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November 27, 2012
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Olympus Europe made a mistake: The E-PL5 has same AA filter as the E-M5.


A couple of weeks ago Olympus Europe informed Pierre Paul Lepidi (translation here) that “As agreed during our recent telephone conversation, we confirm that the unit E-PL5 lacks the LPF, low-pass, unlike the M5-E device.

Now Olympus Europe admitted that this was a wrong statement. They now corrected the E-PL5 specification info on the official website and confirmed that the E-PM2, E-PL5 and E-M5 do have the same sensor and the same Anti Aliasing filter. Source: Lepidi (translation here).

Yep, even big companies can do mistakes sometimes. But I am surprised that it took one month(!) to get and admission of error. Oly, you can make it good by leaking us some good news about your future products :)


November 24, 2012
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E-M5 sexiness reloaded!

Image credit: Oly5050 at Clubsnap.

Like it is with me some of you also still don’t know if they should get the Black or Silver E-M5. The best way to help you (and me) is to show you some sexy pictures of the E-M5 with different kind of lenses. Here is the list:
Silver E-M5 with Olympus 12mm at Digitalcamerareview.
Silver E-M5 with Olympus 17mm at ThePhoBlographer.
Silver E-M5 with Olympus 150mm lens at Hwupgrade. SWD link at Amazon.
Black E-M5 with Olympus 150mm lens on Flickr.
Silver E-M5 with Olympus 50mm f/1.8 OM lens at Hwupgrade. OM lens link on eBay.
Silver E-M5 with Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens on Flickr.
Black E-M5 with Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens on Flickr.
Black E-M5 with Olympus 35-80mm OM lens on Flickr. OM lens link on eBay.
Black E-M5 with Zeiss 50mm f/1.5 ZM lens on Flickr. ZM lens link on eBay.
Black E-M5 with Olympus 60mm macro prototype lens on Flickr.
Black E-M5 with Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 lens on Flickr.
Silver E-M5 with Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 lens on Flickr (Click here).
Black E-M5 with Switar 25mm f/1.4 lens on Flickr. Switar link on eBay.
Black E-M5 with Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens on Flickr.
Silver E-M5 with Olympus 50mm f/2.0 macro Four Thirds lens on Flickr. Macro lens link at Amazon.
Black E-M5 with Leica-Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds lens on Flickr.
Black E-M5 with Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0 Four Thirds lens on Flickr. Lens link at Amazon.
Silver E-M5 with Zeiss 50mm f/1.5 ZM lens on Flickr.

Overall I have to say that it’s safer to go for the Silver E-M5. Black and Silver lenses will loook always good on it!


E-M5 order links:
Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

E-M5 Case:
There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.

E-M5 Batteries, and other things:
The Olympus GS-4 strap and the DSTE E-M5 batteries you have to use with an extra charger. There is an E-M5 car charger a new E-M5 LCD screen and a Front Cover+ Top Panel.

November 22, 2012
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Home To Thanksgiving, lithograph by Currier and Ives. (1867) Wikipedia.

This is a short message to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! :)))

Black Friday deals: Amazon (cameras), Amazon (all stuff), Adorama, Bhphoto, J&R, TigerDirect, Bestbuy and eBay.

November 20, 2012
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New Jackar 34mm f/1.8 MFT lens.

The Hong Kong located company Jackar Optical just announced a new 34mm f/1.8 Micro Four Thirds lens. The lens has manual and mechanical smooth focus and aperture rings. You can read full specs and more at Image samples can also be found on Flickr. The retail price is $190. It will soon be on sale on eBay. Jackar currently sells many adapters and fisheye lenses on eBay (Click here). For a $190 this looks like a well packaged present!

November 18, 2012
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a little bit of everything…

November .. in Milan from Dario Viola on Vimeo.

E-M5 for sport photography at Steve Huff.
Panasonic LX7 review at Imaging Resource.
Scott Rinckenberger is featured on Gizmodo,  shooting Costa Rican beach babes with the E-M5 (Thanks to the anonymous sender of the news)
Nokton 17.5mm lens review by Sgoldswoblog.
XZ-2 review at Photoreview Australia and
60mm macor lens test at Admiringlight.
Panasonic GH3 hands-on at Photographymonthly.
XZ-2 review at Techradar.
Giveaway at Philip Bloom.
Panasonic prepares for “garage sale”, to axe 10,000 jobs (Reuters).

Club Panasonic is running a sale on the Lumix G5 with 1 or 2 lens kits through 1 December 2012.  G5KK prefixed bundles.  The sales range from US $150-250 off list prices, with free shipping.  I haven’t done any checking yet to see how these compare with retailers such as Amazon.  Since they are based on list prices, the online retailers might beat them.

Rinaldo:Hi from Brazil. Not a rumor, just another suggestion for your recent ‘a little bit of everything…’, my first omd small set: Cheers!
Jurek:Hope all is well with you. I recently flew to Hawaii for nine days and recorded some video of the trip. So this is not a rumor, not a test or review, but it was shot on a m43 camera! Perhaps if you enjoy it and have a slow news day, you are more than welcome to share it with your readers.



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