Micro Four Thirds reviews roundup…(GF5/Nokton/Sigma)

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GF5:
While we are all waiting to see the new G5 announcement here are two tests of the newest Panasonic cameras: GF5 ISO test at Focus Numerique (Click here). Full GF5 review at Pocket Lint (Click here): “This ultra-small compact system camera is no slouch: its super-fast autofocus and decent image quality push the GF-series yet further forward.“. Order the camera at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

New Lens reviews:
ThePhoBlographer tested the Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 lens: “In fact, it has even moved me to sell my Canon 7D and Nikon D5100 because the image quality that this gives me on a Micro Four Thirds sensor surpasses what the others can do for me in a small enough form factor. And in the end, the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 wins nothing but the highest praise and a place in my heart.“. You can buy the lens on eBay (Click here). Double Sigma lens test at Camerastuffreview, Sigma 19mm (here) and Sigma 30mm (here). The Sigma lenses are really nice lenses! You can get them here:
The 30mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).
The 19mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

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Panasonic US production problems reloaded. Also the 20mm out of Stock :(

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Yesterday I had to share the bad news that Amazon US deleted your 12-35mm X lens preorders “Due to a lack of availability“. Now 43rumors readers made me notice that even the 20mm f/1.7 lens is out of Stock in any major store like Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Samys, J&R and so on…
Three years I do write on 43rumors….three years I see Panasonic having constant US supply problems on almost all most requested products. P.S.: Olympus also had some delay with the E-M5 shipment but preorders are now shipping at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

P.S: Updated Panasonic lens/camera rebates list:
1) The 3D lens is in Stock for $49 only at BHphoto and for $67 at Amazon.
2) Panasonic GF3 with 14mm lens for $379 at Amazon.
3) Panasonic 14-140mm for $499 at Amazon and BHphoto.
4) The Panasonic 45-175mm X lens is now in Stock for $299 at BHphoto. For $282 at Samys.
5) The 14-42mm normal lens (not X!) is in Stock for $99 at Amazon and BHphoto.
6) The 14-42mm X lens is in Stock for $328 at Amazon.

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New E-X and E-XXX Four Thirds camera rumors…

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43rumors exists for three years now and during that time we only had two single Four Thirds related announcements. The Olympus E-5 and the great Samyang 24mm f/1.4 lens (here on eBay).

I have heard of many other camera prototypes but a part of the E-5 they remained in the hidden labs of Olympus. Of course I have heard about another E-XX(X) model and Olympus already said that they are working on an Olympus E-5 successor too. But it remains a mystery for me if Olympus really will announce the stuff I keep hearing about. As you know the 100mm macro had been deleted from the roadmap and to me it almost looks like Olympus is only waiting for the right moment to merge the two systems in one. That said rumors are still being posted on external websites:
1) A Canadian guy at dpreview forum wrote that “I went to a photo show over the weekend… and spoke to the Olympus rep there… he confirmed a E-7 is definitely coming (which is known), but also suggested that there is much pressure from Japan for Olympus to build a E-720 type camera given that many people still want something between the EM5 and E-5…
2) And the well (oly) connected Damian McGilliCuddy keeps posting mysterious E-X or E-XXX messages -> He started to post this kind of messages back in February 2012.

As I already told you, I think Olympus goal is to release a “professional” E-M Micro Four Thirds camera that provides full AF support for the great Four Thirds lens system. Once they have done that the only remaining argument for classic DSLR development remains the Optical Viewfinder. But I don’t think this will be a reason enough to keep the DSRL segment alive…

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New Olympus 75mm and Panasonic 12-35mm X preorder in Germany and UK.

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Good Morning! Before to start with the new rumor week I want to let know my German and UK reader that the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 is now available for preorder at Amazon Germany (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here). Unlike it was with the Panasonic 12-35mm X lens I still haven’t found any review of that lens. Have you?
The Panasonic 12-35mm X is now also available for preorder at Amazon Germany (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here). About that lens we already know everything :)

USA and Asia Preorders:
The Olympus 75mm lens can be preordered at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). And Adorama has also the accessories: Olympus LH-61F, Metal Lens Hood (Click here) and the Olympus LC-61, Metal Front Lens Cap (Click here).
The Panasonic 12-35mm X lens can be preordered at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

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Mini OM on eBay (and E-M5 for sport photography)

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You really can’t go more micro than that! I just found a 3cmm small miniature OM phone strap on eBay. There are actually two of them for sale: The Silver E-M5 miniature (Click here) and the Black E-M5 miniature (Click here). You also get two interchangeable lenses! Of course, it won’t take any picture. P.S.: A funny camera that works is the Ikea cardboard camera you can find on eBay (Click here).

We had many E-M5 reviews in these days but Admiringlight is the first to test it as Sports Shooting camera: “The continuous drive mode is competitive with even professional grade DSLRs, and the excellent viewfinder and stabilization helps in framing shots with long lenses. I was impressed that the battery lasted all day, including 872 shots and a bunch of chimping, and still had some juice in the tank. The image quality was excellent, even given the very difficult lighting conditions. Overall, I really couldn’t ask for more from this tiny wonder.

P.S.: Leica X2 vs Fuji X100 vs Olympus E-M5 and Sony NEX-7 by Steve Huff. An E-M5 review by Savezzi.

E-M5 orders (Click on the names of the stores to see the product page):
Black E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, and Amazon Japan.
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto , Digitalrev and J&R.
Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland , Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.

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