Olympus adds new fisheye and 25mm lenses to Lens Selector Tool…play with it!

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If you are considering to buy the new 9mm fisheye or 25mm protrait lens you shoudl try the useful lens selector tool at GetOlympus (Click here). By the way some of the new accessories are in Stock now at Amazon US: The Macro Converter MCON-P02 (Click here), Olympus 9mm Fisheye Body Cap Lens (Click here) and Grip for EM-10 (Click here).

More new US deals:
Olympus E-M1 for $1319 via Sunset at Amazon US (Click here).
$200 off on the Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Fisheye Lens on eBay US (24h deal).
$80 off on the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 on eBay US (24h deal).
First time in Stock the TG-850 at GetOlympus.

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Full Frame OMD is the 43rumors readers most wanted camera for the year 2014!

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I was very surprised to see the results of the 43rumors readers dream camera for the year 2014 (poll results here). Of the 7203 unique 43rumors voters 26% (1,858 Voters) are hoping to see a Full Frame OMD in 2014. This wishful camera beats all the rest (including the new GH4 and E-M10 cameras).

I am pretty sure such a camera COULD be realized now that Sony and Olympus have a close partnership. Imagine a camera with those features:

– 36 MP Sony sensor with no AA filter
– 4 Mio dot OLED EVF (Sony is rumored to use this in 2014 cameras)
– Olympus JPEG engine (which is better than the Sony)
– 5 axis on sensor stabilization (missing on Sony A7-A7r)
– E-mount
– freeze proof body (missing on Sony A7-A7r)
– dual SD card slot (missing on Sony A7-A7r)
– Olympus Zuiko primes coming along the camera
– OMD E-M1 alike button layout

What do you think of the Full Frame OMD?

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This is how Panasonics imagines the future (4K Wearable Camera)

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Just in case you missed it. The one camera you see on top has just been announced by Panasonic. They think devices like that are the present and future of wearable camera devices. And just like the GH4 it records 4K (obviously not with the same video quality).

Here is a video that shows you what you can do with that camera. Cool…but will it sell?

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New Panasonic 15mm f/1.7 preorder options in USA (Amazon), Europe (wexUK) and Asia. Low resolution image samples.

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We have a couple of new preorder options including Amazon US and the first EU store:

Black lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Wex UK (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here).
Silver lens at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here).

And here are some low resolution image samples (Click on them to see a bit larger version):

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Financial rumors: Panasonic mirrorless camera sales increased.

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A very trusted sources shared some positive insights on Panasonic mirrorless camera sales. While he obviously cannot share numbers he told me that Panasonic is finally seeing an increase in their mirrorless camera sales. We will see these positive trend within the next Panasonic financial report. Also important to know is that Panasonic expects the positive trend to continue further with the release of the GH4. So let’s wait and see.

The last months there were a lot of negative reports about the status of the mirrorless system camera market. But for unscientific reasons I strongly believe mirrorless system cameras are the future. And I am not the only one thinking so:

Digitalcamerareview writes:

The mirrorless camera genre is the future. Large, bulky DSLRs are a dying breed. Will it happen overnight? I’m sure it won’t. But I know that I will be showcasing my DSLRs next to my other antique cameras sooner than later!

Luminous Landscape writes:

The two marketplace leaders (Canon and Nikon) are in the same boat here. They’d rather follow than lead when it comes to the inevitability of mirrorless. Why? I believe that the answer is fear. It’s clear to everyone in the industry that the future lies in mirrorless technology, but the two market leaders have DSLRs as their current bread and butter products. Their wisdom seems to be — if someone is going to eat our lunch, let’s let them at least do it slowly. Doing the brave move of eating it ourselves, while maintaining our dominant market share, is just is a bit too risky.

North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998

Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.

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