Vote the best product of the first half of the year!


The Panasonic G2 with the new Nokton 17.5mm lens.

So guys! The first half of the year is over and we had some very intriguing new products. And I expect many more exciting stuff from now one until Photokina. This includes the new Olympus PEN cameras, the GH3, and many new lenses. Anyway, I now want to know from you what’s the best new Micro Four Thirds products that has been announced the first half of this year. Take time and think what’s the one camera/lens that added most value to the m43 system!

Select the one camera or lens that you consider the best new product:

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Links to the 2012 announced/available stuff:
Olympus E-M5 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF5 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic 12-35mm X lens preorders at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.
Olympus 75mm preorder and price check at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
Sigma 30mm lens at Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon JP (Click here) and Digitalrev.
Sigma 19mm lens at Amazon US , Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon JP and Digitalrev.
Nokton 17.5mm at Amazon and Bhphoto and we Europeans can find it for an incredible good price at LaPetiteBoutique (Click here).


New E-M5 reviews (Imaging Resource ad Online Photographer)


This week we finally had the answer about the E-m5 sensor manufactorer. As you know i’s a Sony and you may will look to the reviews I link form now on knowing it’s not just a “re-used” Panasonic 16 Megapixel sensor. Here are the links:

Imaging Resource posted the full E-M5 review: “Not only does the Olympus OM-D E-M5 look great, it takes great pictures, meeting or exceeding the quality of some pretty surprising competitors. Its interface is designed with photographers in mind, with ready control dials and a smart interface, all in a very small package.”
Three first reactions at The Online Photographer.

And here are two readers E-M5 works:
Marco: “give a look to what I did:
 I wanted to try to test the AF speed of the OM-D with some of my regular 4/3 lenses such as 12-60, 35-100, 50-500 and 7-14. I think that it’s an interesting test to understand how the OM-D performs when using 4/3 lenses. Of course it’s not a great performance, but seeing it filmed may give confidence to doubtful users! Greeting from Rome!
Cem: “I tried my new OM-D E-M5 last night with 4th of July fireworks. It did an amazing job. I tought you may want to share it so others can see what this camera can do!
here is my flickr link for the album!

E-M5 preorder links:
Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

E-M5 Case:
There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.

E-M5 Batteries, and other things:
The Olympus GS-4 strap and the DSTE E-M5 batteries you have to use with an extra charger. There is an E-M5 car charger a new E-M5 LCD screen and a Front Cover+ Top Panel.


Reloaded: The free GF3 deal will last until July 7th (new GX1 price drop, and GF3 for 199 Euro.)


Like it was yesterday the GF3 kit is ruling the Amazon Ranking (Click here to see). The GF3 deal will last until July 7th according to BHphoto (Click here). Meantime the GX1 with zoom lens got the next $7 price drop at Amazon (Click here).

For us Europeans there is a red GF3 body for 199 Euro on eBay (Click here). That’s the cheapest price I found.

And don’t forget t hack your GF3 when you get it!



New Olympus 25mm f/2.8 macro lens patent May coming at photokina?)


Egami spotted a new Olympus patent describing a 25mm f/2.8 macro pancake lens. It’s also collapsible, when you use the macro function the lens gets larger. As you may remember last week there was a rumor about a possible 25mm f/1.8 lens.

At 25mm focal length we can chose between the $599 Leica 25mm f/1.4 and a $900 Nokton 25mm f/0.95. Both options, a pancake 25mm and a cheap and fast f/1.8 variation would be a welcome addition to the m43 lens system.