Change of Market Share between 2006 and 2008.

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This graphs shows the Market Share variations between 2006 and 2008. The first thing you note is that Canon lost a lot of terrain. Sony and Nikon are doing very well. Olympus loosed 1% Marketshare and Panasonic gained 1%.

I believe Olympus and Panasonic will both gain a little Market Share in 2009 and 2010. Things are may getting worse for Pentax and Canon. And 2010 could be a successfully year for Sony.

More infos are available at photoscala

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Don’t ask me what camera to buy.

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Guys, don’t ask me if you have to buy the GF1 or E-P1 or if you have to wait for future new stuff. Believe me it really doesn’t matter what you buy! You are never going to make better photos only because you bought the newest model! I mostly shoot film and I only bought two digital cameras since 2001. The camera doesn’t matter. A good photographer can take wonderful pictures with a 30 years old camera or a cellular built-in camera.

If you need to buy a camera ask yourself following question: What kind of photos do I want to take? Try to focus on your needs. Do you need to make big prints? Do you need a camera you can always carry with you? Do you want to make landscapes or street photography?

Don’t waste your time and money with camera stuff and lenses. Try to find out what you are and what you want to tell. And don’t throw your money away!

P.S.: You want to take very good photos with a very cheap camera? Go for this:


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Novoflex new mount adapters for Micro Four Thirds

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Press Release:

Novoflex Micro Four Thirds Lens Adapters

Novoflex, Germanyʼs premier manufacturer of quality digital and analog accessories, announces the availability of a new series of lens adapters to mount older analog and digital lenses onto the new MicroFourThirds camera bodies which include the Panasonic Lumix G1 and the new GH1 and the Olympus E-P1 as well as camera bodies that will become available in the future using the new MicroFourThirds system.

The new adapters are made to very precise and high standards to ensure exact infinity focus on these new camera bodies. With the Micro Four Thirds cameras automatic exposure metering via stop-down metering is possible as is aperture priority auto exposure. Currently the following adapters are available for Micro Four Thirds cameras: Leica M (LEM/MFT); Leica R (LEM/LER); Nikon G and non-G (MFT/NIK); Contax/Yashica (MFT/CONT); Olympus OM (MFT/OM); Pentax K (MFT/PENT); Minolta MD (MFT/MIN-MD); Sony/Minolta AF (MFT/MIN-AF); Canon FD (MFT/CAN); M42 (MFT/CO) and T2 (MFT/T2) lenses on the new MicroFourThirds camera bodies. The MFT/LEM allows owners of Leica M lenses to now use them on a digital camera for much less then the cost of a M8 body!

Novoflex also offers a full range of lens to body adapters for most 35mm and DSLR cameras as well as for Leica M cameras. These adapters allow the switching of lenses from one camera system to another as well as the use of lenses from medium format cameras on these bodies.

* includes mechanical aperture control ring for use with lenses that do not include them.

Mount MSRP $ MSRP €
Nikon F* $ 291 € 169
Pentax K* $ 291 € 169
Sony/Minolta Alpha* $ 291 € 169
Minolta MD $ 211 € 119
M42 $ TBC € 89
Leica M $ 271 € 149
Leica R $ 211 € 119
Canon FD $ 211 € 119
Contax/Yashica $ 211 € 119
Olympus OM $ 211 € 119
T2 $ TBC € 89

http://www.novoflex.com/en/products/adapters/adapters-for-microfourthirds-cameras/

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Updated Panasonic GF1 preorder table

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Amazon US:
Panasonic GF1 with LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Lens
PanasonicGF1  with 14-45mm Lens
Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras
Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 Aspherical MEGA OIS Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras

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Panasonic GF1 with LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S Lens
Panasonic GF1 with LUMIX G 20mm/F1.7 Aspherical Lens
Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 Lumix Aspherical Lens for Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount Systems

Amazon UK
Panasonic Gf1 (all configurations and colours)

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(FT3) Olympus High End MicroFourThirds camera

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This one comes from a good source. He heard something about an Olympus High-End MicroFourThirds model but he doesn’t know if this rumor will become true…

The rumors says that Olympus plans:

a new m43 have E3 Body ( splash- and dust-proof construction with all major parts, including the built-in flash and the LCD monitor swivel) Maybe with GPS and Bluetooth…

We are talking about a model which should be unveiled in 2010.

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(FT2) Panasonic GS5 ?

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Received following rumor from a unknown source. So don’t count on it until I get more infos from one of our most reliable sources…

“Panasonic plans to launch new MicroFT model around G1 anniversary 4Q this year
(or 1Q of 2010 case development delay).
20mm/F1.7 will be one of kit lens with new model.
Panasonic’s compact MicroFT is called for examples like GC5, GS5.

-LCD moniter  960*RGB*540(HITACHI displays which is an affiliate
company of Panasonic)
-EVF same resolution of G1/GH1. But refresh rate is 360Hz. Its
position is like LC1/L1.
-Image Sensor  12Mpixels LiveMOS. Global shutter. Multi aspect.
-AVCHD 1080p 60fps 17Mbps(30fps 24Mbps)
-color variation Titanium(titanium coating)/Carbon Black(carbon
fiber)/Midnight Purple”


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