Top 5 sold lenses in Amazon US

For the first time on 43rumors we have taken a deep look on Amazon most sold lenses. The Top 5 lenses are all Canon/Nikon lenses. Interesting, fast “cheap” primes are on top. And it is not a surprise that the most sold Panasonic/Olympus lens is the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7. Message to our Olympus and Panasonic product manager..we want more prime lenses!

And here the TOP 5 Lens chart:

Luminous Landscape wants Leica to abandone the rangefinder philosophy.

We from 43rumors do believe that Leica were really close to join the M4/3 system. But at a certain point they choose to not join the MFT world. Now Luminous Landscapes suggest them to abandone the rangefinder tecnology in favour of the new “mirrorless” camera systems.

That’s what Luminous Landscapes says:
I am arguing that the current M9, and any other camera built further on the viewfinder / rangefinder paradigm, has become an evolutionary dead-end. It serves to support the superb range of current and previous Leica M lenses, but it does so with a design brief that is now at least several decades out of date.

So, now the controversial part. Viewing. Since this camera will use M series lenses it can not be a DSLR. Some pundits are arguing that this design’s days are numbered in any event. That means either a live view LCD screen and / or an electronic viewfinder, and Live View pretty much means a change to CMOS from CCD.
Read the whole article here: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/leica-open-letter.shtml

UPDATED -> The future of the “Mirrorless market” (or “Samsung went crazy”?)

Samsung Electronics said yesterday it aims to capture 50 percent (!!!) of the global market for mirrorless digital cameras with interchangeable lenses this year.

My opinion? Beeing optimistic is one thing but that sounds more they went crazy!

They also said that the “mirrorless” market would expand to 9 million units in 2015 — equivalent to that of DSLR cameras.

The Samsung NX-10 disappointed me. It is not as compact as a GF1-or E-p1/2 and it has neither the video quality nor the features of the Panasonic GH1. It is something in between…and that is not going to appeal most of us.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention the source: The Korean Herald (english!)

Amazon Europe Charts.

Yesterday we posted the Amazon top 20 chart. We thought it would be interesting to compare it with Amazon Europe charts. This is not a scientific comparison because rankings do also depend from deals and prices which are very different from Amazon US.
The biggest surprise is that the Olympus E-520 leads the ranking in Germany!

Top 5 cameras in Amazon Germany (click on the camera name to visit the product page):

Position Position in US Brand Camera Price
1 14 Olympus Olympus E-520 inkl. 14-42mm & 40-150mm Objektive EUR 490,45
2 9 Canon Canon EOS 7D Gehäuse EUR 1.327,95
3 2 Canon Canon EOS 450D inkl. EF-S 18-55mm IS Objektiv EUR 540,45
4 1 Canon Canon EOS 500D inkl. 18-55mm IS Kit EUR 667,95
5 13 Canon Canon EOS 500D Gehäuse EUR 595,45
more Olympus and Panasonic cameras
25 not in the top 100 Olympus Olympus E-620 inkl. 14-42mm & 40-150mm Objektive EUR 738,45
45 24 (Black model) Panasonic Panasonic GF1 inkl. Objektiv F3,5-5,6/ 14-45mm/ OIS titan-silber EUR 817,95

And here the results for Amazon UK:

Position Position in US Brand Camera Price
1 1 Canon Canon EOS 500D incl. EF-S 18-55 mm IS Lens £569.10
2 3 Nikon Nikon D3000 with 18-55 mm VR Lens £369.00
3 2 Canon Canon EOS 450D incl EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens £482.60
4 ? Canon Canon EOS 1000D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens £392.08
5 5 Nikon Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera 18-105 VR Kit £774.70
Olympus and Panasonic cameras
9 not in the top 100 Panasonic Panasonic Lumix G1 Digital System Camera Kit – Black £454.80
18 32 (with 14-42mm lens only) Olympus Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro Four Thirds Digital SLR Camera (14-42mm Black & 17mm Silver Pancake Lenses & VF-1 External Optical View Finder Kit) – Silver £749.99
18 44 Panasonic Panasonic GH1 Camera – Black £1,065.48

Amazon Chart (Top 20)

One Olympus and one Panasonic cameras made it into the amazon top 20 chart. Click the camera name to visit the product page on amazon: