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December 16, 2014
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Olympus 12mm F/2.0 Vs. Rokinon 12mm F/2.0 by Pier Yves.

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Olympus 12mm Vs Samyang 12mm Video Test from Pier-Yves Menkhoff on Vimeo.

Pier Yves sent us the following Olympus 12mm F/2.0 Vs. Rokinon 12mm F/2.0 comparison:

Before everything, I would like to thank Hervé Danes for the loan of the Olympus 12mm F/2.0 lens. It was not possible with Olympus France. Jonathan Lang and Martina Beckman did not deign to answer to our request of loan. It was the same thing with Marc Rabuteau of Samyang France. This happens frequently in France !!!
In theory and often in practice, there is a difference of quality between a lens at 800 € and another one at 330 €. However, we are not in California. Where is the difference when you live in a gray city ? When we are in the rain in Lyon in winter ? Will we see a real difference ? The shot was made with a Panasonic DMC-GM1 camera on a tripod. I only alternated the lenses for each plan. Recording at 1 080p. No correction at the editing.
When we place side by side the Olympus 12mm F/2.0 and the Rokinon 12mm F/2.0 lenses, the difference is huge. The first is compact, the second is massive. Among the advantages of the Olympus, perfect aperture and autofocus synchronization with Olympus and Panasonic M43 cameras. We note a difference of framing between the two brands. Olympus offers a tighter framework. The Samyang present an alternative advantage: its price. Nearly half of the Olympus. But the difference has a cost. No electronic contact with the body of the camera. All controls are manual. Another aspect can be disabling for every user. The focus ring of the Rokinon lacks flexibility. It is firm. Very firm. The Olympus is dedicated to those for whom AF is a major asset.
At the light of the above pictures, you can decide whether to invest € 320 or € 799 for a 12mm F/2.0 lens. It’s up to you !!
Enjoy…

December 13, 2014
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TheCameraStoreTV ranks the GH4 as second best film camera of the year.

Chris and Jordan made that list of the Best and Worst Cameras of 2014. The Panasonic Gh4 was the second best film camera right behind the Sony A7s.

December 12, 2014
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Olympus 40-150mm PRO in Stock at Amazon. MC-14 1.4X TC tested at SLRgear.

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After quite a long time the Olympus PRO 40-150mm lens is back in Stock at Amazon US (Click here). And SLRgear (Click here) reviewed the Olympus MC-14 1.4X M.Zuiko Digital Teleconverter and writes:

It’s also extremely small, lightweight, fully weather-sealed and doesn’t negatively impact image quality or AF speed to a significant degree. If you own or are planning to own the Olympus 40-150mm ƒ/2.8 Zuiko Pro or 300mm ƒ/4 Zuiko Pro lens, the MC-14 teleconverter is a no-brainer accessory to have in your kit.

December 10, 2014
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Olympus 40-150mm PRO lens review by Luminous Landscape.

The PRO lens size comparison

Luminous Landscape (Click here) posted their Olympus 40-150mm lens review. They also posted a video on Vimeo (Click here). They writes:

The image quality, the build and overall experience of using these lenses won’t disappoint you.

It’s funny how things change and how much they stay the same.  Many years ago (during the  seventies) back in the film days I moved to Olympus from my big Nikon systems.  Their original OM series cameras specifically OM-3 and 4 were ground breaking as far as size and performance.  Now it seems we are seeing this evolution happen all over again.  My full frame Nikon DSLR system hasn’t seen action for a number of months now.  Olympus has won me over with its feature rich E-M1 camera and Pro series lenses.

40-150mm PRO shipping info at:
In USA/Canada at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus and GetOlympus Canada.
In Europe at Wex UK, Technikdirekt and Amazon.
In Asia at Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.

December 6, 2014
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Olympus 40-150mm PRO lens reviewed at Admiringlight: “the lens is predominantly stellar”.

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Image courtesy: Admiringlight

Admiringlight (Click here) posted the full 40-150mm PRO lens review:

While the lens is predominantly stellar, there are a few things to watch out for.  The lens flares badly when the sun is included in the frame or just out of it, and the autofocus can sometimes have trouble in dim light on an Olympus E-M5, but overall, I really enjoyed shooting with the 40-150mm.  It’s got a fantastic range, excellent optical quality and a robust build quality that oozes professionalism. It is well worthy of the PRO label etched into the lens barrel.

40-150mm PRO shipping info at:
In USA/Canada at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus and GetOlympus Canada.
In Europe at Wex UK, Technikdirekt and Amazon.
In Asia at Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.

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