June 9, 2011
Posted in Rumors

Exclusive on 43rumors: New Noktor 12mm f/1.6 lens!


The new 12mm f/1.6 Noktor lens (Click on image to enlarge!). P.S.: The bulge is not a lens hood. its part of the lens.

I have been contacted by the guys from SLR Magic which are now also the owner of the Noktor company. We had a long chat and they were so kind to send us the very first pictures of their upcoming new Noktor lens. It is a 12mm f/1.6 manual and native Micro Four Thirds lens! Unlike the 50mm f/0.95 Noktor the 12mm lens has been designed from scratch for the m43 system!
SLR Magic told me that: “In August last year we asked on some forums what kind of lens people want. The conclusion was many want a wide angle prime that is fast, sharp, and round aperture. We hope this is what everyone wanted and we want to thank everyone for their suggestions.

SLR Magic had a thread on dpreview.com in August 2010 asking for the “Most wanted micro four thirds lens” To thank those who participated in the thread for the making of this lens they have a friendly price offer for them. All they need to do is email support@slrmagic.com with their dpreview username and mention their interest in buying this lens. They have a record of those who participated in the thread and only those people will be eligible.

As you can see the lens is smaller than the mount itself. The product manager from SLR Magic told me that if the lens would have been f/2.0 the lens would have become noticeable shorter. But they wanted to make it as fast as possible: “We made it to target professionals. As we are a full manual lens, we aimed to have low distortion with no software correction for best quality” And the lens has been optimized for video: “It has stepless aperture as smooth manual focus. We put in the cinema lens design into it with the 12 aperture blades.“. The Noktor HyperPrime 12mm will have an 58mm filter thread and even the built-in flash light does not get covered by the lens.

As you know Slrmagic already makes three lenses (but they are not as good as the new Noktor):
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here)
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here)
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here)

The lens will be available in a couple of months. You can follow their updates on twitter @slrmagic and/or @noktor.

Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge the pictures. All pictures have been taken with the Noktor 12mm preproduction lens!

June 9, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) The E-P3 is not the PRO camera and has no built-in viewfinder.


Will not come on June 30th. The PEN with built-in viewfinder (image made by our reader Leendert)

I am finally getting top info from reliable sources. And let me kill your hopes by pressing those words with my cold fingers: The E-P3 has no built-in viewfinder!!! The E-P3 is not the PRO pen we were waiting for. And to be honest Olympus officially announced that it will come in two years only (but you know, we were hoping they would not let us wait that much). The E-P3 is a “semipro camera” and a nice upgrade of the current Olympus E-P2. Those of you that like me were dreaming a Fuji X100 styled interchangeable mirrorless cameras should hope the more advanced Panasonic GF model will respond our needs. Let’s cross the fingers!

One more thing: I am working on many rumors. All I can say now is that there will be good news too soon! So don’t be to sad!

P.S.: A 43rumors reader pointed out that Olympus smallest rangefinder camera ever made was the Olympus XA (Click here to see it on eBay). That was another great design made by Maitani!

P.P.S.: Links to the Fuji X100 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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

June 9, 2011
Posted in deals

Olympusmarket has eleven refurbished E-P2 for sale!


It looks like Olympus Europe wants to get rid of all the E-P2 right before the new E-P3 announcement! There are eleven refurbished E-P2 cameras for sale on eBay:
Click here: auction one, auction two, auction three, auction four, auction five, auction six, auction seven, auction eight, auction nine, auction ten, auction eleven.
By the way don’t worry about the wrong picture. The pic shows the E-PL2 but was gets sold is the E-P2. I guess the automatic software that puts the E-P2 on auction contains an error!
There are also E-450, E-PL1 cameras and 9-18mm lenses on auction (Click here to see them on Olympusmarket).

June 8, 2011
Posted in deals

Samyang (or Rokinon) Four Thirds 35mm f/1.4 in Stock!


During the last one and half year there have been only one single new lens for the Four Thirds system and it’s made by Samyang. The new 35mm f/1.4 is a bit difficult to find in store also because it’s available under different names (Samyang, Wallimex and Rokinon). There are now two items in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Some lenses are also available on eBay (Click here). I didn’t find the lens in Europe or Asia. But you might search for them on eBay or other stores because Samyang lenses are available worldwide in seven different brand names!!! Click on it to see all Four Thirds lenses from the specific brand (links to ebay):

June 8, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) New full size picture of the GF3!


Look what I found in my mailbox today (thanks anonymous sender)! It’s a full-size picture of the mini mini mini GF3 camera! With that size the GF series is getting very close to the well known mini Minox camera (Click here to see them). The GF5 could become even smaller and a perfect tool as spy camera for James bond alike special agents :) To me it looks like the GF3 is even smaller than the today announced Sony NEX-C3!

I have to say that it doesn’t look that bad. And if the GF3 really has the same Panasonic G3 sensor than it might will become a hotseller!


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