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August 31, 2010
Posted in news, reviews

First Olympus 75-300mm and 40-150mm image samples!

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Our very fast friends from Fotoactualidad found the first image samples + MTF charts that have been posted on the Olympus Japan website.

Click here to see images samples of the Olympus 75-300mm lens and here to see the Olympus 40-150mm product page.

The two 75-300mm lens image samples (Click to enlarge):

The two 40-150mm lens image samples (Click to enlarge):

August 31, 2010
Posted in news

Olympus lens disappointment. Please Olympus and Panasonic, do surprise us!

I confess, I am not really happy with todays Olympus announcement. I understand that there is a “marketing reason” why those lenses have to exist. Maybe zoom lenses is what “normal” people buys when they go in store. But we are still missing a Zuiko MFT lens we can be really proud of. We have some good lenses like the 9-18mm, but no fast prime lens, no high-quality and reasonable fast zoom, and only one pancake lens! And most of the current lenses are copies of already existing Panasonic lenses (or is Panasonic copying the Olympus lenses?). Take a look for yourself:

Panasonic 7-14mmOlympus 9-18mm
Panasonic 14-140mmOlympus 14-150mm
Panasonic 45-200mm – Olympus 45-150mm
Panasonic 100-300mm (to be announced soon) – Olympus 75-300mm
Panasonic 8mm fisheye – Olympus 8mm fisheye (on roadmap)
Panasonic 14mm (to be announced soon) – Olympus 12mm (on roadmap)

Thousand of 43rumors readers voted for High-Quality prime, pancake and zoom lenses in many of our polls. We need more “WOW” lenses like the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7.  But we also need lenses that are essential for a complete lens repertoire (where is the normal 25mm f/1.4 lens?).
There will be no need to switch to a NEX or NX system or any other system if the lenses are good enough! So please stop playing cat and mouse, stop to fear the market. Try to have some vision like when you imaginated the MicroFourThirds system. Surprise us!

That’s just my personal opinion, feel free to comment this post…
Me, 43rumors.

August 31, 2010
Posted in deals

New Olympus US deal: Instante rebates on the 9-18mm and 14-150mm lens

Olympus is offering an instante rebate on both lenses until September the 4th.

You can save $100 on the Olympus 9-18mm lens. Click on those shop names to visit the relative product page: Amazon / Adorama / BHphoto

And you can save $80 on the Olympus 14-150mm lens. Click on those shop names to visit the relative product page: Amazon / Adorama / BHphoto

August 31, 2010
Posted in news

New Olympus lens roadmap!

Click on the image to enlarge!

Macro, Fisheye and Wide prime lenses are expected to be unveiled by Spring 2011. Why so late? :(

[Thanks Aguilar]

August 31, 2010
Posted in news

Continually updated (+poll): Olympus announces two new MicroFourThirds lenses and a special E-P2 kit

Olympus announced the new E-P2 all black kit and the 40-150mm and the 75-300mm MicroFourThirds lenses. We will continually update this post with all news, reviews, preorder links and image samples.
Reminder: The E-5 will be announced on September 14. Panasonic has a scheduled press release on September 21.

The E-P2 Special Black EVF Edition contents (€1,079, available October 2010.)
* E-P2 camera in black
* M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake lens exclusively in black
* VF-2 electronic viewfinder in black
* Historic lens cap with F logo

The E-P2 Special Black Flash Edition contents (€1,049, available October 2010.)
* E-P2 camera in black
* M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake lens exclusively in black
* FL-14 external flash exclusively in black
* Historic lens cap with F logo

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 (€899, available December 2010.)

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 (€329, available October 2010.)

PRESS RELEASE:
Olympus announces special edition kits for the E-P2 camera in black (Dpreview / Imaging Resource / Photoscala / DCresource / DigitalCameraReview / ThePhoBlographer)
Olympus introduces M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm lens (Dpreview / Imaging Resource / Photoscala / Quesabesde / DigitalCameraReview)
Olympus releases M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm lens (Dpreview / Imaging Resource / Photoscala / Quesabesde / DigitalCameraReview)

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