Video Interview with Mr. Kataoka from Olympus: Now focusing on tele lens development.

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Matti Sulanto had an opportunity to talk with Mr. Kataoka, who is the General Manager of Olympus Product Development R&D Division. The video can be seen on top of this post. These are the core info:

– Four Thirds User are very valuable to Olympus and they will continue to develop bodies that can be used with Four Thirds lenses.
– Olympus developed MFT lenses for general users. We are focusing on the tele lenses.
– Collaboration between Olympus and Sony is mainly on the medical business.

 

Source: www.sulantoblog.fi

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The GX1 and E-P3 double lens kit deals in UK/Germany.

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The E-P5 is here and the GX successor is also on the horizon. And even in the usually not so exciting European Deal front we can share some great deal on the “old” E-P3 and GX1 cameras:

1) There is a Panasonic GX1 Black Digital Camera with 14-42mm PZ and 20mm f1.7 Lenses for 656,00 Euro at Wex Germany (Click here) and 528 Pound at Wex UK (Click here). If you calculate the single price of the lenses you will notice that you pay almost nothing for the camera itself!

2) The E-P3 with 14-42mm II R + 40-150mm R lens sells for 599 Euro at FotoMundus Germany (Click here). In that case you pay 300 Euro only for the camera.

As you know the E-P5 is way more expensive than the E-P3 and so will be the new GX camera. This may be a good time to buy very good cameras for few pennies!

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New E-P5 test roundups! Dpreview says it’s “impressed” by the new PEN.

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Gosh, I would like to know how many of you canceled their E-P5 preorder when they read the rumor about the new Panasonic GX camera. But at leats accoridn to the new test you can read here…reviewers are quite positively impressed:

1) DPreview updated their first imrpession review and writes: “Frankly, we’re impressed – it looks as though the E-P5 is the camera we’d always hoped the PEN series could be, and Olympus has another winner on its hands to follow the E-M5.
2) Pekka Potka (Click here) posted the second part of his ongoing E-P5 review.
3) Damian McGillicuddy (Click here) has taken delivery of the new Olympus EP5 straight from the Olympus factory and is testing it in Berlin as we speak! Initial thoughts are that it is a bit of a game changer.
4) Federico Cabrero (Click here) posted some ncie B&W image samples.
4) ePhotozine (Click here) posted a Hands-on preview and also a set of image samples.

So what do you think now about the new PEN?

P.s.: And when will the new E-P5 ship? Amazon says June 14, Bhphoto says June 27. I think the latter is right.

 

Links to all newly announced Olympus stuff:
E-P5 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 White at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Silver at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Black with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 White with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Black with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and Wex UK.
E-P5 White with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
17mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
45mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany.
75mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
VF-4 viewfinder at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.

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New Kodak S1 MFT images!

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You haven’t forgotten that Kodak is about to market a new MFT camera…don’t you? DC.fever (google translated) posted new images and some info about the new Kodak S1 MFT camera. First of all Kodak said they will make two MFT zooms. It is not clear form the article if these will be rebadged Olympus zooms or real new lenses. The camera will have built-in WiFi and an own APP for remote control. A tilt LCD, hot shoe, a recording button, FN1 and FN2 customizable buttons. More can be seen on these images (Click on it to see a full size version).

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Imagine Panasonic would have done this: Fixed lens camera with Slow zoom and for 2450 Euro :)

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The new Leica Mini M (with behind the existing X2)

Sometimes we are very harsh in criticizing Panasonic and Olympus new cameras. Now imagine they would do this: Launch a fixed lens APS-C camera with slow 28-70mm f/3.5-6.4 zoom for 2450€! You would say no company would ever do this….but indeed there is one…Leica! I published specs and images here: http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/first-image-of-the-leica-m-mini/.

I post this because some websites speculated that this camera could have been made in collaboration with Panasonic. And indeed the Leica Digilux series (here at Amazon) is based on Panasonic camera design and tech. But that new Digilux Mini M camera is a Leica own designed camera…and they did a pretty bad job :)

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