First Sigma 30mm f/2.8 review!

Our reader Tobias Giesen posted the very first short Sigma f/2.8 for m43 lens review (Click here to read it). In short, he found the Sigma lens focuses fater than the 20mm f/1.7 lens. And that’s certainly a bit of a surprise. The lens is decently sharp wide open but there is one major issue…CA (Chromatic Aberration). But read his full test and see the many image smaples to get an idea of the image quality. You can (pre-)order the lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and Fotomundus (Click here).

Speaking of Sigma, DSLRmagazine (Click here) interviewed Mr Kazuto Yamaki (CEO of Sigma). The interesting bits of info. The 30mm and 19mm lenses are deisnged for their own DP series, NEX system and m43 system (For cost savings reasons). The MTF graph is very good but MR. kazuto said that sadly they cannot rely on the camera software for automatic lens corrections.


New Olympus E-M5 videos and test from dpreview.

Olympus Australia published five new videos on youtube (Click here). Those are very well made videos that do explain in an easy way some of the new Olympus E-M5 features:
Exploring the Electronic View Finder (Click here)
3D Tracking Autofocus (Click here)
FAST Autofocus (Click here)
9 Frame Per Second Shooting (Click here)
5 Axis Image Stabilisation (Click here /also posted on top of this post).

Dpreview (Click here) posted a new E-M5 hands-on. I like that statement from Richard Butler: “indeed its ergonomics are comparable to high-end DSLRs such as the Pentax K-5“. If you ever hold a K-5 in your hands than you know this is a very good news :)   And he also posted an interesting small bit of info about the focusing speed with the 12-60 Four Thirds lens. Apparently focusing is much faster on the E-M5 than on the E-PL3.

A great camera indeed. Can’t wait to see how the GH3 will do against the E-M5 :)

Full 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).

Olympus E-M5 news and tests roundup…(ships in US on April 10th, in Japan on March 30th)

For those of you that are waiting for the E-M5: BHphoto (Click here) says the E-M5 will be available on April 10th. And Amazon Japan (Click here) reports that the camera will ship on March 30th. Don’t know yet how many E-M5 cameras will be produced per month and how many preorders Olympus got. So you may will not get the camera on those days. At least on Amazon the E-M5 preorder hype looks like to be over and the E-PL1 is the king of the mirrorless ranking again :)  -> Click here to see the ranking. Also the Panasonic GF2 is selling well and probably super interesting after the recent hack release!

But there are (again) many new E-m5 news and previews today:
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Preview at Photographyblog (Click here). And image samples (again at Photographyblog) and at Tomshardware (italian). Extreme ART filter image sample on Flickr (Click here). The swedish magazine Fotosidan (Click here) posted a camera preview. A hands-on at AP (Click here), Techradar (Click here) and a spanish hands-on on youtube (Click here). Test shots and video-illustrations (stabilization, AF, live bulb) at Onfoto Russia (Click here and Click here). A video shot with the E-M5 on vimeo (Click here). The english E-M5 manual (Click here to download the pdf).

E-M5 preorder search (Click on names): Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.





First Yasuhara macro lens review

Nanoha 5X MFT Macro Lens from Texas Media Systems on Vimeo.

For the very first time the Yasuhara x5 macro lens has been reviewed at ePhotozine (Click here): “I enjoyed using the lens which opened my eyes to textures that you don’t normally see. Objects took on a whole new life at this magnification.” The only real major drawback is the relative slow aperture of F/11.

More info about the lens here:​nanoha/​index-e.html. P.S.: Yasuhara is known for making M-mount lenses and cameras.

Another DxOmark test: Olympus 45mm f/1.8 (and crazy Fuji cheater price)

The Olympus 45mm f/1.8 got tested by the team from DxOmark (Click here): “We have here another very fine and impressive lens, and one that is fully capable of holding its own against APS-C cameras and also against certain full-frame models. The results are convincing: in terms of image quality, these micro 4/3 modules are a clear success. Olympus certainly appears to have risen to the challenge of combining compactness with quality!”
DxO really loves m43 lenses :)
The Olympus 45mm f/1.8 is a nice and relatively cheap lens: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Something else: The Fuji X PRO 1 is shipping in Japan and it already reached a “cheater value” of $2,699.99 on eBay (Click here). I will mark the price and see what the cheater price on the Olympus E-M5 will be….I think it will go close to the X PRo 1.

P.S: Fotommundus (Click here) has the new Sigma 30mm lens for Micro Four Thirds in Stock!