October 16, 2011
Posted in deals

45mm lens in Stock at Amazon (+ new Olympus US rebates).

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UPDATE: The Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens is in Stock directly via Amazon (Click here). No third party resellers!

You can get a $150 discount on the 40-150mm lens when purchased with the E-PL1 and E-PL2 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

There is a $80 discount on the VF-3 when you buy it along the E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1.
E-P3 links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H
E-PL3 links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H
E-PM1 links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H,

Other deals reminder:
There is a $200 discount on the E-5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
And the E-P2 body is available for $299 only at Amazon (Click here).

October 15, 2011
Posted in reviews

m43 versus Nikon V1 versus NEX-7

Today let’s check how well (or bad) the new NEX-7 and Nikon V1 are competing against our m43 cameras:

Dpreview added the Nikon V1 comparison shots to the dpreview database. m43 still has a visible advantage over the Nikon sensor but I have to admit that the Nikon processor engine does really a good job in both JPEG and RAW. If they would have used a sensor as large as the m43 sensor than they would have probably beaten the current Oly-Panasonic quality.

There is also a new NEX-7, E-P3 and X100 high ISO examples and crops comparison made by Steve Huff (Click here). The difference is easily visible. The Olympus E-P3 has more noise but also a higher per pixel sharpness.

So, what do you think about these tests? M43 has still a huge advantage when you take into consideration the full overall sensor quality + lens size + lens system quantity factors. But a new improved sensors would really bring us a step forward.

P.S.: The NEX-7 is the only non Canon/Nikon camera in Amazon’s top 20 (Click here to see the ranking). I guess I am not the only one waiting for a m43 camera with built-in viewfinder!

 

 

October 15, 2011
Posted in deals

Over 600 refurbished cameras and lenses at Olympusmarket.


This sets a new record. There are now more than 600(!) refurbished cameras and lenses offered by Olympusmarket (Click here to check the full list). And what I listed here are only the acutions ending this weekend. As usual the first ending auctions are on top of each category and only EU citizen can bid!

Micro Four Thirds

Black E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Black E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Silver E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Silver E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Red E-PL2 with double kit lens
E-P2 with 14-42mm lens
White E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black E-PL1 with double kit lens
Silver E-PL2 with double kit lens
Silver E-P1 with 14-42mm kit lens
Silver E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Silver E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Silver E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
White E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black 40-150mm lens
White 40-150mm lens
MAL-1 macro light
White E-PL1 with double kit lens
Silver E-PL1 with double kit lens
Black E-PL1 with double kit lens
Black E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
9-18mm lens
Black E-PL1 with double kit lens
Black E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Black E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
14-150mm lens
Silver E-P1 with 14-42mm kit lens
White E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Black E-PL1 with double kit lens
Silver E-PL2 with double kit lens
Black E-PL1 with double kit lens
Silver E-P1 with 14-42mm kit lens
Silver E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Silver E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
Silver E-P1 with 14-42mm kit lens
Black 40-150mm lens
Black E-PL1 with 14-42mm lens
Silver E-P1 with 14-42mm kit lens
Black E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
9-18mm lens
Black E-PL1 with double kit lens

Four Thirds

E-450 with 14-42mm lens
E-620 with double kit lens
E-420 with 14-42mm lens
35mm macro lens
18-180mm macro lens
E-520 with 14-42mm lens
11-22mm macro lens
40-150mm lens
E-620 with double kit lens
E-620 with 14-42mm lens
E-450 with 14-42mm lens
E-450 with 14-42mm lens
E-450 with 14-42mm lens
18-180mm macro lens
11-22mm macro lens
E-620 with 14-42mm lens
70-300mm macro lens
E-450 with 14-42mm lens

XZ-1

Black XZ-1
Black XZ-1

October 14, 2011
Posted in deals

Olympus 45mm in Stock. Silver and Black Panasonic 45-175mm in US and Europe (and superdeal in UK).

First, the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens is in Stock via third party resellers at Amazon (Click here). It’s $60 more expensive than the price at Adorama (Click here) but they still don’t have it in Stock.

Here is the in Stock status fo the 45-175mm lens. At least one Panasonic lens is shipping without any delay 😉
The Black version is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). In Europe at Amazon.de (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).
The Silver version is in Stock in US stores at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and J&R (Click here). In European stores at

The real hot deal is ongoing in UK. You can get the 45-175mm X lens for £279.99 at Panasonic store Uk (Click here). To get the discount you have to sign up to Lumix Lifestyle Community (offer ends 17th October 2011).

P.S.: The super tiny 14-42mmX lens is in Stock at Amazon Japan (Click here). It should be in Stock within the next couple of weeks in non-japanese countries too!

Thanks Rob

October 14, 2011
Posted in news

Olympus removes first non japanese CEO after 6 months (because of cultural differences)

Back in April 2011 for the first time in Olympus history a non Japanese citizen became Olympus CEO. But after 6 months only the (british) Michael Woodford had been dismissed because of “boardroom and management conflicts“. (Source: Boston.com). The Olympus board appointed Chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa as new CEO. It is an unexpected news and Olympus shares plunged more than 14 percent to 2,123 yen ($27.60) on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The new CEO Kikukawa said that “He (M.Woodford) could not overcome the cultural barrier of Japan and Japanese companies“.

Analysis: What does it mean for Olympus? From what I read on newspapers and from what I know from my sources Michael Woodford is a very competent manager that has been able to improve the Olympus Europa Holding GmBH profits by cost cutting and restructuring. And my guess is that his restructuring plans were to much “advanced” or “revolutionary” for the traditionally very conservative Japanese company mindset. Is that good or bad news? I guess Michael Woodford would have gone rid of  the digital camera business if it keeps to loose money like it did in the last years. And that’s something that will probably go against Olympus history and tradition. What will happen now? That news increases the chance that Olympus will keep the digital camera business alive, but the risk is that the board will not take some serious decisions to increase the profitability of that business.

And here is the official Olympus statement about the recent event (Source Olympus Global):
Michael C. Woodford has largely diverted from the rest of the management team in regard to the management direction and method, and it is now causing problems for decision making by the management team.
Hence, judging that realisation of the 2010 Corporate Strategic Plan with its slogan of “Advancing to the Next Stage of Globalisation” would be difficult to achieve by the management team led by Woodford, all the board directors attending today, except for Woodford himself who could not participate in the voting due to special interest, unanimously resolved the dismissal from his office of the representative director, President and Chief Executive Officer (dismissal from the office of the representative director, President and Chief Executive Officer and stays as director without executing right.) Along with this, it was also resolved that the representative director, Chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa double as the representative director, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Global management that Olympus aims is to implement management rules, information management and operation that are common throughout the world in order to establish a business infrastructure that is more efficient and quick to respond while making the most of a Japanese style management that sets a high value on people, technology and pride of monozukuri or manufacturing. To this end, all our employees will head for the same direction as we will urgently start establishing a new structure to go towards the same goal with the entire staff as one.

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