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February 15, 2012
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First RAW Olympus E-M5 files for download! (UPDATE: manual for download)

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UPDATE: You can download the E-M5 manual (Click here for the english manual pdf).

Merci Beaucoup Focus Numerique! Finally we can download the original RAW files form the new Olympus E-M5 (Click here to visit the site). To download the file click on “Télécharger le fichier raw“.

So there is nor excuse now! This is the very first time we can judge the image quality without having to worry if the JPEG settings were correct or not. Focus Numerique reviewers are quite satisfied with the results: “At 1250 ISO, the image retains a lot of details and the color rendering of Olympus is always pleasant“.

So take your time guys, analyze the files and give us some feedback. Click that link to see the ISO test with the GX1. It will be easier for you to compare the Olympus E-M5 RAW quality. A couple of days ago I asked you if you were happy with the JPEG quality of the E-M5 but many of you answered that you have to see more full size and RAW pics before to give a final voting.

I am going to start a new Poll. As usual take time before to vote:

You have seen the RAW image quality of the E-M5: What do you think?

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Full Updated Preorder list:
1) Black E-M5 body at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Warehouse UK (Click here), Redcoon Germany (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
2) Silver E-M5 body at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Warehouse UK (Click here), Redcoon Germany (Click here), and Amazon Japan (Click here).
3) Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
4) Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Jessops (Click here), Redcoon Deutschland (Click here), Amazon Deutschland (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
5) Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Jessops (Click here), Amazon Deutschland (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
6) FL-600R wireless flash at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
7) MMF-3 Four Thirds adapter at
Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
8.) HLD-6 power battery holder at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).

 

Thanks Niko

February 14, 2012
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New set of Olympus E-M5 (Full size!) image samples! (and updated preorder list)

Finally you can see a first set of official Olympus E-M5 full size(!) image samples. They have been posted by the Chinese website pcpop (Click here). To facilitate the picture analysis I give you the direct links to their eleven full size images:
Pic 1, Pic 2, Pic 3, Pic 4, Pic 5, Pic 6, Pic 7, Pic 8, Pic 9, Pic 10 and Pic11.
Surprise, Pic 3 has been actually taken in my city…Antwerpen! Olympus next time make me a call when you pass by! :)

HKgolden (Click here) posted a short ISO comparison. The website loads very slow so here is the direct link to the image: http://img860.imageshack.us/img860/5057/37492reuploaded.jpg

Our friend Valentin Sama from DSLRmagazine (Click here) posted a new set of E-M5 image samples (with firmware 0.95). Too bad they are not in full size. I asked him if he can share the original images but he said Olympus doesn’t allow to post them because the firmware isn’t final :(

Full Updated Preorder list (with new Redcoon Deutschland preorder):
1) Black E-M5 body at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Warehouse UK (Click here), Redcoon Germany (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
2) Silver E-M5 body at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Warehouse UK (Click here), Redcoon Germany (Click here), and Amazon Japan (Click here).
3) Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
4) Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Jessops (Click here), Redcoon Deutschland (Click here), Amazon Deutschland (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
5) Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Jessops (Click here), Amazon Deutschland (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
6) FL-600R wireless flash at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
7) MMF-3 Four Thirds adapter at
Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
8) HLD-6 power battery holder at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).

February 14, 2012
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Panasonic GX1 fully tested at Dpreview (Silver Award)


The final full GX1 review is now online at Dpreview (Click here). It gets a 77% overall score and earns the Silver award. The reviewers are positively impressed by the image quality which in particular at Low ISO is close to the Sony NEX cameras (which have a larger APS-C sensor). The only big trouble they have is about the price. Why don’t get a Panasonic G3 instead of the GX1 when the G3 has the same sensor, but has a built.in EVF and a cheaper price? My personal answer is because of the smaller size and more sexiness :)

Anyway, I am looking forward to see if the new Olympus E-M5 will beat the image quality of the GX1.

Click theese linsk to check the price of the GX1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

February 13, 2012
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HOT: Complete Olympus E-M5 ISO test

Time to analyze the image quality of the new Olympus E-M5. At OMuser (Click here) you can find a new set of E-M5 ISO samples! Please keep in mind that these images have been taken with a preproduction camera and in JPEG format. So here are the direct links:

ISO 200: full image, crop.
ISO 250: full image, crop.
ISO 320: full image, crop.
ISO 400: full image, crop.
ISO 500: full image, crop.
ISO 640: full image, crop.
ISO 800: full image, crop.
ISO 1000: full image, crop.
ISO 1250: full image, crop.
ISO 1600: full image, crop.
ISO 2000: full image, crop.
ISO 2500: full image, crop.
ISO 3200: full image, crop.
ISO 4000: full image, crop.
ISO 5000: full image, crop.
ISO 6400: full image, crop.
ISO 8000: full image, crop.
ISO 10000: full image, crop.
ISO 12800: full image, crop.
ISO 16000: full image, crop.
ISO 20000: full image, crop.
ISO 25600: full image, crop.

And here is the question for you:

So far...do you like the image quality of the E-M5?

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Full Updated Preorder list (with Amazon Deutschland):
1) Black E-M5 body at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Warehouse UK (Click here), Redcoon Germany (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
2) Silver E-M5 body at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Warehouse UK (Click here), Redcoon Germany (Click here), and Amazon Japan (Click here).
3) Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Redcoon Germany (Click here), and Amazon Japan (Click here).
4) Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Jessops (Click here), Amazon Deutschland (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
5) Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Jessops (Click here), Amazon Deutschland (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
6) FL-600R wireless flash at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
7) MMF-3 Four Thirds adapter at
Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
8) HLD-6 power battery holder at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).

 

February 12, 2012
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Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye tested at Photozone

Image courtesy Photozone.

Those guys from Samyang are my favorites! They have a history of extremely well made lenses for a very low price. And I was pretty sure that their first Micro Four Thirds lens, the 7.5mm f/3.5 would have a decent image quality. While I am by no mean a Fisheye fan at least they really designed that lens for the m43 sensor! Unlike Sigma that in order to save costs designed the 30mm f/2.8 for m43 and NEX and the result is a big and slow lens :(

So it that lens really good? There is now a full review at Photozone (Click here): “the dwarfish and very light-weight Samyang is not only a pretty good lens it is also a very affordable one and as such we can recommend it to all ultra-wide angle enthusiasts out there!“. And the lens gets “highly recommended” which doesn’t happen very often! Go Samyang! Make more lenses like this! ;)

Now to buy this lens you have to keep in mind that the name changes depending from the country:
In USA it’s named Rokinon 7.5mm and you find it on eBay (Click here), Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
In Europe it’s named Samyang 7.5mm and you find it on eBay (Click here), Amazon (Click here),
In UK it’s named Walimex and you find it on eBay (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

Same non sense goes with all very nice Four Thirds lenses. Just click on the name to see Olympus four thirds lenses: Samyang , Walimex , Rokinon , Opteka , Falcon , Vivitar andBower .

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