August 6, 2011
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Olympus 12mm f/2.0 videoreview at Digitalrev

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I always enjoy to see those funny and not to much technical Digitalrev videoreviews reviews. They are good in highlight the “emotional” part of photography. The video on top shows their latest review of the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 m43 lens! Yeah, the price of that lens is a bit high but they liked it a lot! The lens is now in Stock in most stores. Check the availability and price by clicking those direct search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

P.S: According to rumors the 50mm macro should be announced within the next couple of months but there is room for more of them! My suggestion to Oly…make a 17mm f/1.4 lens :)

P.S.S: Greetings to all the Digitalrev video team!!!

August 6, 2011
Posted in deals

This weekend refurbished Olympus deals summary.


Those are the (m-)43 refurbished products auctions ending this weekend. Reminder: only EU residents can buy them! I divided the new stuff in categories and the first ending auctions are on top. Click on the product name and you will see the full description and current auction price of the product (it opens a new window in your browser):

Micro Four Thirds

E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with double kit lens
E-PL2 with double kit lens
E-PL2 with double kit lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
FL-14 flash
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
E-PL1 with double kit lens
E-PL1 with double kit lens
E-PL1 body only
14-150mm lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
VF-2 external viewfinder
E-P1 with kit lens
E-P2 with 17mm lens
E-P2 with kit lens
E-PL2 with double kit lens
E-PL1 with double kit lens
E-P1 with double kit lens
E-P1 with 17mm lens
E-PL2 with double kit lens
E-PL2 with double kit lens
FL-14 flash
E-PL1 underwater case
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL2 with 14-150mm lens
E-P1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with double kit lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-P1 with kit lens
E-PL2 with kit lens
E-PL1 with kit lens
E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens
VF-2 external viewfinder

Four Thirds

E-450 with kit lens
E-620 with double kit lens
12-60mm lens
35mm macro
E-450 with kit lens
E-620 with kit lens
14-54mm lens
FL-36R flash
11-22mm lens
E-5 body only
E-450 with double kit lens
70-300mm lens
E-450 with kit lens
E-450 with kit lens
E-450 with double kit lens
70-300mm lens

XZ-1

white XZ-1 compact camera
black XZ-1 compact camera

August 5, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Micro Four Thirds reviews (Including New York Times test of the E-P3)


Mike Kobal is having fun with his new toys (Click here to read his E-P3 and 12mm lens article).

Olympus E-P3

The New York Times (Click here) wrote about the new Olympus E-P3: “micro-S.L.R.’s use the same slow focusing system as pocket cameras (the ones that miss so many split-second opportunities). So saying that the EP-3 focuses faster than professional cameras would be like saying that Ford’s newest pickup truck gets better mileage than the Toyota Prius. You can turn this camera on, focus and snap in under a second. The blackout time between photos has been cut in half. And when capturing its gorgeous hi-def 1080p video, the camera refocuses smoothly, quickly and silently as you zoom and pan, exactly like a camcorder. That’s extremely rare in still cameras.
Steve Huff (Click here) posted his final E-P3 review: “The E-P3 is a camera like no other though. When I shoot with any PEN camera I have FUN. The camera inspires me to take it with me at all times. Its small, sleek, thin and light. The out of camera JPEGS are very good and many times I shoot it just with the B&W art filter as I really love the look it gives. But the big question is IMAGE QUALITY! How does the E-P3 compare to the other cameras? Well, in all reality it is up there and close but you will still get better overall image quality from the X100, X1, and Ricoh GXR.
You can check the E-P3 price and availability by clicking those direct search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay (Click on shop name).

Panasonic GF3

Digitalcamerareview tested the Panasonic GF3 (Click here): “The GF3 is capable (with very little effort on the part of the user) of consistently and dependably delivering “pro” quality images. The GF3 successfully combines the look and P&S simplicity of a compact digicam with the larger sensor and lens interchangeability of a DSLR. To put that another way, the GF3 looks and behaves like a compact P&S digicam, but it performs like a DSLR.
You can check the GF3 price and availability by clicking those direct search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay (Click on shop name).

Panasonic G3

There is also a new Panasonic G3 review at DC.watch (Click here).
You can check the GF3 price and availability by clicking those direct search links: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay (Click on shop name).

Mixed

Mobile01 posted a triple review. They tested the GF3 (Click here to read the google english translation), the E-P3 with the 12mm lens (Click here to read) and the Leica 25mm (Click here to read).
Dirk Weber sent me this: “I’m a regular reader of your site and this time I’d like to share a personal experience. 😉 Just for fun I tried a fashion shoot with the XZ-1 a few days ago and it did a great job there. Here you’ll find pictures and a short review in German and some sort of English. If you like, just have a look at my wedding photography website http://www.brautrausch.de – all Olympus – featuring a 3 minute clip showing work with E-Cameras and PENs. 😉

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 5, 2011
Posted in news

Back from vacation. New rumorstories coming (with two possible surprises).

Just a short note for my readers. It’s my last day in France now and I had a very good vacation here. I had only good experiences and met many nice french people! I have to admit that 43rumors kept me more busy than I thought it would be. For the next time I will try to find a 100% substitute for the time I am away. As I told you months ago I will now travel a lot for work and I will need someone helping from time to time. Next week I will be on mountain trip on the Dolomites (I love to climb). And Next Month I will have a huge work to do first in Belgium than in NYC. Anyway, don’t want to bore you with my personal stories, I only wanted to let you know that I am very limited in time so please excuse me when I forget to answer your emails or when I am a bit late in posting a news.

Coming back to rumors. All I can tell you know is that both Olympus and Panasonic will have announcements in late August/September. And I heard from a possible surprise from Olympus and an almost certain huge surprise from Panasonic. I still have only few tidbits about that but as usual you should now that I am trying to post that stuff as soon as I can. The GF7 is coming (and that is not a secret anymore) and also new lenses. I got the feeling that the upcoming Sony NEX announcement (on August 24) put some pressure on Panasonic as I heard they will announce some products earlier than expected.

A very personal message: Some french friends that I met in these weeks are now reading this website. That’s a message for them: “Merci pour la journée magnifique”!!!

August 4, 2011
Posted in reviews

Very first Olympus E-PL3 review at DSLRmagazine

Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine

Once again DSLRmagazine (Click here to read the google english translation) is the very first website to post an Olympus product review. This time they tested the Olympus E-PL3. In short:

– it has very favorable balance between physical dimensions and overall performance.
– Although the folding screens are nothing new to the E-PL3 gives a remarkable charisma.
– they miss an enhanced grip.
– The final opinion is that the E-PL3 deserve a great success of acceptance and sales. In fact, we seem to be technologically more advanced than the E-P3, despite the OLED display and most complete control of it, it simply inherits the E-P2.

The tester Valentin Sama did highlight one particular problem (google translation): “why provide an index of ISO 12,800 if you have no sense to use given the poor quality it offers? A little common sense, please. Each system has its limitations and it has been demonstrated that trying to cover an APS-C sensor with a 16 mm compact is foolhardy, just will recognize that the Micro Four Thirds System offers a compromise between optical quality (image) and weight , volume and price are unbeatable, but for now, with current sensors, providing EI values ​​over 3,200, with picture quality seems just a pipe dream. And why pretend otherwise if the rest is superb?

Yeah, that’s the power of marketing!

E-PL3 are only available at Amazon Deutschland (CLick here), Digitalrev (Click here) and notfying service at BHphoto (Click here).

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