New reviews roundup (GF5, E-M5, Sigma 19mm, Leica 35mm)

Sigma 19mm
DSLRmagazine (Click here for the translation) posted the new Sigma 19mm lens review. Resolution is very good and the lens has no CA, no aberrations no major flaws a part of some vignetting at f/2.8. Afterall the two new Sigma 30mm and 19mm lenses are performing extremely well and may be the best choice it you have a limited budget! For my European friends. Take a look at the lens price from Digitalrev as it is cheaper than in Europe (with improt tax icluded!):
The 30mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).
The 19mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

Panasonic GX1
Photographyblog (Click here) posted the full Panasonic GF5 review: “With the GX-1 satisfying the needs of prosumers, the GF5 is free to concentrate on wooing compact step-up users, and it does a great job of persuading them to invest in what is undoubtedly a faster, fuller-featured system that ultimately delivers better image quality, in a form factor that won’t intimidate or confuse.
Panasonic GF5 search links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Leica 35mm
ThePhoBlographer (Click here) tested the Leica 35mm Summicron on the E-Pm1: “Though it can be used to create some wonderful images, it also often left me with less keepers than I’d thought due to focusing issues. However, once that focus is perfectly nailed and the user combines this with careful thought, they’ll be able to get images that they’ll be very happy with.
The Leica Summicron is one of the tiniest lenses and available on eBay (Click here).

Olympus E-M5
E-m5 testing at E-P1.net (Click here). X PRO 1 versus E-M5 at Srlclub (here and here).

E-M5 preorders (Click on the names of the stores to see the product page):
Black E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, and Amazon Japan.
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto , Digitalrev and J&R.
Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland , Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.

Next E-M5 roundup and first E-M5 book preorder!

A quick roundup of new E-M5 tests: First look by Steve Huff (Click here). E-M5 vs X PRO vs NEX-7 at Steve Huff (Click here). E-P3 versus E-M5 at Pixinfo (Click here). Premiere approache at Lepidi-photo.blogspot.fr (Click here). E-M5 versus GH2 dynamic range comaprison (Dpreview forum). Impression review y Josh Root at Photo.net (Click here): “Every other mirrorless camera that I have liked so far has been a “I’ll add it to the bag because it will be useful for ________ situation”. However, none had yet been able to threaten to become a “replacement” for existing gear. The E-M5 has a chance to be the kind of camera that replaces gear I currently use, and I think that’s kind of a big deal.

The first E-M5 book is already available for preorder at Amazon Germany (Click here). That was fast Reinhard!

Meantime first user are reselling their free adapter they got with the E-M5 purchase. One of them sent me the link to his sale auction on eBay (Click here). I don’t expect a big gain on them :)

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USA+Canada:
Black E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 14-45mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).

Europe:
Black E-M5 body at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).

Asia:
Black E-M5 body at Digitalrev (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon JP (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Digitalrev (Click here) and Amazon JP (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon JP (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 14-45mm lens at Digitalrev (Click here) and Amazon JP (Click here).

Olympus E-M5 news and reviews buzz…

I really can’t stop to post new links to E-m5 related news. There are so many new things to show you that here we are again with a new E-M5 related post:

Federico Cabrera shot a full fashion photo series with the E-M5. The title of his work is “Daydreamers” and you can read and see more about it at Olympus Finland, Federico Cabrera website and Revsmag.

Gakuranman (Click here) posted his E-M5 field test: “It will be exciting to see what Olympus can innovate next to improve upon the camera. I look forward to seeing their micro 43 pro model in time. But for now, the E-M5 is everything I need in a camera and much more.

First Impressions: Sony NEX 7 vs Fujifilm X Pro 1 vs Olympus EM5 OMD at ThePhoBlographer (Click here): “This is a three way tie. OMD wins for autofocusing, NEX 7 wins for manually focusing in real life, and the X Pro 1 wins for the easiest ergonomics and getting your settings right if you’re a manual shooter.

First nighttime test of the E-M5 at E-P1.net (Click here). The french blog Lesnumeriques (Click here for the translation) posted the full E-M5 review. The dutch website Focusmedia (Click here for the translation) also posted a new E-M5 review. The polish website Optyczne (Click here for the translation) also did his job pretty well.

USA+Canada:
Black E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 14-45mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).

Europe:
Black E-M5 body at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).

Asia:
Black E-M5 body at Digitalrev (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon JP (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Digitalrev (Click here) and Amazon JP (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon JP (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 14-45mm lens at Digitalrev (Click here) and Amazon JP (Click here).

Olympus E-M5 versus Fuji versus Sony (28mm and 300mm lens test)

The Japanese website DSLRcheck made a double focal length test comparing the Olympus E-M5, the Fuji X PRO 1 and Sony NEX-7. The image on top (Click on it to enlarge) compares he three cameras at 28mm. The image below compares the JPEG results from the E-M5 and NEX-7 at 300mm. As usual keep in mind that there are so many variables when doing such comparisons. You really don’t have to take them as gods truth! The only general (and pretty obvious) conclusion I can draw from these comparisons is that when it comes to talk about image quality the lens really matters almost more than the camera you chose!

The E-M5 will ship in USA within the next days and it will may be able to dethrone the current NEX-7 besteller (at Amazon). Let’ see if Olympus will get some cahs through the E-M5 sales. They really need (and deserve) it!

USA+Canada:
Black E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 14-45mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).