August 15, 2011
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What are the strenghts of the m43 system?

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There is more and more competition coming. Sony will announce a huge ammount of new NEX cameras ad lenses (Click here to see the lenses at SAR) and new cameras from Samsung and probably Nikon (More at MirrorlessRumors.com). But now I want to know what you think are the strenghts of the m43 system compared to the other mirrorless systems!

Select the main reasons why you joined the m43 world (select a maximum of three points).

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August 15, 2011
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Everybody wins an Eisa ward (does it make sense?)

Th EISA (European Imaging & Sound Association) is a unique association of 50 special interest magazines from 19 European countries. And every year they do award the best photo cameras and lenses. The problem I have with Eisa is that they created so many different categories that it easy for every manufacturer to win at least one of the prizes. Olympus for example won the “European All Weather Camera 2011-2012” with the Olympus TOUGH TG-810. And Panasonic won the “European Compact System Camera 2011-2012” with the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3.
See all categories and winners at http://www.eisa.eu/awards/3/photo.html
Like last year, and two years ago and three years ago (and so on) everybody won a price! Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji, Samsung, Pentax, Tamron, Sigma, Casio…sounds a bit like a joke or no? That said the Panasonic G3 is certainly the best mirrorless camera announced in 2011!

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

 

August 14, 2011
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Samyang 24mm f/1.4 for Four Thirds coming by end of the year.

Thanks to Samyang current Four Thirds user can see the light of some new Four Thirds lenses. They just announced on their website (Click here) that by end of the year they will announce the 24mm f/1.4 fast wide angle! It will have 13 elements (in 12 groups) including four ED elements and two aspheric lenses. The lens is manual focusing only but the optical quality is on a very top level

There are currently two fast manual lenses you can get for your Olympus camera:
1) The 35mm f/1.4: In US you can find it as “Rokinon” at Amazon (Click here), as “Samyang” on eBay (Click here) and as “Rokinon” on eBay (Click here).
2) The 85mm f/1.4: You can get for $274 on Amazon (Click here), as “Samyang” on eBay (Click here) and as “Rokinon” on eBay (Click here).

P.S.: All Samyang lenses for Olympus can be found on eBay only and under seven different brand names (Click on it to see all Four Thirds lenses from the specific brand!):
Samyang
Walimex
Rokinon
Opteka
Falcon
Vivitar
Bower

August 14, 2011
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Plenty of new Olympus E-P3 reviews.

A nice image posted by Photoscala.de.

There are many new Olympus E-P3 reviews:

Let’s start with ePhotozine (Click here): “The Olympus PEN E-P3 is a welcome upgrade to the E-P2, with extremely fast focusing, which was one of the big problems with the PEN series, especially if you’d used another faster Micro Four Thirds camera, but now Olympus are back in the game. The addition of a built in flash, AF illuminator and several new art filters and effects that can be applied to the art filters, is a very welcome addition“. The camera gets “Highly Recommended!

The next test has been made by Photographyblog (Click here): “While with the exception of it missing a built-in flash we were perfectly happy with the E-P2 until the E-P3 came along, this new model is enough of a change, and indeed a larger one than that separating the E-P1 and E-P2, to suggest Olympus has played its hand well. ” Also for them the E-P3 deserves a “Highly Recommended!

The german website Photoscala (Click here to read the translation) wrote: “The e-P3 delivers crisp immediately, directly zoomable photos. Resolution, sharpness and tonal reproduction follow the ‘visual complacency’- so the photos will look as good as possible from a standing – and align themselves to the amateur. Nevertheless, most values ​​for noise, compression, resolution, vignetting and distortion are pretty good and well suited for most purposes.

The french Focus Numerique (Click here for the translation) finalized their very detailed and interetsing review: “The new Pen E-P3 is definitely the best Micro 4 / 3 Olympus and deserves recommended.

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

August 14, 2011
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First Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review by Pekka Potka

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The two new Oly lenses, the 45mm and 12mm (Clubsnap)

You can read a new Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review made by Pekka Potka (Click here and than click on the 45mm link under “latest”): “The sweet point is from 2.8 to 5.6. Contrast and sharpness are very good. Shooting JPEGs I didn´t notice any need to worry about distortion, vignetting or chromatic aberrations. Lens has problems with flare only with sun hitting front lens against or nearly against the light. It is optically a lot better lens than its price tag says“.

The lens will start shipping in very late September and there are only a few places now where you can preorder it:

Adorama (Click here), J&R (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here), Amazon JP (Click here) and on eBay (Click here).

Reminder: Clubsnap (Click here) has been the very first to post some 45mm f/1.8 image samples.

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