Samyang 24mm f/1.4 for Four Thirds coming by end of the year.

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Thanks to Samyang current Four Thirds user can see the light of some new Four Thirds lenses. They just announced on their website (Click here) that by end of the year they will announce the 24mm f/1.4 fast wide angle! It will have 13 elements (in 12 groups) including four ED elements and two aspheric lenses. The lens is manual focusing only but the optical quality is on a very top level

There are currently two fast manual lenses you can get for your Olympus camera:
1) The 35mm f/1.4: In US you can find it as “Rokinon” at Amazon (Click here), as “Samyang” on eBay (Click here) and as “Rokinon” on eBay (Click here).
2) The 85mm f/1.4: You can get for $274 on Amazon (Click here), as “Samyang” on eBay (Click here) and as “Rokinon” on eBay (Click here).

P.S.: All Samyang lenses for Olympus can be found on eBay only and under seven different brand names (Click on it to see all Four Thirds lenses from the specific brand!):
Samyang Walimex Rokinon Opteka Falcon Vivitar Bower

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Plenty of new Olympus E-P3 reviews.

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A nice image posted by Photoscala.de.

There are many new Olympus E-P3 reviews:

Let’s start with ePhotozine (Click here): “The Olympus PEN E-P3 is a welcome upgrade to the E-P2, with extremely fast focusing, which was one of the big problems with the PEN series, especially if you’d used another faster Micro Four Thirds camera, but now Olympus are back in the game. The addition of a built in flash, AF illuminator and several new art filters and effects that can be applied to the art filters, is a very welcome addition“. The camera gets “Highly Recommended!

The next test has been made by Photographyblog (Click here): “While with the exception of it missing a built-in flash we were perfectly happy with the E-P2 until the E-P3 came along, this new model is enough of a change, and indeed a larger one than that separating the E-P1 and E-P2, to suggest Olympus has played its hand well. ” Also for them the E-P3 deserves a “Highly Recommended!

The german website Photoscala (Click here to read the translation) wrote: “The e-P3 delivers crisp immediately, directly zoomable photos. Resolution, sharpness and tonal reproduction follow the ‘visual complacency’- so the photos will look as good as possible from a standing – and align themselves to the amateur. Nevertheless, most values ​​for noise, compression, resolution, vignetting and distortion are pretty good and well suited for most purposes.

The french Focus Numerique (Click here for the translation) finalized their very detailed and interetsing review: “The new Pen E-P3 is definitely the best Micro 4 / 3 Olympus and deserves recommended.

REMINDER: Those are the direct search links to all the new Pana/Oly stuff:
Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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First Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review by Pekka Potka

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The two new Oly lenses, the 45mm and 12mm (Clubsnap)

You can read a new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review made by Pekka Potka (Click here and than click on the 45mm link under “latest”): “The sweet point is from 2.8 to 5.6. Contrast and sharpness are very good. Shooting JPEGs I didn´t notice any need to worry about distortion, vignetting or chromatic aberrations. Lens has problems with flare only with sun hitting front lens against or nearly against the light. It is optically a lot better lens than its price tag says“.

The lens will start shipping in very late September and there are only a few places now where you can preorder it:

Adorama (Click here), J&R (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and on eBay (Click here).

Reminder: Clubsnap (Click here) has been the very first to post some 45mm f/1.8 image samples.

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E-P3 vs Leica M9 (Steve Huff) and manual focusing test (Digitalrev)

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The video above shows a manual focusing test made by Digitalrev. They compared the E-P3 vs GF3 vs NEX-C3[/shoplink].

Crazy Comparison – The Olympus E-P3 with 12mm vs the Leica M9 with 24 Summilux by Steve Huff (Click here).

Peter Lueck (Click here to read the google english translation) tested the new 12mm lens.

REMINDER: Those are the direct search links to all the new Pana/Oly stuff:
Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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Plenty of new E-P1 and E-P2 cameras at Olympusmarket.

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Olympusmarket keeps offering tons of refurbished stuff. And now we have plenty of E-P1 and E-P2 cameras. Can’t wait to find some E-P3 soon too! EU citizen only can buy those products!

Micro Four Thirds

Olympus 9-18mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-P2 with kit lens Olympus 75-300mm lens Olympus 40-150mm lens Olympus E-P2 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with double kit lens Olympus E-P2 with kit lens Olympus E-PL2 with double kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with double kit lens Olympus E-PL1 body only Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-P1 with kit lens Olympus E-P1 with double kit lens Olympus E-PL2 with kit lens Olympus 17mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-P2 with kit lens Olympus 75-300mm lens Olympus 40-150mm lens Olympus E-P2 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with double kit lens Olympus E-PL2 with double kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with double kit lens Olympus E-PL1 body only Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-P1 with kit lens Olympus E-P1 with double kit lens Olympus E-PL2 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens

Four Thirds

Olympus E-450 with kit lens Olympus 12-60mm lens Olympus 355mm macro lens Olympus E-450 with kit lens Olympus E-30 with kit lens Olympus 11-22mm lens Olympus E-450 with double kit lens Olympus E-450 with kit lens Olympus E-450 with kit lens Olympus E-450 with double kit lens
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