Pekka Potka discussion with Mr. Terada (PDAf possible, no OM-D monochrome).

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Pekka Potka (Click here) had an one hour chat with Mr. Terada from Olympus. Here are just some of the info you can read on his website:

– Once again Olympus confirmed that there will be new bodies that will bring full Af support on FT lenses. And once again notice that they do not say “FT body”…but just “body”
– There is the possibility of a new lower OMD and a higher OMD than E-M5 model. Which one of these will be coming first was not answered.
– Technologies like PDAF (phase detecting auto focus) on sensor and focus peaking are available for them, although “no decision yet” about usage.
– And an OM-D Monochrome sensor would cost too much. Note. the Leica Monochrome is the only camera currently having this and costs $8000 at Amazon(!).

Fulla rticle at pekkapotka.com.

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Panasonic 35-100mm X lens hands-on at Dpreview.

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Dpreview (Click here) posted the 35-100mm X lens hands-on along some image samples. They write: “our first impressions of the Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 OIS are that it’s an excellent little lens – well made, fast-focusing, and optically impressive. A familiar question mark hangs over Panasonic’s pricing, though; the $1500 / £1000 tag is far from insignificant.

Indeed the high price may be the the only real big downside of this lens. Anyway, we can still hope that Panasonic will make some nice discount like they are doing now on the 12-35mm X sister lens (-$200 here at Amazon). That would make it much easier to sell this lens!

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US deal: Save $150 on refurbished Olympus E-M5 cameras!

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Today is E-M5 news day. After the new firmware update release we have another good news. That time for US readers. You can save up to $150 on a long list of refurbished E-M5 cameras. Those are camera in like new conditions and with guarantee. Her eis the list:

You save $150 on the Silver E-m5 body at Cametaauctions (Click here) and Camera store (Click here).
You save $150 on the Black E-m5 with 14-42mm lens at Cametaauctions (Click here) and Camera store (Click here).
You save $150 on the Silver E-m5 with 16-50mm kit lens at Cametaauctions (Click here) and Camera store (Click here).

The full olympus refurbished Cameta page can be seen here.

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First two Olympus 17mm f/1.8 image samples…

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One of the nicest new announcement at photokina was that Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens. Sadly Olympus didn’t release any official image sample to see how good (or bad) the image quality is. But a Dpreview forum member (Click here) managed to take two shots with the prototype version that was on show at photokina. Those pics definitely can’t unveil what the quality of the lens will be. For now also price and availability are unknown. Hope it doens’t take that long to see it in store! This is one of the mft lenses I would like to own.

 

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New E-M5 firmware 1.5 released!!!

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Nice to wake up and find news like this! Olympus E-M5 owners can upgrade their camera to the Version 1.5! Olympus grouped all mini updates in one single major release. The screenshot on top shows you the list of the fixes.Let us know if you find some nice improvement here and there.

Source: http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/firm/omd/em5.html

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There is a $80 gift card deal on all Olympus cameras (Click here to see the detailed deal page on Amazon).

E-M5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

E-M5 Case:
There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.

E-M5 Batteries, and other things:
The Olympus GS-4 strap and the DSTE E-M5 batteries you have to use with an extra charger. There is an E-M5 car charger a new E-M5 LCD screen and a Front Cover+ Top Panel.

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