January 27, 2011
Posted in news

New Olympus accessories price cuts!

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I’ve come across some info that shows are far lower price. (This shot was taken from an Olympus site we can’t give the link!). Macro light is only about $60 and converter is $60 too… fish eye is $179 though! And Amazon Germany (Click here) has the MAL-1 available for preorder for a much lower price than expected (49 Euro!).

It looks like Olympus has lowered the price of some of the newly announced accessories. Good news!

P.S.:The E-Pl2 is in Stock at: Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR.

January 26, 2011
Posted in reviews

Gold Award from Dpreview for the Olympus XZ-1!

Excellent news for Olympus! Dpreview tested the new Olympus XZ-1 and gave the camera the GOLD AWARD! That’s what they say: “The XZ-1 combines simple direct controls with an excellent lens to create probably the best photographers’ compact currently available.
A few days ago Dpreview tested the Canon S95, the Panasonic LX5 and the Nikon P7000. The XZ-1 beats all of them!

Read the review and after that preorder the camera at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon UK ;)

Via Dpreview

January 26, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) Double Olympus announcement in February and March?

Not a single of our trusted sources gave us any possible Olympus or Panasonic product announcement day. But a new source just sent us the following rumor: “Next olympus announcements : 8/2 and 2/3“.

As you know the japaneses biggest show, the CP+ is starting on February the 9th. I hope to have more info soon.

P.S.: Olympus should announce a few pro lenses and a new pro camera within the first half of the year. And Panasonic will announce the G3 and a bunch of new lenses.

January 26, 2011
Posted in deals

Olympus E-PL2 in Stock at Amazon and BHphoto. New review at Photographyblog.

We really didn’t have to wait a lot to see the E-PL2 in Stock. Also americans can finally get ithe black E-PL2 kit at Amazon (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here).

Meanwhile Photographyblog published their own Olympus E-PL2 review: “This new model also mostly solves one of our major criticisms of the E-PL1 – its painfully slow auto-focusing speed. The E-PL2 and new 14-42mm kit lens are thankfully a lot faster to lock onto the subject in good light or bad, so much so that we only missed the decisive moment due to our own fault, rather than the cameras“. The camera gets Highly Recommended!

In Europe the E-PL2 is in Stock: Germany -> Amazon.de, eBay.de
France -> Amazon.fr (available next week), Pixmania.fr (available next week), eBay.fr
UK -> Amazon.uk (available next week), eBay.uk
Italy -> Pixmania.it, eBay.it
Austria -> Amazon.de, eBay.at

January 26, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Olympus E-5 and E-PL2 reviews (+ XZ-1 image samples)

Trustedreviews tested the Olympus E-5. It’s a eight page long review and conclusions are on page four: “Ultimately, though, if this is the company’s last DSLR outing, at least it has saved the best until last. It’s well built, easy to use and can produce some great results. Unfortunately, that’s the bare minimum for a high-end DSLR and while there are still plenty of lenses and attachments for the Four Thirds system, we couldn’t in all conscience recommend the E-5 as a system camera you might want to get into from scratch
E-5 direct shop links: Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR.

Ephotozine publsihed the new Olympus E-PL2 review: “On the one hand we have a small and rather fiddly camera that needs some considerable care in operation. On the other hand we have a very compact unit that can deliver the very highest quality of results, and this must in the end be what counts
E-PL2 direct shop links: Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon FR

Focus Numerique tested the ISO performance of the new Olympus XZ-1: “Conventionally, images are crisp 100 to 400 ISO. In this speed range, the pictures are well detailed and grain virtually invisible, even at 100% on screen. Overall, the images lack a little contrast, but nothing dramatic. We may also regret a little dynamic range compared to some competitors, including the LX5.
XZ-1 direct shop links: Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon UK

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