PEN-F manual for download. First Full size image samples!

PEN-F

You can now doanload the PEN-F manual here: olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/manual/pen/man_penf_en.pdf (Thanks Andrew!)

And you cna also see the first full size image samples here: d-pixx.de/2016/01/olympus-pen-f-erste-praxisbilder-in-originalgroesse/ (via MR)

PEN-F Preorder links:
Silver PEN-F in USA/Canada at Bhphoto, Amazon, Adorama, GetOlympus, GetOlympus Canada.
Black PEN-F in USA/Canada at Bhphoto, Amazon, Adorama, GetOlympus, GetOlympus Canada.
Silver PEN-F in EU at Amazon Deutschland, FotoMundus, WexUk, ParkCameras.
Black PEN-F in EU at Amazon Deutschland, FotoMundus, WexUK, ParkCameras.

Olympus 300mm test by Warren Fleming on Olympus MAG (free download).

The January Olympusmag UK issue has been released (download the PDF here). And there is an article by Warren Fleming about the new 300mm PRO lens. He writes:

“I managed to test the IS down to a fifth of a second handheld in order to get sharp images – which is incredible”

The 300mm PRO lens is probably the best lens ever made for those who need a 600mm lens they can use handheld. There is probably no other lens on the world that can do this.

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Preorder links to the two new MFT lenses:
Panasonic-Leica 100-400mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at WexUK. ParkCameras.
Olympus 300mm f/4.0 PRO lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus. In EU at Amazon DE. WexUK. ParkCameras.

Olympus 300mm PRO tested at Photoreview: “top-notch lens for serious photographers”

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Photoreview tested the new 300mm PRO lens and writes:

Airlines around the world have become stricter about monitoring and enforcing carry-on limits recently, making equipment weight an important consideration for photographers who travel. With Olympus equipment, you can easily put together a kit containing two camera bodies, the 300mm f/4.0 IS PRO and lens 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens at a total weight of well under 3.5 kilograms. Do the same with either Canon or Nikon DSLRs and lenses and the weight will be pushing the 7 KG carry-on limit.
While it may be Olympus’s most expensive M4/3 lens, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4.0 IS PRO is a top-notch lens for serious photographers who photograph sports, wildlife and also stage performances. It’s usable in challenging weather, fast enough for low-light shooting and offers impressive close-up capabilities. What’s not to like?

ePhotozine also posted a Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4.0 IS Pro Hands-On article.

Preorder links to the two new MFT lenses:
Panasonic-Leica 100-400mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at WexUK. Fotosidan.
Olympus 300mm f/4.0 PRO lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus. In EU at Amazon DE. WexUK.

PEN-F Preorder links:
Silver PEN-F in USA/Canada at Bhphoto, Amazon, Adorama, GetOlympus, GetOlympus Canada.
Black PEN-F in USA/Canada at Bhphoto, Amazon, Adorama, GetOlympus, GetOlympus Canada.
Silver PEN-F in EU at Amazon Deutschland, WexUk, ParkCameras.
Black PEN-F in EU at Amazon Deutschland, WexUK, ParkCameras.

The PEN-F reviews and hands-on so far: Made for designers or the perfect street photography camera?

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PEN-F Preorder links:

Silver PEN-F in USA/Canada at Bhphoto, Amazon, Adorama, GetOlympus, GetOlympus Canada.
Black PEN-F in USA/Canada at Bhphoto, Amazon, Adorama, GetOlympus, GetOlympus Canada.
Silver PEN-F in EU at Amazon Deutschland, FotoMundus, WexUk, ParkCameras.
Black PEN-F in EU at Amazon Deutschland, FotoMundus, WexUK, ParkCameras.

