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May 19, 2015
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The new Olympus 7-14mm PRO lens got reviewed by Robin Wong!

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Robin Wong (Click here) tested the new 7-14mm PRO lens:

For Micro Four Third shooters, rejoice, the ultra wide angle Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO lens is indeed a stellar performer. The lens delivers sharp images, with plenty of detail resolving power. All technical flaws you can think of about a wide angle lens are well controlled and suppressed. There really is nothing much to not like about this lens. If you need a high performing ultra wide angle lens, there is currently no better option than this M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO lens.

Alessandro Carpentiero (Click here) had the chance to test both new PRO lenses. About the 7-14mm lens he writes:

  • Incredible build quality
  • The lens is very linear with a basically absent distortion: lines are very straight, making it THE lens for architectures, interiors, ecc. It does tend to stretch a bit the edges, but that’s part of the game.
  • Razor sharp: seriously. I dare you to find a 14mm 2.8 lens with these edges.
  • Chromatic phenomenon: Chromatic aberration is very well controlled thanks to 3 Super ED lenses, 1 ED lens and 2 EDA lenses, while  the ZERO (Zuiko Extra-Low Reflective Optical), while Coating aids in minimizing ghosting.
  • Interesting bokeh: I know, wide-angle lenses are not famous (nor bought) for their bokeh, but I believe this can be an “extra bonus” for this lens. The minimum focusing distance is just 7.5cm (you really gotta be careful not to touch the subject with the lens aspherical lens) and you can have very interesting results.

And about the 8mm he writes:

  • Incredible build quality. Yes, Olympus is doing a really great job with its PRO lenses. The building quality is wonderful for all of them.
  • The lens distortion is very much present but well, it’s the main feature of this lens.
  • It looks sharp also at f/1.8.
  • Chromatic aberration was a little visible at f/1.8, but easily fixable with one click in Camera Raw.
  • Bokeh: the minimum working distance is just 2.5cm (really really close). This makes it interesting for creative uses.

Plenty of image samples can be seen on Alessandro Carpentiero website.

New Olympus stuff preorder links:
7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE,
8mm f/1.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE,
Titanium E-M5II: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK.
Accessories:
7-14mm Olympus LC-79 Lens Cap at BHphoto.
Olympus PPO-EP02 Dome Port for 8mm at BHphoto.
Olympus PPZR-EP05 Focus Gear for 8mm at BHphoto.
Olympus POSR-EP10 UW Anti-Reflecting Ring for 8mm at BHphoto.

May 13, 2015
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New PRO lens hands-on report. Titanium E-M5II listed on Amazon (says it ships on August 1).

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Titanium E-M5II:
I was no big fan (to put it nicely) of the Olympus lens limited edition. But the new E-M5II titanium makes a lot more sense. It’s a real(!) 7,000 pieces limited edition. It comes with some nice things (card-bag, member card and cool strap) and it looks really good. Today it’s also available for preorder at Amazon US (Click here). It will ship from August 1.

New PRO lenses:
ThePhoBlographer posted some new image samples taken with both the new 7-14mm and 8mm PRO lenses.

Both lenses feel exceptional in terms of ruggedness, though in the hand I’m a much bigger fan ot the 7-14mm f2.8. It just felt nicer and is actually smaller than the f1.8 fisheye lens. Considering that these are prototype lenses that we tested, we can’t comment yet on final image quality. But as far as what we see so far, we’re quite impressed.

Steves Digicams tested the 8mm fisheye:

This is 100% not the reason to drop a grand on a PRO series lens for your OM-D… But the 8mm Fisheye is, particularly when coupled with a vari-angle touchscreen display, perfect for taking large group selfies. Not only can you fit in everybody at once, but you can also see the world around you.

New Olympus stuff preorder links:
7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK.
8mm f/1.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK.
Titanium E-M5II: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK.
Accessories:
7-14mm Olympus LC-79 Lens Cap at BHphoto.
Olympus PPO-EP02 Dome Port for 8mm at BHphoto.
Olympus PPZR-EP05 Focus Gear for 8mm at BHphoto.
Olympus POSR-EP10 UW Anti-Reflecting Ring for 8mm at BHphoto.

May 13, 2015
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New Kipon EF to MFT autofocus adapter shows impressive autofocus speed!

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Usually third-party electronic adapters offering autofocusing are a pain in the … when it comes to get a really fast AF performance. But Kipon managed to make it really work super fast! Just watch those cool three official Kipon test videos:
KIPON EOS/EF Lens to Micro 4/3 Adapter AF Speed Test (Part1 on Youtube). Tested with the Canon 24-105 STM (Click here).
KIPON EOS/EF Lens to Micro 4/3 Adapter AF Speed Test (Part2 on Youtube). Tested with the Canon 40mm STM (Click here).
KIPON EOS/EF Lens to Micro 4/3 Adapter AF Speed Test (Part3 on Youtube). Tested with the Canon 70-200 f4 IS USM (Click here).

All their adapter usually sell via multiple eBay sellers (current MFT adapter list here). The new adapter will be listed there soon!

May 3, 2015
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Olympus E-M5 MK II Tips and Tricks Review (Guest post by Travis).

Olympus E-M5 MK II Tips and Tricks Review.
Guest post by Travis

This video will attempt to show you how to get the most out of the new Olympus E-M5 MK II. It will show you how to setup the camera for photos and videos. This video assumes that you have already made up your mind to buy the E-M5 MK II and you just want to know how to navigate through all of the menus and settings.
The best way to use this video is to follow along with your camera in hand and use the youtube pause and rewind buttons if you need to go back and review what I said. If you want to see more videos like this please remember to subscribe to my channel and rate the video. If you have any questions then post them in the comments and I will try to answer them.

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May 2, 2015
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New Olympus AIR tests with third party lenses.

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Summicron 50mm (here on eBay).

The Olympus AIR Micro Four Thirds “lens-camera” is now shipping in Japan. DC.watch tested it with many third party lenses like the summicron 50mm (image on top). And here are some of the strange combos posted by DC.watch:

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