Mini OM on eBay (and E-M5 for sport photography)


You really can’t go more micro than that! I just found a 3cmm small miniature OM phone strap on eBay. There are actually two of them for sale: The Silver E-M5 miniature (Click here) and the Black E-M5 miniature (Click here). You also get two interchangeable lenses! Of course, it won’t take any picture. P.S.: A funny camera that works is the Ikea cardboard camera you can find on eBay (Click here).

We had many E-M5 reviews in these days but Admiringlight is the first to test it as Sports Shooting camera: “The continuous drive mode is competitive with even professional grade DSLRs, and the excellent viewfinder and stabilization helps in framing shots with long lenses. I was impressed that the battery lasted all day, including 872 shots and a bunch of chimping, and still had some juice in the tank. The image quality was excellent, even given the very difficult lighting conditions. Overall, I really couldn’t ask for more from this tiny wonder.

P.S.: Leica X2 vs Fuji X100 vs Olympus E-M5 and Sony NEX-7 by Steve Huff. An E-M5 review by Savezzi.

E-M5 orders (Click on the names of the stores to see the product page):
Black E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, and Amazon Japan.
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto , Digitalrev and J&R.
Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland , Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.


Oh no! Panasonic 12-35mm lens shipment delayed?


Panasonic US isn’t really famous for the punctual product delivery. But I hoped they would not repeat the mistake on the juts announced and very expensive 12-35mm X lens. My hopes are gone when 43rumors readers sent me that message from Amazon US:

Due to a lack of availability, we will not be able to obtain the following item(s) from your order:
“Panasonic H-HS12035 LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8 ASPH X Series Lens”
We’ve canceled the item(s) and apologize for the inconvenience. If you see a charge for the canceled item, we will refund you within 1-2 business days.
If you are still interested in purchasing this item, it may be available from other sellers. Please visit the detail page for this item below:

Amazon (Click here) even removed the preorder option. Damn :(

Here are some other preorder possibilities: BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Panasonic store (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here), Digitalrev (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here) and eBay (via Japan reseller).

P.S: Many other current m43 lenses and cameras got discounted: Panasonic camera rebates list at BHphoto. Panasonic lens rebate page at BHphoto.
1) The 3D lens is in Stock for $49 only at BHphoto and for $67 at Amazon.
2) Panasonic GF3 with 14mm lens for $369 in White at Amazon and BHphoto.
3) Panasonic 14-140mm for $499 at Amazon and BHphoto.
4) The Panasonic 45-175mm X lens is now in Stock for $299 at BHphoto. For $282 at Samys.
5) The 14-42mm normal lens (not X!) is in Stock for $99 at Amazon and BHphoto.
6) The 14-42mm X lens is in Stock for $328 at Amazon.
7) The Panasonic 45-200mm lens sells for $199 at Samys.
8 ) The Black GX1 with X kit lens is in Stock for $739 at Amazon and BHphoto and $619 with the 14-42mm lens at Amazon and BHphoto.
9) Panasonic GF3 lens with 14mm pancake for $379 at Amazon.
10) GH2 body for $749 at Amazon. GH2 with 14-42mm lens is in Stock for $799 at Amazon. GH2 with 14-140mm lens for $1,179 at Amazon.



Full Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 review at Photozone


The Pansonic 25mm f/1.4 on the GX1 (Image courtesy Photozone).

Klaus from Photozone (Click here) posted the full Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH review: “The Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH is a very desirable lens. The quality is very high across most of the image field when stopping down to f/2.8. However, the extreme corners remain only “good” here. Lateral CAs as well as distortions are all well controlled and not relevant in field conditions. In addition, the quality of the bokeh is very good.

The Leica 25mm is certainly a great lens but I still prefer the 20mm f/1.7 for his tiny size that allows me to carry a camera in a pocket!
Check the price and availability of the Panasonic Leica: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay Check the price and availability of the Panasonic Leica: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay

More lens tests: Standard-range micro 4/3 Imatest Results at Lensrentals (Click here). 50mm prime battle at 3Dkraft.


