12-35mm ships in Asia. LX5 for $329 in USA.

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The 12-35mm X lens is finally in Stock in Asian stores (Amazon and eBay) and you can even one single lens in Stock at Amazon US (Click here). A 43rumor readers just posted some unboxing pics on Flickr (Click here).

There is a $50 discount (via gift card) on the LX5 at Amazon (Click here). The upcoming LX6 will arrive this summer and cost a lot more becuase of the rumored bigger sensor. Price should be around the $600 very close to the main compeitor which is the Sony RX100.

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And here is the next partnership rumor: Sony-Olympus agreement?

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Sometimes I think news agency are much worse in writing rumors than I do in my very amateurish way here on 43rumors. Every couple of weeks new agreement rumors are spreading through the world and getting posted on all newspaper from The New York Times down to my little local newspaper read by 2,000 farmers. Imagine if I would post a different GH3 rumor every two weeks…you would want my scalp :)

Anyway, I will report this news but as you have learned you have to take these “rumors” as they are…just rumors. Nikkei “reports that Olympus is in final talks with Sony to get a roughly 50 billion yen capital injection in return for a stake”. Olympus of course denied the existence of such an agreement.

Sony is a company in a very deep crisis and I really don’t know if that would be a good deal for Olympus. Let’s see, I still think Olympus is trying to find a way to avoid any partnership with other electronic giants like Sony, Panasonic or Fuji.

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Olympus 75mm f/1.8 official reviews on monday (12-35mm at Amazon via Hong Kong)

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A great image of the E-M5 with Panasonic 12-35mm X lens compared with the Canon 5DmarkIII and Tamron 24-70mm. (via DSLRmagazine).

Olympus will allow the publishing of 75mm f/1.8 reviews and image samples from next Monday only. That’s why we didn’t see any full review until now (although Cyberphoto Sweden posted some images anyway).
Meantime the Panasonic 12-35mm lens is in Stock for the first time via Hong Kong reseller at Amazon US (Click here).

UPDATE: One silver E-M5 body is in Stock at Amazon right now (Click here).

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Panasonic 12-35mm X lens preorders at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.
Olympus 75mm preorder and price check at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.

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(FT2) UPDATED: Olympus professional camera in 2013 (says french magazine)

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The OM modular camera concept by Maitani.

I still have no confirmation from top sources so please don’t get too serious about that until I havent’ got more info. Anyway, the french magazine 01net.com reports that Olympus will launch a “professional hybrid” (which mean mirrorless) at Photokina and with availability in 2013 (found the news via Lepidi).

Olympus already stated many times that for them a professional camera is a camera that has the advantages of both, Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds technologies. An example of what Olympus could do is an OM camera with a special mirror adapter like the Leica Visoflex (here on eBay). Back in December Mr. Ogama from Olympus  hinted about their future key technologies by saying: “All I can say is, when you look through the viewfinder, you’ll understand….“. Source: Impressjapan (Click here to download the pdf of the magazine).

At that point I am asking my sources to confirm the rumor I got from unknown sources. Will there really “something PRO” at Photokina? Cross your fingers 43rumors readers :)

New E-m5 and new lens (pre)orders:
E-M5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.
Olympus 75mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
Panasonic 12-35mm X lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Reminder -> 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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Seb Farges Nokton 17.5mm video (and super deal in EU+ new 75mm preview).

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One Week With Voigtlander 17.5mm f/0.95 from Seb Farges on Vimeo.

Nokton 17.5mm
Seb Farges is testing the new Nokton 17.5mm lens. The lens is in Stock at Nokton Amazon and Bhphoto and we Europeans can find it for an incredible good price at LaPetiteBoutique (Click here)! 979 Euro, that’s 220 Euro than in other stores!

Olympus 75mm
ePhotozine posted a new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 hands-on. Still no full review :(
Preorder and price check at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.

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