Olympus Russia: New firmware coming for E-M1 with long exposure fix!

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Olympus Russia announced via facebook that a new E-M1, 12-50mm les and XZ-2 firmware are coming on November 28! Translation via Dpreview forum:

From November 28, will be available the new version of the software for E-M1, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12 -50mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ and XZ- 2 .

Updates affect the following aspects :

E-M1, version 1.1

• Improved quality of the images in the Live Bulb function while the noise reduction ;
• Improved focus;
• Improved image stabilization modes, “sport “, ” shooting children ” and C-AF;
• Fixed chromatic aberration when working with lens LUMIX G VARIO 14 -140mm 1:3.5-5.6 ASPH / POWER OIS (H-FS14140).
XZ- 2 , version 1.3
• Improved auto focus on a single subject in low-light conditions .

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12 -50mm 1:3.5-5.6

• Improved stabilization using electronic zoom cameras Panasonic

Great news!

P.S.: New E-M1 review by 43rumors reader Hendrik: http://www.johnsson-photo.com/Reviews/Olympus-EM1

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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Also the Leica 45mm f/2.8 lens has been designed by Konica-Minolta?

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Egami spotted that Konica Minolta patent. So it’s not Leica, but Konica that likely designed the Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 MFT lens? Wondering what kind of role had Leica on that lens development…or are they only selling the Leica logo?

Note: There are differences in the design between that Konica patent and the real Leica lens. That said it is not unusual for a patent to show different kind of design variations. So we astill don’t know if it’s Konica or not that designed the Leica 45mm lens.

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E-M1 in Stock status. Black Firday deals roundup.

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Olympus E-M1: The only large US store having the E-m1 regularly in Stock is Amazon US (Click here). And maybe that’s why it is also the mosts old mirrorless camera at Amazon (ranking here).

Black Friday: This is also the time of great deals on many US stores. Click the store names to see their current deals: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Bestbuy and eBay.

Single deals:

Cameras:
$200 on the Olympus E-M5 at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Now $799 for the body, $899 with 12-42mm kit lens and $1049 with 12-50mm kit lens.
$150 off on the Panasonic GX7 with kit lens at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Now $898!
$150 of on tha Panasonic GF6 at Amazon (Click here). No $448.
$100 off on the Panasonic GH3 at Amazon US (Click here) and Samys (Click here). It’s $898 only now!!!
$100 off on the Olympus E-P5 at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Now $899 for the body only and $1349 for the superkit.
$100 off on the Olympus E-PL5 at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Now $499 for the body with kit lens!
$75 off on the Panasonic G6 with kit lens at Amazon US (Click here). Now $534! $100 off at Adorama ($498).

Lenses:
$75 off on the 45mm prime lens at Amazon (Click here).
$100 off on the 17mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 75mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 12-50mmmm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 12mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 75mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$80 off on the 40-150mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 17mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).

Other deals:
Get a Free Memory Card and Case with the Purchase of the GF6 at Amazon US (Click here).
Get Free Accessories with Purchase of the GX7 at Amazon US (Click here).
Massive discounts on the Olympus viewfinders too at Amazon US (Click here).
4% back in reward at Amazon US (Click here).

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Sigma is considering to launch a MFT system camera!

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Sigma Rumors posted a rumor saying that Sigma will make a Micro Four Thirds camera with Foveon sensor. One of my trusted sources actually told me that the rumors is at “least partly true”. There will be definitely a new Sigma interchangeable and mirrorless camera in 2014. But it’s yet not sure if it will have an MFT mount or a new mount!

I would really like the idea to get a Foveon sensor in a Micro Four Thirds camera and you?

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a little bit of everything…

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Video on top: Looks like the Nocticron is going around the world to participate different expositions. I hope it’s also going to be around the “shop-worlds” for purchase soon!

GM1 image samples at Fotopolis.
Panasonic GX7 Notes, Part the First (TheOnlinePhotographer).
12-40mm lens review at Japanese Itmedia.

Peter:I looked at the noise in my E-PL3 sensor from a 60 sec exposure.  image (not shown) looks similar to E-M1 noise pattern.  I don’t think anyone else has put up a histogram of the noise.  I’ll talk to some colleagues of mine about this when I get in to work on Monday. http://electro-garbage.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-noise-issue-that-has-come-to-light.html

Berneck:Good article about how shallow depth of field is being overused, and not needed for an excellent photo.: http://www.dpmag.com/how-to/shooting/go-deep.html

Steven:thought this might be interesting for the community. I contacted Olympus asking them, if a firmware update is planned for the OMD EM1 (concerning frame-rate for movie mode). Their answer is below. You are welcome to publish the forwarded e-mail below:

Dear Mr XXX,
Thank you for your email.

Frame rate is pre-set and given by the file format  .MOV and there is no way to influence it.
As for today we have no info about upcoming firmware, but as we were said the movie issues has been mentioned.

Kind regards,”

Lee:Not rumor but I just saw the news you have posted regarding EM1 long exposures, it happens to Panasonic GX1 as well, and those little speckles will be gone if the NR is turned on. I have written about similar issue sometimes ago in my blog –
http://9shift.blogspot.com/2012/02/lumixgx1-night-photography-field-test.html
No intention to drive traffic to my blog but would like to point out exact same issue I see happens to both GX1 and EM1, If the camera sensor has this problem, practically two things can’t be done – long exposure timelapse and startrails because you need to turn on NR and that breaks the interval.
Previously I have tested GF1 and this issue is unseen. I’m curious about GX7/GM1. By the way I don’t think Panasonic fixes the problem ;)

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