Olympus E-M5 news roundup (Tokina lens coming on May 25th)

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Tokina informed that the new 30mm m43 lens will ship from May 25th.

Admiringlight (Click here) posted the full E-M5 review: “While the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is not quite up to the level of the Panasonic GH2 in the video arena, as a still photography machine it’s really brought Micro 4/3 to a new level.

More bits: Japanese E-M5 review at Kakaku (Click here). For European readers: One Silver E-M5 body for a good price on eBay UK (Click here).

USA+Canada:
Black E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 14-45mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), J&R (Click here), Henrys (Click here).

Europe:
Black E-M5 body at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Jessops (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).

Asia:
Black E-M5 body at Digitalrev (Click here).
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon JP (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Digitalrev (Click here) and Amazon JP (Click here).
Silver E-M5 with 12-50mm lens at Amazon JP (Click here).
Black E-M5 with 14-45mm lens at Digitalrev (Click here) and Amazon JP (Click here).

Today E-M5 Rankings (changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 2/7/11/13 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 7/12 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 1/4/5 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 3/6/11 (Click here).

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  • ssgreenley

    I know mirror lenses are generally terrible, but look at how small that thing is!!!

    • Balthier Bunansa

      don’t generalize it. cheap mirror lenses are bad, but mirrors from Olympus,Minolta, Nikon were quality lenses, also Tamron & Tokina mirrors were good lenses

      • The Real Stig

        I have a Tamron SP 500mm f8 mirror lens. Awful low contrast and not very sharp, and they are considered to be one of the better ones.

  • GreyOwl

    Typo: 30mm should read 300mm.

  • http://wetakepictures.tumblr.com/ Tristan

    This seems like such a bizarre choice from Tokina, of all the lenses in their line up that could have been redesigned in m4/3 mount, why create this one? I am sure it will have it’s admirers, but mirror lenses have always been a very niche product.

  • Henrik

    Typo: not mentioned if lens is stabilized.

    • http://www.superflexible.com Fan

      Not stabilized, no AF. But there is a chip for EXIF data.

      • Fish

        I would be interested in this lens except I am worried about the lack of AF. I used a Tamron SP 300mm cat lens with my E-P1 and it was really hard to use. The DOF was very thin, and at that focal length I couldn’t hold the image still enough to tell if it was in focus or not.

        A body with an EVF will probably help to brace the camera steady, and the IS of the E-M5 during liveview should also help to hold the image still enough verify the focus.

        Has there been a price listed yet Admin?

  • st3v4nt

    It’s a strange strategy if Tokina think to test the m4/3 system by releasing mirror lens instead normal lens.

  • Balthier Bunansa

    if old manual 300mm mirror lenses can fetch the price of 300-400$ on ebay, why wouldn’t be a mirror designed directly for the m4/3 a good idea? as long as it gives decent results. as for not being stabilized, with oly m4/3 cameras that’s not a problem, especially with E-M5

    • Mr. Reeee

      Good, reasonably fast manual 300mm lenses are certainly worth taking a look. The only mirror lenses I’ve seen are a 250mm Minolta and a few 500mm lenses. I’ve found no glowing reviews, to say the least.

      I just bought a used Nikon ED 300mm f4.5 IF lens from KEH for $310. I’ve used it a bit and it’s very good. Tomorrow I’ll take it out with my tripod and see how it does.

      @Tsvero… Get a Panasonic 100-300mm. They’re pretty good, but I never use mine below 300mm and will probably sell it at some point.

      • http://www.43rumors.com/members/jazzcrab/ jazzcrab

        You can see a sample pic of the Minolta 250mm on the Olympus E-M5 here:
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/jazzcrab/6972880326/in/photostream

      • Brod1er

        I agree the 100-300 is a much better option. 50% bigger and heavier, but it has AF and OIS and is faster. It has good bokeh and also covers a useful range- I use mine a lot at the shorter lengths (100mm f4 is almost a stop faster than any other mft lens). I can’t be bothered to carry round a heap of classic MF glass like Mr Reeee!

      • Riley

        have a look at Rubinar 300/4.5

  • Tservo

    Figures this becomes available the day I’m arriving in Yellowstone where I’d get the most use out of it.

  • c.d.embrey

    Lots of companies have made mirror lenses in the past, Canon, Minolta/Sony, Nikon and Zeiss, plus third party. Even though they were short and relatively light no one, but third party lens companies make them anymore.

    Their main problems are the donut-hole OOF (which bokeh connoisseurs hate) and their very shallow depth-of-field that make them very hard to focus. Maybe the Tokina 300 will be different.

  • http://www.43rumors.com/members/jimd/ JimD

    It might interest some of you to know that the body only is cheaper from Australian retailers DigiDirect and Digital Camera Warehouse, DCM also has a Battery special half price.

    http://www.digidirect.com.au/slr_cameras/olympus/from/12

    http://www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au/category157_1.htm

    Email them, they may do tax free for export. That would be 10% less. Australia post charges are usually lower than US post.

    • L

      But they need to be available… digidirect has it online since early April, what happened if someone ordered it then??

  • http://www.wedding-photographer.it Vittore Photographer

    I whish a prime super bright lens with AF. F 1.2 or 1.4 17mm or 14mm and one bright zoom 12-35 f 2. Someone know something about Pana zoom?

    • Digifan

      Pana zoom 12-35 will be F2.8!!!!
      I don’t want über large lenses for m43.
      F2.8 for that zoom and the 35-100mm is fast enough for good bokeh.
      There’s allways MF or 43 legacy glass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexqphoto Kaiser Soze

    And it’s a macro? 1:1 or something else? Could be useful for bugs.

    • http://www.43rumors.com/members/ageha/ Ageha

      Of course it isn’t.

    • Vivek

      Likely 1:5. No more. Micro range and no “macro”.

  • Richard

    There have been only two fantastic mirror lenses in history: The Tamron 350mm f/5.6 (shows up on Ebay for about $800 or so and is worth every penny) and Questar Corporation’s (American company) 700mm. The rest, all those 500mm f/8.0’s, the fabled Vivitar “solid” cats, the no-name rubbish from outfits like Rokinon the oddball 600mm Sigmas are all pretty junky when it comes to image quality.

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