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The reaction on the new Olympus camera announcement has been quite mixed. Not few people are unhappy with the E-P2 improvements. On the other side people are happy to have seen Olympus fixing some of the E-P1 limits. But what surprised me more is that Olympus failed to announce prime lenses which many of us do need! I am no marketing expert but I strongly believe that there is a lot of money you can make here!
Anyway, competition is coming and next year MicroFourThirds will have to fight hard against big brands like Canon, Sony and Nikon.

UPDATE: We will close the poll tomorrow.

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The question is:

If the image quality is on top will you buy that lens?

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Olympus PROFIT Surprise – up 47% over estimate

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Sounds good:
Olympus, which earns about 65 percent of its sales abroad, surged 9.2 percent to 2,900 yen, its highest in a year and the largest gain on the Nikkei 225. The company may report April- September operating profit of 28 billion yen ($306 million), 47 percent more than its forecast, Nikkei English News said.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=ab5OoDYhwbLI

MISTRAL75 added following interesting information:

“Olympus’s financial results for the second 2009-2010 quarter (June-September) have been published since (on 6th November):

http://www.olympus-global.com/en/corc/ir/financial/pdf/n091106aE_n.pdf

Group half year operating income actually amounted to 28.5 billion yen, down 11.2 percent from 2008-09, and quarterly operating income to 17.2 million yen, up 17.9 percent compared to the same quarter last year. These results are indeed better than the analysts’ expectations.

As for the “Imaging” business unit (= cameras and lenses), sales were down 42.9 percent for the first quarter (April-June) and down 31.6 percent for the second quarter (July-September), each time compared to the same quarter one year before. Operating income tumbled 96.2 percent for the first quarter and “only” 31.6 percent for the second quarter.

So the group as a whole is in a much better condition than the camera business.

Thanks Mistral!

Panasonic financial results are available here: http://panasonic.co.jp/corp/news/official.data/data.dir/en091030-5/en091030-5.html

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Tamron is coming up with something new! Let’s speculate…they will release a MicroFourThirds lens? :)

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Our friends from photorumors.com just discovered this nice countdown at tamron.de. Are they making a countdown for a new Canon-Nikon-Sony-Pentax lens? This would be boring normal. Let’s hope that this time they are going to make something for us! MicroFourThirds lenses? :)

It is not a rumor, just my personal wish! Come on Tamron! I know you can make my 25mm f/1.4 lens ;)

Ale

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a little bit of everything…

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Olympus E-P2 Micro Four Thirds Hands-On Intro

The E-P2 is available for preorder at Amazon UK / Amazon US / Adorama / BHphoto / Amazon DE

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GF1 vs E-P1 comparison at dkamera.de. read the comparison in german or google english translation.
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The hungarian website Pixinfo.com tested the Panasonic GF1. read in polish (google translation doesn’t work..and I don’t know why).
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Olympus quietly introduces the E-600 (source: dcviews)
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Olympus Stylus 7010 Review at Steve digicam’s
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DxO Optics Pro Version 6 has been released (source: digitalpixels.net)
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E-P2 manual is available for download: http://www.olympusamerica.com/files/E-P2_Instruction_Manual_EN.pdf
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Amazon US ships the Olympus 50mm f2 lens for $400
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(FT5) Continually updated -> The Ricoh GXR is here!!! Not really a MicroFourThirds competitor!?!?

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http://www.dpreview.com/news/0911/09111001ricohgxr.asp

And Photographyblog has a size comparison with the Panasonic GF1: http://www.photographyblog.com/news/ricoh_gxr_vs_panasonic_gf1/

Also preorder is available at amazon:Ricoh GRX

A special Ricoh website can be seen here: http://www.ricoh.co.jp/dc/gxr/special/ (Thanks GUWI for sending the link!)

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£420 for the “unit”
£600 for the 12.3MP CMOS sensor & 50mm Macro Lens (HD Video)
£300 for the 10MP CCD sensor & 24-72mm Zoom Lens (5fps RAW, VGA video)

They say the Ricoh GX3 is smaller than the and Olympus .

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P.S.: Our “Batman” source were right with the specs. I hope you can help us in future again ;)


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Amazon UK has the Olympus E-P2 in Stock!?!?

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BIG surprise! Take a look here!
Amazon UK shows the Olympus E-P2 as in Stock! . Dispatched from and sold by sWaK. Please be careful before you buy the camera. Ask the third party reseller if they really have the E-P2 in Stock!

In this shops the E-P2 is available for preorder only:
Amazon US, Adorama , BHphoto, Amazon DE

A REAL deal is available at amazon US:
Olympus E-P1 with 14-42mm lens for $750 and the E-P1 body-only for $700

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