Great 43rumors readers E-M5 reviews (And updated preorder list with FR, UK and ES)


The E-M5 is now shipping to more and more 43rumors readers and they are sharing their reviews of the cameras with me (Thanks!!!). Unlike the usual professional reviewing websites their reports are more “personal” and based on their own needs. I find they very interesting also because they are far away from the pixel peeping mania. And here you have the list the latest reviews made by our 43rumors readers:

Alex Mustard reviews Olympus OM-D E-M5 at WetPixel:”The camera has significantly improved AF, ISO, dynamic range, resolution etc and the housing is more button controlled than menu driven. It is a no brainer, if you have the funds. The E-M5 is also likely to appeal to many compact shooters looking to make a serious upgrade, providing a system that is much easier to adapt to than a SLR. I can also see it appealing to some current SLR shooters, who are looking to downsize, without compromising on performance and image quality.

Full review by Ming Thein: “The original promise of ‘smaller, same quality’ which was made with Four Thirds I felt was never fulfilled with earlier cameras; they weren’t small enough, or able to deliver the same image quality. Although Micro Four Thirds went a long way to fulfilling the smaller part of the equation, image quality, speed and usability were lagging behind until the last generation; only now has the promise been met. I don’t look at the OM-D’s files and think ‘wow, this isn’t bad for such a small sensor!’; instead, I look at the files and am satisfied enough to not think about the sensor size.

Jonathan Hrovath shared his thoughts about the E-M5: “The bottom line is that the OMD E-M5 feels like a high end DSLR in speed and function.  Considering how small it is, this is quite the feat.  I am loving this camera and haven’t been this excited to get out and shoot since I got my Nikon D700 back in 2009.  It just makes you want to immerse yourself in the camera and make some art.

Dearsusan posted a review of the OM-D’s IBIS and found it to provide a solid 3-4 stops of stability improvement in real life conditions.

Terje:I have written an open letter to Olympus on the OMD-5 at It is not a review of a fantastic camera but a summary of weak points that easily may be fixed.

Steve Huff posted the second part of the E-M5 highlight recovering test. And he also posted an “unfair” comparison with the Nikon D800 and superexpensive Leica X2 (Click here to read the article): “While the OM-D did not meet or beat the D800 here it came damn close, and to me that is impressive. I have to say that the more I shoot the OM-D E-M5 the more I love it. As for the X2, it also has a larger sensor than the OM-D but it appears it performed about the same noise wise though you can clearly see the Leica color signature coming through.

Head to Head, E-M5 versus X PRO 1 at Digitalcamerareview.

On the in Stock front I can report that two silver cameras are on auction in Europe at eBay UK (Click here) and eBay Spain (Click here). And first E-m5 are now listed at Amazon France. As you can see from the rankings below the Silver version is loved in USA while the Black leads the rankings in Germany.

E-M5 (Pre)order links (Click on store name): Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev. Cheap third party E-M5 batteries on eBay (Click here).

The E-M5 keeps to be present in the Amazon Bestseller list(changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 7/9/20 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 23/38 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 1/10/12 (Click here).
France: E-M5 on position 17 (Click here).
Japan: E-M5 on position 22/23 (Click here).


New Seb Farges GH2 anamorphic video (and refurbished Olympus list)


On top yo can watch the latest video from Seb Farges shot with the GH2 and the famous little and unexpensive Berthiot Hypergonard 1.75X (here on eBay)[/shoplink. Enjoy!

For all of you that like me love to buy good stuff for a low price check the list of the latest European refurbished Olympus cameras at Olympusmarket. Here is just a short list of the many cameras/lens/accessories you can find there. As usual first ending auctions are on top:
Olympus E-PL1 double kit Olympus E-PL2 double kit Olympus E-PL1 with 14-150mm lens Olympus MAL-1 macro light Olympus MCON-P01 MACRO Converter Olympus FL-14 Flash Olympus E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens Olympus E-P3 with 14-42mm lens Olympus E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens Olympus E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens Olympus E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens Olympus 40-150mm lens Olympus E-PL2 double kit Olympus E-P3 double kit Olympus PenPal Olympus 14-150mm lens