June 20, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) First E-PM1 image and hands-on report! Has touchscreen and E-PL1 buttons.

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The new E-PM1 compared with the Olympus XZ-1 (Click on image to enlarge).

As you know Olympus will announce three new PEN cameras and the 12mm f/2.0 and 45mm f/1.8 lenses on June 30th (Click here to see the official Olympus invitation). And on top you can see the very first image of the tiniest of the three PEN’s the Olympus E-PM1! The other two cameras will be the E-PL3 (with tilt-screen) and the E-P3 (no tilt screen, built-in Flash). The main new feature of the Olympus cameras will be the new ultrafast autofocus that will beat the already fast Panasonic GH2 AF and it will be even faster than the AF of most current DSLR cameras!!! Also the sensor and imageing engine will be new (I hope to get some more news soon about that). Don’t miss any rumors: Join us on Facebook and Twitter! Subscribe our RSS feed!

A good source had the chance to play a little bit with the new smallest PEN. And this is his hands-on report (I have rewritten the report to hide the language style):
The E-PM1 is really very small. The body size is very similar to the XZ-1 (Click here to see it) (similar depth and height, and a little less wide. Autofocus speed is awesome (faster than the E-30/E-5 by any means). And the AF is not only fast, it’s accurate! It has touchscreen, but it also has enough buttons like the E-PL1.) Overall it is a camera you can handle very easy. Looking at the size of the E-PM1 it might will not sue the BLS-1/5 battery, I am not sure about that but I think it could use the Li-70B battery from the XZ-1?
All three new PEN cameras do have touchscreen and a new circuitry that reduces power consumption and increases the battery autonomy.

Editor’s note: The new Panasonic GF3 is a bit smaller than the E-PM1 but that camera doesn’t come with built-in image stabilization and doesn’t have the same usability (the E-PM1 has more buttons).

Questions to sources: Do you know the price of the camera?

Links cameras/accessories mentioned in that article:
Olympus XZ-1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus E-PL1 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus E-30 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus BLS-1/5 battery at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus Li-70B battery at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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June 20, 2011
Posted in news

Noktor 12mm f/1.6 will cost $499 and available in August

SLRmagic informed via Twitter that the new 12mm f/1.6 lens for Micro Four Thirds will cost around $499 and be available in August. The lens is made of metal and designed froms cratch for Micro Four Thirds.

As you know Slrmagic already makes three lenses (but they are not as good as the new Noktor):
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here)
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here)
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here)

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Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge the pictures. All pictures have been taken with the Noktor 12mm preproduction lens!

June 19, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) 12mm f/2.0 is an all metal lens and has a distance scale!

Our sources are pretty exited with the new upcoming Olympus 12mm f/2.0 high grade lens. First the build quality is amazing, it’s an all metal piece of goodness! And the lens has a distance scale! According to my sources the lens has the best image quality (resolution, color rendering) tested to date. Someone said there is nothing to envy to any Leica lens! Compared to the Leica 24mm f/3.8 (Click here to see that lens on eBay) the Olympus will cost $1.700 less and has a much faster aperture! Another source that this is one of the lenses that will birng new sex appeal to the Micro Fur Thirds system (yes he used those words). The 12mm lens will be available a couple of weeks after the June 30th announcement. So check your piggy bank savings, you need around $850 for that lens!

In summary:
– Olympus 12mm f/2.0 coming on June 30th
– It’s the very first High Grade lens for Micro Four Thirds and is made in Tatsuno (Japan)
– All metal construction with distance meter.
– Lens size similar to the new Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4.
– Filter size 46mm
– Already in production since April and will be in Stock in July.
– Close focusing 20cm (0.67 feet)

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June 19, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…(with GF3 tests and XZ-1 review)


AnalogRev: Rollei 35 T & Olympus Pen-D (Click here to see that cam on eBay).

New Firmware for Panasonic Lumix FP3, FH22, FS33 (Photoscala).

Full Olympus XZ-1 review at OutbackPhoto. Image samples at OutbackPhoto.

A new Micro Fur Thirds blog in France (u43.fr) -> Wish you good luck!

Panasonic GF3 accessories at Letsgodigital. Panasonic GF3 Video Review at PhotoRadar. Panasonic GF3 hands-on at TrendyNikkei. Panasonic GF3 test at the Czech website Digiarena. Panasonic G3 is now in Stock at Amazon UK (Click here). Preorders are available at Amazon, Adorama and B&H. In Europe at Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, and worldwide on eBay.

Fotosidan discovered that the Panasonic GF3 catalogue pictures have been taken with the Canon 5D :)

Our japanese reader can participate to a Panasonic product presentation in Tokyo and Osaka (DC.watch)

June 18, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Olympus indirectly confirms the product launch date


Engadget Chinese (Click here) spotted that Olympus invitation card for an even on June 30th during 14:00 ~ 16:30 (Taiwan GMT+8). The event starts with speeches from Olympus managers and Photographers. At the end of the event there is a testing part with new products. No products have been specified in the invitation. But we already know what’s coming:

Three Pen cameras, the E-PM1, E-PL3 (with tilt lcd) and E-P3. Two new lenses, the 12mm f/2.0 and 45mm f/1.8. But there will be some other new stuff to and I am working to get details about that.

Via mu-43.com

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