First Sigma 30mm f/2.8 review!

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Our reader Tobias Giesen posted the very first short Sigma f/2.8 for m43 lens review (Click here to read it). In short, he found the Sigma lens focuses fater than the 20mm f/1.7 lens. And that’s certainly a bit of a surprise. The lens is decently sharp wide open but there is one major issue…CA (Chromatic Aberration). But read his full test and see the many image smaples to get an idea of the image quality. You can (pre-)order the lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and Fotomundus (Click here).

Speaking of Sigma, DSLRmagazine (Click here) interviewed Mr Kazuto Yamaki (CEO of Sigma). The interesting bits of info. The 30mm and 19mm lenses are deisnged for their own DP series, NEX system and m43 system (For cost savings reasons). The MTF graph is very good but MR. kazuto said that sadly they cannot rely on the camera software for automatic lens corrections.

 

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Next Olympus camera likely to be a PEN (Techradar)

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Image on top: The Olympus E-P3

In an interview with Techradar (Click here) Olympus Japan’s Toshiyuki Terada said: “Looking at product lifespan, I think the next issue will be a new PEN.

That isn’t really a surprise as we all expect new PEN cameras before the end of the year. I take the chance to remind Olympus that we don’t need many new cameras and more redundant products. Think easy, a new entry level cheap PEN and a a more advanced PEN are more than enough. In short…a new E-Pm2 and an E-P5 (having the tilting LCD of the E-PL3). My two cent: A new 12 Megapixel sensor based on the current Olympus E-M5 sensor technology would be amazing!

Links to the current PEN and OM camera list:
Olympus E-M5 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-PL3 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-PM1 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Something else: Tsutomu Omori, managing director of Olympus India has been found death (suicide). My condolences to the family and to Olympus. More info at Indiatimes.

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New Olympus E-M5 videos and test from dpreview.

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Olympus Australia published five new videos on youtube (Click here). Those are very well made videos that do explain in an easy way some of the new Olympus E-M5 features:
Exploring the Electronic View Finder (Click here)
3D Tracking Autofocus (Click here)
FAST Autofocus (Click here)
9 Frame Per Second Shooting (Click here)
5 Axis Image Stabilisation (Click here /also posted on top of this post).

Dpreview (Click here) posted a new E-M5 hands-on. I like that statement from Richard Butler: “indeed its ergonomics are comparable to high-end DSLRs such as the Pentax K-5“. If you ever hold a K-5 in your hands than you know this is a very good news 🙂   And he also posted an interesting small bit of info about the focusing speed with the 12-60 Four Thirds lens. Apparently focusing is much faster on the E-M5 than on the E-PL3.

A great camera indeed. Can’t wait to see how the GH3 will do against the E-M5 🙂

Full Preorder list:
1) Black E-M5 body at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Warehouse UK (Click here), Redcoon Germany (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
2) Silver E-M5 body at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Warehouse UK (Click here), Redcoon Germany (Click here), and Amazon Japan (Click here).
3) Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
4) Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Jessops (Click here), Redcoon Deutschland (Click here), Amazon Deutschland (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
5) Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Jessops (Click here), Amazon Deutschland (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
6) FL-600R wireless flash at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
7) MMF-3 Four Thirds adapter at
Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
8.) HLD-6 power battery holder at
Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).

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Panasonic 20mm disappears from USA stores because of supply issues (+US deals)

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Panasonic USA distribution doesn’t have a good reputation. As you may have noticed neither Amazon (Click here) nor Adorama (Click here) nor Bhphoto (Click here) are currently having the popular 20mm lens in Stock. Some of our readers asked me if that might be a sign for a new replacement coming soon. The answer is simple…NO! It’s again a supply problems and as we already know from many examples in the past Panasonic is supplying the US stores as they were a minor shop in Mongolia 🙂  Personal note: I have been in Mongolia once and love the country!


USA deals:

HOT: If you buy a GX1 body at BHphoto (Click here) you can get $100 up o $200 on all Panasonic lenses!
And after the new hack release the GF2 is also partuclary tempting, for $375 with kit lens at Amazon (Click here).
Panasonic 45-175mm X lens get’s a $17 price drop at Amazon (Click here).

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Olympus: PEN cameras can have built-in viewfinder, E-7 already planned.

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The Russian website Onfoto (Click here) published a new interview with Toshiyuki Terada (Product Planning, Olympus Imaging Corporation, Japan). Some interesting bits:
1.) A built-in viewfinder is not exclusive for the OM-D line. Future PEN camera can have built-in viewfinder maintaining the current form factor. Personal note: I guess this means that PEN can have a sort of rangefinder styled viewfinder like the Sony NEX-7 or even better, like the Fuji X PRO 1.
2.) The E-M5 cannot be considered like a professional camera because “Reliability for E-5 is much higher than the OM-D.” and “I can not tell you how many shots will slide OM-D, whereas for the E-5, we guarantee that at least 150,000.
3.) When asked if the sensor is from Panasonic he answered: “We do not disclose any information about the sensor manufacturer. Maybe so, and otherwise. We do not say yes or no.
4.) The E-M5 LCD rotates in only one axis to keep a compact size.
5.) About the Four Thirds adapter: “this is one of the essential areas that we explore and study“.
6.) About future Four Thirds products: “We already have started studying a successor of  Olympus E-5.”
7.) Olympus sees no difference between using 12bit or 14bit RAW files.

Summary: PEN with built viewifnder is posisble, E-7 will arrive sooner or later, and a professioanl OM-D is also veyr likely to be developed. That’s a great plan or not? Question:

What camera would you want from Olympus?

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More E-M5 bits: Image samples at Lydogbilde (Click here). Olympus E-M5 preoders search(!) links at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Something else: Tsutomu Omori, managing director of Olympus India has been found death (suicide). My condolences to the family and to Olympus. More info at Indiatimes.

 

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