Lenstip trashes the new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens!

Image courtesy: Robin Wong.

Lenstip is the first website to post a full review of the new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens. And that sentence kills the lens completely: “This lens is not exactly a successful construction and it should have been thought out better – I write it without scruple. I could even call it ill-considered.

Of course this is just on opinion. You can read different reviews at Ming Thein, Robin Wong and Pekka Potka. But one thing they have in common. No One is really super excited about the lens.

The new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens can now be preordered at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon DE.

New E-PM2 wrap up. Gets DxOmarked, reviews and a new TvAD!


New E-PM2 ad from Olympus.

The cheapest of all new Olympus MFT cameras got DxOmarked and unsurprisingly scored the same result as the E-PL5 and E-PM5. Neocamera also tested (and liked) the E-PM2: “Given it outclasses its predecessor in terms of image quality and speed, it presents a worthy upgrade for those not ready to move to a more expensive model.” For the size and price this little camera may turn out to have the best price-image quality ratio of any MFT camera! Now Panasonic really has to come out with a new GX model to compete against Olympus…what are you waiting for?

E-PM2 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France. And the Gariz case for the camera in Black (Click here) and Brown (Click here).

New GH3 video sample.

A day in Montmartre – [Panasonic Lumix GH3] from emeric on Vimeo.

Some little news about the GH3:

Our friends from Hybridcams shot that nice video with the GH3. Thanks for sharing! And our reader Twills sent me this: “The Panasonic GH3 specs page is being constantly updated as the firmware is finalized. The shutter duration spec did not specify a “Bulb” mode time limit before. Now it says it goes up to Approx. 60 minutes. That is great news as the GH2 is limited to 128 seconds in Bulb mode:
Still Images: 1/4,000 – 60 and Bulb (Approx. 60 minutes)
Motion Images: 1/16,000 – 1/30 (NTSC), 1/16,000 – 1/25 (PAL)
Keep an eye on the page below to see what else is updated when the firmware is finally complete.
http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/systemcamera/gms/gh3/specifications.html

GH3 preorders at Amazon , Adorama, BhphotoPanasonic USSamys and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt.

Part two of Robin’s 17mm review. And save $100 on the 75mm lens.


Shot with the 17mm f/1.8 lens. Image courtesy: Robin Wong.

Robin Wong (Click here) posted part two of the new 17mm f/1.8 lens review. That time his focus is on the Low Light performance of the lens: “The Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 lens is a great lens, it is sharp, very technically well controlled, and works very efficiently. It is also not a lens I will fall terribly in love with, unlike the M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 or even the 75mm F1.8 lenses.

Sounds like this lens is good…but not really grabbing the hearts of the reviewer!

And speaking of the 75mm f/1.8 lens…Olympus dealer Cameraland is selling four new Olympus 75mm lenses with a $100 rebate on their eBay Store (Click here). To get further info about deals on that lens just join our little new Slidoo eBay website (Sign in with FB account and set your search).

P.S.: For the lens buy the cheaper third party hoods are already made on sold in US ($7 on amazon), US ($32 better quality), Germany (ebay) and Hong Kong (ebay).

New 17mm 1.8 and new E-PL5/E-PM2 reviews!

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Image courtsey: Ming Thein | mingthein.com

Ming Thein published a comparative lens review with the new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens: “the 20/1.7 is punchier but has slightly lower microcontrast; the 17/1.8 has lower macrocontrast but better reproduction of fine detail structures – i.e. better microcontrast

ePhotozine published the full E-PM2 review and became their “Editor’s choice“. They say: “The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 produces excellent photos and punches well above its weight.

ThePhotoblogapher posted his first impressions review: “Though I initially had some concerns, the E-PL5 is turning out to be one heck of a compact performer.

The new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens can now be preordered at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon DE.
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,