May 4, 2010
Posted in news

The Olympus “Pen Magazine” is online. And Olympus America launches a new challenge!



Submit Your Proposal on YouTube for an Opportunity to Win an
Olympus PEN E-PL1 Camera and $5,000 to Show What You Can Do

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 3, 2010 – Olympus wants to know: What you would do if you had the amazing new Olympus PEN® E-PL1 portable camera featuring professional digital single lens reflex (DSLR) image quality, point-and-shoot simplicity and high-definition (HD) video, along with $5,000 to bring your creative vision to life? The PEN your story challenge starts right now, so it’s time to find out.

Your “vision” can be anything that you could produce with the high-quality PEN and $5,000 budget. Whether your dream is to direct a short film with HD video, produce a fashion spread of pro-quality still images, chronicle an adventure or to create an amazing photomontage, you can submit your video proposal to and enter to win the PEN, the funds to make your project reality and a crack at the grand prize.

After the proposal submissions have been narrowed down to 20 semi-finalists selected by the community via thumbs up “likes” (be sure to tell your friends to watch and like your submission!), six of the best proposals will be selected by a panel of judges from Olympus, as well as the YouTube community. Those six individuals will receive the PEN, the funds and time to bring their proposals to life.

Once the six finalists have uploaded their final creations to YouTube for the world to see, one lucky Grand Prize winner will be selected based on a combination of popular vote and the panel of Olympus judges. The Grand Prize winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to New York City to attend the Olympus-sponsored US Open National Championships on Olympus Day. The winner’s work will be displayed on the giant video board at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center before an audience of thousands.

Get professional tips to make your filmmaking dreams become a reality from multi Webby-Award winner Erik Beck, executive producer of the online DIY filmmaking network Indy Mogul ( Beck has produced a how-to video with tips and tricks to assist you with the production of your submission for the PEN your story challenge. View the video here: and The challenge is open to residents of the United States and Canada.
When submitting your video proposal for the PEN your story challenge, explain how, as a finalist, you plan to use the creative features of the Olympus PEN E-PL1 for your project.

For more details about the PEN your story challenge and the Olympus PEN E-PL1 visit and, and connect with us on, and

May 4, 2010
Posted in deals

Olympus 9-18mm lens now in Stock on BHphoto! No news in Europe :(

The Olympus 9-18mm lens is in Stock on BHphoto. One of our reader wrote us that the same lens is shipping via Amazon US (His credit card has been charged).

I am currently checking the (many) european stores but it seems that no lens is in Stock there. Let me know if you find something because I am also trying to get one lens as soon as possible :)

May 4, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Small update about Sigma

As you know Sigma could soon produce new MicroFourThirds lenses. I just recieved an email from a new but very good source. He told me that “Sigma is already manufacturing lenses for FT-companies – for example the $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>45/2.8 Leica if ($loc == 'ES')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>45/2.8 Leica if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>45/2.8 Leica if ($loc == 'AT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>45/2.8 Leica if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>45/2.8 Leica if ($loc == 'BE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>45/2.8 Leica if ($loc == 'AU')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>45/2.8 Leica if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>45/2.8 Leica if ($loc == 'NL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>45/2.8 Leica if ($loc == 'CA')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>45/2.8 Leica if ($sel != '1')
{?>45/2.8 Leica“. That’s strange! The lens is sold by Panasonic, with quality control from Leica and manufactored by Sigma :)

Can’t wait to get some rumor about the future Sigma MFT lenses!

May 3, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Sony NEX vs MicroFourThirds size comparison compared the size between the NEX and the GF1 / E-PL1 / E-P2 cameras!
Anyway keep in mind that the NEX images are not real images. But this guys are usually good in “recreating” the camera design based on leaks and rumors. Well done!

keep following SonyAlphaRumors to learn more about the NEX cameras!

May 3, 2010
Posted in deals, reviews

Olympus 9-18mm lens in Stock and reviewed on SLRgear

Good news: Amazon will have the lens in Stock on May 6!
Preorder-Order the lens on $loc = $_SESSION['geoip'];

if ($loc == 'GB' OR $loc == 'UK')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Pixmania UK if ($loc == 'JP')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Amazon Japan if ($loc == 'IT')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Redcoon Italia if ($loc == 'DE')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Redcoon Deutschland / Amazon Deutschland if ($loc == 'PL')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Redcoon Poland / Pixmania Poland if ($loc == 'FR' OR $loc == 'FX')
{ $sel = "1"; ?>Amazon France / Pixmania France if ($sel != '1')
{ ?>Amazon US / Adorama / BHphoto

And SLRgear tested the lens! The verdict: “For its size, the Olympus 9-18mm ƒ/4-5.6 provides impressive performance.”
The only flaws are Cromatic Aberration and Distortion. But both are easy to crrect in postprocessing.

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