June 25, 2015
Posted in news

More details about the new Olympus 10,000 fps (!) Four Thirds sensor.

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DC.watch posted new details about that crazy new Olympus 10,000 fps(!) sensor. The hell of a good news first: It’s a real Four Thirds size sensor! It has 16 megapixel and it’s 3D stacked CMOS design makes it able to get rid of the usual rolling shutter distortion on fast-moving objects. At 16MP it shoots 5fps but at 2MP resolution it shoots 10,000 fps!

Here is the official Sensor design and specs:

Reminder: Months ago VLSsymposium (PDF file here) unveiled the first info about the new 16MP 3D stacked Olympus sensor:

A 3D stacked CMOS Image Sensor with Global-shutter mode and high speed capturing mode:
The paper by Toru Kondo et al. from Olympus Corp. will describe a 16Mpixel 3D stacked CMOS image sensor with pixel level interconnections using 4 million micro bumps.

The two semiconductor substrates are bonded by a 7.6um pitch micro-bump array, and the storage node array is comprised on the bottom substrate to improve parasitic light sensitivity (PLS). Both a 16Mpixel global-shutter mode with a -180dB PLS and 2Mpixel 10000fps high speed image capturing are achieved. (Paper C4-5, “A 3D stacked CMOS image sensor with 16Mpixel global-shutter mode and 2Mpixel 10000fps mode using 4 million interconnections,” Toru Kondo et al., Olympus Corp.)

June 25, 2015
Posted in reviews

Olympus 7-14 mm f/2.8 test video by Pier-Yves


Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 7-14 mm f/2.8
from Pier-Yves Menkhoff on Vimeo.

Pier Yves sent me his latest test video shot with the brand new Olympus 7-14mm PRO lens:

2I love the wide angles lens. This lacks to Panasonic. There is no fixed wide angle lens below 28 mm. It’s a shame. The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F/2.8 has been tested with the Panasonic DMC-GM1. This is the “jewel” that I bring with me anywhere when I travel. I really love it. However, all is disproportionate. The Olympus is heavy and huge in comparison to the GM1. The result, if the quality is at the rendez-vous, the 7-14 is not suited to travel. It is best suited to lovers of architecture. With a 7-14, one is quickly frustrated not to zoom. Just a little bit !”

New Olympus PRO lens store links:
7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE, Digitalrev.
8mm f/1.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE, Digitalrev.

June 24, 2015
Posted in deals

Cool deal: 20% off on all Olympus Outlet cameras and lenses! E-M5II for $640!

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For the next three days only you save an extra 20% on Olympus Reconditioned Products (Click here to see the list). Use the coupon code “SUMMER20” in your cart for savings. Ends 6/26/15 at 11:59:59 PM ET. Quantities extremely limited!*.

This means for example that you pay $640 only for the E-M5II (Click here) and $767 for the E-M1 (Click here).

More deals info:
This one is ending today: Save $200 on the Panasonic GH4 sold by the Canadian Store QuickNDone (Click here).
0,64x Speed Booster is now in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).
New low prices on refurbished Olympus lenses sold at GetOlympus US (Click here).
$50 price drop on the Rokinon 7,5mm MFT lenses on BestPriceOptics eBay (Click here).

June 24, 2015
Posted in news

Quite amazing! Olympus patent discloses a new 500mm f/4.0 IS lens!

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Egami spotted a new Olympus patent disclosing the specs and design of the new 500mm f/4.0 IS Micro Four Thirds lens. Translated lens specs:

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-108811
    • Published 2015.6.11
    • Filing date 2013.10.22
  • Example 6
    • Focal length f = 499.265 325.022mm
    • Fno. 4.059 2.630
    • Angle of view 2ω = 2.6 °
    • Image height Y = 11.15mm
    • FB 66.633mm
    • Total length 337.887mm

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I think that’s a lens Olympus should really bring to the mass market. Now let’s see what 43rumors readers would do if they could buy the lens:

Would you consider to buy an Olympus 500mm f/4.0 IS lens?

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June 24, 2015
Posted in reviews

Full Panasonic G7 review at CameraLabs:

Panasonic_G7

CameraLabs (Click here) posted the full Panasonic G7 review and writes:

For all the reasons mentioned in this verdict section, I find the Lumix G7 far more compelling than DSLRs pitched at the same price point. The real competition here comes from rival mirrorless cameras, particularly Sony’s A6000 (for its superior burst and continuous AF), Fujifilm’s XT10 (for it’s superb imaging pipeline), and the Olympus OMD EM10 (for its built-in stabilisation). You should carefully compare the feature sets of all these models to see if one’s a better fit for how and what you shoot, but if you’re into video or just want a great all-round mid-range camera, the Lumix G7 is hard to beat at this price point.

Panasonic G7:
Black G7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Silver G7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Black G7 with 14-140mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Black G7 with 14-140mm and 14mm lens kit at BHphoto.
Black G7 with 14-42mm and 45-150mm lens kit at BHphoto.
Silver G7 with 14-42mm and 45-150mm lens kit at BHphoto.

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