November 17, 2011
Posted in news

Patent: Olympus working on “Liquid lens” technology.

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The japanese blog Egami (Click here) found a new Olympus patent desciribing the new “Liquid Lens” technology. I saw similar patent from Sony and Samsung in the past that’s why I can tell you the advantages of such lenses:

-non-movement glasses for zoom or AF
-less glasses inside the lens
-faster electrical response
-non-motor on the glass
-silence AF mode

In summary you can make much smaller lenses (perfect for pancakes) with ultra fast and silent AF. I hope Olympus will release such lenses as soon as possible!

November 17, 2011
Posted in news

Panasonic releases the X lens update. + Eye Fi and Apple update for Olympus

Panasonic released the update for the two X lenses:

A) 14-42mm X lens update: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/dl/ps14042.html

  1. Optimized operation when using Touch Zoom with DMC-GX1
  2. Improved AF (Auto Focus) performance in photo / video recording

B) 45-175mm X lens update: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/dl/ps45175.html

  1. Optimized operation when using Touch Zoom with DMC-GX1
  2. Improved the stability of O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer)
  3. Improved AF (Auto Focus) performance in photo / video recording

And Olympus announced a new firmware upgrae for the E-PM1 and E-PL3 (Version 1.1). It improves the “Reliability while using the Eye-Fi card“. Download: http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/firm/e1/

Final note: Apple released the Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.9 which now brings support for the Olympus PEN E-PL1s, Olympus PEN E-PL3, Olympus PEN E-PM1
and Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ150. http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1473

November 16, 2011
Posted in news

How to save Olympus (Koji Miyata). Let’s support him!

Things are still not going well for Olympus. The once proud Japanese camera and medical equipment maker Olympus is readying to take legal action against its own executives. Any executive found to have been complicit in its multi-million dollar accounting scandal will be hit with legal action as well as possible criminal complaints, according to Reuters (via Electronista). And the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has confirmed that it has launched an official investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing at Olympus (via AP).

But there is a massive positive reaction coming from Olympus employees: Koji Miyata is leading the olympusgrassroots.com campaign. I linked to the website two days ago and Koji now reports that there has been a “larger-than-expected response“. Super! And he outlines the things to do now:
Overcoming that crisis in the limited time available will require resolute action. Our efforts need to focus on the following three initiatives.
— Apologize to Michael for the baseless aspersions cast on his character by Olympus executives.
— Call on Michael to return to Olympus and resume his duties as president.
— Begin working immediately to position Olympus as a world-class model of corporate excellence, including excellence in complying with the highest standards of corporate ethics.

I am sure 99,99% of the company is healthy and 99,99% of Olympus employees are doing an incredible good job. 43rumors is only a very small website, but if Olympus employees are reading me I want to make it clear that I will fully support them in any way I can do it! Many companies went through tuff crisis and when you come out from them usually things will do much better than before!

P.S.: The Online Photographer also called all Olympus supporter for unite!

November 16, 2011
Posted in deals

GH2 with lens for $799 at B&H. Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye in Stock.

This is the best price ever seen! The GH2 with 14-45mm kit lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). $799 only!

The new Rokinon (Samyang) 7.5mm fisheye lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). And you can find them on eBay too:
Click here to buy the Black Samyang 7.5mm lens.
Click here to buy the Silver Samyang 7.5mm lens.

P.S.: All Samyang lenses for Olympus/Panasonic can be found on eBay only and under seven different brand names (Click on it to see all (Micro-) Four Thirds lenses from the specific brand!):
Samyang
Walimex
Rokinon
Opteka
Falcon
Vivitar
Bower

November 16, 2011
Posted in reviews

New SLR magic 12mm f/1.6 reviewed at Photozone


Image courtesy: Photozone.

The most popular of al lens review websites just tested the SLR Magic 12mm f/1.6 lens. Read the full review at Photozone (Click here). And the lens is certainly the best ever made by SLR Magic: “The SLR Magic Hyperprime 12mm f/1.6 MFT is an extreme lens design. This has both advantages as well as drawbacks. Technically the lens is capable of delivering a sharp image center at very large apertures but the borders are fairly soft here. In the field this is probably not a big issue regarding the typical shallow depth-of-field applications.

There are two more reviews sent me by 43rumors readers:

Farrukh:
Hello,
Thought you might be interested in this. I’m using a black ring SLR Magic 12mm f1.6 and used it exclusively at this event:
http://implausibleblog.com/2011/11/13/masterchef-live-2011/
I’ve also uploaded the photos from the event which are here in this folder on flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/swamibu/sets/72157627989306003/

Jonathan:
Hi there.
I’ve had the SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm for a little over a week now and put together this review and photo examples as request by some of your other readers.
Here you go!
http://www.jonnymedia.com/2011/11/12/review-slr-magic-hyperprime-12mm-f1-6/

Other SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Straight Spotting Scope lens (w/ hand grip) is now available on eBay (Click here).
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here).
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here).

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