(UPDATED) Olympus XZ-1 in Stock at Amazon.

UPDATE: The new black Panasonic GF2 + 14mm pancake lens WAS in Stock at Amazon (Click here). Now SOLD OUT!

The XZ-1 is finally in Stock at Amazon US (Click here) via Ritz. And it is also in Stock at Amazon Germany (Click here) and Amazon France (Click here). Don’t know how long the camera will be in Stock!

More stores check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

P.S.: Panasonic G2 for $499 at Amazon (Click here).

(DEAL gone now) Get the GH2 if you are willing to pay a $100 extra (Olympus accessories still missing)

In US it’s difficult to find the GH2 in Stock and it is almost impossible to find the Black model. Right now Wolfe’s Camera has 6 of them in Stock but you have to pay a $100 extra to get them at Amazon (Click here). If you are tired to wait than you might buy it. At least this is much better than the over $2.000 other third party shops are asking for it right now! The Black GH2+14-42mm will be in Stock within the next few weeks at Amazon (Click here). Other direct shop links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Meanwhile the all E-PL2 black kit (camera+lens+flash) had a $100 price drop at Amazon (Click here).

Veyr interesting. All new Olympus accessories like the MAL-1 led and Penpal module are still NOT available for preorder anywhere! Not in US and not in Europe. Weird, because they were supposed to be in Stock late January/early February…

The need for speed: Navitar 1.3/75mm BOLEX

We can add a new lens to the “Need of speed” repertoire. It is the Navitar 75mm f/1.3. I found the lens while searching for a good and cheap portrait lenses on Flickr. The Flickr user “Blazouf” posted a very nice set of portrait pictures taken with that lens on a Panasonic GF1. The lens looks very sharp and doesn’t have the heavy vignetting we are used to see with some C-mount lenses. So all in all this could be an affordable option to take nice pictures of our kids!

Useful Links:
Navitar 75mm f/1.3 auctions on eBay C-mount adpaters on eBay Direct GF1 shop links Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay

Amazon changes the GH2 status + new review at Whatdigitalcamera

Amazon (Click here) just changed the status of the black GH2. It says that it will ship within 2-5 weeks. So 6 months after the announcement you might be able to get your BLACK GH2 soon :)

There is a new Panasonic GH2 review at Whatdigitalcamera (Click here): “Those doubting the Micro Four Thirds concept will be impressed at the improvement in image quality…and the new ‘light speed’ AF system is better than on any other contrast-detection system in the market – and that includes all compacts, Compact System Cameras and DSLRs…All in all the GH2 is the best Compact System Camera that money can buy.

Check GH2 price and availability at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Olympus E-PL2 rebates in US! Black GH2 in Stock at Amazon!

UPDATE: The Panasonic GH2 with 14-140mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here) are now offering $50 of Olympus E-PL-2 camera’s with 14-42mm lens and $100 off dual kit with 40-150mm!
The same deal is available on the E-PL1 too at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
By the way, did you notice that the Panasonic GF1+20mm combo is selling for more than $1000 on Amazon? To bad the GF1 has been discontinued…

Black and Silver Panasonic GH2 in Stock at Adorama (+ Panasonic bad financial results)

Five months (!) after the GH2 announcement Adorama is having the Black Panasonic GH2 in Stock (Click here). Also the Silver Panasonic GH2 (Click here) is in Stock. Also Amazon will soon have the Silver GH2 in Stock (Click here).

The five months delay may explains why Panasonics digital camera sales have fallen across all three fiscal quarters by 8.6% over the previous year (Source: Photoscala). We not only need good cameras, we also need to buy them within a reasonable time frame!