a little bit of everything…(with readers mail)


Portrait of a Soviet Lens; JUPITER 11 by Blunty

Panasonic GH3 Shooter’s Guide (EosHD).
Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.02 adds support for the E-m1.
Stylus 1 test at DC.watch.
Olympus 12-40mm lens test at Lenstip.
12-40mm review at Johnsson-photo.
E-M1 review at CameraStuffreview.
Part one fo the Stylus 1 review at Imaging Resource.
Panasonic 20mm version one vs version two by Tyson Robichaud.
Olympus 45 f/1.8 Mini Review at Betterfamilyphotos.
E-m1 first impressions by Sergio Muscat.
Lomography Experimental Lens kit review at ePhotozine.


Michal:Olympus CZ issued a new ad called “Photo brick”. It is currenty on web only in czech language (so not that funny for those who dont understand fully), but still you might be interested to see it. http://www.fotocihla.cz/ It is a joke about Olympus issuing a new accessories for those who feel strange about shooting with the light Olympus cameras. To complete the joke Olympus CZ even sells it for 799 CZK (approx. 30 EUR). http://www.olympusobchod.cz/katalog/prislusenstvi/ostatni-yqfqw/olympus-fotocihla-ART06218. I hope they add the ENG subtitles and let it live its own life on the web world wide. link of my blog – http://www.samudranil.in/blog/?id=69252778574

J.S.:I have just completed a 7500+ word review of the Olympus E-M1 from an owner/buyer standpoint: http://smithclicks.com/hardware/olympus-om-d-e-m1-review-1/

David:new tests… read bottom paragraph: http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/m43/em1-samp-lens.html

Noah:How well does Olympus service their warranties? I posted this here on G+. I’d love to hear experiences others have had with Olympus and warranty work. https://plus.google.com/107466393242613969565/posts/TzDqZCDnon6

Ivar:There are some great picture’s and video taken with the EM-1 on Mark Humpage’s page from Iceland: http://www.markhumpage.com/Mother-Nature/Iceland-E-M1/33381852_fpWk6K#!i=2899791048&k=b3rBcQL

Eric:I just got back from a trip through the Yucatan peninsula, and was lucky enough to receive my E-M1 and 12-40mm lens before heading off. I’ve written up a quick review of how the camera and lens handled here (with samples): http://wp.me/p1feV0-j2

Editor’s note: A readers work roundup will be posted next week. I will include all the reader work I got via mail the last weeks.


And the GX7 price drops and drops and drops…$829 now!


And the GX7 price just dropped once more down to $829 at Amazon US (Click here). Maybe the camera doesn’t sell as expected by Panasonic? The GX7 is great, but probably it has been announced to late and there is already great competition in that segment (read Sony NEX-6 and Fuji X-E2).

By the way, the price also dropped in Europe. It sell for 829 Euro new in germany or even 749 Euro for the Open Box version at Fotomundus (Click here).


P.S.: The E-M1 still is extremely popular at Amazon mirrorless ranking (here to see the list).


Running out tomorrow: $100 off on Olympus lenses. $859 for the GH3.


Christmas is close and deal time will be over soon. The up to $100 off on Olympus lenses will run out tomorrow at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

And there are three Panasonic GH3 cameras sold for $859 via Panasonic reseller on eBay US (Click here).

And these are the other ongoing last minute deals:
Panasonic LF1 for $299 only at BHphoto (both black or white).
Up to $800 off on Olympus cameras+lens bundles at Amazon deal page (Click here) or at BHphoto (Click on Buy Together & Save link).
Official Panasonic reseller MZgamers sells a new Panasonic 12-35mm X for $999 only on eBay US (Click here)c
E-PL5 double lens kit for $499 at
BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
A list of all current Olympus and Panasonic deals can be found at Amazon (Click here).
New Olympus E-M1 Gariz case now on eBay in Black (Click here) or Brown (Click here).
A couple of 12-40mm PRO lenses are again in Stock at Amazon (Click here).


Olympus 2014 prediction by Digital Camera Magazine: Two PRO zoom, high end compact camera, and larger sensor camera?



Like every year the Japanese Digital Camera Magazine interviewed all Japanese Photo company managers. After the interview the magazine shares “rumors” about what we could expect in 2014. From the past experience we can say that about 60-80% of what they write becomes true. For 2014 this is their “prediction”:

Olympus will launch two more PRO zoom cameras (ok, that’s a fact and already mentioned by Olympus itself)
A High End Stylus camera with FT or ASP-C sensor
A Silver E-M1 OMD model
As a note (in blue on the image on top) the magazine writes that Olympus could go for more Megapixels and even larger than FT sensor cameras (don’t know if he refers to the Stylus or also possibly completely new system mount cameras with FF sensor).

Just my two-cent: I think there is much more than this to come from Olympus. We can expect some big things at Photokina in September!