July 20, 2011
Posted in reviews

New E-P3, E-PL3 and 12mm hands-on at Techradar (BHphoto shows the E-PL3/E-PM1)

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Olympus E-PL3 first look from TechRadar.com

There is a new triple Hands-on post at Techradar:

1) First up the Olympus PEN E-P3 Hands-on
2) Secondly, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 (Lite) Hands-on
3) and lastly, the Olympus M.ZUIKO 12mm f/2.0 lens Hands-on

In the meanwhile BHphoto added the E-PL3 (Click here) and E-PM1 (Click here) in their database. But there is no price indication yet!

REMINDER: Those are the direct search links to all the new Pana/Oly stuff:
Panasonic G3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic GF3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus E-P3 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

July 20, 2011
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…


Olympus PEN E-P3 Low Light Amazing AF speed II

Panasonic GH2 with Olympus 12mm test at DvxUser (to see the vimeo video insert the password you see below it).

Olympus converter tests on the XZ-1 at DC.watch.

See the pink GF3 at DC.Fever.

Olympus PEN EP-3: Micro Four-Thirds Is Starting to Get Good. Real Good. (Gizmodo).

G3 and GF1 high ISO comparison (Dpreview forum).

Dress up grips and matching lens caps are available for the E-P3 in 6 different colours (Parkcameras).

July 19, 2011
Posted in deals

UPDATE: E-P3 will be in UK by August 31. 12mm Oly lens now in Stock at Adorama.

The brits just gave us a first idea about when the new Olympus E-P3 will be shipping in non asian countries. Amazon UK (Click here) now says the “item is due to be released on August 31, 2011.”

UPDATE: The new 12mm f/2.0 lens is now in Stock almost everywhere in US! At Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon (Click here).

Other US deals reminder:
The Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 pancake is now in Stock for $329.97 at Amazon (Click here).
Black G3 with 14-42mm lens for $633 on Amazon (Click here)!
Adorama has the Voigtländer 25mm in Stock (Click here). And don’t forget that they are also accepting preorders on the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 lens (Click here)
You can now get the AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds camcorder with a free (!) 14-140mm zoom lens at BHphoto (Click here).
The Black and White Olympus XZ-1 are in Stock for $409 only at Amazon (Click here).

July 19, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Full VF-3 specs leaked at Olympus America!

Without having it yet officially announced Olympus America does list the new VF-3 viewfinder with full specifications! Here is the official text:

Electronic Viewfinder VF-3 (Silver)
The VF-3 is a compact viewfinder that easily slides onto the accessory port and hot shoe of the Olympus PEN and XZ-1 to provide 100% field of view and .97x magnification. The VF-3, which is compatible with all PENs that have an accessory port, is quite useful for outdoor shooting, low-angle shooting or telephoto shooting.

Specifications:
Resolution: Approx. 920,000 dots
1.00″ (W) x 1.7″ (H) x 1.75″ (D) (25.6mm x 43.5mm x 44.7mm)
Approx. 1.0 oz (30g) without cover
100% field of view
Approx. .97x magnification (-1m¹, 50 mm Macro, at infinity)
Eye-point: Approx. 17.4mm (-1m¹)
Diopter adjustment (-3.0 to +1.0m¹)
Shoe-lock mechanism

Thanks Ward and Bizzarrini

July 19, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Olympus 50mm macro lens for Micro Four Thirds coming by end of the year!

As you can see from the roadmap on top Olympus has the plan to release a 50mm macro lens for Micro Four Thirds. We now have been told by our sources that Olympus delayed the release of that lens til end of the year to anticipate the release of the just announced Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens. I think that was a good move made by Oly because we already have a 45mm macro lens from Panasonic. We have been told the 50mm macro will be on a very high level. Don’t know what you think, but Olympus is making a damn good job with lenses now! And I know there will be more lenses coming soon!

In the meanwhile check if the new lenses are available for preorder:
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

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