(FT5) After the G6 also the upcoming Olympus E-P5 will have focus peaking!

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According to multiple trusted sources the upcoming new Olympus E-P5 will be the first Olympus camera having “Focus peaking” function. That is something we just got on the just announced Panasonic G6.

P.S.: It seems highly unlikely that Focus Peaking will be added on current cameras like the GH3 and E-M5!

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a little bit of everything…

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HOOD from Henning Sandström. Shot with GH3 on a prototype MōVI M10 stabilized handheld gimbal

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 DSLR Review at Photographic-central.
Olympus XZ-10 Review at ePhotozine.
HolyManta internal ND lens Adapters (Fundedbyme).
E-P3 price drops even in Europe. Example: 499 Euro at Fotomundus.

Anonymous:Don’t know if you’re needing any material for ‘remains of the day’ or anything, but I shot this short film as part of a 48 hour film competition earlier this month using a GH2 and the new SLRMagic 35mm lens. It was absolutely key to obtaining the low-light shots. Highly, highly recommended lens for MFTs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZZ858MXbkg

Farrukh:This short video on the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken was taken on the EP3, all stills were with the 60mm macro: https://www.facebook.com/Implausibleblog/posts/10152737346305328

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Flowerbug:I’m not a great fan of focus-peaking. Nothing beats the sudden beautiful clarity of perfect focus that jumps out at you when focusing with a manual lens…. Who would need highlighted edges to spoil that? So I have mostly ignored Oly fans’ hopes for the focus-peaking feature on future cameras.
When I got my VF-3 viewfinder last December, during the promotional discount, a firmware upgrade for my E-PL1 was required to make it work. So I went online to Olympus and got Firmware upgrade 1.2 installed on my little Oly. The viewfinder works well, but I regret not getting the higher resolution model. Price was a major factor, though, and I could not manage to convince myself to buy a $300 viewfinder for a $150 camera.
Ever since I installed the firmware upgrade 1.2 on the E-PL1, focus-peaking (with blue, glowing edges) has been a part of my manual focus. It’s kind of addictive, in a lazy sort of way. I found I was starting to use it as a rough guide when doing first focus, and then grew to realize it’s usually very close to the focus I set for myself using the magnified screen. I wouldn’t buy a camera to get this, but it’s sort of helpful, sometimes.
I haven’t noticed any mention of this feature in your forum, or others, so finally did a general online search and came up empty. Perhaps you would like to pass along the existence of the feature for folks who have never bothered to update their firmware. I haven’t noticed any new menu features related to it. It’s just there, whether you want it or not. If you have an E-PL1, check it out for yourself.
I enjoy your rumor site a lot. You take the trouble to keep it up to date, and that makes it worth reading. Thanks!

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New Olympus deals: Up to $100 off on OMD and PEN. 45mm for $349. New 17mm for $449.

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The Panasonic 20mm is certainly the most popular MFT lens. But today’s $50 price puts the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens on the same price level as the Panasonic pancake. You can grab it for $349 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. But today there are massive new Olympus deals! Here is the list.

Olympus Lens Deals:
17mm f/1.8 lens gets a $50 discount at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
12-50mm zoom gets a $50 discount Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
12mm prime lens gets a $100 discount Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
40-150mm gets a $50 discount Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

Olympus Camera Deals:
The up to $100 discount ont he E-M5 is back at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Up to $75 savings on the E-PL5 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Up to $75 savings on the E-PM2 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Savings also on a huge amount of compact cameras at Amazon (Click here to see the list).

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Photozone: Olympus 75mm lens is “the best micro-four-thirds lens”.

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Image courtesy: Photozone.

Klaus from Photozone (Click here) analyzed the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens performance. And the conclusion is: “The Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 ED is, by quite a margin, the best micro-four-thirds lens that we have tested to date.” If you know Klaus he is quite sever in his judgments. Olympus really should do more lenses like the 75mm prime!

Lens Price check: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

And ThePhoBlographer (Click here) tested the new 17mm prime lens: “Overall, the Olympus 17mm f1.8 is a solid lens that performed well throughout this test. The autofocus speed is incredible and the overall image quality is very good. It is a bit on the pricey side when compared to the Olympus 17mm f2.8 and the Panasonic 20mm f1.7

Lens Price check: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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European refurbished Oly cameras reloaded…

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The long list of refurbished Olympus camera for sale for Europeans on Olympusmarket just became a lot longer! Because of obvious space reasons I can only give you the full list of E-M5 cameras and the newest PEN auctions (to see the almost 300 auction check directly Olympusmarket). Here are the links to the single auctions:

E-M5:
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens, Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens, Black E-M5 body, Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens, Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens, Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens, Black E-M5 body, Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens, Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens, Silver E-M5 body, Black E-M5 body, Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens.

E-P3:
Black E-P3 with kit lens, Black E-P3 with kit lens,

E-PL3:
White E-PL3 with double lens kit, Silver E-PL3 with double lens kit, White E-PL3 with double lens kit, White E-PL3 with kit lens, White E-PL3 with double lens kit, Black E-PL3 with kit lens,

E-PM1:
White E-PM1 with kit lens, Black E-PM1 with kit lens, Black E-PM1 with kit lens, Black E-PM1 with kit lens, White E-PM1 with kit lens,

MFT lens:
45mm f/1.8 lens, 45mm f/1.8 lens, 14-150mm lens, 45mm f/1.8 lens, 40-150mm lens, 12-50mm lens

Again good luck!

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