older PEN cameras:
Black Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens White Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with double lens kit Black Olympus E-PL2 with double lens kit Silver Olympus E-P1 with kit lens White Olympus E-P1 with kit lens Black Olympus E-P3 with kit lens

Lenses and Viewfinder:
Olympus 14-42mm lens Olympus 40-150mm lens Olympus 9-18mm lens Olympus 7mm lens Black Olympus 14-42mm lens Olympus VF-2 external viewfinder Olympus 50-200mm SWD lens

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USA Sunday deals (E-PL2, GH2)

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The Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm kit lens is now in Stock for $349 at Cameta (Click here) and for $359 at Amazon (Click here). The GH2 with 14-42mm kit lens for $865 at Amazon (Click here).

Don’t forget that Olympus USA started a new action on the PEN cameras too:
$75 off on the E-PM1: Check at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the E-PL3: Check at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the E-P3: Check at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

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