Olympus refused the Fuji partnership proposal?


The German journal “Frankfurter Allgemeine” interviewed the Fuji president Komori. He admitted that Fuji send a partnership offer to Olympus. He says literally that “we were” (and not we are!) interested in Olympus. He uses the past because he said that Olympus is trying to remain independent and to solve their financial problems in house instead of joining a partnership. Komori adds that he “understands” Olympus decision. Anyway, nothing is over yet, the new Olympus board has still to meet in June and decide if it’s possible to avoid any partnership that would kill their independence.

Of course Fuji’s main interest is the Olympus medical division. Just yesterday Olympus announced the world’s thinnest industrial videoscope, packs HDR (video on Engadget). Also Sony and Panasonic are candidates for a partnership (latest news here at Marketwatch).

P.S.: Meantime the battle between Michael Woodford and Olympus is over. He settles with Olympus for a rumored amount of £10m (Source: Telegraph).


Tokina 300mm lens samples and new Nokton 17.5mm review.


First images samples and tests of the new Tokina lens for Micro Four Thirds can be seen at Dslrcheck (Click here) and at Flickr (Click here). As you know this is a 300mm f/6.3 lens that costs around 300 Dollars/Euro. I haven’t found any preorders in Europe or US yet. It’s only available in Japan.

The spectacular Nokotn 17.5mm f/0.95 lens just got tested on the GH2 by Filmmakingetc (Click here): “The build quality is superb, the low light is awesome, and the mechanical focus ring is a joy is use (especially after using icky focus-by-wire rings so many modern lens have). Oh, and the image quality is stunning.

You can find plenty of these lenses in Asia and Germany at eBay (Click hee to see all acutions). Great and a bit expensive lens!


E-M5 shipping next week in US (and Digitalrev E-M5 vs NEX-7 vs X PRO 1).


Digitalrev (Click here) posted a short Xpro1 vs OM-D E-M5 vs NEX7: “In the end, it’s not always about image quality. Certainly, if it was only about the best image quality then it would be the Fuji. By far. But a good camera is one that feels good for you to shoot with. Despite the fact that I think the OM-D has lost its OM identity, I do enjoy shooting with it. But I enjoyed shooting with the E-P3 also, and that is cheaper.

Four 43rumors readers sent me the message that Amazon is finally shipping their E-M5 cameras:
Zandr: “Silver E-M5 w/ 12-50 ordered 3/17. Got estimated arrival (Thursday!) by email yesterday
Linsa: “Shipping notice from Amazon this morning for my silver E-M5/12-50 kit. I placed my order on April 25th.
Eric: “Black E-M5 body/50mm lens combo on March 16 (Amazon U.S.), and just received a notice that it will ship tomorrow.”
Lew: “Order you placed on March 04, 2012 (Order# 104-3496653-7853043). Estimated arrival date: June 05, 2012

Links to the full Olympus E-M5 camera list at Amazon (Click here). There are now sixteen user reviews (Click here) and all extremely positive! But with a bit of a mystery the most sold mirrorless camera remains the E-PL1 (here is the ranking).

There are some new USA lens deals:
The Panasonic 14-42mm X lens is back in Stock for $329 only at Amazon (Click here).
The Olympus 14-42mm lens is back in Stock for $179 only at Amazon (Click here).
The Panasonic 14mm pancake lens is back in Stock for $269 only at Amazon (Click here).


New Panasonic APP for the FX90. A small step today, a big step into the future?


Panasonic just released the new “Lumix Remote” APP for the FX90 (a $240 compact camera). You can find it here on iTunes and here for Android. This is an amazing APP that “allows the Live View screen from LUMIX DMC-FX90 digital cameras equipped with a wireless communication function to be displayed on a smartphone screen, and enables users to perform zoom and shutter operations on the smartphone screen.” Those are the main features:
・ A remote view function that allows users to check the same image as that on the camera’s Live View screen
・ A remote shutter function that allows users to set the zoom level and shoot a still picture
・ A self shot mode function that is useful when shooting a self portrait

This may be a small news today but I really hope Panasonic will “expand” these app to all Micro Four Thirds camera!!!

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Something else: A great idea for our mirrorless cameras at Kickstarter.


E-M5: EosHD tests video, Chassimages the sensor, Clubsnap the third party battery!


E-M5 video quality
My friend Andrew from EosHD (Click here) agrees that the E-M5 is an absolute great camera. But he focused on the video quality of the camera and writes: “The Olympus approach to video on the other hand is the opposite of masterstroke. If this camera was hacked to support high bitrate 24p it would be a GH2 beater. Given the shear responsiveness of the camera, the speed of the AF, the fast scan of the sensor for minimal rolling shutter and the high resolving power in video mode – it clearly packs some powerful hardware under the hood and a very capable sensor. It is just a shame we yet again don’t see the best of it in video mode because of decisions made in firmware.“. Agree, Olympus could have done better! They could make it good by releasing a firmware update which increase the video quality. Are you listening Oly? :)

E-M5 sensor with moirè?
The french magazine Chassimages claims to have found the answer about the E-M5 sensor. Pierre Lepidi (Click here) posted the text from the magazine (you can’t find the Chassimages text online): “its the same GX1 sensor but what changes is that the E-m5 sensor has a lighter Anti Aliasing filter. Images are sharper although you have a higher risk to find moiré“. This seems to be confirmed by the comparison posted by DSRLcheck (Click here). There is visible more reoslution and moirè when comparing the E-M5 with the GX1.

E-M5 news roundup:
TVsmith (Click here) has been asked at the race track if the OM-D can do action… The pictures may show you the answer 😉 OM-D in-body stabilisation versus Pana OIS @ 300mm at Snappydiablog (Click here). OM-5 initial reaction at Footlessfish (Click here). The latest Apple RAW update brings support for the E-M5 and GF5!

E-M5 third party battery:
A review of the third party E-M5 battery at Clubsnap (Click here): “These batteries will only hold 84% of the charge of a real Olympus 1220mAh battery. (Assuming you get 250-shots out of an original battery, this will give you 209-shots before it gives up on you.) It is also only 70% of the claimed 1450mAh.“. You can buy those batteries on eBay:
One Olympus batteries and NO(!) charger (Click here to check the price on eBay). You need to have a compatible charger! One Olympus battery + 1 chargers (Click here to check the price on eBay) Two Olympus batteries + 1 chargers (Click here to check the price on eBay) Three Olympus batteries + 1 chargers (Click here to check the price on eBay)

James:Hi, I see you have a lot of love for the Olympus Om-D, so do I. If your readers like they can subscribe to my facebook as I’m travelling around Europe for the rest of the year with my OM-D, 7-14mm, 12mm, 25mm & 45mm. I’m trying to post photos for my friends and family as much as possible. Just thought it might be something your readers could be interested in. the url is www.facebook.com/coxy84

E-M5 orders (Click on the names of the stores to see the product page):
Black E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, and Amazon Japan.
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto , Digitalrev and J&R.
Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland , Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.