Olympus E-M5 earns Gold Award by Whatdigitalcamera (new 12-50mm firmware update)

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I am learning dutch and I casually found that E-M5 video on youtube. Didn’t know that Olympus invited a fake Angelina Jolie for the E-M5 press release event. You can see her at the end of the video :)

Phil Hall from Whatdigitalcamera (Click here) reviewed the new Olympus E-M5. The camera earns a Gold Award. They like almost everything of the E-M5: “The AF is a noticeable improvement over the PEN series, while the new image stabilisation system works a treat.” and “The OM-D E-M5 performs very well at the lower end of the ISO range, delivering clean and detailed images. Increasing the resolution over the E-P3 could lead some to assume that with more photosites taking up the same sensor area, image noise could be more pronounced, but the OM-D performs very well.

Their only critic is that “it’s a shame to see no ISO 100 on offer”.

More news: Finally you can preorder the E-M5 at Amazon Germany (Click here) for the normal non cheater price :) There is a new firmware update for the 12-50mm kit lens (Source: Olympus Japan). It improves the IS in macro mode and adds zoom support when used on Panasonic cameras. DC.watch (Click here) posted some info about the Epson EVF used by the E-M5.

Preorders:
USA: Amazon, Adorama and B&H.
Europe: Jessops, Amazon UK and Amazon Germany.
Asia: Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Rankings:
USA: E-M5 on position 7/12/14/15 (Click here)
UK: Silver E-M5 on position 20 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 6 and 8 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 4/11/14 (Click here).

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Supernews! Kenko extensions tube with full electronic control!

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Image courtesy: Photoscala.de

What a great news! Kenko just announced two new 10mm and 16mm extension tube that will transform any current Micro Four Thirds lens in a macro lens! You can also use both extensions tube combined….like you can see on the picture below:

Image courtesy: Photoscala.de

The next good news is that for the first time a third party manufacturer made an accessory that can handle the electronic contacts of a m43 cameras. This means you can still autofocus and control the aperture electronically!

Both tubes will be available in April. They will cost 216 Euro each. I guess you will find that stuff soon on eBay where you can already find a long list of Kenko products.

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Bits of rumors: Panasonic 45-300mm at Photokina (along the GH3)

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a photoshopped 45-300mm lens

Aleo Veuliah had a talk with an anonymous guy from Panasonic Portugal and reported the content on dpreview forum. Aleo posted some correct rumors i the pat so there might be some truth behind the info he got. First he says the GH3 is coming at Photokina and that it will be similar to the GH2. He also said that: “Photokina this year will be important to Panasonic more than 2010 was, and that we might see besides the 12-35mm and 35-100mm f/2.8, another new zoom, he talked about a 45-300mm

I really do hope that when the Panasonic employee says Photokina will be important more than ever that there will be more lenses than the 45-300mm and long awaited X zooms. By the way, it’s so pity that my trusted sources confirmed that the two X zoom lenses are coming after June only :(

P.S.: Message for Olympus. About time to make a Micro Four Thirds version of the current Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0 (here on eBay) and 35-100mm f/2.0 (here on eBay) Zuiko lenses!

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GF3 gets hacked! And now in Stock for $439 with X pancake zoom!

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There is really no need to wait for the upcoming new GF5. Our star hacker Vitaly just announced the new PTool v3.65d (Click here). And for the first time you can hack your GF3 and that tiny thing has the same GH2 hack features except 24p recording!!! Yeah, you read it right…it becomes a shrinked GH2 -> UPDATE: I am referring to the features added via hack, not the inherit ands still for the GH2 only features like crop mod and so on!).

Oh and that little beats now costs less than a high end compact camera. You can get it for $359 only at Amazon (Click here to grab one). But the most super deal ever is the GF3 + tiny 14-42mm X pancake zoom that is now in Stock for $439 on eBay US (Click here to check that superdeal!).

And the hacking party is not going to end here. Vitaly is promising that “something big” is coming soon. What could it be?

Now three cameras are hackable and here are the instructions:
GH1-hack.info
GH2 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
GF3 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
GF2 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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First two E-M5 on eBay, new underwater housing and new review.

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The E-M5 is now on eBay Hong Kong.

The new Olympus E-M5 is supposed to hit the stores in Japan in three days at Amazon Japan. But the first two cameras can be already bought on eBay Hong Kong (Click here, with international shipping). If you are not from Hong Kong please be aware that you have to pay import taxes. The Chinese website PChome (Click here for the translation) unpacked and reviewed the E-M5. As usual the google translation tool makes reading very painful but you can also look on the pictures only.


Olympus Japan announced that the new PT-EP08 underwater housing for the Olympus E-M5 will be on sale at the end of July in Japan for ¥112,350 ($1,360). There is also a new waterproof lens port (¥38,000 or $460) and also a port adapter for Four Thirds lenses (¥17,000 or $206). The maximum depth you can reach with the housing is 45 meter (Source: Olympus Japan / Via: The Verge).

Preorders:
USA: Amazon, Adorama and B&H.
Europe: Jessops, Amazon UK and Amazon Germany.
Asia: Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

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