September 15, 2010
Posted in reviews

Olympus E-5 vs Olympus E-3 image comparison (DSLRmagazine)

UPDATE: The image from DSLRmagazine has been removed. Maybe because this were image samples taken with a preproduction camera.

DSLRmagazine posted the following image comparison between the new Olympus E-5 and the older Olympus E-3.

UPDATE2: First small size High ISO samples (Thanks “olddo”):
- 3200 ISO: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5151873&fbid=445692388072&id=144882513072
- 6400 ISO: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5153998&fbid=445829473072&id=144882513072

Any comments?

September 14, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) New 14mm f/2.5 Panasonic lens (on Panasonic website!)

A new leak on the Panasonic website gives us more details about the new 14mm f/2.5 lens. If you visit the Panasonic Germany page click on “Download Datenblatt“. The pdf doesn’t contain the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 details as one would expect but the new 14mm lens specs! (Thanks to the anonymous sender that found the leak!)

The 14mm f/2.5 lens
- 6 elements (3 aspherical lenses)
- closest focus distance 18cm
- Filter size 46mm
- Overall Lenght 20,5mm
- It weights 55g!!! That’s 45g less than the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens
- I don’t know if the price referrs to the 20mm or the new 14mm lens (399 Euro)

And here the google english translation of the presentation text:

The new pancake lens LUMIX G 2,5 / 14mm Asph. characterized by very compact, slim design and light weight. His effort optical design consists of 6 elements in 5 groups including 3 asphärische elements. They provide for mini male distortion and chromatic aberration, and a uniformly high up in the sharp corners.
Its characteristics make the 2.5 / 14mm versatile. The 14mm focal length equivalent to 28mm in KB format and is suitable für snapshot für landscape and interior photography. It is supported, the variable contrast AF system with the functions such as face recognition. The LUMIX G 2,5 / 14mm Asph. is equipped with a solid metal mount, and the Mehrschichtvergütung the lens elements provides for a high-contrast image reproduction without reflections or ghost images. Naheinstellungsgrenze: 18cm, angle: 75 degrees, weight: about 55g, filter diameter: 46 mm
.”

P.S: Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto are selling the 20mm lens for $349.99 only.

September 14, 2010
Posted in deals

Preorder the Olympus E-5! (+ first E-5 video)

Video Test – Olympus E-5 - from DSLR Magazine on Vimeo.

You can now preorder the Olympus E-5 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)

REMINDER: Those are the other current MicroFourThirs deals:

1) Lowest price ever: Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 for $258.99 at Amazon (Click here)

2) GF1 + 14-45mm lens and get the external Viewfinder for free at BHphoto ($708.99…click here!)

3) Panasonic G1 with 14-45mm Lens (Black) for $470 at Amazon (Click here)

4) Olympus 9-18mm f/4.0 -5.6 Lens for $591.99 at BHphoto (Click here)

5) Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens for $347.06 at Amazon (Click here)

6) Preorder the Olympus 75-300mm at BHphoto (Click here) and the Olympus 75-300mm again at BHphoto (Click here)

September 14, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) UPDATED: All Olympus camera will be mirrorless in the future

UPDATE: Read the very important editorial comment written by AP

At Amateur Photographer Olympus UK product manager Mar Thackare says that: : “We will continue to do these [Four Thirds cameras] until micro cameras can do what other products can,”  and “All cameras will be mirrorless in the future.”

Olympus Europe spokeswoman Franziska Jorke cited the autofocus and burst rate of DSLRs as still being superior to Micro Four Thirds models, along with the optical viewfinders. Jorke predicted that the concept of a camera ‘will change in 5-10 years’. However, in a bid to reassure photo enthusiasts, she said there will always be an Olympus camera body available – whether a DSLR or another type of camera altogether – to allow users to benefit from current Four Thirds lenses.

Thanks Amateur Photographer!!!

P.S.: Let me know what you think about that interview…

September 14, 2010
Posted in news

Continually updated: Here it is the new E-5!


P:S: Thanks for sharing news and links!

After reading the first previews and seeing the first image samples will you buy the E-5?

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PREORDERS:

Amazon (Click here)
You can now preorder the Olympus E-5 at BHphoto (Click here)

INTERESTING NOTES:

- 12Megapixels, new Truepic V+ engine, faster AF, price 1700 Euro, availability in October
- Same PEN sensor but lighter AA filter and a new, professionally-tuned TruPic V+ processor.
- By Olympus: “A new algorithm to give more detail and sharpness by exhaustively processing each pixel, meaning the real performance of ZUIKO DIGITAL SHG lenses can be seen.
- Pocket Lint: “The output that you get from the pro-standard lens is the best sharpest of any 12-megapixel camera on the market” and “If you take the two biggest competitors in this segment and say they’re using APS sensors, then edge-to-edge, the sharpness is better.
- Amateur Photographer: “We will continue to do these [Four Thirds cameras] until micro cameras can do what other products can,” said Olympus UK’s Consumer Products marketing manager Mark Thackara. “All cameras will be mirrorless in the future.”
- Olympus Europe spokeswoman Franziska Jorke cited the autofocus and burst rate of DSLRs as still being superior to Micro Four Thirds models, along with the optical viewfinders.

PREVIEW:

Olympus E-5, Toma de contacto (DSLRmagazine)
Japanese preview at DC.watch
Olympus E-5 Quick Hands-on Preview at DPreview
Olympus E-5: Flagship DSLR with HD video previewed at Imaging Resource
PHOTOS: Olympus E-5 hands on at Pocket Lint

YOUTUBE VIDEOS:
Via noisycamera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRFNEHue4m4&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI3EjMQ7t4I&feature=player_embedded

IMAGE SAMPLES:

Olympus Japan: http://olympus-imaging.jp/product/dslr/e5/sample/index.html
DSLRmagazine (Click and scroll down)
Photoreview Australia (Click and scroll down)

PRESS RELEASE:

Olympus E-5, 12 Mpix, video 720p, viseur 100%, LCD sur rotule : 1700 € (Focus Numerique)
Olympus E-5 : si attendu…Forum Olympus France
Olympus E-5 at Photograpbhyblog
Olympus E-5 – Ny proffsmodell för fotografering i svåra förhållanden (MyNewsDesk)
Olympus Unveils E-5 DSLR at Photoreview Australia
Olympus E-5: Das E-Flaggschiff für professionelle Ansprüche (Fotointern.ch)
Olympus-Flaggschiff E-5 (Photoscala.de)
Olympus E-5 at Fotopolis.pl
Olympus Announces E-5 DSLR (Photoxels)
La Olympus E-5 da el relevo a la veterana E-3 con 12 megapíxeles y vídeo HD (Quesabesde)
Olympus Announces New Flagship E-5 DSLR (ThePhoBlographer)
Olympus E-5: The last Four Thirds DSLR camera? (Amateur Photographer)
Olympus gets a video dSLR at last: hello E-5 (CNET)
Olympus Spain: http://www.olympus.es/consumer/dslr_23432.htm
Olympus Japan: http://olympus-imaging.jp/product/dslr/e5/index.html
Olympus Global: http://www.olympus-global.com/en/news/2010b/nr100914e5e.html

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