E-M5: What would you like to ask to Olympus?

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The official E-M5 commercial. (P.S.: I don’t like it that much)

Next week our friends at Nexthardware.com will be able to interview someone very(!) important manager from Olympus, in a few days. And they kindly asked me to collect your questions so that he can use them to “torture” the Olympus manager :) Please comment this post to add your questions. Please try to reduce your questions to a maximum amount of three or four. And try to make some smart questions!!!

The guys over at Nexthardware will filter and sum your questions. The answers from Olympus will be posted here after February 18/19th! I highly suggest you to participate because it’s a unique chance to get in touch with a very important person from Olympus (he is not a no name marketing guy!).

Updated Preorder list (with Redcoon Deutschland):
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), Redcoon Germany (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) 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) 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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80 refurbished E-PL1 and E-Pm1, EPL3. Massive PEN deals in USA.

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There are over 80 refurbished E-Pl1 cameras for sale at Olympusmarket (Click here). You can now get them with lens for less than 200 Euro. And of course you can find the last generation PEN cameras too (Click on them to see the auction):
Silver E-PL3 with double lens kit,
Silver E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens,
Silver E-PL3 with 14-150mm lens,
Silver E-PL3 with double lens kit,
Silver E-PL3 with 14-150mm lens,
Silver E-PL3 with 14-150mm lens,
Silver E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens,
Silver E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens,
Silver E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens,
Black E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens.

As you knwo those are cameras only European citizens can buy. But I have one more “rumor” for USA readers. I have been told that on Sunday at 12am New York Time Olympus will launch a massive rebate on ALL Pen cameras! With massive I mean a $75 up to $150 instant rebate! On Sunday stay tuned on 43rumors! Will post that as soon as the deal is online!

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New E-M5 tidbits from DSLRmagazine and full size image samples! (preorders in Germany)

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Our friend Valentin Sama from DSLRmagazine (Click here) wrote an interesting report about the E-M5 presentation. He has learned form Olympus that there is a 33% improved dynamic range. And as you see from the picture the motion sensors are placed on top of the viewfinder. This is an ideal position becuase it’s as close as it gets to the sensor. Valentin writes that he would have liked to see a higher resolution viewfinder but Olympus told him that this would have made it impossible to have sharp and no vignetting corners. The Olympus AF is 40% faster than the fastest AF from DSRL cameras.

If you need to see two E-M5 Full Size images Helixcameras posted them here and here.

Thom Hogan analyzed the Olympus sales report at Sansmirror (Click here).

An interesting story: Masato O. (A friend of mine) was at the CP+ show in Yokohama. He said that there were so many people visiting the Olympus booth that he waited 100 minutes to get his hands on the E-M5!!!

Here are the pictures from the new 75mm f/1.8 and 60mm f/2.8 macro lenses on the E-M5 (Click on it to enlarge):

via DC.watch.

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

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Olympus Q&A on Facebook (says E-M5 has a new sensor, new 43 lens coming, fast m43 zoom too?)

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Hurry guys! There was a live Question & Answer session from Olympus on Facbeook (Click here). The next Q&A session will take place next Thursday at 3:00pm ET. Here are some of the most interesting answers from Olympus:

First news: Olympus says the E-M5 doesn’t use the same G3/GX1 sensor. It uses an “entirely new sensor“. But(!) keep in mind that Olympus marketing could have a different interpretation about the meaning of the word “new”. Maybe in their opinion small tweaks are enough to define a sensor as “new” :)

Second news: Again about the sensor: “The sensor is more similar to the sensor from the PEN P-3 but with an increased refresh rate or readout of the image off of the sensor. Means the black out is virtually non existant and you can shoot at a much faster frame rates.

Third news:Olympus has recently stated that they are studying a successor camera to the E-5 and another lens.

Fourth news:regarding adding the OM-D to the Pro Service program, we are studying that point now. No official word yet.

Fifth news: “ISO 100 has been removed as ISO 200 has the same low noise performance, but better sensitivity.

Sixth news: “Our in-house testing has confirmed that the E-P3 and E-M5 are faster than the V-1 or J-1

Seventh news:Currently we are focused on fast primes but it would not surprise me to see some fast zooms down the road.

That’s it!

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For my european colluegues:
Silver E-PL3 with 14-150mm lens,
Black E-PL3 with double lens kit,
Silver E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens,
Red E-PL3 with 14-150mm lens,
Silver E-PL3 with double lens kit,
Silver E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens,
Silver E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens,
Silver E-PM1 with 14-150mm lens,
Silver E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens,
Black E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens,

 

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