having fun with new patent check: Panasonic invents a new Toilet for you!

As you probably know I am continually checking the new Panasonic and Olympus patents. Today I found something crazy. I really didn’t know that Panasonic do make toilets!

Check out their patent: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2010/0017949.html

Seriousely…you can help us to check the tons of new patents!

1) Go here: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/search.html

2) Search for Panasonic/Olympus patents using the string “AN/Panasonic” or “AN/Olympus”

3) Read the patents or download the pdf (the pdf contains the images!)

I received 79 e-mails in 24 hours :)

During the last 24 hours I received 79 e-mails with rumors from you. As you know I have also a real job and sometimes I can’t answer you immediately and sometimes I forget completely about it because I’m so busy. That’s why I want to say thank you all directly from here…the 43rumors blog!

P.S.: The day will come when I will be able to clone myself :)

Weekly japanese DSLR sales ranking.

The Japanese website BCNranking posted last week Japanese DSLR sales rankings. Since months the is in the top 10. And with both black and white models! I really hope to see the white model available in the US soon!

Position Brand Camera
1 Canon Canon Rebel XSi
2 Nikon Nikon D5000
3 Nikon Nikon D90+18-105mm
4 Nikon Nikon D90+18-200mm
5 Panasonic Panasonic GF1 (Black) +20mm
6 Canon Canon Rebel XSi (KIT version)
7 Nikon Nikon D90
8 Canon Canon XS
9 Panasonic Panasonic GF1 (White) +20mm
10 Nikon Nikon D3000

Panasonic announces new compact cameras

Panasonic’s DMC-TZ8

Camer a list with links to the press release on dpreview:
Panasonic TZ8s: http://www.dpreview.com/news/1001/10012604panazs5.asp
Panasonic FT2: http://www.dpreview.com/news/1001/10012603panadmcft2.asp
Panasonic ZX3: http://www.dpreview.com/news/1001/10012602panazx3.asp
Panasonic FX66: http://www.dpreview.com/news/1001/10012601panatfx66.asp
Panasonic TZ10: http://www.dpreview.com/news/1001/10012605panazs7.asp

New Voigtländer 12mm f/5.6 Aspherical II

Voigtländer announced the new 12mm f/5.6 Asperical II lens. You could use the lens on your MicroFourThirds camera using the .
Focal length / 12mm
Lens / 8 groups of 10 sheets
Minimum Aperture / F22
Angle / 121 °
Number of diaphragm blades / 9 Photos
Minimum focusing distance / 0.5m
Work scope rangefinder / ∞ ~ 0.7m (depending on camera)
Maximum Diameter / φ74.6mm
Filter size / φ67mm
Overall length / 42.5mm
Weight / 230g
Mount / VM mount
Retail price (without tax)
Lens body will be available Mon ¥ 85,000
Viewfinder is sold separately.

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