OFFICIAL! Samyang 8 mm fish-eye and 85 mm f/1.4 with Olympus 4/3 mount.

Finally it is official! We have new lenses for FourThirds mount :)

Press realease:
Samyang company has informed that new lenses: Samyang 8mm f3.5 fish-eye and Samyang 85mm f1.4 with a mount for Olympus 4/3, have been released to the market. The lenses complete the series of mounts designed for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax.
Apart from adjusted bayonet, optics in the products will remain the same. Both lenses will be available with manual focusing. Delta company, the general distributor of the Samyang products, shall be responsible for sales in Europe. Both lenses will become available at the end of March 2010.

via: lenstip

Japanese DSLR sales ranking of the whole year 2009!

So here we are. it is the end of the year and we have the Japanese DSLR sales rankings from January 1 to December 24!

P.S.: Click on the camera name to see the product in Amazon.

Ranking Camera Market Share
1 Canon EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3 15.9
2 Canon Digital Rebel XSi / EOS Kiss X2 13.2
3 Nikon D90 9.1
4 Nikon D5000 6.6
5 Nikon D60 5.4
6 Nikon D40 5.1
7 Panasonic G1 4.2
8 Canon 50D 3.5
9 Olympus E-P1 3.0
10 Panasonic GF1 2.7
11 Pentax K-m 2.5
12 Sony A300 2.2
13 Canon 5DII 2.1
14 Nikon D3000 1.8
15 Sony A350 1.8
16 Pentax K-x 1.8
17 Canon 7D 1.6
18 Canon 1000D 1.6
19 Panasonic GH1 1.6
20 Olympus E-520 1.3

source: bcnranking.jp

Olympus E-P1 is the most popular camera in Japan (but not the most sold)

The japanese very popular website DC.watch.impress asked their readers to vote the best camera of the year. These are the results:

1. E-P1
2. 7D
3. K-7
4. GF1
5. K-x
6. D3s
7. GXR
8. E-P2
9. D300s
10. GH1

But real japanese sales rankings do show a different story. Take a look at the November 2009 sales rankings: http://bcnranking.jp/category/subcategory_0008_month.html.

Interesting or not? It seems that a lot of people like the “concept” of MicroFourThirds cameras but not so many of them are buying it…

Merry Christmas!

Jumping in the desert during my China-Mongolia trip in September 2009

I have such a lot to say and I don’t know how to say it.
It has been amazing for me to see how well 43rumors works. I made so many friends trough it, I learned a lot about things I didn’t know before, I didn’t sleep many nights, I went desperated few times, but loved to work and write for you.

You don’t know me and I don’t know most of you. But I really wish you all the best. I wish you a relaxing time with your family and well-deserved rest from your work and daily stress. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Alejandro
43rumors

A special thanks goes to:

– Daniel B. (he is the first guy who joined the 43rumors team)

Thom Hogan and Iker Moran

– Massimo T. , Leonard D. and Voyager

– The Nikonrumors guy

– Sjoerd and Doug (The Server guys who saved my a.. so many times)

– And Finally all the rumors and news sender. Really Thank you!

Panasonic announce DMC-GH1 available as Body Only…for UK only!


Press release:
Panasonic is pleased to announce that its award winning DMC-GH1 interchangeable lens camera will be available to purchase as body only – offering Micro Four Thirds Lens owners a cost effective solution to using the DMC-GH1.

The DMC-GH1 is a digital interchangeable lens camera system that delivers professional-level features and performance
in a compact, easy-to-use camera body. The DMC-GH1 is called a CREATIVE HD HYBRID because it records not only high-quality photos but also high definition 1080/25p or smooth 720/50p HD (High Definition) movies in AVCHD[1] format. Continuous AF can be used while recording movies, to further boost operating. Compatible with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the DMC-GH1 can be partnered with the many Micro Four Thirds Lenses available to offer your preferred shooting experience[2]. To further add to its appeal, thanks to the selection of mount adapters, many different lens system users can now enjoy the DMC-GH1.

Perfect for videographers and photographers alike, this camera won the prestigious European Multimedia Camera 2009-2010 award from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).

Available in stylish black, the DMC-GH1 body only can be purchased in the UK from the beginning of January 2010.

via: fourthirds-user.com