Black Friday deals: LX5 for $269 and GH2 for 759 at Amazon.

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It’s Black Friday again, and you can find plenty of new deals at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Cameta (Click here) and J&R (Click here).

The new deal of the day is the $100 discount on the Black Panasonic LX5 at Amazon (Click here). And if you need a m43 camera than you have to take a look at the GF3 camera bundle deal which is ongoing at Amazon (Click here). There is a GH2 body only option for $759 at Amazon (Click here). The megadeal running since yesterday is the GH2 with 14-140mm lens for $999.95 at Adorama (Click here). Please insert the Coupon Code “S2141401”. (I guess it will end soon)

—More deals—
Panasonic compact camera deals at BHphoto (Click here).
Olympus E-P2 body for $299 at Amazon (Click here).

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Olympus lens patent (8mm f/3.5 fisheye that will never come’)

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The japanese blog Egami (Click here) found a couple of new lens patents. There is no surprise. These are the lenses:
8mm  f/3.5 fisheye
10mm f/2.8
12mm f/1.8
12mm f/2.0
12mm f/2.8

It’s easy to guess that the 10-12mm lenses are just different variant of the current Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens. And if you look back at the early 2011 Olympis roadmap it contained an 8mm fisheye lens. But I doubt this lens will come any time soon. We already have a Panasonic 8mm fisheye and a super tiny and nice Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 (Click here to get them on eBay) and an almost unknown Madoka 180 degree fisheye.

—-LInks:
The Olympus 12mm f/2.0 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
The Panasonic lens costs around 600-700 dollars/Euro and is available at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
The Black Samyang 7.5mm lens is available on eBay (Click here).
The Silver Samyang 7.5mm lens is available on eBay (Click here).

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GH2 super deal at Adorama POLL: Your Panasonic GH3 features choice.

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Image on top: The Panasonic GH2

That huge GH2 deals ongoing in US and EU stores may be a sign that a GH3 is coming soon (February-March?). The deal just started and will last until they run out of cameras:
GH2 with 14-42mm lens for $699.95 at Adorama (Click here). Please insert the Coupon Code “S1442144”.
GH2 with 14-140mm lens for $999.95 at Adorama (Click here). Please insert the Coupon Code “S2141401”.
You have to to sign in to see price. Coupon codes are entered on the checkout page!
But there are discounts in almost any store. Check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

GH3-POLL
I know that in January-February there will be a new GH2x kit option with the yet available 14-42mm X and the upcoming 12-35mm and 35-100mm X lenses. But I don’t know if that alone is the reason of the $300-500 price drop in US stores. But if there is really a GH3 coming soon I ask you:

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And here are a couple of GH2 related news (mostly sent or made by our readers):
German interview with Timo Großpietsch that shot his latest documentary with the GH2 (Slashcam.de).
Fabio Bianchi sent us his latest video link on Vimeo.
GH2 stills and video tips and tricks on youtube.
Steve made a short film with the Voigtlander Nokton 25mm, Canon FD 50mm 1.4 and the Panasonic 14-140mm. Video on Vimeo.
The Poetry and Artistry of Cooking” on vimeo.

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Woodford seeks for shareholder backup

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Now here we are with our next (almost) daily Olympus crisis news roundup:

The big news is that Woodford quits form the Olympus board and is seeking for Olympus Shareholder Backing (Bloomberg). If he will archive the gold than he could soon come back as new Olympus CEO. We will know within the next few weeks for sure! Meanwhile more weird stories are coming out. A Key figure in Olympus scandal has been found in Hong Kong (Reuters).

But I will stop here, I wish all that mess will be over soon. It’s time to talk about the future 12-60mm Olympus lens announcement!

 

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New Olympus refurbished camera (E-5, E-P2, E-PL2 and more)

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After a long time Olympusmarket got some new stocks of refurbished Olympus (m-)43 cameras and lenses. Right in time for Christmas! Here is the list. As usual the first ending auctions are on top. Click on it to jump on the relative ebay page:
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL2 double lens kit Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus 14-150mm lens Olympus E-450 with 14-42mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Olympus 14-150mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit Silver Olympus E-P1 with 14-42mm lens Silver Olympus E-P1 with 14-42mm lens RED Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Olympus E-30 body Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus E-5 body Black Olympus E-PL2 with 14-150mm lens Silver Olympus E-PL2 with double lens kit Black Olympus E-PL2 with double lens kit White Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens Four Thirds Olympus 40-150mm lens Black Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens Olympus 75-300mm lens Olympus 35mm macro lens Black Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm lens Four Thirds Olympus 14-42mm lens Olympus FL-14 external flash White Olympus external viewfinder

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(UPDATE_2) Hot: GH2 with lens for $699 at Adorama!! And cashback in Germany (reminder: firmware coming soon!)

