Refurbished Olympus stuff in US and Europe.



It looks like Olympusmarket is finisheing their refurbished Olympus (m-)43 stuff. Those are the very last auctions (Click on it to see the product):
Olympus 40-150mm Four Thirds lens Olympus 17mm pancake Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens Olympus E-PL1 double lens kit Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus 14-150mm lens


And finally also our US readers can find some nice refurbished Olympus deal. There are plenty of (m-)43 cameras and lenses at Adorama (Click here to see the full list). There are plenty of E-PL1 cameras and some nice E-P2 deal.


$60 price drop on the GH2! (+US Stock status for the GF3, G3, E-P3)


This is the very first consistent price drop on the GH2! You can now get the camera with 14-42mm kit lens for $940 at Amazon (Click here) via Beach camera. That’s a nice $60 price drop. The same kit is in Stock for $999 at J&R (Click here).

Olympus E-P3

Black E-P3 with 14-42mm lens in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here).
Black E-P3 with 17mm lens in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
Silver E-P3 with 14-42mm lens in Stock at Amazon (Click here). But you have to pay an extra $100.

Panasonic GF3

Black GF3 with 14mm lens in Stock at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and J&R (Click here).
Black GF3 with 14-42mm lens in Stock at J&R (Click here).
White GF3 with 14mm lens in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and J&R (Click here).
Brown GF3 with 14mm lens in Stock at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and J&R (Click here).
Red GF3 with 14mm lens in Stock at Bhphoto (Click here).

Olympus 12mm

The 12mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and B&H (Click here).

Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4

Preorders available at Adorama, B&H, J&R,


GH2 is faster than the E-P3 on Panasonic lenses (and older Olympus lenses)


Russian Olympus forum user “kkn” measured AF speed of some micro four thirds cameras. The text is in russian but the good news one of our russian readers (Thanks!) told us how he made those measurements: “In two words: he records camera’s sounds during AF process and measures the time between button half press’ click sound and AF confirmation sound. He does not measure time for exposure (obvious) and time needed to clean up the matrix. He does not also measure time needed to close diaphragm (which can be quite slow, for example, Panny 20mm f/1.7 has very slow diaphragm and much quicker on its open (f/1.7) than, say, f/4). He does 10 or more measurements for each lens using same light conditions, but different subject’s distances and provided average values.

As you can see the Panasonic GH2 still focus faster than the new Olympus E-P3 when using Panasonic or the “older” Olympus lenses. The only time the E-P3 is faster is when using the new 14-42mm IIR kit lens.

I don’t know how accurate the test is. That test goes against the common perception reviewers had about the E_P3 being much(!) faster than any other m43 camera in good light conditions. Take it with a grain of salt!


Camera vs the Human Eye. And do digital sensors lose effectiveness after some time?


Why can’t I just point my camera at what I’m seeing and record that?” If you are looking for the answer you can find it here at It’s really one of the best articles I have read recently. There are a couple of very interesting facts:

1) Angle of view

Although the human eye has a focal length of approximately 22 mm, this is misleading because (i) the back of our eyes are curved, (ii) the periphery of our visual field contains progressively less detail than the center, and (iii) the scene we perceive is the combined result of both eyes.” and “Our central angle of view — around 40-60° — is what most impacts our perception. Subjectively, this would correspond with the angle over which you could recall objects without moving your eyes. Incidentally, this is close to a 50 mm “normal” focal length lens on a full frame camera

2) Resolution and detail

I guess most of us thought our eye would have more “Megapixels” than a camera. Surprisingly the answer is NO! Cambridgeincolor says: “A single glance by our eyes is therefore only capable of perceiving detail comparable to a 5-15 megapixel camera (depending on one’s eyesight). However, our mind doesn’t actually remember images pixel by pixel; it instead records memorable textures, color and contrast on an image by image basis.”

3) Sensivity and Dynamic Range

Dynamic range* is one area where the eye is often seen as having a huge advantage. If we were to consider situations where our pupil opens and closes for different brightness regions, then yes, our eyes far surpass the capabilities of a single camera image (and can have a range exceeding 24 f-stops). However, in such situations our eye is dynamically adjusting like a video camera, so this arguably isn’t a fair comparison.

Conclusion:Overall, most of the advantages of our visual system stem from the fact that our mind is able to intelligently interpret the information from our eyes, whereas with a camera, all we have is the raw image. Even so, current digital cameras fare surprisingly well, and surpass our own eyes for several visual capabilities. The real winner is the photographer who is able to intelligently assemble multiple camera images — thereby surpassing even our own mental image.


And there is another interesting article at Quesabesde (Click here to read the google english translation) The question is: “Do digital sensors lose effectiveness after some time?” The answer is No!….But not a 100% No :)


Panasonic slips into the red zone (financial report). Olympus and Casio to develop together compact cameras?


The German website Photoscala (Click here) analyzed the first quarter results from Panasonic. The company had a net loss of 30.4 billion yen (approximately € 273.3 million) in the first quarter of fiscal year 2011/12. This is of course also the result of the Tsunami/Fukushima disaster.
The digital camera sales can be increased with 44.4 billion yen (about € 400 million) over the fourth quarter of last fiscal year by almost 34%. But it’s still 13% below the fiscal first quarter from last year.

There is a small rumor running in Japan (Source: saying that Olympus and Casio are ready for a partnership in the compact camera segment. It sounds like Olympus will develop future compact cameras together with Casio. Those compacts will use Olympus lenses and Sony sensors. I know it’s not a Micro Four Thirds related news but the most interesting bit of info is that Olympus would drop Panasonic sensors in favour of Sony sensors. At that point I want to remind you that trusted sources said that Samsung offered to make Four Thirds sensors for Oly. If we should give some credit to those rumors than Olympus is trying to become more independent from Panasonic sensors.