New PEN tests…


Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine

Let’s catch up with some PEN related news:
The Dutch website Pixelmania (translation here) posted the full E-Pl5 review. Also Frankfurter Allgemeine (translation here) tested the E-PL5. First imrpession at Sgoldswoblog.
E-PM2 test at (translation here).
Body cap resolution test at DSLRmagazine (translation here).
E-PM1 in Afghanistan at Pen And Tell.
Michaël:Maybe it’s too late after the initial release, but I took some shots with my recently acquired E-PL5 and 20mm 1.7, as well as one shot with the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye. They’re on flickr here:


17mm preorders, GH3 shipping info, 35-100mm in Stock.


For now the only shop accepting preorders on the new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens is BHphoto (Click here).

Another new lens is finally in Stock: The 35-100mm X lens is now in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and at Adorama (Click here).

And let’s hope this is a good sign and there may be no delay at all on the Panasonic GH3. Two readers just got notified with the following messages:

Message by BHphoto:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black) Estimated arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days (subject to availability). You will be charged upon placing your order.
Please click the URL below to view the item:

Message by Samys:
“GH3 delivered by December 3rd.” (Click here to see the GH3 at Samys).


Sony and Olympus’s further collaboration to turn around unprofitable compact-camera business.


Let’s catch up with some financial news:

Wall Street Journal reports that “Olympus President Hiroyuki Sasa indicated Monday that the company might need further collaboration with Sony to turn around Olympus’s unprofitable compact-camera business.” And Panasonic said that “it will axe another 10,000 jobs” (Source: Reuters).

Overall by reading their reports you will notice that both companies are slowly recovering from the crisis and the forecast is positive. And coming back to Sony’s and Olympus compact-camera strategy…does it make sense to keep their foot in such dying business? The only kind of compact camera that still can stand up against the cameraphones may be the Sony RX100. P.S.: The XZ-1 sells fine (ranking here) but Olympus had to cut the price down to $199 and I doubt they will have some margin on this.

But again, I am not an expert in these kind of analysis. May you can add some more value to that discussion by commenting this post!


New Olympus 17mm f/1.8 officially released! Costs $499 (or 499/549 Euro).


And here it is the new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens! This page will be continually updated with new info:

BHphoto for $499 (Click here).

Reviews and Image samples:
Street Shooting Review by Robin Wong. You can download his full size JPEG samples at Mediafire. He says:
– Bokeh is very smooth, creamy and pleasing to look at.
– autofocus performance of the 17mm F1.8 lens, used on the E-PL5, is exceptionally good
– no ghosting, no flare, no distortion and only very low CA.
– the level of fine details captured is very impressive.
Full test by Pekka Potka. Some of his interesting findings:
– Compared to the Panasonic 20mm lens the new 17mm lens shows practically no fringing. The Lumix shows more resolution but has also weaker (micro) contrast.
– Price and quality goes hand in hand. If you feel this is expensive, you will also find this lens being very good.
More image samples at Pen And Tell (German) and Petapixel.
The French website OpenPN posted the official Len MTF chart:

Press release:
Dpreview, ThePhoBlographer, DSLRmagazine (Spanish), Neocamera, Lepidi (French), Photoscala (German), Olympus (Japanese), OpenPN (French), Focus Numerique (French), Quesabesde (Spanish), Imaging Resource, Pixiq, SystemKameraForum (German).

European price: Some website write that the price is 499 Euro and some others write that the price is 499 Euro.


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All new PEN’s in Stock at Amazon. 35-100mm X zoom too.


Both new PEN cameras are in Stock at Amazon: The E-PM2 (Click here) and the camera without AA filter…the E-PL5 (CLick here). And this finally pushed the E-Pl5 on the top ten of the rankings (Click here).

Top rate seller Kenmorecamera has four new 35-100mm X lenses in Stock via eBay (Click here). Of course you can wait two months to see if the rumor about the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 is real but first I am not sure yet if it is coming, second I doubt it would be less expensive than the Panasonic lens. Kenmorecamera also still has the best price on the GX1 with 14-42mm pancake X lens on eBay (Click here). $200 less than what you have to pay for it on Amazon.

Now let’s see soon what the price of the new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 will be. Just heard that it actually will cost 499 Euro and not 550 Euro. Not sure yet about the final price in dollars!