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UPDATE_2: Hold on guys! Adorama is offering an even more crazy deal on the GH2 with a coupon code. The offer starts in a couple of hours so please hold on! And the codes were “reversed”. Now it should be fine. Here are the deals:
GH2 with 14-42mm lens for $699.95 at Adorama (Click here). Please insert the Coupon Code “S1442144”.
GH2 with 14-140mm lens for $999.95 at Adorama (Click here). Please insert the Coupon Code “S2141401”.
Limited Quantity at this price.

And here are the Amazon GH2 deals:
GH2 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon (Click here) for $795 only! No joke, That’s $105 less than the GH2 body only sold by third party resellers at Amazon (Click here)…LOL! And at the moment of writing you can find eighteen GH2+14-140mm kits for $1199 at Amazon US (Click here). For Europeans: There is a cashback action on the GH2 and G3 in Germany (Click here). The only other Cyber deal that is still ongoing on m43 cameras is the GF3 + free accessory action at Amazon (Click here). Full deals homepage at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Cameta (Click here) and J&R (Click here).

Reminder: Within the next two weeks Panasonic will announce the new GH2 firmware with “Progressive Segments Frame” recording -> 1080/25p signal recorded as 1080/50i with 24Mbit/s. And that is the official features/improvement list from Panasonic:

  • – New video mode which is suitable for editing video recorded at high bit rate (24Mbps)
  • – New functional option with Power Zoom Lens ([DISP FOCAL LENGTH (Display of Focal Length)], [STEP ZOOM], [ZOOM RESUME], [ZOOM SPEED] and [ZOOM RING*])
  • – Full area enlargement of AF area setting
  • – Improvement in the speed of consecutive shooting when shot with auto bracket
  • – Increased number of recordable images in consecutive shooting
  • – [EX.TELE CONV. (Extra Tele Conversion)] can be set ON/OFF separately in photo or video recording
  • – More accurate light adjustment of built-in flash
  • – Improvement in the AF performance in video recording
  • – Synchronization of alarm volume for low battery with [BEEP VOLUME]
  • – New [HALF-PRESS RELEASE] function
  • – Improved NR (Noise Reduction) in high sensitivity shooting
  • – ON/OFF control of the touch-screen
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Christmas sales winner at Amazon: DSLR still beats Mirrorless.

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Christmas time is also the “business time” for all camera manufacturers. There are plenty of deals, rebates, bundles on offer in worldwide stores. There is no exact way to see yet which camera and lens is selling better than others. We can only get a vague idea by looking at the worldwide Amazon rankings. So let’s check how Panasonic and Olympus are doing:

USA
The United States are probably the most conservative market on the world. Mirrorless had not the same success as in Asia or Europe. When you loo at the full DSLR+Mirrorless+compact camera ranking (Click here) you will see only Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras on top. You have to switch over at the Mirrorless camera/lens ranking (Click here) to see what is popular. The most sold lens is the Panasonic 20mm pancake (no surprise). But when it comes to the cameras Sony and Nikon are outselling the m43 alternatives. No good news here for Panasonic and Olympus. But I guess the reason for that is the poor marketing. An example? The GX1 will be in Stock only AFTER the Christmas sales time. Not really a smart move from Pana.

UK
Same story as in the US. People buys DSLR cameras or compact cameras and not very often Mirrorless Click here to see the rankings. When watching the pure mirrorless rankings (Click here) you see that Panasonic is the real king of that market. Close behind you find Sony and then Nikon.

GERMANY
What’s going on in Germany? No surprise, DSLR and compact cameras are ruling the world (Click here). Nikon, Canon, Nikon , Canon all the way! But again Panasonic is the king of the mirrorless rankings (Click here).

FRANCE
You would expect France to be different than Germany or UK buyers or not? No way. Nikon-Canon dominates the french market too (Click here to see the ranking). And when it comes to mirrorles (Click here) than Sony is playing the major role in France.

JAPAN
The only real market that has fully accepted the Mirrorless philosophy is Japan. Watch the full Mirrorless+DSLR ranking (Click here) and you will notice a strong fight between all manufacturers with Olympus and Panasonic cameras challenging the big two (Canon and Nikon).

I absolutely think that Mirrorless is the future but what this sales do show is that Olympus and Panasonic have a lot of homework to do in order to challenge the Canon-Nikon DSLR market. And I guess the real weak point for both is the marketing strategy. A wonder how these rankings will look in one year when we will have Canon and Fuji pushing their Mirrorless systems.

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