Olympus announces a new E-M5 double kit.


Most of us still didn’t get their preordered E-m5 cameras that Olympus just announced the new E-m5 double kit (via DC.watch). It will be released in July.

More E-M5 news:
ThePhoBlographer posted the full E-M5 review: “Olympus took what many have said about them and their sensors for years and threw it upside down on its head. The new sensor is terrific and renders images with low noise at higher ISOs. But to be honest, all of their fast primes allow you to not need to shoot at such volcanic ISO settings. The RAW file quality is just like film…nuff said.
An E-M5 test by Rob Knight. A new handmade E-M5 leather case on eBay (Click here).

E-M5 (Pre)order links (Click on store name): Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

The E-M5 keeps to be present in the Amazon Bestseller list(changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 5/13/15/20 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 5/13 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 2/13 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 11 (Click here).


Olympus refused the Fuji partnership proposal?


The German journal “Frankfurter Allgemeine” interviewed the Fuji president Komori. He admitted that Fuji send a partnership offer to Olympus. He says literally that “we were” (and not we are!) interested in Olympus. He uses the past because he said that Olympus is trying to remain independent and to solve their financial problems in house instead of joining a partnership. Komori adds that he “understands” Olympus decision. Anyway, nothing is over yet, the new Olympus board has still to meet in June and decide if it’s possible to avoid any partnership that would kill their independence.

Of course Fuji’s main interest is the Olympus medical division. Just yesterday Olympus announced the world’s thinnest industrial videoscope, packs HDR (video on Engadget). Also Sony and Panasonic are candidates for a partnership (latest news here at Marketwatch).

P.S.: Meantime the battle between Michael Woodford and Olympus is over. He settles with Olympus for a rumored amount of £10m (Source: Telegraph).


Tokina 300mm lens samples and new Nokton 17.5mm review.


First images samples and tests of the new Tokina lens for Micro Four Thirds can be seen at Dslrcheck (Click here) and at Flickr (Click here). As you know this is a 300mm f/6.3 lens that costs around 300 Dollars/Euro. I haven’t found any preorders in Europe or US yet. It’s only available in Japan.

The spectacular Nokotn 17.5mm f/0.95 lens just got tested on the GH2 by Filmmakingetc (Click here): “The build quality is superb, the low light is awesome, and the mechanical focus ring is a joy is use (especially after using icky focus-by-wire rings so many modern lens have). Oh, and the image quality is stunning.

You can find plenty of these lenses in Asia and Germany at eBay (Click hee to see all acutions). Great and a bit expensive lens!


E-M5 shipping next week in US (and Digitalrev E-M5 vs NEX-7 vs X PRO 1).


Digitalrev (Click here) posted a short Xpro1 vs OM-D E-M5 vs NEX7: “In the end, it’s not always about image quality. Certainly, if it was only about the best image quality then it would be the Fuji. By far. But a good camera is one that feels good for you to shoot with. Despite the fact that I think the OM-D has lost its OM identity, I do enjoy shooting with it. But I enjoyed shooting with the E-P3 also, and that is cheaper.

Four 43rumors readers sent me the message that Amazon is finally shipping their E-M5 cameras:
Zandr: “Silver E-M5 w/ 12-50 ordered 3/17. Got estimated arrival (Thursday!) by email yesterday
Linsa: “Shipping notice from Amazon this morning for my silver E-M5/12-50 kit. I placed my order on April 25th.
Eric: “Black E-M5 body/50mm lens combo on March 16 (Amazon U.S.), and just received a notice that it will ship tomorrow.”
Lew: “Order you placed on March 04, 2012 (Order# 104-3496653-7853043). Estimated arrival date: June 05, 2012

Links to the full Olympus E-M5 camera list at Amazon (Click here). There are now sixteen user reviews (Click here) and all extremely positive! But with a bit of a mystery the most sold mirrorless camera remains the E-PL1 (here is the ranking).

There are some new USA lens deals:
The Panasonic 14-42mm X lens is back in Stock for $329 only at Amazon (Click here).
The Olympus 14-42mm lens is back in Stock for $179 only at Amazon (Click here).
The Panasonic 14mm pancake lens is back in Stock for $269 only at Amazon (Click here).


New Panasonic APP for the FX90. A small step today, a big step into the future?


Panasonic just released the new “Lumix Remote” APP for the FX90 (a $240 compact camera). You can find it here on iTunes and here for Android. This is an amazing APP that “allows the Live View screen from LUMIX DMC-FX90 digital cameras equipped with a wireless communication function to be displayed on a smartphone screen, and enables users to perform zoom and shutter operations on the smartphone screen.” Those are the main features:
・ A remote view function that allows users to check the same image as that on the camera’s Live View screen
・ A remote shutter function that allows users to set the zoom level and shoot a still picture
・ A self shot mode function that is useful when shooting a self portrait

This may be a small news today but I really hope Panasonic will “expand” these app to all Micro Four Thirds camera!!!

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Something else: A great idea for our mirrorless cameras at Kickstarter.