(FT3) Will the new E-PL5 bring us some “viewfinder” surprise???

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A nice Olympus RC picture taken by Blurdotblog.com.

Olympus toke inspiration from the past PEN film cameras and from the OMD tradition to create the digital PEN and the digital OMD cameras. What’s still “Missing” is a classic “rangefinder” styled (not a real rangefinder!) digital camera. Something like a 35 RC (here on eBay) in modern version. I know Olympus is working on such a kind of camera but I am not sure yet when this is coming. Now I got a news via one single good source that sent me this text: “Although the EP3 is set to be discontinued, updates to the EPL range should include some sort of viewfinder. Not sure of any further details yet.

Now if the rumor he sent me is correct this could mean that:
1) There is some sort of new external viewfinder for the E-PL range
2) There is an integrated viewfinder

I hope the source can soon unveil us more about the new E-PL5…meantime thanks for the message!!! At first glance you may would think that this is not going to happen, at least not on a E-PL named camera but at that point I remind you this: Eighth months ago the Russian website Onfoto (Click here) published a new interview with Toshiyuki Terada (Product Planning, Olympus Imaging Corporation, Japan). He said that “A built-in viewfinder is not exclusive for the OM-D line. Future PEN camera can have built-in viewfinder maintaining the current form factor.

So you see, everything is possible! I would be happy to see such a model! We would have three clearly differentiated m43 cameras from Olympus. A cheap E-M model. Ana advanced PEN with integrated viewfinder for those willing to spend a bit more. And than the E-M5. Makes sense to me!

E-PL5 with integrated EVF and E-M5 sensor. Would you consider to buy this?

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P.S.: Check out the Olympus RC film cameras on eBay.

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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First Tokina 300mm for Micro Four Thirds test at DC.watch.

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As you may remember Tokina announced the first Micro Four Thirds lens a couple of months ago. It is a 300mm f/6.3 Telephoto Macro Lens. A first test with many image samples has now been posted at DC.watch (Translation here). The lens costs $369 in US at BHphoto (preorders here). It should start shipping in US and Europe by end of this month while in Asia it’s already available on eBay (click here).
One more thing. The images you see on DC.watch have been taken on the Olympus E-M5. The Silver bodies are now in Stock:
Silver E-M5 Body only is in Stock at Adorama, Adorama ebay with extras, Amazon (shipping next week) and in Europe at Amazon UK and Simplyelectronics.
Silver E-M5 with kit lens only is in Stock at Adorama, Cameraland ebay , Amazon (via third party resellers) and Amazon UK.

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a little bit of everything…(with lot of lens reviews)

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Noktor SLR Magic HyperPrime Cine Lens [Ultra Fast Cinema Prime DSLR Lenses] from Irfan Khokhar Films on Vimeo.

Good Morning! Here is a short roundup of news I collected the last days:

Olympus 75mm test at Pen And Tell (german).
Olympus PEN E-PL3 Up For Grabs (ePhotozine).
New E-m5 book in Japan (DCwatch).
A mini E-M5 spooted on DCwatch.
E-M5 pics at the Olympics by Smallcamerabigpicture.
Some thoughts about the E-7 by Preferredaperture.
Lepidi posted a 17.5mm Nokton review in two parts: part one and part two.
A Lumix G 20mm f/1.7, the Sigma 30mm f/2.8, and the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Bokeh comparison at m43photo.
This is the most through analysis I have seen on the shutter impact issue with the 14-42 X lens. He compares the resolution of the lens at different shutter speed with 3 different bodies (GX1,EP3,EM5). Wlcastleman.

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Olympus versus Biotar 75mm lens battle (BHphoto is shipping the lens!).

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On left the Olympus lens, on right the Zeiss Biotar 75mm f/1.5.

CSCmagazine (Translation here) posted a crazy comparison between the Super New Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens and a a lens who’s design is from 1939(!)…the Zeiss Biotar 75mm f/1.5! So if you are curious to see how big a 70 year difference looks check out the image comparison on CSCmagazine. Meantime we have been told by our readers that BHphoto (Click here) has shipped their lens preorders! Finally!

More Lens preorders at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.

Olympus Lens alternatives (if you don’t care about the missing autofocus and electronic contacts):
1) Dallmeyer 75mm f/1.9 (Here on eBay). This is an extremely expensive lens and I don’t know why it is so. Only crazy guys would buy that :)
2) Leica Summilux 75mm f/1.4 (Here on eBay). Extraordinary high quality lens for an extraordinary price (although it’s still less expensive than the mysterious Dallmeyer). It’s the fastest of all 75mm lenses
3) Zeiss Biotar 75mm f/1.5 (Here on eBay). Fast and also a bit exotic lens made for the Exacta series.
4) Leica Summarit 75mm f/2.5 (Here on eBay). High quality and relatively compact lens. A bit slow compared to the Olympus (f/2.5).
5) Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 (Here on eBay). Probably the best alternative of the new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens. Same aperture, superb high quality and cheaper.
6) Fujinon 75mm f/1.8 (Here on eBay). This is a very cheap TV lens and I don’t expect the quality to be very good. I wouldn’t buy that unlike your really need that focal length and you have a very low budget.

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Panasonic reports a Q1 profit. New Low price for the Nokton 25mm lens in Europe…

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A short good news: Panasonic reported a $164 million profit for the Q1. After years of losses this is finally a good news! There are no details about camera sales in their report (download here).

A good news for European readers: Now the price of the Nokton 25mm f/0.95 lens became ridiculous low! You cna buy it now for 639 Euro(!!!) at Micro Price eBay (Click here) and for 647 in eBay France (Click here). For some pro photographer that lens would be the only one you ever need to fit on your m43 camera!

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