New Jackar 34mm f/1.8 MFT lens.

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The Hong Kong located company Jackar Optical just announced a new 34mm f/1.8 Micro Four Thirds lens. The lens has manual and mechanical smooth focus and aperture rings. You can read full specs and more at Snapshooter.jackarlens.com. Image samples can also be found on Flickr. The retail price is $190. It will soon be on sale on eBay. Jackar currently sells many adapters and fisheye lenses on eBay (Click here). For a $190 this looks like a well packaged present!

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New GH3 video sample.

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A day in Montmartre – [Panasonic Lumix GH3] from emeric on Vimeo.

Some little news about the GH3:

Our friends from Hybridcams shot that nice video with the GH3. Thanks for sharing! And our reader Twills sent me this: “The Panasonic GH3 specs page is being constantly updated as the firmware is finalized. The shutter duration spec did not specify a “Bulb” mode time limit before. Now it says it goes up to Approx. 60 minutes. That is great news as the GH2 is limited to 128 seconds in Bulb mode:
Still Images: 1/4,000 – 60 and Bulb (Approx. 60 minutes)
Motion Images: 1/16,000 – 1/30 (NTSC), 1/16,000 – 1/25 (PAL)
Keep an eye on the page below to see what else is updated when the firmware is finally complete.
http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/systemcamera/gms/gh3/specifications.html

GH3 preorders at Amazon , Adorama, BhphotoPanasonic USSamys and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt.

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The triple Black Friday links (Amazon,Adorama,Bhphoto).

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I keep receiving links to new Black Friday deals like cameras, lenses and accessories. The best thing I can do is give you the three links that matters to see ALL deals that you may check out:

Full list of Black Friday deals on Amazon (Click here) on Adorama (36 pages of deals!) and on BHphoto (Click here).

Of course the hottest deal is the up to 50% discount on the GH2-GF5-GF3 on Amazon (Click here).

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(UPDATED) Super Panasonic GH2/GF5/GF3 deal day in USA! Up to 50% off! GH2 for $499.

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And again it’s Panasonic offering a super discount on GH2/GF3/GF5 camera on Amazon (Click here to check them out). And don’t forget that not only you can save up to 50% on these cameras, you can also save up to $200 on the camera+lens purchase (Click here to see the nice deal overview). Pretty amazing that you can now get the GH2 with lens for $499 only!

UPDATE: Sandisk card deals at BHphoto (Click here).

The full overview of all (many!) Amazon deals can be seen here: http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&node=761198. And of course there is also a page with also non-electronic stuff only (Click here).

You will notice that there are no Olympus deals yet.

P.S.: Once again, no great deals can be found in our European stores :(

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(FT2) Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 to be in Stock in mid 2013 only?

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A lens with similar Olympus specs is the Sigma 50-150mm.

As I told you before I expect Olympus to announce the new 40-150mm f/2.8 lens in January. Now Miranda forum user Forist DIS Ottawa writes, “For what it’s worth, I was at an imaging show today and two Olympus reps confirmed that a 40-150mm f2.8 lens will be coming next year. They said it appears on a list of confirmed future products. They didn’t have any further details but expect it won’t be available until the middle of next year at the earliest.”

I have no details about price and size of the lens yet. But the only similar lens I know is the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 which costs around $1100 (here on eBay). I hope the lens isn’t as big as that one!

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