First two Olympus 17mm f/1.8 image samples…

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One of the nicest new announcement at photokina was that Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens. Sadly Olympus didn’t release any official image sample to see how good (or bad) the image quality is. But a Dpreview forum member (Click here) managed to take two shots with the prototype version that was on show at photokina. Those pics definitely can’t unveil what the quality of the lens will be. For now also price and availability are unknown. Hope it doens’t take that long to see it in store! This is one of the mft lenses I would like to own.

 

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New E-M5 firmware 1.5 released!!!

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Nice to wake up and find news like this! Olympus E-M5 owners can upgrade their camera to the Version 1.5! Olympus grouped all mini updates in one single major release. The screenshot on top shows you the list of the fixes.Let us know if you find some nice improvement here and there.

Source: http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/firm/omd/em5.html

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There is a $80 gift card deal on all Olympus cameras (Click here to see the detailed deal page on Amazon).

E-M5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

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.

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New sub 300 Euro MFT camera roundup for Europe.

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You don’t have to spend a lot of money to join the Micro Four Thirds system. Here is a roundup for all European readers that want an interchangeable camera for less than 300 Euro. All cameras are new! Click on the name to see the auction:
White Olympus E-P1 body for 184 Euro on eBay Germany Silver Olympus E-PL2 body for 189 Euro on eBay Germany Black Olympus E-PM1 body for 209 Euro on eBay Germany Black Panasonic GF3 body for 247 Euro on eBay Germany White Olympus E-PM1 body for 249 Euro on eBay France White Olympus E-P1 body for 249 Euro on eBay Germany Black Olympus E-P2 body for 249 Euro on eBay Germany Silver Olympus E-PL3 body for 259 Euro on eBay Germany Silver Olympus E-PM1 with kit lens for 280 Euro on eBay Germany Black Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens for 287 Euro on eBay Germany

And here are some lens deals:
Nokton 25mm for 639 Euro on eBay Italy Olympus 75mm lens for 769 eBay France Olympus 75mm lens for 830 eBay Spain Nokton 17.5mm for 1079 Euro on eBay Germany

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Olympus and Sony conference in Tokyo: Sony will supply sensors while Olympus will share lens and mirrorless tehcnology.

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So it’s done guys! Olympus and Sony will now officially work together on the mirrorless front. Today Sony-Olympus held a press conference in Tokyo and you can read more about it on DC.watch (translation here). In short:
– It is Sony’s interest to keep the MFT system well alive
– Sony will supply sensors to Olympus
– Olympus will share their lens and mirrorless knowledge and technology to Sony
– Future mirrorless camera parts may be co developed by Sony and Olympus (example EVF and OLED screen).

For now this sounds like a good deal. It also opens a new kind of possibilities for Olympus. For example they could make lenses for the NEX system or even uses Sony’s FF sensors for a new PRO system. But all that is just speculation for now!

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