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Olympus PT-EP11 Underwater Housing For the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera – First Look and Details from Backscatter on Vimeo.

GX7 with primes test (DxOmark).
E-M1 is camera of the year at Imaging Resource.
12-40mm lens test at Optyczne.pl
First Impression reviews on-line for the 12~40/2.8 PRO lens and the 75/1.8 Prime lens at Furnfeather.net.
Sports Photography with the Olympus E-M1 and 75mm Prime (TheDigitalStory).
First two parts of a multi-part comparison between the Fuji X-E1 & OM-D E-M1 (Link to part one and part two)
FF resolution vs micro-43 resolution (Camerastuffreview)

Henrik:There’s currently not many hands on tests available on the new 12-32mm Pancake lens available, so maybe the readers are interested in an overview and some Twig Pixel Peeping, how this lens compares to others in the Panasonic line up. And there’s a quiz, too … check from a crop if you’re a lens master and you can identify which lens was used :-) :
http://www.mopswerk.de/panasonic-lumix-g-12-32mm-quick-check-and-comparison/

Ulysses:I’m actually not writing about a rumor, but to report on a user experience I read about his Olympus E-M1 and brand new 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens. Apparently it was in a camera bag but got knocked onto a carpeted floor. Although not a long drop, the lens broke. On examination, he was surprised to find the screws that hold the mounting plate into the lens are inserted into plastic threads, making this seem like a weak point for the lens.
Now, perhaps other pro lenses from Canon or Nikon are constructed the same way. Right now, many people in that thread are understandably angry with Olympus.
As a pro photographer, I know from experience that even pro lenses for full-frame cameras can take an unfortunate bounce and shatter irreparably even when you might not expect. That could be the case with this poor guy. Or the lens may have already had some defect. Maybe not enough facts are known. And no one truly knows about the design quality of the lens other than Olympus.
What I was wondering from you: Do you (or anyone you know) have any insight as to the construction of the 12-40 lens? Is that rear mount actually held together by plastic? And would this make the lens less durable than might be hoped for?
And furthermore, does this call into question the construction of other lenses like the upcoming 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens?
You can read the thread and see photos of his unfortunate lens here:
http://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=56256

Obj:There’s a nice Panasonic/Kathmandu promotion running in New Zealand. Depending on the price of the camera, you get up to NZD 150 (EUR 90, USD 124) as a voucher for Kathmandu (well known NZ outdoor shops). The promotion includes the GM1! Here’s a link to the promotion: http://www.panasonic.co.nz/promotions/kathmandu-bonus-voucher-with-lumix-purchase/


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E-M1 more popular than Sony’s A7-A7r series (Amazon ranking).

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Size comparison image via Camerasize.

I know we have to take the Amazon mirrorless ranking (Click here) results with a grain of salt. That said I noticed something I didnt’ expect. The Olympus E-M1 has never been surpassed by the so praised Sony A7-A7r cameras. The E-M1 constantly ranks above them even now that the A7r is in Stock for the first time.

Olympus has done it right with the E-M1. Hope they can repeat the success with the new OMD camera that is going to be announced soon!

 

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(FT5) Rumor correction: The new OMD entry level camera is the E-M5 successor!

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Sorry guys for the confusion but now I am 100% sure about it: The new OMD camera coming in January is also the E-M5 successor. The confusion started because two of my sources have been told the E-M5 will still remain on sale for 2014. This lead us to believe that the new OMD camera will not replace the E-m5. As I learned tonight after a short discussion with trusted sources is that the new OMD will indeed be the E-M5 successor. But the original E-M5 camera will remain in production and available for sales even after the successor announcement.

Also confirmed: it has the same E-M5 sensor with E-M1 imaging processor.


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Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

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Again back in Stock: 12-40mm lens. National Geogaphic Photographer Jay Dickman loves the lens!

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Quick note for US readers: The 12-40mm is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here). And this time they have a much larger Stock available. By the way, National Geographic photographer and Pulitzer prize winner travels with EM-1 and loves the 12-40mm: Firstlightworkshop.com:

The E-M1 has been a fantastic camera for this assignment.  The handling is superb and the image quality is spectacular.  I’ve been really impressed by the noise-handling of the camera — 3200 looks tremendous.  Plus, the 12-40mm f2.8 has become my favorite lens to use, especially if carrying only one camera.

 

 

 

 

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(UPDATED FT5) New OMD coming already in January (with E-M1 processor and E-M5 sensor)

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Small update about the soon to be announced new OMD entry level camera. According to one source it will be already announced in January. UPDATE: I corrected the original rumor. The new OMD has the same processor as the E-M1. and the same sensor as theE-M5. The source also confirmed the camera will NOT replace the E-M5. The E-M5 will continue to be sold and likely be replaced at Photokina.


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Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

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