First time: Panasonic 12-35mm X for less than $1,000 ($999).

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Right after posting on 43rumors about the long exposure stabilization issue of the 12-35mm X lens the price went down to $999 via Panacam at Amazon US (Click here). Would be nice if for every issue we found on a camera or lens the price would drop the same day :)

More new US deals:
White GF5 with 14-42mm lens for $349 at Amazon (Click here).
One GH3 in Stock for the regular price at 39mm (Click here).

Olympus deals reminder:
1) E-M5, E-PL5, E-M2 and XZ-2 got an up to $100 discount at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
2) Save $100 on Qualifying Olympus Lenses at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
3) Save up to $50 on Qualifying Olympus Flashes at Amazon (Click here).
4) $20 rebate on Olympus Point-and-Shoot Cameras (list here at Amazon).

And here are the other USA deals:
G5 kit for $499 at Amazon (ranking here). This is the same price you pay at BHphoto too (Click here) but they also have an additional offer for a dual lens kit for $56t with the 45-20mm lens.
GF5 with 14-42mm X lens for $399 at Groupon.
GF3 with 14-42mm X lens for $318 on eBay US (Click here).
Black Panasonic GX1 cameras with 14-42mm X lens kit for $499 on eBay US (Click here).
Olympus 40-150mm lens is now for sale for $99 only at Amazon and Adorama.
Silver Panasonic 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens for $199 at BHphoto.
$30 price drop on the Panasonic Wireless Flash at Shop Panasonic.
$30 price drop on the Panasonic GH3 battery grip at Shop Panasonic.

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(FT5) New Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera(s) to be announced in late March-early April.

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This news comes via very reliable sources. Panasonic will release new Micro Four Thirds cameras (or cameras) in the period between late March-early April. I am working on the details yet but rumors from December pointed at a new GF and G camera release.

Still no news from Olympus, but I expect Oly to release the new f/2.8 zoom and the E-P5 in June.

Some surprise? I am still not sure about the GX camera model release and I heard about a new Panasonic MFT top video camera. But it’s all coming from anonymous new sources and I need some time to check that info. Olympus heavy stuff is coming the second half of the year.

In short: Stay tuned. Finally, five months after Photokina we can go back to some exciting rumor time!

Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

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Smart: Panasonic ‘Try Before You Buy’ Service in UK!

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Panasonic UK just had the smart idea to launch the new ‘Try Before You Buy” servie! Basically you can get the new Panasonic GH3 and 12-35mm lens for 48 hours (excluding delivery and collection time). You will have to request he camera form one of the stores listed here below. I think that’s a great thing for all those of us that want to try a camera before to actually buy it. Barney Sykes, Lumix G Camera Product & Marketing Manager says “The GH3 is by far the most advanced system camera we have ever launched and we recognise customers may want to road test this product before committing to such as high value purchase, therefore we are  delighted to be able to offer this scheme to our key retail partners to help increase their sales opportunities

I wish this service to be extended worldwide! :)

Retailers include:

·        Annings, Ilkley, Yorkshire
·        Bradford CE
·        Cambrian
·        Camerabox Kettering
·        Cameraland / Stanbrook Cardiff
·        Camera Solutions
·        Carmarthen Camera Centre, Camarthan
·        Castle Cameras Bournemouth
·        Chas Eagles
·        Chas Norman Cameras Sevenoaks
·        Chris Goodhead
·        Clifton Cameras Dursley
·        Comleys
·        Frank Wilkinsons
·        Harrison Cameras
·        Mathers
·        Mifsuds Brixham
·        Park Cameras
·        Peter Rogers
·        Photo Express
·        Photosound Vantage, Bishops Stortford
·        Richards (Bass & Bligh)
·        S R S Microsystems Ltd Watford
·        T4 Cameras Swindon
·        Williams
·        York Camera Mart
·        Conns Camera, Ireland
·        Bermingham Camera, Ireland

found via Whatdigitalcamera.

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New US deals roundup: GFX $399 at Groupon. GH3 accessory price drop.

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The most sold mirrorless camera of the moment is the G5 kit for $499 at Amazon (ranking here). This is the same price you pay at BHphoto too (Click here) but they also have an additional offer for a dual lens kit for $56t with the 45-20mm lens.

And here are the other USA deals:
GF5 with 14-42mm X lens for $399 at Groupon.
GF3 with 14-42mm X lens for $318 on eBay US (Click here).
Black Panasonic GX1 cameras with 14-42mm X lens kit for $499 on eBay US (Click here).
Olympus 40-150mm lens is now for sale for $99 only at Amazon and Adorama.
Silver Panasonic 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens for $199 at BHphoto.
$30 price drop on the Panasonic Wireless Flash at Shop Panasonic.
$30 price drop on the Panasonic GH3 battery grip at Shop Panasonic.

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GH3 gets DxOmarked! Is on par with the E-M5.

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The Panasonic GH3 sensor finally got “DxOmarked”! You can read the full test at dxomark.com. As you can see from the image on top the GH3 is basically on par with the other 16 Megapixel Olympus cameras. No surprise here. The real killer feature of the GH3 is his video quality which DxOmark doesn’t measure. DxOmark writes: “The Panasonic Lumix DMC GH3 is a very good camera, among the best tested by DxO Mark in this format. It is small and light and will make an excellent camera to travel with and fulfils all of the requirements that a serious enthusiast is likely to have. However, it is pricey for a hybrid and it has competition from several directions.

Meantime the GH3 is still sold out in US and will ship from February 28th only according to BHphoto (Click here). By the way, there is a $30 price drop on the Panasonic GH3 battery grip at Shop Panasonic.

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