Olympus $800 savings ending soon. 128GB card deal of the day at Amazon.


The up to $800 stackable Olympus savings will end soon at GetOlympus or Amazon US.

And today only you can save $40 on the 128GB(!) Transcend SD card at Amazon US (Click here). You can shoot a tremendous amount of images on such a card but I don’t know hoe save it is to use it. i mean if the SD card breaks you lose all your pictures. I prefer to use many smaller 8 or 16GB cards. You can grab five 8GB Sandisk cards for $29 on eBay US (Click here).


Readers work roundup.


Sunday morning, turning to winter (Lumix GM1 footage) from Martin Wallgren on Vimeo.

Martin:I just received a GM1 from Panasonic, and shot a short film with it today, see what you think! The camera is a fantastic video and stills machine, love it already… Cheers, Martin in Sweden https://vimeo.com/81337124 (video on top)

Desy:Just wanted to share my work with the Olympus OMD EM5! http://desycheng.com/travel-journal/2013/12/7/la-2013

Gnat:I would be honored to have my new site and work shared. I am committing to m4/3 full time and this new site chronicles the change and my experiences. I am no pro but enjoy shooting all types of subjects all over the globe: www.olyallthetime.com

Aaron:I wanted to share with you a short film I had the pleasure of shooting with a Panasonic GH3, and the Rokinon Cine lenses. http://youtu.be/7cAp8UxHr2o

John:New video on rigging the GH3 and GX7: https://vimeo.com/81153160


Luke:I thought I’d share with you some of my recent work using Olympus EM-1 for stills and a Panasonic GH3 for video. Hopefully it is interesting and inspiring for some of your readers. I’ve been doing model portfolio shoots for Scene Models using my EM-5 and now the EM-1, best place to view them is on my tumblr. As well as completing a music video on my GH3 a link below for a music video I made using the Panasonic GH3. The Gh3 was great because I could shoot at 50fps in 1080p and also being so small it made some of the camera moves and hand held shooting much easier.
Music video link below.
It would be great if you could link to my tumblr, instagram and Facebook so people can see more of my work if they are interested.
tumblr: http://lukecarlthompson.tumblr.com
instagram: @ lukecarlthompson
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luke-Thompson-Photographer/281250218945?ref=hl

Russ:Wanted to share with you a video we made for the state of Oregon around bicycles and tourism. It was shot all with a GH3 (a few GoPro shots), the 9-18mm Oly and 35-100 Pany. The challene of the shoot was we had to carry all the gear by bike (jib, tripod, slider), so having a small but powerful camera like the GH3 was essential! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75jT2VMjBx0

John:After buying the OMD EM1 I decided to do an article about extension ISO and when it’s appropriate to use…http://photolisticlife.com/2013/12/05/should-you-use-extension-iso/

Hinting: “It is easy to see gm1 with m43 lenses with the simulation, but how about adapted lenes? I will upload a couple of albums on gplus. Here is the first one with leica lenses. https://plus.google.com/115255826572441766446/posts/3m9LT1RDiqV *** adapter lenses user should know the gm1 is forced into electronic shutter with adapted lenses. It is a suprise for my as this is not the same as other lumix G

CPL:Sarah [Super Slow Motion] GH3 [CCTV Lens] Anamorphic: http://vimeo.com/81279653

Alex:I am a fan of your website  and I really enjoy getting myself updated about  Micro four thirds systems from your website. I thought you might be interested to see this video from YouTube and share it with other fans if you want to. http://youtu.be/JFwF16RiWDc

Marc:This is for the Reader’s Roundup: http://vimeo.com/80173952
I did a short movie about my California Trip. All clips are shot in or around Aptos, CA. I used the Panasonic GH3, with the Panasonic 7-14, 20, 14-140 and 100-300 mm lenses. I did a little bit of everything: Lens Flare, Beach, Water, Night and Low Light, Time Lapses, Optical Flow, Frame Blending etc. I edited with Final Cut Pro X This is a nice example to show the advantages and disadvantages of the overall stunning Panasonic GH3. I hope you like it!

Ulli:Since 6 days my first published foliozine Six Inch Stilettos is available at blurb.com in a printed 90 pages magazine format. The series will be dedicated to one muse grade model every 2 months. Sofar 3 models have agreed with another coming up soon I hope:


Next good news: Also Panasonic slowly recovers from their years of financial crisis.


After Olympus also Panasonic (Source: Bloomberg) reports  more positive financial situation after years of losses:

The company doubled its profit forecast in October to 100 billion yen ($958 million) in the 12 months ending March 2014 as it benefits from an almost 17 percent weakening in the yen against the dollar this year and boosts car battery sales.

The camera business is a small part from the company. And as we read from previous forecasts reports Panasonic plans to focus more on the high-end camera business. Therefore the GH 4K :)


Double Olympus 12-40mm lens review.


Lenstip (Click here) tested the lens and writes:

The Panasonic G X VARIO 12–35 mm f/2.8 ASPH. P.O.I.S set the standards pretty high in this category but the Olympus company managed to meet them without any problem. First of all they produced a bit cheaper lens with a wider focal range. When it comes to the image sharpness the Panasonic is a bit more even but the Olympus provide a tad more lpmm at the maximum relative aperture. Apart from that you get slightly lower distortion and chromatic aberration, noticeably lower vignetting and distinctly better performance against bright light. The Panasonic, for a change, corrects the coma better and its off-focus images look nicer; it is also physically lighter and smaller, despite built-in image stabilization, and it is produced in Japan.

Focus Numerique (google translation here):

The sharpness is overall pretty good and homogeneous (even at f / 2.8) especially at wider focal lengths. Strangely 40mm sharpness at full aperture drops significantly vis-à-vis other focal lengths. Everything returns to normal as soon f / 4.


GH3 price drops to $848.


The Panasonic GH3 price dropped down to $848 via Uniquephoto (Click here). As I told you in these days we can be pretty sure there will be a new GH 4K camera within the next couple of months. But it will NOT replace the GH3. The new GH will be more expensive! So if you want the GH3 grab it. Do not wait for the 4K Gh unless you really need the 4k and you have the money for it:)


P.S.: No real surprise: E-M1 still selling well even after Christmas time according to Amazon US mirrorless ranking (list here).