A “different” Micro Four Thirds concept camera…

Shift is a hybrid digital camera system for the ambitious filmmaker. Based on the Micro Four Thirds standard, it combines superior image quality with an intuitive operating concept. Individualized control functions and film effects can be integrated into the host and are triggered live. A sophisticated housing provides a swiveling touch screen and an ergonomic handle extension. For unusual perspectives, the control unit can be removed, and the camera operated wirelessly. (Source: YankoDesign)

Also some of our readers treid to “imagine” the future Panasonic GF and Olympus PRO cameras:
http://i.imgur.com/1WEib.jpg (Made by Ben Y).
http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcram/5891599403/in/photostream (Made by Marcram).

Feel free to send me your “imagination”! Will post it here on 43rumors!

Personal note: Full of Vacation and Work

Dear readers!

I just wanted to let you know that since early July I am travelling a lot, a bit for vacation and a bit for work. I am doing my best to keep this website up to date but the next eight days will be even more busy than usual. So please excuse me if I can’t answer all your comments and emails. And also sorry if I will forget to publish some of the links you send to me. All my effort will now go to rumors only, Panasonic GF pro, Olympus PEN pro, Fuji and of course all the upcoming lenses (there will be many coming in August-September!).

Thanks for your understanding!


a little bit of everything…

Olympus Pen tiny-mini are available for $7 at Micgadget.com.

All new PEN cameras in 3D at Olympus Spain.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Review at DigitalPhotographySchool.

Demos of the forthcoming adapters for the Panasonic AF100 (Birger.com). Check the AG-AF100 price and specs at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay

Panasonic GF3 Image samples at Quesabesde. GF3 search links for preorders at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Panasonic G3 review at Popco. Check the G3 availability at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Olympus PEN E-P3 Hands On Preview at Dphotographer. E-P3 search links for preorders at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Panasonic AG-3DA1 Full HD 3D Camcorder En Route to Space Station Onboard the Final NASA Space Shuttle Mission (Imaging Resource). See the camera price and features at BHphoto.

Panasonic GF3 Ad in Japan, very nice! (Thanks Chris!)

a little bit of everything…

Voigtländer announced the new 35mm f/1.2 M-mount lens (DC.watch).

Olympus PEN E-PL2 Review at DigitalPhotographySchool.

Panasonic unveils a range of collectables to celebrate London 2012 (Dpnow).

Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 corner sharpness test at Bmupix. Chekc the lens availability on eBay (Click here).

Olympus Showcases PEN Lineup in Vienna at Digitalcamerareview.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 Digital Camera Review at ePhotozine.

E-P3 image samples at Popco. Preorders search links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Bought & Sold: Olympus E-P1 – 12.3 MP Digital Camera & 14-42mm lens (Jdhodges).

Olympus 40-150mm deal via E-p1.net.

Rob sent me following text: “Hello! Received a metabones c-mount to m4/3 adapter today. The fit was so tight it almost got stuck on my GH-1. Looks like others have had similar experiences: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/archive/index.php/t-249698.html. Since this adapter might damage any m4/3 camera it is fitted to, it would be cool if you could issue a warning on 43Rumors. Would have saved me some trouble…..I was able to file off some metal, and now have a ok fit. But this really should not be neccesary on what is a dapter marketed as “professional”. Will definitely go for a chep China adapter again next time.

Videos made by our readers

A new GH2+Nokton 0.95 video by Mike Kobal.
You Loved Me: Panasonic GH2, ISO 2500, Nokton 25mm f0.95 by Mike Kobal.
“Sunlight in trees…” GF1+ 25mm/f1.4 C-mount lens by Parb Johal on Vimeo.

E-PM1 and E-PL3 get priced in UK!

Finally we can know the price of the other two PEN cameras! The E-Pm1 will cost 429£ at Cameraworld in UK! That should be around 499 Euro in Europe and 499 Dollars in US. It means the camera will be 200 Euro/Dollar cheaper than the Panasonic GF3 (Check the price at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay). It will be also 100 Euro/Dollars cheaper than the Sony NEX-C3 (Check the price at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay). Only the Samsung NX100 is cheaper but only becuase it’s going to be replaced soon (Check the price at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay).

The E-PL3 will cost £529.00 at Cameraworld. That should be around 599 Euro in Europe and 599 Dollars in US.

As you know the E-Pl3 should be in Stock by late August/early September and the E-PM1 in October only.

Hot preorder list:
Olympus E-P3 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK and Amazon DE.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H and eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H.

First images of the “new” Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens (same old optical design!)

Zdp-189.tumblr.com toke that picture of the new Noktor Hyperprime 50mm f/0.95 production (demo model) post acquisition by SLRMagic from their showroom in Sim City, Mongkok. I have been told by the SLRmagic guys that they remade the focusing part of the lens to get perfect infinity focus. And every lens has to be tuned before to go for sale and that (alng the stonrg yen) is the reason for the higher production costs. The new lens should hit the stores by end of the month.

P.S.: Those are the links to the other three lenses made by SLRmagic:
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)

Here is the future? The Lumixphone!

As you know the most used camera on Flickr is the iPhone…Compact Cameras are dead and long live the Phone Cameras! That’s the revilution that is going on the mass market. And that’s why Panasonic is pushing their new Lumix Phone. Today they annoucned the new Panasonic Lumix Phone P-05C you can see here: Panasonic Japan. It has 3.3-inch LCD, 13.2MP sensor with full HD video recording, it is the world’s first phone with optical “anti-shake” (something we would love to see in m43 Panasonic cameras!) and DLNA support.

Link to the official press release: Panasonic.co.jp.