Blackmagic Pocket cinema camera for $850 (with gift card). GH4 and YAGH kits still in Stock.

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Sounds like BMPC is feeling the pressure from the GH4 or maybe preparing a new successor. The current Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera sells for $998 at Adorama (Click here) but you get a $150 gift card for free(!) too. You basically pay $849 only for the camera.

$400 off on the GH4 with YAGH bundle at KenmoreCamera (Click here) and Omega Broadcast (Click here).

Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II  $80 rebate and 4% reward at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). The rebate also runs at Amazon US (Click here) but without the 4%reward.

Lexar SD cards discounted at Adorama (Click here).

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Olympus president Hiroyuki Sasa says they will focus on premium mirrorless market.

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Bloomberg and Toyo Keizai interviewed  Olympus Ceo Hiroyuki Sasa.

– Mirrorless market will growth particularly in the premium segment.
– Also Europe and North America mirrorless market is expected to grow. And OMD models did well.
– Olympus was mainly a compact camera producer and Olympus is now shifting to mirrorless system cameras. Low price models have been reduced
– Olympus expected a break-even last year but PEN sales were lower than expected. And Olympus also had delay in shipments (example for the E-M10).
– The camera unit will probably have operating profit of 5 billion yen in the 12 months starting April 2015, after a loss of 3.5 billion yen expected in the current fiscal year.
– Olympus targets to sell 630,000 units of mirrorless cameras this year, 24 percent higher than the previous 12-month period. Sales of compact cameras are expected to plunge to 1 million units this year from 2.71 million units a year earlier
– Olympus plans to focus their camera business also on new markets like vehicle cameras and of course medical business
– Olympus will never stop the digital camera business because it also influences technology development in other business (like the medical).

In short: More premium cameras to come and break even expected for the current fiscal year. Looks good if they can really achieve the goals!

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Panasonic 12-32mm review at Photozone: Congrats for the size, but performance is just average.

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Image courtesy: Photozone (Click here)

Photozone (Click here) tested the tiniest of all large sensor zoom lenses and writes:

We certainly congratulate Panasonic for having created this tiny wonder and along with his in-house cousin it is obvious choice when size and weight really matter. However, if you are after a high performance lens you should look towards the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 ED Pro or Panasonic Lumix G 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH Power O.I.S. instead.

The lens gets a 2,5 out of 5 average score. Note that Photozone is a very sever website and doesn’t share high scores easily! I do own the lens and it does exactly what I needs. Take good quality pictures while keeping the overall GM1+lens size down. Or do you really want to use a Large Olympus 12-40mm on it? :)

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Panasonic GH4 (also with YAGH bundle) in Stock at Kenmorecamera and Omega. BMPC for $849!!!

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You can finally grab the discounted GH4 with YAGH bundle at KenmoreCamera (Click here) and Omega Broadcast (Click here).
And the sole GH4 body can be bought Omega Broadcast (Click here).

And you get a free $150 Gift Card with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema MFT Camera at Adorama (Click here). You basically pay $850 only for the BMPC!

Get an Olympus ECG-1 Camera Grip Free with E-M10 Purchase at Amazon US (Click here).

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(FT4) Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 to be announced soon? Priced at around $1,799.

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A source just told me that Olympus is likely going to announced the new 7-14mm f/2.8 Zuiko MFT lens very soon! He also sent me the price in non $ currency. I made a rough conversion and the lens should cost  $1,799 which is also the price of the Four Thirds version (here on Amazon). But the FT version is one stop slower. I have been told the lens has an extremely high quality.

Will you buy the $1799 high quality Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 MFT lens?

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