Part two of Robin’s 17mm review. And save $100 on the 75mm lens.


Shot with the 17mm f/1.8 lens. Image courtesy: Robin Wong.

Robin Wong (Click here) posted part two of the new 17mm f/1.8 lens review. That time his focus is on the Low Light performance of the lens: “The Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 lens is a great lens, it is sharp, very technically well controlled, and works very efficiently. It is also not a lens I will fall terribly in love with, unlike the M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 or even the 75mm F1.8 lenses.

Sounds like this lens is good…but not really grabbing the hearts of the reviewer!

And speaking of the 75mm f/1.8 lens…Olympus dealer Cameraland is selling four new Olympus 75mm lenses with a $100 rebate on their eBay Store (Click here). To get further info about deals on that lens just join our little new Slidoo eBay website (Sign in with FB account and set your search).

P.S.: For the lens buy the cheaper third party hoods are already made on sold in US ($7 on amazon), US ($32 better quality), Germany (ebay) and Hong Kong (ebay).


a little bit of everything…


November .. in Milan from Dario Viola on Vimeo.

E-M5 for sport photography at Steve Huff.
Panasonic LX7 review at Imaging Resource.
Scott Rinckenberger is featured on Gizmodo,  shooting Costa Rican beach babes with the E-M5 (Thanks to the anonymous sender of the news)
Nokton 17.5mm lens review by Sgoldswoblog.
XZ-2 review at Photoreview Australia and
60mm macor lens test at Admiringlight.
Panasonic GH3 hands-on at Photographymonthly.
XZ-2 review at Techradar.
Giveaway at Philip Bloom.
Panasonic prepares for “garage sale”, to axe 10,000 jobs (Reuters).

Club Panasonic is running a sale on the Lumix G5 with 1 or 2 lens kits through 1 December 2012.  G5KK prefixed bundles.  The sales range from US $150-250 off list prices, with free shipping.  I haven’t done any checking yet to see how these compare with retailers such as Amazon.  Since they are based on list prices, the online retailers might beat them.

Rinaldo:Hi from Brazil. Not a rumor, just another suggestion for your recent ‘a little bit of everything…’, my first omd small set: Cheers!
Jurek:Hope all is well with you. I recently flew to Hawaii for nine days and recorded some video of the trip. So this is not a rumor, not a test or review, but it was shot on a m43 camera! Perhaps if you enjoy it and have a slow news day, you are more than welcome to share it with your readers.




Panasonic UK confirms GH3 shipment end of November.


During the latest episode of CameraDiner a Panasonic UK manager unveiled some info about the GH3. Just watch the video on top from minute 21. Some of the highlights:
– The GH3 will start shipping at the end of November.
– Rear display and touch focus shown in use.
– The AA filter in pre-production cameras sent out for review is not the final version.
– No focus peaking for now, but it’s not ruled out for the future.
– Exclusive offer for viewers in the UK from Wilkinson Camera.  Buy the GH3 and get a second battery and 32 GB SD card free with special code.
– HDMI output shown in use (briefly)

GH3 preorders at Amazon , Adorama, BhphotoPanasonic USSamys and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt.

Reminder: Panasonic price on the GX1 kit and 45-175mm X lens.


New 17mm 1.8 and new E-PL5/E-PM2 reviews!


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Image courtsey: Ming Thein |

Ming Thein published a comparative lens review with the new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens: “the 20/1.7 is punchier but has slightly lower microcontrast; the 17/1.8 has lower macrocontrast but better reproduction of fine detail structures – i.e. better microcontrast

ePhotozine published the full E-PM2 review and became their “Editor’s choice“. They say: “The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 produces excellent photos and punches well above its weight.

ThePhotoblogapher posted his first impressions review: “Though I initially had some concerns, the E-PL5 is turning out to be one heck of a compact performer.

The new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens can now be preordered at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon DE.
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,


17mm 1.8 preorder in Germany. Nine refurbished E-M5 too.


Also in Europe you can preorder the new Olympus 17mm lens at Amazon DE. And it’s again a German store having some new refurbished Olympus deals (via Olympusmarket):
E-5 (Four Thirds!) body only E-M5 body only E-M5 with 12-50mm lens all nine E-M5 kits are here on Slidoo eBay.
Black E-PL3 with 14-150mm lens Black E-PL3 double lens kit all four E-PL3 on Slidoo eBay.
Black E-P3 body White E-P3 with 14-42mm lens White E-P1 with 17mm lens Black E-PM1 with 14-150mm lens all four E-PL1 on Slidoo eBay.
all two E-PL2 on Slidoo eBay.