Full Rokinon/Samyang 7.5mm and Panasonic 8mm fisheye reviews.

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) tested the newest of all Micro Four Thirds lenses, the Samyang (Rokinon in USA) 7.5mm fisheye: “I want to recommend this lens to everyone simply on the matter that the build quality is something that everyone should experience and that this lens is truly how Micro Four Thirds manual lenses should be created. The lens exhibits exceptional sharpness, color rendition with no fringing, little to no vignetting, and meters well with the camera. It’s a lens that everyone would ask for.
You can find plenty of image samples taken with the lens on his website!

P.S.: The lens is already in Stock on eBay:
Click here to buy the Black Samyang 7.5mm lens.
Click here to buy the Silver Samyang 7.5mm lens.

And ePhotozine (Click here) tested the much more expensive Panasonic Lumix G 8mm Fisheye Lens: “The compact size, and excellent optical performance of this fisheye optic will make it certainly worthy of consideration if the distorted fisheye effect is what you’re after.“.
You can click these links t check price and availability Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Full Olympus E-PL3 review at Dpreview

Dpreview (Click here) posted the complete Olympus E-PL3 review. So what they think after the 22 pages of testing? With an overall score of 73% the camera earns a respectable Silver Award: “We find the PEN Lite to be a well-thought out attempt to lure compact-camera upgraders to both higher image quality and the opportunity to explore manual controls while providing a day to day handling experience that will be far from intimidating.

For me the real question is why Olympus didn’t simply make one camera instead of splitting it into two, the E-PL3 and E-P3. Hmmm…

Those are the search shop links to all three new PEN cameras. Click on it to check price and availability:
Olympus E-P3 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-PL3 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-PM1 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Olympus 45mm first impression article at Dpreview.

The new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens gets previewed by Dpreview (Click here): “Even at F1.8 it is sharp enough to give plenty of detail in subjects’ eyes. Just as importantly, at sensible working distances, it gives a usefully shallow depth of field on the Four Thirds format and renders out-of-focus regions rather pleasantly

Dpreview confirms what other reviewers said before. This is simply an amazing lens for the price you have to pay for it. Well done Oly!

Check the lens price and availability by clicking these sear links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Two more new Olympus VF-3 viewfinder reviews.

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) tested the new Olympus VF-3 viewfinder: “At the price point, you’re really much better off going for the VF-2 for the quality. However, when it comes to ergonomical advantages, the VF-3 is the way to go, especially for the locking feature. With this said, the VF-3[/shoplink] is still quite good in terms of build quality and image quality, but if you’re a photographer that loves to shoot full frame, you’ll appreciate the VF-2′s brightness much more in a similar way to Full Frame vs APS-C DSLRs.

Also the german blog Pen and Tell (google translated) wrote a VF-2 versus VF-3 comparison.

Links to the two Olympus viewfinders:
Olympus VF-3 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay Olympus VF-2 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Lens roundup: Samyang 7.5mm, Olympus 45mm and Nokton 35mm f/1.2.

Jurek Ugarow sent me this video made with the GH2 and the new Rokinon (Samyang) 7.5mm for m43 ( Thanks Jurek!). The lens is already in Stock on eBay:
Click here to buy the Black Samyang 7.5mm lens.
Click here to buy the Silver Samyang 7.5mm lens.

Gakuranman (Click here) posted a new set of image smaples taken with the new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens. A side note. That lens costs less in Europe than in US! That’s something we don’t see that often. It costs 256 Euro at Amazon.de (see preorder option) which is less than the $399 at Amazon US (preorder now available). UPDATE: The current Amazon.de price (Euro 293) you see is from a third party reseller. Pelase watch out the preorder option on the very right sidebar. You will see the official Amazon price.

“Iwo” sent us the following two images. On the first you see an Olympus PEN with the Voigtländer 35mm f/1.2. The second image is a portrait made with the lens. Iwo said the lens is razor sharp even at full aperture.