The Olympus PEN-F has been marked as “discontinued” at Mapcamera and Yodobashi

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The Japanese store Mapcamera and Yodobashi marked the PEN-F as discontinued. Other Japanese sources confirmed that Olympus informed them that the PEN-F is now out of production. From our sources we know that a new PEN-F II will not be announced soon. It will take some time until a new version will be on market.

Reminder: Don’t trust the other “rumor sites” saying a new Olympus PEN-F camera has been registered. Explanation WHY there is no new PEN-F camera registration:
1) You don’t trust us? Look at 100% reliable Nokishita that did not report this registration because there is NO NEW PEN-F registration!
2) The current PEN-F registration would have expired in January that’s why they made a new registration (with new PLG ID number) to extend it.
3) Olympus registers NEW cameras with “IMxxx” code as usual!

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a bit of everything…

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Olympus OM-D E-M1X: Fernando Marmolejo

Today Gold Box deals at Amazon US, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Olympus OMD E-M1x Announcement – My Thoughts (Michael The Maven).
Panasonic S1R – looking at the specs. and samples + Some thoughts on the Olympus E-M1X (Soundimagesplus).
Camvate Cage Setup with the Panasonic G85 – Camvate Universal Cage Setup Tour (Nolan Gunn).
Amulet, “1 TB” added to external SSD for BMPCC 4 K (DC.watch).

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Plenty of news on the facebook E-M1II group, Panasonic FF and the GH5 group.

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Olympus 12-200mm MFT lens officially announced

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Preorders:
12-200mm lens at GetOlympus and Bhphoto.

Previews:
Image samples at Dpreview. Press text at Explora.

Press text:

OLYMPUS ANNOUNCES M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL ED 12-200mm (35mm EQUIVALENT 24-400mm) F3.5-6.3 LENS

Powerful 16.6x Zoom is the Highest Magnification Available on an Interchangeable Lens for Mirrorless Systems

CENTER VALLEY, PA., February 13, 2019 – Olympus is pleased to announce the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 (35mm equivalent 24-400mm) super telephoto zoom lens. Conforming to the Micro Four Thirds® System Standard, this lens features the highest magnification zoom available on an interchangeable lens for mirrorless systems at 16.6x . Users will experience excellent depictive performance across the entire focal length from wide-angle to telephoto, making it the perfect travel companion, packing high-speed and high-precision autofocus into an amazingly compact, lightweight form. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens features a dustproof and splashproof construction, making this lens durable enough to withstand the toughest shooting conditions, especially when paired with a weathersealed Olympus OM-D® camera body.

When shooting wide, the closest focusing distance is approximately 22 cm (approximately 10 cm from the end of the lens) from the main subject for capturing the subject along with an expansive background. When shooting telephoto, the maximum magnification of 0.46x (35mm equivalent) for close-up photography and for significant background defocusing. This do-it-all lens is perfect for close-ups of children’s expressions, indoor and outdoor situations and a variety of other subjects.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens features the same reliable dustproof and splashproof performance as the M.Zuiko PRO lens series. When combined with a dustproof and splashproof camera , it can function in the most punishing of environments.

This lens is equipped with the MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism, an advanced inner focusing mechanism providing fast, smooth, quiet and accurate auto-focusing, ideal for video shooters. Users will enjoy a short shooting time lag, so split-second photo opportunities are not missed. Amazingly high-speed, precise autofocus performance on this high-magnification zoom lens will provide comfortable, fun shooting.

ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, Olympus’ cutting-edge thin-coating technology, cultivated from multilayer film disposition technology used in microscopes, has been applied to the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens to drastically reduce ghosts and flares, contributing to a clear, high-contrast image.

Separately Available Accessories

LC-72C Lens Cap: Equipped with a 72mm filter diameter that can be attached and removed without the need to remove the lens hood.

LH-76B Lens Hood: Protects the lens and reduces unnecessary light entering the lens when shooting in backlit conditions.

LSC-0914 Lens Case: A pouch-style lens case that protects lenses with three-layer construction. Lenses can be stored with the lens cap, protection filter and lens hoot (stored) attached.

ZUIKO PRF-ZD72 PRO Protection Filter: A lens filter equipped with ZERO coating and blackened glass edges, used to suppress flares and ghosting caused by reflections. The frame consists of a satin finish black aluminum. This filter is also compatible with other lenses of a 72mm filter diameter.

Specifications are subject to change without notice. Company names and product names contained in this release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens has an expected availability of late March 2019 with suggested retail pricing of $899.99 (USD) and $1,149.99 (CAD). The LC-72C Lens Cap will retail for $14.99 (USD & CAD). The LH-76B Lens Hood will retail for $49.99 (USD) and $64.99 (CAD). The LSC-0914 Lens Case will retail for $31.99 (USD & CAD). The ZUIKO PRF-ZD72 PRO Protection Filter will retail for $79.99 (USD & CAD).

Product images (Click on them to enlarge):

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2018 camera market Infographic shows how bad things are going…

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Lensvid published this new Inforgaphic based on the 2018 CIPA data:

The bottom line is very bad though. We are below 20 million units per year and mirrorless cameras don’t gain as much traction as you might think (2% increase per year vs. 12% decrease in DSLR). For the first time, interchangeable lens cameras surpassed the sales of compact cameras (not surprising, to be honest). If you look at the entire decade you see an unbelievable drop of 84% from 2010 to 2018 in the number of cameras sold/made per year.

The lens market is also going down (except interestingly in the Americas where you have a small increase). Maybe the most important thing and something that we have been looking at for the first time is prices (it isn’t a direct number – CIPA gives the number of cameras/lenses and the amount of money these products were sold for – but it is not clear sold to whom – since the manufacturers do not sell directly to people and there are sometimes a lot of middle man in between).

Anyway – for what it is worth we see a trend which we already know of in the numbers – in 2018 fewer cameras were sold but for more money, it is even more obvious in lenses – the companies reported more money coming in from lenses in 2018 than in 2017 despite selling fewer lenses so you can do the math on what this means for lens camera/lens pricing and what will probably happen if the market will continue to shrink in 2019…

Click on this image to see the full size infographic:

I wonder how all these camera manufacturers will survive if things will go even worse the next couple of years…

Full article on Lensvid.com!

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Save $120 on the Panasonic Leica Vario-Elmarit 12–60mm MFT lens sold on Massdrop

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Save $120 on the Panasonic Leica Vario-Elmarit 12–60mm MFT lens sold on Massdrop.

E-M1X Preorders:
Olympus E-M1X in USA at Amazon, GetOlympus, Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus E-M1X in Europe at Calumet Germany, ParkCameras, Jessops, WexUK.

Panasonic S Preorders:
Panasonic S1R at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic S1 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 24-105mm f/4.0 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 70-200mm f/4.0 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.

 

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