Blackmagic Pocket camera firmware finalized. Adds AF battery life display in percent


John Brawley tweeted that image of the soon to ship Blackmagic Pocket Cinema MFT camera. The firmware is now ready and added the autofocus support for MFT and FT lenses. And Battery life gets displayed in percent. The camera will ship from July 25 at BHphoto (Click here). Blackmagic Design has scheduled 2 events, in Los Angeles on July 25th, and New York City on Aug. 8th; go to their website for times, locations, and online registration:

P.S.: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema preorders in USA at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and in Germany at Technikdirekt, in France at pbs-video. In Sweden at macoteket, scandinavianphoto, protel.jetshop, webhallen.

Thanks Peter!


readers work and mails roundup…


Here is a roundup of links sent by 43rumors readers. Reminder: You can send me links to your sites or even full articles to be posted on 43rumors by contacting me (Ale) at Thanks!


Gerhard:I had a great week in Burma in June, documenting Australian photographer Jack Picone using the fairly new Fujifilm X100S in Burma, which some people, still refer and prefer to call Myanmar. I travel to Myanmar, from my base in Bangkok, roughly every second month, especially since the country is experiencing a speedy but bumpy transition. I used the Lumix GH3 with the Lumix 12-35mm f2.8 lens. The GH3 has worked great so far, except I had had both my GH3’s cleaned, due to dust on sensor. Also the flip out EVF, became very lose on one of the GH3, so I had to have it replaced. So feel free to post it on your blog.

Mike:I wanted to share my recent video project with you: Mostly shot on my Panasonic GH3 along with a few stock video shots, the footage has been heavily post-processed to give the appearance of VHS, albeit in high definition. The video is designed to be a spoof tourism film, which is promoting a play for a local theatre company in York, England.

Darren:I posted this review on YouTube just over a month ago, it’s been viewed slightly north of 700 views and it has garnered 19 likes and no dislikes – for whatever that’s worth. You can find the ‘real world’ review here:

JJ Semple:A link to a recent trip during which we used the Oly E-PL5, the iPhone 4S, and the iPad 3, as the situation warranted:

Anonymous:I recently re-launched a newly designed version of my website, which features waterfalls, lakes, and other great locations to shoot in Upstate New York. The photography has been all done on Olympus 4/3 cameras: E300, E510, E30, E620, and E5.

Grant:We have a simple review of what it’s like to travel for 6 weeks with a large om-d kit :

Lisandra:Im an admin over at and im a working pro with micro 43s. The reason im writing you is because I recently discovered the omd em5 goes below iso 200 on occasions when you use flash. It goes as low as iso 80!! Other members tried it and got iso 160 and 100 so its not just my camera!.       Heres a link to the discussion,  the photo, and screen grabs from lightroom that show the iso 80 metadata. Feel free to use the photo, it has the metadata intact. If you post it ill contribute to the comments and wny questions your users might have:

Light Blaster:Our Light Blaster is finally alive and kicking. I am attaching the regular mail below. If you could help spread the word with your blogs I would be grateful here is the announcement link:

Irfan: Movie: Micro Four Thirds “Baseball”. Camera ~ Lumix GH3 Series

Pasha:Just saw your article on the sigma 18-35/f1.8. Its understandble that sigma does not want to invest in 4/3 but im still using 4/3 gear with e410 e420 and e520 and some lenses (50/2 11-22/2.8-3.5 and sigma 30/1.4 and 105/2.8) along with three fl36 and in most cases that is enough for me.Im shooting with this gear for 6 years now, and i have won quiet a few awards here in greece, along with a national geographic award for best portrait, so you can do quiet a few things with this old gear. You can check my work here

Christian:Hello! I would like to submit you a fashion editorial I made with the OM-D. The lenses used are 12mm f2, 17mm f1.8, 75mm f1.8. You can find it from page 40, it is called Rear Journalist. Hope you like it!

Mathieu:Hi, we thought you might be interested in sharing our article about using the Pen E-P5’s fast shutter speed (1/8000) and low ISO (100) as a way of achieving a shallow depth of field in bright sunlight without the need for ND filters.

Didier:Je suis votre blog et tenais à vous donner cette info. Je viens de recevoir le collier, c’est du bon travail et cela peut intéresser les utilisateurs du Panasonic 100-300mm que j’utilise en concert et autre lorsque je ne veux pas trimbaler mon 600mm Canon. lien : J’ai trouvé ce collier par hasard et le produit mérite une plus grand diffusion.


Thanks you all again!



Panasonic USA confirms the GX7 is coming in August.


We just had the first direct confirmation the GX7 will be announced soon. Panasonic USA wrote (and shortly after removed it) the following text on Instagram:

“GX7 coming soon! Look out for a #Lumix Luminary Road Trip on FB/Lumix next month feat #GX7”

The GX7 will be announced in late August-early September and all specs posted on 43rumors are confirmed by different sources and are therefore rated FT5. 18Megapixel, 2 axis IBIS, Built-in tiltable EVF, built-in Flash and so on.

Instagram leak found via


a little bit of everything…


Womanhattan Addendum #02 crowdfunding #day02 from Seb Farges on Vimeo.

100-300mm zoom review made by my friend Tyson Robichaud (Click here). Check it out!

Olympus 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens Review at ePhotozine.
Jackar Snapshooter 34mm f/1.8 Lens Review at Adorama.
Panasonic 35-100mm review at ThePhoBlographer.
Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN A Lens Review at ePhotozine.
Olympus Time Mode In LiveView (ePhotozine).
Win an E-PL5 at
The High ISO Battle: Fuji X100s vs Olympus Pen E-P5 Gallery (MirrorlessLessons).
Olympus Stylus XZ-10- In For Review at Photographic Central.
Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 Nokton for micro 4/3 review at Papasnap.

P.S.: Tomorrow I will post a readers mail and work roundup!


Nobody cares about the new Panasonic 20mm pancake. Everybody wants the old one :)



It was only two weeks ago that Panasonic announced the new 20mm pancake. And nobody really seems to remember the event anymore. And when you look at the current Amazon popularity ranking (Click here to see it) you will see how the “older” 20mm pancake lens still sells far…but really far far far better than the new version (You will have a hard time to find the new 20mm version within the top 100). NOTE: The ranking contains both orders and preorders! If you scroll the ranking you will find the G6, E-P5 and other stuff that isn’t in Stock now.

Back to the new 20mm lens: The only new “feature” of the new version is the chassis. All the rest is the same. And that’s the problem. The older 20mm has become a legend while the new version is not. A faster AF or slightly better optical performance would have been welcome. Hopefully Panasonic will listen to us like they did on the soon to come GX7 :)

Olympus E-PM1 with lens for $249 on eBay US (Click here).