Wild rumors: Fuji wants to buy Olympus?

As you all know Olympus is facing a serious time because of the accounting fraud accusations. Olympus shares lost almost two thirds of their value. And now Bloomberg (Click here) reports that: “Fujifilm, which makes equipment for medical scans, has been reported as a possible bidder for Japanese camera maker Olympus Corp. Yamamoto, who also is a board member at Fujifilm, declined to comment on a possible buyout of Olympus today. Fujifilm Chief Executive Officer Shigetaka Komori said last month it was too early to discuss Olympus issues while the third-party panel was still probing the fraud at the camera maker.

As usual these are very wild rumors. So don’t care to much about it….yet.


Again a rumor about the Pentax APS-C mirrorless camera…

I am sure that Pentax is/was working on an APS-C mirrorless camera but I don’t know if the plan changed after the Ricoh acquisition. Anyway, here is again a new rumor via dpreview forum: “According to my source, Pentax will release a 35mm full-frame DSLR and an APS-C EVIL (mirror-less) in 2012. No other details were given except that the source seemed to believe the full-frame model will likely use a Sony 24MP sensor.

The new Ricoh GXR zoom module will use the same Sony NEX-5n sensor. Could be that they will use that sensor for the upcoming Pentax mirrorless camera too?

New mirrorless reviews roundup…(with triple Samsung lens review).

Ricoh GXR with Voigtländer Heliar 15mm f/4.5 Aspherical II test at DC.watch.

Samsung NX 60mm f/2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA review at Photozone (Click here).

Also the Samsung NX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II has been tested at Photozone (Click here).

Samsung NX 20-50mm f/3.5-5.6 review at Photozone (Click here).

Fui X100 field test at TheOnlinePhotographer (Click here).

Samsung NX200 review at Letsgodigital (Click here).

Samsung NX200 image samples at Imaging Resource (Click here).

Fuji X10 firmware update coming soon. Plus price dorp at Amazon.

Fuji released a note to inform that they will soon release a firmware that fixes the “White Disc blooming” effect (Source: Dpreview). And there is a new Fuji X10 review at Techradar (Click here). And the good news for US readers is that the X10 already got a $50 discount at Amazon (Click here).

One more thing: It’s still unclear if the future LX interchangeable camera will have the X10 optical viewfinder or t the X100 hybrid viewfinder.

Ricoh 24-85mm lens has f/3.5-5.5 aperture.

Ricoh announced the release of the 24-85mm GXR module with 16 Megapixel APS-C sensor. But they didn’t unveil the aperture, the availability and the price. But the administrator of Ricoh Diary (Click here) tells that the new lens will have a f/3-5-5.5 aperture and sales will start on January 20. And he also tells: “Further it should be relatively big as it will not collapse like the Olympus m4/3 kit zooms for example. The release was planned for the end of this year but the flooding in Thailand caused delays with the Sony sensor production so it has been pushed back slightly, the current planned dates are as follows:
– Full press release on 5th January 2012
– Displayed at the PMA & CES 2012 from the 10th to 13th January 2012
– Sales start 20th January 2012

It sounds like the module will have the same sensor of the Sony NEX-5n!