(FT2) New OMD firmware update soon?


Hot to “fake” the peaking mode on the E-M5

Two different anonymous sources said that a new Olympus E-M5 firmware is coming soon. As you may know there was already some rumors about a possible firmware upgrade in December but indeed the firmware update was only for the current PEN cameras. Anyway, one of the sources also mentioned some bits about the supposed new E-M5 firmware update: “new firmware for E-M5 next this week, looks like no peaking. Only some issues HL/SH control for ISO 2000 and more.

But as I said, keep feet on ground and let’s not see if it is coming for real. That said, no focus peaking would be pity. The camera can actually do it as you can see form the video embedded on top. So Oly…just bring it on!


Olympus E-M5 price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

E-M5 Case:
There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.

E-M5 Batteries, and other things:
The Olympus GS-4 strap and the DSTE E-M5 batteries you have to use with an extra charger. There is an E-M5 car charger a new E-M5 LCD screen and a Front Cover+ Top Panel.

Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct


Sunday US superdeals: LX7 for $299, E-PM1 for $299, E-PL3 for $399, E-P3 for $449.


The Panasonic LX7 now sells for $299 only at Amazon (via third party), Adorama, BHphoto and Samys!

And all Older PEN cameras got a price drop of up to $100:
E-PM1 with kit lens from $399 down to $299 at Adorama, Amazon and at BHphoto.
E-PL3 with kit lens now $399 at Adorama, Amazon and at BHphoto.
E-P3 with kit lens for $449 at Adorama and Amazon.


a little bit of everything…


Angenieux 12-120mm C Mount Test on the Panasonic GH2 from Logan Stewart on Vimeo.

GH3 vs E-M5 at Hardwarezone.
Olympus 60mm macro review at Digitalcamerareview.
Second part of the 60mm macro review at Lepidi (translation here).
Panasonic 3D lens patent at Freepatentsonline.

Ben:We took the GH3 for a “TEST FLIGHT.” Panasonic liked it so much that they posted it on their Facebook page. I thought your readers would enjoy it too. Here’s the link:

Nicolas:I just posted the last post of my series on a cheap tilt adapter for Micro-Four third cameras: http://drinkcat.blogspot.sg/2013/02/tilt-adapter-for-micro-four-third-part3.html.At least for amateur work, and as long as you only want tilt, and notshift, my adapter does the trick. The only thing you need is a legacy lens (20-30$ on eBay), a body cap, a lens cap, and some plastic. I’m working on a more elaborate version that would allow to take videos,
will keep you posted ,-)

Ryan:Found the closest way to “Cinestyle” type profile is -5,-1,-1,-1. Shot this short travel piece with that setting on the GH3. It would be amazing if you could post this up at some point. Looking forward to NAB, waiting for rumors on a 2k or 4k micro four thirds panasonic. Its bound to happen at some point. https://vimeo.com/59450878

Ted:A 15-minute documentary I filmed using a Panasonic GH1 has been accepted at 5 film festivals, including the Boston International Film Festival in April, 2013. If you would like to see what the film looks like, I’ve posted a short trailer for it here: http://vimeo.com/57326102

Anonymous:A nice test of the Panasonic long zooms (70-200mm f/2.8 and 100-300mm f/4-5.6) on an Olympus E-M5. Great pictures of nature (especially birds). Also in the comments section and interesting remark by the author: “I always switch the lens stabilization off – the Olympus IBIS is much better in my opinion.” http://lindsaydobsonphotography.com/pets/panasonic-35-100-f2-8-and-100-300-f4-5-6-olympus-omd/

Aron:I just did a few GH3 iso and in camera noise reduction test.If your interested please check them out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3K3Y9r7T_U&list=PL4030B34F4B40FAC8&index=1   and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJpzR46vwOY&list=PL4030B34F4B40FAC8&index=2

Vittore: “Hi I’m Vittore Buzzi, I’m a professional photographer who uses only Olympus Om-D cameras I won the 3rd prize for sport stories at  World Press Photo here http://www.worldpressphoto.org/awards/2013/sports-feature/vittore-buzzi?gallery=6096&photographer=5961. I think that this could be an interesting story for your blog. Here my sites: http://photographer.photoshelter.com/   http://www.wedding-photographer.it/


Panasonic and Olympus rumors and news roundup.


We had a busy week and plenty of long discussion that shouldn’t get lost now. So here is a roundup if you want to read articles and comments posted this week:

Olympus will announce the E-P5 in June while a new OMD camera may be announced in September (Click here ot read the article).
New Panasonic MFT cameras coming soon (article here).
Panasonic and Olympus interviews. Panasonic wants to go PRO while Olympus will not use hybrid EVF (article here).
GX2 specs (article here).

GH3 got DxOmarked (article here).

Olympus denied their DSLR investment reduction (article here).
Detailed Panasonic Colour Splitter Sensor report (article here).

The Panasonic 12-35mm X lens has an issue on the stabilization system when shooting long exposure pics (article here).
GH3 Intervalometer issue (article here).


GH3 Intervalometer is not exact as it should be?


Panasonic GH3 Intervalometer Problem from time on Vimeo.

A couple of days ago we posted an article about the little 12-35mm X lens issue that causes  a “shimmer” effect on long exposure videos (article here).Today we have a seocnd issue to report: The website TimeLaps.org tested the GH3 Intervalometer and discovered that it doesn’t work as perfect as it should. The tester Rob told to me that: “it NEVER fires at the interval set.  Always fires early or late, and by not by any set amount.“. Hopefully Panasonic can fix this via firmware upgrade.