HOT: Full Olympus 12mm f/2.0 review at SLRgear!

HOT UPDATE: One single 12mm lens is in Stock now at Amazon (Click here). I bet it will be sold out within minutes!

And here is the next hot review of the (let me say) wonderful Olympus lens! You can read the full and very detailed test at SLRgear (Click here). There are almost only good news! First the sharpness test proves that the lens is already sharp wide open. Chromatic Aberration is only slightly present and only in the corner when shooting wide open. Also Vignetting is a non issue. The distortion is very low and harmonic (easy to correct in Postproduction). Conclusion: “There isn’t much to add here that the tests don’t already say for themselves – the Olympus 12mm ƒ/2 M.Zuiko offers excellent results for sharpness in a quality package. The price might be prohibitive for some, but if you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed.

No doubt, that lens is a winner! The lens should be in Stock very soon (late July) and you can already preorder it (UPDATE: I fixed the link. Sorry for the mistake. Now all links should work fine!):
In US at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), B&H (Click here), J&R (Click here), eBay (Click here)
in Europe at Amazon Deutschland (Click here) and eBay (international resellers).
in Asia at Digitalrev (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).

P.S.: And I can’t wait to read the first Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens tests too! Preorder search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

 

Olympus 12mm lens coming in US on July 21. E-P3 already shipping in Asia! Flash in Stock!


Jurek Ugarow tested the new Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens with the GH2 (some parts of the video on top are taken with that lens).

As you know I am on vacation but you people keep sending me tons of links to news and reviews 😉
Mad a roundup of the latest interesting news!

I have been told that the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 should be in Stock in US and European stores by July 21st. Quantities should be very limited. Preorders available here at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The Olympus E-P3 is already shipping in Asia! You can see the first unboxing pictures at mobile01 (Click here). The japanese E-P3 manual is available at Olympus Japan (Thanks Ogawa). A bit of E-P3 cameraporn is available at DC.watch :)
Robin Wong posted a new review article of the E-P3.
ThePhoBlographer tested the Olympus EP3 with Panasonic Lenses.

The new Olympus FL-300R Compact Flash is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

 

Preorder links:
Olympus E-P3 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK and Amazon DE.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H, Amazon DE and eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H and Amazon DE.

DxOmark tested the E-P3 sensor: Pretty much the same old sensor.


Image courtesy: Clubsnap.

Is DxOmark destroying the “legend” that Olympus used a new 12 Megapixel sensor? DxOmark (Click here) published their Olympus E-P3 sensor review: “We have tested the PEN EP3, the latest 4/3 camera by Olympus and the first results are now available. The Olympus PEN EP3 apart from changes on the exterior, it is pretty much the same sensor as the Olympus PEN EPL2 and Olympus E5.”

I would love to meet an Olympis enegeneer to ask him once and for all what they did and what they did NOT on the “new” sensor.

Preorder links:
Olympus E-P3 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK and Amazon DE.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H, Amazon DE and eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H and Amazon DE.

New wave of Micro Four Thirds lens tests!

Image courtesy: Photozone

Photozone (Click here) posted a full review of the Olympus 14-150mm lens: “The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 is an acceptable “high-power 10.7x zoom” but don’t expect magic from it. The delivered center resolution is actually pretty decent across the range whereas the border and corner performance is not that impressive“. Get the lens here at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

SLRgear tested the Panasonic 14-42mm kit lens: “good sharpness wide open, and excellent stopped down a little. Given that it’s the kit lens to a G3 package, you’ll probably find yourself with one of these lenses just by buying into the system, and then it’ll become a question of whether to stay with the kit lens, or buy something else. While you’re deciding, you should be able to make excellent photographs.” Get the lens here at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay (Those are all direct search links)

ePhotozine tested the Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens:”The levels of sharpness it can deliver throughout the zoom range are excellent, especially in the centre of the image area. This coupled with the low levels of CA and distortion make it an excellent choice for anyone looking to expand the zoom range of their Micro Four Thirds camera into telephoto.” Direct search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

ePhotozine also tested the new Olympus PEN Converter Lenses: “All three converters offer a cheaper way of extending the usability of your kit lenses, without adding much bulk to your existing Micro Four Thirds camera kit and they are quite reasonably priced too.
Olympus Macro Converter links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus Fisheye Converter links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus Wide Angle Converter links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

FourThirdsUser posted someShooting wide with the m.Zuiko 12mm f/2.0. Preorder at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

There is a new set of 45mm f/1.8 image samples at Callotype.com. Preorder at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Next E-P3 and 45mm f/1.8 tests roundup (E-P3 almost on par with the Canon 7D)

The PhoBlographer (Click here) compared the high ISO results of the new Olympus E-P3 with the Canon 7D and Canon 5D markII: “Based on the image samples, the Canon 5D Mk II is still way ahead of the other two cameras. However, the EP3 is almost on par with the Canon 7D’s high ISO output results. Overall, the new Olympus EP3 has been able to vastly improve the high ISO output and may finally creep up within the next iteration of the camera (or maybe even in RAW).

Focus Numerique (Click here) made an LCD spectrophotometer and continous autofocus test. The LCD contrast is excellent and makes it comfortable viewing in bright sunlight. The autofocus speed is extremly fast in bright light but has a poor performance in low light conditions.

Pekkapotka (Click here) posted a new continous autofocus test: “While E-P3´s single AF might be at same level as D3x´s single AF, continuous AF is not.

Simon from Clubsnap had the chance to test the new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens. He posted a set of images including 100% crops.

Preorder links (Amazon DE is now accepting preorders on lenses too!):
Olympus E-P3 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK and Amazon DE.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H, Amazon DE and eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H and Amazon DE.