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July 11, 2014
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Fotodiox announces the Excell +1 “Speedbooster” alike adapter.

Fotodiox announced the new Excell +1 “speedbooster” alike adapter. There are two version for Nikon G and Canon FD mount lenses for MFT. It has full automatic aperture control and the price is $140 in USA.

July 10, 2014
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Olympus E-PL6 comes to UK.

Olympus launched the E-PL6 in UK. This camera is almost the same as the current E-Pl6 but adds Wi-Fi capable FlashAir SD card and a “class best, super slim interchangeable electronic pancake lens in the ‘Expression Kit’ package” (so writes Olympus UK). The E-Pl6 is already available in asia and can be bought via many eBay sellers (Click here).

This is the official press release:

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Freedom of expression, at full speed ahead

London, July 9, 2014 – Cameras with interchangeable lenses don’t get any slimmer** or cooler than the new PEN E-PL6. Or better equipped for posting superior shots on the Web. The latest PEN comes supplied with a WiFi-capable FlashAir SD card and a class-best, super-slim, interchangeable electronic pancake zoom lens. Just two reasons Olympus calls this package the ‘Expression Kit’. The E-PL6 is also packed with technologies inherited from Olympus’ flagship OM-D series, so it has everything it takes to capture stylish, stand-out images – anytime, anywhere and on the fly.

P for Personality

For anyone who likes to express themselves and their own sense of style, the Expression Kit is the camera-lens-card combination of choice. The all-metal E-PL6 has the feel-cool factor that comes from renowned PEN’s trademark design and adds a contemporary design icon to any outfit. Like every PEN, it’s built to feel great – and look beautiful – in your hands. For a camera of this calibre, it’s also light and compact, so it will fit easily in most handbags, even with the supplied lens attached. In fact, the lens is exactly what makes this the most portable PEN yet.

Enhancing your creative options are 12 striking Art Filters and 6 Art Effects to choose from ensuring the E-PL6 has the potential to spread some serious envy online, with one-touch, one-of-a-kind clips and shots.

E for Excellence

The E-PL6 is compatible with a wide range of Micro Four Thirds specialist lenses made by the M.ZUIKO experts, and the Expression Kit includes one of their latest achievements. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm*** 1:3.5-5.6 EZ pancake zoom lens is the world’s slimmest in this category. The M.ZUIKO signature is unmistakeable – in the startling size of the lens, the quiet motor, and the quality of the images it captures.

Speed, power and portability are key to spontaneous, individual and stylish photography – and the PEN E-PL6 has all three in abundance. In combination with any Micro Four Thirds lens and the powerful TruePic VI image processor, super-quick start-up and autofocus mean the camera

E-PL6 MAIN FEATURES:

> Exquisitely designed, small and lightweight system camera with an all-metal finish
> Supplied with the world’s slimmest** pancake zoom lens for go-anywhere creativity
> FlashAir** WiFi card included for posting via a compatible smartphone and the free and Olympus Image Share app
> Outstanding image quality thanks to the 16.1 Megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic VI image processor
> Large, tiltable and swivelling high-res LCD touchscreen for framing selfies and other shots at original angles
> Fast AF and fast start-up

Reacts as fast as you think, even in low light. It delivers 16.1-Megapixel stills and 1080 Full HD movies with the consistently rich gradation, low noise and wide dynamic range that compacts and smartphones can’t hope to achieve. When these images are shared, the difference in quality is even more striking: Post a picture of a moving subject shot in poor light on a smartphone, then count the likes. There’s no better argument for the PEN and its versatile ISO settings.

The E-PL6 has a raft of new PEN features to help you quickly adjust settings, frame your shot, and capture a remarkable image. For example, Level Gauge overlays a grid on the LCD when there’s no horizon as a reference. Interval shooting for stills stitches together stop-motion videos while Small AF Target Mode makes it easy to focus on tiny parts of the subject, then magnify these for more precise focusing. Short Release Time Lag Mode combines with Fast AF to reduce the delay that can otherwise make it difficult to accurately capture fast-moving subjects.

N for Network.

The E-PL6 is all about shooting and showing, and that includes posting your oeuvre online. The supplied FlashAir WiFi card lets you quickly transfer photos and videos to your smartphone via the Olympus Image Share app, then effortlessly on to social media sites. The large and tiltable 3-inch monitor swivels up and right round so it’s visible from the front of the camera, giving you the flexibility to frame a whole new class of selfie – or other shots from unusual angles.

The PEN E-PL6 comes in a black or white body and is compatible with a variety of accessories that customise the look. For example, a matching grip.

Together with the FlashAir card and pancake lens, it will be available in beautifully designed packaging from mid-July 2014, for £429 (SRP, equivalent in other currencies).

Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at http://www.olympus.co.uk for the latest specifications.

For E-PL6 feature descriptions, please see the online appendix.
For a full list of E-PL6 Limited Edition features, go to www.olympus.co.uk

* FlashAir is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation.

Additional features:

> 18 creative filters for adding impressive effects to Full HD movies or stills on-camera
> ISO settings as high as 25600 for great performance in low light
> Short Release Time Lag for filming fast-moving subjects
> Still interval shooting for creating stop-motion videos
> Compatible with Micro Four Thirds lenses and accessories

** The world’s shortest distance between the mount and the front end of the lens, when retracted. 3x standard zoom lens for mirrorless cameras. According to Olympus research, as of Jan 29, 2014.
*** 35mm equivalent.

 

via Photographyblog, ePhotozine, Dpnow.

July 9, 2014
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a little bit of everything…


Unboxing of the new Rokinon 10mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds

Olympus Pen: Portraits of a Camera (Qamera).

Jeremy:I know you try to keep more to positive MFT news, but I would be very interested in getting some official word from Olympus on the widely reported rear dial responsiveness issue on the EM1, or some inside info from one of your trusted source on what the plan is to deal with this issue. It has been reported in numerous places, by many users…
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53430520
http://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=58210
http://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=66562
http://www.danielkcheung.com/blog/olympus-omd-em1-rear-dial-issue-fault
https://www.flickr.com/groups/om-d_user/discuss/72157642468118213/

Dino:I wanted to share an article I wrote comparing the OMD E-M1 with the Canon 5D Mark 2. Both cameras are highly capable tools in their own ways and I think the biggest take away from my experience using both is not what is the best camera on paper, rather what is the best camera for you.
http://13thfloorphotography.blogspot.com/2014/07/canon-5d-mark-ii-vs-olympus-omd-e-m1.html

Jurek:Video testing the reworked SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE II 25mm T0.95. The update allows the lens to hold the SLR Anamorphot without the need for a lens support. This frees the camera (here the GH4) to become a truly portable 4K CinemaScope camera: https://vimeo.com/98099505

July 8, 2014
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New May Cipa data confirms Mirrorless sales trend is doing a bit better than DSLR.

Image courtesy: Personal View.

CIPA published their May camera shipment data. And some nice graph can be seen at Personal View. Compared to May of 2013 DSLR worldwide shipment went down 27% while Mirrorless camera shipment increased by 11%. As usual US is not mirrorless friendly while Asian market are quickly getting away from DSLR. As soon as US (and also Europe) will start to “love” mirrorless things will look even better for Olympus and Panasonic!

July 6, 2014
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Weekly 43rumors readers pictures roundup!


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