The PEN-F is a camera that polarized the 43 community. The camera mainly stands out for its design and the Panasonic GX8 probably has the better price-features ratio. But isn’t beauty something valuable too? Let’s hear what reviewers have to say about that topic:

Robin Wong : “Finding out that the image quality produced by the PEN-F is only slightly better than E-M10 Mark II on the whole basically toned down the level of excitement I was in when I was reviewing the camera.
The PEN-F has done so many things right such as the super fast AF and built in large and sharp EVF. This is the kind of camera that is made to lust for: beautiful design blended with great functions and shooting capabilities.

Dpreview:We do think that at the point of launch, the PEN-F is priced rather high. Ultimately, despite some concerns, the PEN-F is a nicely made, beautiful camera with some fun and unique features that’s a pleasure to use.

CameraLabs: “I remember the previous PEN flagship, the EP5 also coming-in at an ambitiously high price point and it would seem the PEN F is following the same strategy. It’s undoubtedly a nice camera to look at and to use too, but I feel the price is too high for the specification compared to rivals, including alternatives within the Olympus range.”

Mirrorlessons: “Think about the OM-D E-M5 mark II and you have a pretty good idea about how powerful this new camera will be. The company plans to give the camera a long lifespan with relevant firmware updates, something they already started doing with the E-M1 and E-M5 mark II.

Ming Thein: “it is clearly targeted at the social media crowd, from the design to the huge number of in-camera processing options.

Cameras.reviewed: “The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and Panasonic Lumix GX8 both are similar to the PEN-F, with a few more features, and cost a bit less money. The GX8, in particular, is appealing if you’re interested in shooting high-quality 4K video. But in a market where basically every camera is “good enough,” choosing a camera is about more than just the spec sheet. Olympus has always understood this, as Yoshihisa Maitani’s original PEN-F was compact and capable, but also beautiful. The reborn version holds true to that, and it is certain to find more than a few fans—if not a legacy of its own.


Olympus also announced some other stuff:
Olympus E-M10 Mark II Limited at BHphoto.
Olympus CBG-11 PR Premium Leather Camera Bag for PEN-F (Brown/Black) at BHphoto.
Olympus CS-48 PR Premium Leather Wrapping Cloth for PEN-F (Brown/Black) at BHphoto.
Olympus ECG-4 External Metal Grip for PEN-F (Black) at BHphoto.
Olympus CSS-S120L PR Premium Leather Shoulder Strap for PEN-F (Brown/Black) at BHphoto.
Olympus CS-47B Leather Body Jacket for PEN-F (Black) at BHphoto.

PEN-F reviews by Ming Thein and Optyczne online!

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PEN-F Preorder links:
Silver PEN-F in USA/Canada at Bhphoto, Amazon, Adorama, GetOlympus, GetOlympus Canada.
Black PEN-F in USA/Canada at Bhphoto, Amazon, Adorama, GetOlympus, GetOlympus Canada.
Silver PEN-F in EU at Amazon Deutschland, WexUk, ParkCameras.
Black PEN-F in EU at Amazon Deutschland, WexUK, ParkCameras.

The Polish site Optyczne and Ming Thein already published their PEN-F reviews! The camera will be announced within the next minutes. Stay tuned on 43rumors!

Ming writes:

All in all, I enjoyed shooting with the PEN F. It’s sized right, feels right, and responds well. The camera part just gets out of the way and lets you concentrate on shooting. Sure, the EVF feels a bit dated and grainy in comparison to the Leica SL, but for the most part, it’s good enough even in bright light. It doesn’t keep you waiting. Image quality appears to be good enough (subject to assessment via my normal ACR workflow) and overall, the camera represents a solid update to Olympus’ M4/3 offerings. I’m left hesitant on only two things: firstly, the price. This is not a cheap camera, and not only is it not a cheap camera, at this price, you have to start to give other options like the Sony A7II and Nikon D750 a serious look. Both of these cameras offer significantly higher image quality potential, too; though in practice, the image quality differential may be less than you’d expect because of the effectiveness of Olympus’ stabilisation and the size/ accessibility of small and fast lenses.

via Dpreview forum