(FT5) An Olympus 15mm f/8.0 super small lens is coming…really f/8.0!


Image on top: The Leica Perara Triplet. One of the smallest lens ever made.

What a surprise!

We just heard from our top sources that Olympus super cheap m43 lens will be a 15mm f/8.0 fixed aperture prime! It has a length of 9mm only!!! At first glance I thought this may would be a pinhole lens (there is one from SLRmagic here) but I have been told this lens….has lenses :) It will have about the dimension of the Leica Perara Triplet (the image you see on top).

Very likely the goal from Olympus is to set a new mark in the miniaturization war. Makes me wonder what they will do with the upcoming E-PM5…make it small as a Minox???


E-M5 catalog for the iPad. 75mm best tested lens ever at Photoreview.


Olympus released a special OM-D Guidebook for your iPad. You can see the application description on iTunes (Click here). And a two months review has been published by ePhotozine.

Now, let’s talk about the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens. This lens is shipping in low quantities in Europe and in US (at BHphoto). I guess you have to wait 1-2 weeks until to see them in Stock. Meantime Photoreview Australia tested the lens and wrote: “The M. Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 lens has produced the best set of test results of any lens we have tested in the last decade. Couple that with superior build quality, compact size and ease of use with the E-M5 (and other) camera bodies and it’s difficult not to be impressed.” (Thanks Mark for the link!).

75mm in Stock and price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.



(FT5) “Smaller” Olympus announcement next week (60mm macro and more).


75mm f/1.8 and 60mm f/2.8 macro lenses.

According to top sources there will a “smaller” Olympus announcement next week. I am using the word “smaller” because it looks like the new PEN cameras will be announced later (in September). Easy to guess that Olympus will introduce the already shown 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. There is a chance that more accessories and maybe two other lenses will be released too…

Stay tuned on 43rumors! Finally we can start the big pre Photokina announcement period!


One more thing: Also Schneider announced the release of a 60mm f/2.4 macro in 2013. I hope they will withdraw that decision and make a m43 version of one of those already existing lenses instead:
Xenon 16mm f/1.2 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 25mm f/0.95 (Click here to see on eBay).
Curtagon 35mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Componon 50mm f/1.4 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 50mm f/1.9 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 50mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 75mm f/3.5 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenotar 80mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 180mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).


USA&Canada: Buy E-M5 and save up to $450 on lenses (And Los Angeles Time E-M5 article)


Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine.

USA and Canadian readers can enjoy the next new Olympus deal. If you buy the E-M5 you can save $150 on every m43 lens you buy with it. You can buy up to three lenses and save $450 in total! To download the pdf go on Amazon (Click here) and than click on “get forms” and than when the pop up opens click on “Olympus Rebate Form” to download the pdf. A link to the E-M5 at Amazon is here. You can do the same on BHphoto (Click here) but there seems to be an issue when you try to download the pdf.

Meantime the Los Angeles Time published an article about the E-M5: “The Olympus OM-D E-5 with its retro look, is a great choice for someone moving up from a compact point-and-shoot who wants the feel of a full-size DSLR, but doesn’t want the size or weight.

DSLRmagazine (Translation here) compared the camera with the Samsung NX20. Samsung the giant against Olympus the traditional small photo company. On paper an unfair comparison…

More E-M5 bits: Olympus OMD EM5 M for mount street photography (TheF8blog). E-M5 pics from Frank Rückert (mind the horizontal scroll-bar). Olympus E-M5 first impressions at Shotslot.


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.