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September 1, 2014
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Double MFT lens test: 9mm (Photozone) and 14-42mm EZ (SLRgear).

Image courtesy: Photozone

Photozone tested the 9mm lens-cap:

Honestly, it isn’t quite a bad as you might think. The center performance is actually pretty decent. The borders are Okayish whereas the corners are very soft. Lateral CAs are significant but not terrible either. There’s some vignetting but honestly this isn’t anything you’d complain about in a fisheye lens. Compared to conventional lenses, the contrast is somewhat reduced especially in the corners. However, on the positive side it is pretty resistant against flare which is rather surprising.

SLRgear tested the 14-42mm pancake zom:

The Olympus 14-42mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 EZ ED M.Zuiko Digital lens is a well-executed lens. It achieves what appears to be a goal for the smallest size possible, as well as adding in new functions (power zoom) and improving on its optical properties as well.

 

August 31, 2014
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New Olympus E-PL7 reviews and videos roundup!

New E-PL7 vs E-Pl5 at CameraSize.

First impressions review of the Pen E-PL7 at Bestmirrorlesscamerareviews.
Image samples and ISO test at DC.Fever.
Image samples at Photographyblog.
Video of a presentation in Japan (I guess) on Youtube.

UPDATED(!) preorder, specs and price links to all newly announced Olympus stuff:
Full special page at Adorama.
Silver E-PL7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
Black E-PL7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
Silver E-PL7 with lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
Black E-PL7 with lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
White E-PL7 at Wex UK.
Black 12mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus.
Black LH48 Metal hood for the 12mm lens at Adorama.
Black kit lens lens cover at Adorama, BHphoto.
Brown kit lens lens cover at Adorama, BHphoto.
Black CS-45B body jacket at Adorama, BHphoto.
Brown CS-45B body jacket at Adorama, BHphoto.
Black E-PL7 CS-45B at Adorama.
Brown E-PL7 CS-45B at Adorama.
Olympus BLS-50 Lithium-Ion Battery at BHphoto.
EP12 underwater housing at GetOlympus.

August 28, 2014
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Plenty of new E-PL7 videos and updated preorder list.


This is the “selfie-promo-video”…lol :)

Olympus official Youtube channel added plenty of new videos about the E-PL7 (Click on title to open):
M Zuiko 12mm f2 0 Lens
Olympus PEN E-PL7 Overview
EPL7 Wifi OI Share
OI.Share – Olympus Image Share
Share beautifully with the new Olympus PEN EPL-7
Olympus PEN E-PL7′s Art Filters
PEN E-PL7 Art Filters

UPDATED(!) preorder, specs and price links to all newly announced Olympus stuff:
Full special page at Adorama.
Silver E-PL7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
Black E-PL7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
Silver E-PL7 with lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
Black E-PL7 with lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, Wex UK.
White E-PL7 at Wex UK.
Black 12mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus.
Black LH48 Metal hood for the 12mm lens at Adorama.
Black kit lens lens cover at Adorama, BHphoto.
Brown kit lens lens cover at Adorama, BHphoto.
Black CS-45B body jacket at Adorama, BHphoto.
Brown CS-45B body jacket at Adorama, BHphoto.
Black E-PL7 CS-45B at Adorama.
Brown E-PL7 CS-45B at Adorama.
Olympus BLS-50 Lithium-Ion Battery at BHphoto.
EP12 underwater housing at GetOlympus.

August 17, 2014
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The new Handevision 40mm 0.85 MFT lens gets a surprising positive feedback from Lensrentals!

Most of us were convinced the new Handevision 40mm f/0.95 would just be an expensive gimmick. And so was Roger Cicala from Lensrentals. But when he tested the lens he had to change his mind about it:

In my expectations at the beginning of this article, I never expected this lens to do this well in the center. I didn’t even consider it a possibility. I can’t tell you that it’s worth $2,000 to you, but I can certainly say it’s not overpriced for what it offers. This is an excellent lens.

So this lens is not a gimmick, but it remains a very expensive piece of glass. Is that mini aperture advantage worth 2x the price of the Voigtlander Nokton?

The Handevision 40mm f/0.85 is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here)

For the record. These are the five f/o.95 lenses:
Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
SLRmagic 50mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
SLRmagic 25mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).

 

August 14, 2014
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First review of the Kodak PixPro S-1 at Digitalversus.

Image courtesy: Digitalversus

The yet not in Store Kodak PixPro S-1 got reviewed for the first time at Digitalversus (Click here). The camera earns 3 points aout of five and the conclusion says:

It’s great to see Kodak/JK Imaging making headway so quickly and already releasing its first mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera—one that uses an already existing standard (Micro 4/3) rather than simply creating yet another mount. The S-1 is a basic camera, but it also doesn’t suffer any deal-breaking flaws, which is good news for a first release. It is in no way a rough draft, and the firm has a palpable desire to move onwards and upwards. Can’t wait to see what’s next! Until then, we have to say, Panasonic and Olympus’ competing models are the safer choice.

If the camera will ever hit the American and European is unclear. The camera main market will be China and few other Asian countries (at least for now).

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