August 17, 2010
Posted in reviews

The need for speed: Canon 50mm f/0.95 (Leica M-mount) and the Canon 50mm f/1.2 (Canon FD mount)

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Canon 50mm f/0.95 M-mount
If you care about your money you will not spend more than $2.000 for the Canon 50mm f/0.95 M-mount lens manual focusing lens! Nevertheless there is a flickr group (with 576 members!) that has a nice picture collection. The name of the group is “Canon 50mm f/0.95 “Dream Lens”. You can find some image taken with MicroFourThirds cameras (like here for example with the E-PL1).
Now it’s time for a little bit of camera porn: See the lens attached on the Panasonic GH1 (Fredmiranda) and on the Olympus E-P1 (DChome).
You can get the lens on eBay (click here to check out current auctions)

Canon 50mm f/1.2 FD-mount
Canon FD mount lenses are generally high-quality and also cheap lenses. So don’t mind to use the Canon 50mm f/1.2 FD-mount on your MicroFourThirds camera! Some image samples are available here on dpreview forum or flickr.
And now again some cameraporn: The lens on the GF1 (Flickr), on the E-P1 (Rangefinderforum)
You can get the lens on eBay (click here to check out current auctions)

Feel free to comment this post to add share your experience and pictures!

August 17, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Cgarrard Photokina speculations…

Cgarrard from Alphamountworld (which is no more a Sony website alone) posted his product predictions for Photokina. The list includes Olympus and Panasonic also:

Panasonic- Panasonic will likely be pretty quiet in comparison to the other makers at Photokina, yet could show us all one big surprise. Panasonic has released quite a bit of new products lately so I doubt they have much left in the pipeline to show us. It is doubtful however that Panasonic will not have at least some good juicy news to show at the worlds largest Photo event. I expect many more small compacts, possibly one big announcement of a finished product, or a hint a developing more 3D products as well. I think we’ll see a product ready to market for m4/3 cameras that will allow for 3D imaging (they recently announced development for the worlds first 3D lens for interchangeable cameras).

Olympus- I expect big news from Olympus. It has been a quiet volcano on its DSLR front for quite some time and I expect a big eruption of products with some seriously new innovation. Olympus typically never lie down without a fight and I can’t see them doing it now, especially with the momentum its Pen division has given the company. Many of its DSLR’s are due for replacement, and, it is time for Olympus to show the industry just how committed they will be to this segment. Olympus should be top two news of Photokina.

We from 43rumors do not agree with his Panasonic predictions (we believe Panasonic will release some very nice products) but I hope he is right about Olympus beeing the “top two news of Photokina”. I guess this depends a lot from the quality of the E-3 successor…

August 17, 2010
Posted in news

Eisa awards for Olympus and Panasonic.

Like every year EISA (european imaging and sound association) assigned the prices for the best products 2010-2011.

Olympus won the following prizes:
European Micro System Lens 2010-2011 – Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4-5.6
European All-Weather Compact Camera 2010-2011 – Olympus µ Tough-8010

Panasonic won the following prizes:
European Multimedia Camera 2010-2011 – Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
European Travel Compact Camera 2010-2011 – Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

August 16, 2010
Posted in news

New e-commerce site from Olympus (in US only)

PRESS RELEASE

Olympus Puts Purchasing Power In The Hands Of Consumers With Robust New E-Commerce Site

The Olympus Store’s Live Chat and Advanced Search Make Online Shopping Fun and Easier Than Ever Before

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., August 9, 2010 – Today, Olympus Imaging America Inc. is proud to announce the launch of the Olympus Store, a new, e-commerce website that makes shopping for Olympus products fun and easier than ever before. The site is easy to navigate and helps consumers find the right product by giving them access to knowledgeable customer care representatives, through live chat, e-mail and phone support. In the future, the e-commerce website will offer consumer reviews and recommendations on what products would best fit their lifestyles. At the Olympus Store you will enjoy a hearty shopping experience, utilizing the site to research and purchase a wide selection of products, including digital cameras, lenses, underwater housings, audio devices, binoculars and limitedly available accessories, allowing you to capture it all.

The Olympus Store has a variety of other features to make shopping simple, including:

* Advanced search capability to find the right product in a flash;
* An account dashboard to keep track of multiple orders and view past order history; and
* A wish list that enables visitors to choose and highlight their ideal Olympus presents, making gift shopping a breeze for their friends and family.

“Through every step of the purchase process, the Olympus Store makes shopping fun and easy by giving people all the facts they need to make an informed purchase,” said Dan Mastellon, vice president—operations, customer care and repair, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “With Live Chat, visitors to the site can instantly communicate with a customer care representative who will answer questions and help with selections. The site also lists accessories that can sometimes be hard to find making it a one-stop shopping experience for our customers.”

To access the Olympus Store and start the e-shopping adventure, please click here: https://us.buyolympus.com/.

Found via Photographyblog

August 16, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) More new Pen’s to come at photokina? Almost all Olympus DSLR discontinued?


A big camera retailer (because of privacy reasons I can’t tell you who it is) told us that Olympus DSLRs are ALL listed as discontinued except the E-620 with the note that “MORE PEN CAMERAS” are on their way!

So is Olympus going to release more than one new MicroFourThirds camera?

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