Black E-M5 is the most sold (says Olympus France) And new set of refurbished E-M5 cameras in Europe…


Olympus France stated in an interview with Lepidi (translation here) that the black version sells more than the Silver. And most buyers are SLR owners and many of them are Journalists.

E-M5 in Europe:
For the third time Olympus launched an E-M5 rebate action while Europeans have to rely on local hard to find deals. For some mysterious reason the chepaest E-M5 you can find in Euro currency is in France (864 for body at Amazon), and in Italy (on eBay via Slidoo). And after a very long time plenty of refurbished E-M5 cameras are sold at Olympusmarket on eBay (Click here). To get notified in future about the new European refurbished E-M5 auctions login at Slidoo and save this search.


(FT1) Olympus to make lenses for the Sony new NEX-FF system? (has to be a joke!)


Picture of the Sony-Olympus collaboration presentation.

Oh guys! I cannot make a pass a whole year without to post an FT1 ranked rumor! Or not? So let me post one I got and that I am sure is 99% not real. Just for fun ok? (ranking explained at the bottom of this post)

An anonymous source claimed to know that Sony will launch a NEX-FF by end of 2013. And Olympus have been asked by Sony to develop and manufacture lenses for the new system. While it’s certain that Olympus and Sony will collaborate on the compact camera front I doubt Olympus has the necessary resources to make FF lens for Sony. But hey, there may be a day when Olympus will make FF lens (and cameras). But I don’t think the day is close…

P.S: If for some incredible fortunate reason the rumor would be correct than I would be the first to eventually buy a Full Frame Olympus OM camera!

OMD camera history:
M-1, OM-1, OM-1 MD, OM-1N, OM-2, OM-2N, OM-2S/SP, OM-3, OM-3Ti, OM-4, OM-4T/Ti black and chrome, OM-10, OM-20 (OM-G), OM-30(OM-F), OM-40 (OM-PC), OM-77AF (OM-707), OM-88 (OM-101), OM-2000.

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


Olympus patent discloses a new XZ-3 lens.


The CES show is over and neither Panasonic nor Olympus unveiled any new interesting MFT or compact camera (as expected).  Egami spotted an Olympus patent describing the lens characteristics of a possible future XZ-3 camera.  The lens should be a 28-112mm f/1.4-1.8. And there is no sign of a sensor size increase yet. Recently Panasonic said it was interested in thinking on a premium compactc amera with fixed lens having a larger MFT sensor. Let’s see if such a camera will really come in 2013!


And again new tidbits about the Polaroid iM1836. Would you buy it?


The Polaroid iM1836 is the first non-Panasonic and non- Olympus camera that will also be compatible with MFT lenses. And here are some more facts about the camera:

1) The US company Sakar actually makes the camera. It borrowed the Polaroid name and (although not official) it also seems to have borrowed the Nikon J1 design.
2) The camera is modular. It means it has no sensor built into the camera itself. It’s built into the lens in case of the original Polaroid lenses (with 1 inch sensor). And while they didn’t say much about it I suspect there will be a MFT adapter with built-in sensor. You should be able to use all MFT lenses attached on that adapter.
3) Just to avoid any mistake. There is also a second model called “iM1030” that doesn’t run Android OS (while the iM1836 is based on Android).
4) There is no production version of the camera yet and price will be close to $400.

All in all this is an attempt to build an “universal camera” a la Ricoh GXR. A camera with support for all possible system lenses and based on an open source platform. Will it work out? My answer is …no :)

Would you buy that Polaroid camera to use your MFT lenses on it?

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Olympus E-M5 deal is back. GH3 in Stock by end of the month.


BHphoto (Click here) set a new in Stock forecast for the GH3. It should ship from January 30th. There is no such info at Amazon (Click here) but from time to time you will find third party resellers selling small ammounts. To get notified when you can find the GH3 in Stock or in Auction on eBay login and save this search on Slidoo.

The up to $100 discount on the E-M5 is back at Amazon (Click here to check them all).

More Olympus deals:
You can also save up to $100 on Select Olympus Digital Cameras at Amazon (Click here).