March 11, 2012
Posted in deals

For my European friends: New set of refurbished PEN cameras.

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One of the items on acution is the Olympus E-PL3

We Europeans get so much frustrated when seeing the nice US deals like the GF3+ 14-42 X lens for 270 Euro :(
At least or exclusive for European created Olympusmarket (Click here) is offering some nice cheap and refurbished stuff from time ti time. A new set of camera and lenses has just been put on auction and here are a few links to the most interesting stuff (Click on name to check the auction price):
Olympus 14-150mm m43 lens
Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Silver Olympus E-PL1 with double lens kit
White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens
White Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL2 with double lens kit
Black Olympus E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL2 with double lens kit
Black Olympus E-PL1 with double lens kit
Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens
Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL2 with double lens kit
Black Olympus E-PL1 with double lens kit
White Olympus E-PL2 with 14-42mm lens
Silver Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black Olympus E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens

Good Luck!

March 10, 2012
Posted in reviews

Olympus E-M5 shows less rolling shutter video jello effect.

A short test made by Four Thrids User (see video on top) shows that indeed Olympus managed to considerably reduce the rolling shutter video jello effect. The trick to archive that is easy…the E-M5 sensor and circuitry has a much faster readout that reduces the rolling shutter artifacts.

The definitive solution of the problem would be the use of a global shutter were the pixels aren’t read out line per line but all toegther at the same time. If early rumors are correct than the Panasonic GH3 may be the first camera with such a sensor! let’s cross the fingers!

E-M5 preorders (Click on the names of the stores to see the product page):
Black E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Redcoon Germany and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Redcoon Germany, and Amazon Japan.
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and J&R.
Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Redcoon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.

March 9, 2012
Posted in reviews

(UPDATED with dpreview samples) New E-M5 roundup.

BHphoto (Click here) just changed the availability date for the OM-5. It has been postponed to April 16th.

DPreview, Robin Wong and the E-M5 image quality:
Dpreview (Click here) just posted a low light high ISO samples. Robin Wong (Click here) posted his second part of the E-M5 review with a focus o the High ISO quality: “At ISO3200, the image actually looked very clean, and even up to ISO6400, the output is still acceptably good, on par, or possibly better than E-P3 at ISO1600. Hence, Olympus’ initial claims as they announced the E-M5 that it has at least two stops of EV advantage over E-P3 were not a joke at all.
Robin is very positively impressed by the image quality but I hope to see soon more detailed studio tests done by Dpreview or DxOmark. The ISO tests made by Focus Numerique (Click here) showed us that the E-M5 and GX1 differences in RAW are minimal. It’s the usual very good Olympus JPEG engine that makes the difference.
Ops now I am talking like a pixel peepers…back to real photography! I really don’t pay too much attention about small resolution, noise and dynamic range differences. What matters first is the usability of the camera. As some readers reported yesterday high image quality makes no sense if the autofocus on the camera won’t work appropriately (I am talking about you Fuji X PRO 1!). And in the real world the five AXIS IS from Olympus will probably help you to get real sharp images in situation were other cameras may blur away the resolution due the camera shaking. I write all this to remind you that no camera is perfect. What matters is which camera works really best for your real photographic use. That’s why I use the GH2 for some of my video work, the E-P1 as my “always wtih me” camera and the Mamiya 7 for astonishing quality pictures which even overshadows the new 36 MPX Nikon D800 ;)

More E-M5 bits:
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Quick Hands-on in the Philippines at Ferdzdecena (Click here).
Review of the Olympus OM-D EM-5 For Street Photography on Youtube (Click here).
Preview at TheTecnoLast (Click here).
Dynamic Range OM-D vs Nex 5N vs Oly e-p3 vs Pana G3 at Dpreview forum (Click here).

E-M5 preorder:
Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Redcoon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan. The E-M5 in all his versions is present in the Amazon top ranking list.

March 9, 2012
Posted in deals

(DEAL DEAD) GF3+14-42mm X lens for $349 on eBay!


That is the hottest GF3 deal ever seen!  The GF3 with 14-42mm X pancake zoom lens sell for $349 on eBay US (Click here ->limited quantities only). The camera ships to US and Canada only. That’s $150 less than the same kit on Amazon (Click here) and even less than the single 14-42mm X lens only! The eBay store is actually the same of the GH2 $579  superdeal!

As European I am now 100% frustrated that you US guys can always enjoy deals like that. At Amazon Germany and Amazon UK the price is around 600 Euro!

Thanks Matt

March 9, 2012
Posted in Rumors

G5, GF5, E-M5, Super35 camcorder and Oly/Pana/Nokton/Sigma lenses. What are you waiting for?

On left the current GF3 and on right the new GF5!

With yesterdays GF5 and G5 leak we have a pretty good picture of the products that will be announced and/or shipped within the next two-three months. Here is a short summary and a poll:

Which camera and/or lens are you considering to buy? (you can select as many options as you want)

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Reminders:
Sigma Japan confirmed the shipment date of March 16th for the 19mm f/2.8 lens.
The Voigtländer 17.5mm f/0.95 is available for preorder at German ebay stores at Digitalhandel (Click here) and Bayern Fotoversand (Click here). Both for 1.299 Euro.

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