Olympus vs Panasonic 25mm lens comparison by Robin Wong.

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Image comparison: Robin Wong

Robin Wong (Click here) posted an interesting Panasonic-Leica 25mm vs Olympus 25mm lens comparison. These are Robin’s conclusions:

1) The Olympus lens is slightly wider in field of view than the Panasonic lens
2) The Olympus lens is *possibly 1/3 EV brighter than Panasonic lens (not conclusive, based on just quick observation on EXIF data)
3) There is not much difference in shallow depth of field rendering between F1.8 and F1.4 lenses (if point number 2 is true, the gap is bridged due to either the Olympus lens being 1/3 EV brighter than F1.8 or the Panasonic lens being 1/3 EV darker than F1.4. This is just my observation, not a conclusive statement)
4) Although Olympus magnification factor is 0.12x and Panasonic magnification factor is 0.11x, I find the close up shooting capability of Olympus lens to be significantly better than the Panasonic lens.
5) Panasonic lens has poorer CA control (especially shooting wide open) and corner sharpness than Olympus lens.
6) General sharpness between both lenses are almost identical

Lens store links:
25mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
25mm f/1.8 Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.

P.S.: Important to know is that Robert is sponsored by Olympus. That said we all know him for such a long time that we know that he is a very transparent and honest person. And he always tries to support his statement with fair tests and facts.

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E-M1 firmware update is planned to improve audio recording levels of 3 steps to 21 steps.

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DC.watch (google translation) reports that a new E-M1 firmware update is planned to improve audio recording levels of 3 steps up to 21 steps. P.S.: E-M1 sells for $1299 via third party resellers at Amazon US.

Dc.watch also posted that image of the new Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 version II lens:

E-M1 Store Links:
Olympus E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto, Amazon DE (via DL), Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL), WexUK, Topshot FI, CameraWorldUK.
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, AmazonDE (viaDL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus E-M1 with 12-40mm Lens kit at Amazon DE (via DL), WexUK and CameraWorldUK, Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus E-M1 with 12-50mm Lens kit at Amazon DE (via DL), WexUK, CameraWorldUK, Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus EP-13 Eyecup for E-M1 at Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus HLD-7 Battery Grip for E-M1 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus LC-62D Metal Front Lens Cap for 12-40mm at Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus LH-66 Lens Hood for 12-40mm at Adorama and BHphoto.

 

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a little bit of everything…

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review by Tony Northrup

Panasonic GX7 and GH3. Is there any ISO performance difference? (Soundimagesplus).
Panasonic GM1 review: Shooter’s Report Part III – going telephoto with a tiny camera, reader requests and final thoughts (Imaging Resource).
Olympus Stylus 1 tested at DigitalCameraReview.
Olympus 12-40mm lens tested at Focus Numerique.
Olympus 25mm f/1.8 lens review at ThePhoBlographer.
E-M10 hands-on at Engadget.
SP-100 hands-on at Engadget.

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New deals: Free Olympus M. 40-150mm with the E-PM2 kit. GM1 for $659. Rare Olympus OM-1 leather case.

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There is a new super deal where you get the E-PM2 with doouble lens kit, case, tripod and SD card for $399 at Amazon US (Click here).

Official Panasonic seller MZgamers is selling the new GM1 with kit lens for $659 only on eBay US (Click here).

And the image on top shows you a rare original Olympus case made for the OM-1. One of them is now on auction on eBay US (Click here). You can use it for your new digital OMD of course :)

Already mentioned but still running great deals:
The Black 25mm lens is now in Stock at Amazon and at BHphoto (Click here).
$18 off on the Lexar 32GB SDHC Platinum II 200x UHS-I (2-Pack) at BHphoto (Click here).
Boxed E-M5, 45mm lens and flash special box at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Up to $200 Off Lenses with OM-D or PEN E-P5 Purchase at Amazon (Click here) and GetOlympus (Click here).
Save $200 on the Award-Winning OM-D E-M5 at Amazon (Click here) and GetOlympus (Click here).
PEN E-P5: Up to $429 in Savings at GetOlympus (Click here).
Save $50 on the 45mm f1.8 Lens for PEN & OM-D at GetOlympus (Click here).
M.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm Zoom Lens: Save $50 at GetOlympus (Click here).
Black E-PM2 with two lenses for $399 at Amazon (Click here) and GetOlympus (Click here).

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