January 13, 2012
Posted in Rumors

Samsung wants to partner with Olympus


As you know Olympus officially stated that they are seeking for a “friendly investor to make a minority investment and help revive its business after a $1.7 billion accounting scandal erupted in October“. And according to sources from Reuters: “South Korea’s Samsung Electronics is open to forging an alliance with Japan’s troubled Olympus CorpSouth Korea’s Samsung Electronics is open to forging an alliance with Japan’s troubled Olympus Corp“. Also the “Private equity firm TPG Capital is willing to invest about $1 billion in Japan’s” (Source: Reuters).

Samsung expressly said that they don’t want to acquire Olympus but build a partnership with it. This to me sounds not bad at all. It would allow Olympus to remain independent and to gain potentially terrific partner. Samsung can deliver OLED and Viewfinder technology, sensor fabrication and more. And Samsung is desperately in need to revive their camera business! NX sales are terrible bad and they even had to delay the NX20 (there was price drop) launch to avoid another flop. Samsung could join the m43 coalition with Olympus, and probably develop new (fullframe?) systems for the future. What do you think?

P.S.: I think Samsung cameras are not that bad and the lins lineup is quite good. See the full NX stuff here: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.


January 13, 2012
Posted in news

New Kenko 400mm T-mount to Micro Four Thirds adapter lens (+ short CES news roundup)

Image courtesy DC.watch

Kenko announced a new T to m43 mount adapter which will allow you to use that super 400mm f/8.0 Tokina lens (800mm full frame equivalent). There is no official price and release date yet but the adapter should cost around $200-$250. P.S.: There are many such mirrorless lenses made by Opteka (they also go far to 1.600mm!).

A short CES recap:
Panasonic showed two camera prototypes: A head camera (Click here to see the pic) and an unspectacular WIFI compact camera (Click here to see the pic).
Hands-On With Olympus’ New Digital Cameras (ePhotozine).
Panasonic stand at dpreview and Dc.watch.
Olympus stand at dpreview.

January 12, 2012
Posted in news

OM system becomes 40 years old!

The very first Olympus M-1, announced back in 1972.

You know what happens in 2012? The Olympus OM system becomes forty years old. From Wikipedia:
The system was introduced by Olympus in 1972, more than a decade after Nikon, Canon, and other manufacturers had established their own SLR ranges. The range was designed by Yoshihisa Maitani, chief designer for Olympus, and his staff. The nucleus of the system was a series of compact bodies divided into a professional series and a later consumer-orientated series. The first model introduced was the all-mechanical M-1, which after pressure from Leica was renamed OM-1.
And what do you think is Olympus going to do to remember the OM? :) Maitani would be proud to know that finally the digital OM is coming!
One more thing: The Hong Kong invitation text said that Olympus will release also a “new line of products“. I wouldn’t go to far with your imagination. My guess (no rumor yet) is that there will be OM related “special products”. Let’s see if I am right.

Here is a list of all OM cameras (click on name to see them on eBay)
OM-4T/Ti black and chrome
OM-20 (OM-G)
OM-40 (OM-PC)
OM-77AF (OM-707)
OM-88 (OM-101)

I own the OM-10 and you?

January 12, 2012
Posted in news

New Olympus interview, working on new prime lenses! And nobody else wants to join m43 :(

The new Sigma lenses on Olympus cameras (Source: Personal-view)

Dave from Imaging Resource (Click here) interviewed MR. Terada from Olympus. Some interesting points:
1) Camera work isn’t affected by the Olympus fee scandal: “we are working usually. Nothing special.”
2) Because fo the Thai flood consequences there are production problems especially for the E-P3. Not Olympus itself is having problems but some of their suppliers: “we cannot fulfill the whole demand from the market at this moment.
3) Olympus is now working on new prime lenses: “we already almost fill up the zoom lens line-up. Then, now we are concentrating on single focal lens line-up.
4) Olympus asked other companies to join the m43 system: “but no success at the moment.

January 11, 2012
Posted in reviews

Panasonic GX1 gets DxOmarked. The same quality as the G3.

The new Panasonic GX1 just got DxOmarked! The results aren’t that much different from the G3 which has the same GX1 sensor. There are only minor differences as you can see from the image on top. Hope the new year will bring us some kind of major improvement on the Panasonic sensor quality!

Click here to play with the DxOmark camera comparison tool!

Panasonic GX1 preorder links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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