Olympus book writer says: “2013 will be an exciting year”

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UPDATED: On advice of the author Reinhard Wagner I corrected some statements:

Olympus camera book writer Reinhard Wagner (book list at Amazon Germany) wrote at OlyForum.de that “2013 will be an exciting year” and later in the post he writes: “Aber die FTs sind so dermaßen gut, dass ich lieber noch mit der E-5 und der E-M5 arbeite, bis dann die E-7 kommt. Denn die kommt.” Which in short (according to my knowledge of the language) means “The E-7 will arrive” (without to specify the data). Of course, this is not a surprise as Olympus itself admitted that they are working on such a camera. Reinhard is just repeating what we all already know.

I have no doubt FT lenses will be have new cameras to work with (with 100% compatible AF speed and functions). But I am also sure that Olympus is seeking for a way to have full FT lens support on a professional MFT camera. The E-7 may be the first hybrid FT and MFT camera? :)

Check out (and have fun with the sliding) the list of  SWD lenses on Slidoo US, Slidoo EU and Slidoo Worldwide. P.S.: It’s a little website we made to keep track of ebay auctions. You may register to save your searches and set your country!

Reminder: FT refurbsihed deals:
Save $2250 on the Olympus Zuiko 90-250mm f/2.8 ED at Camteacutions or Cametastore. Original price (new condition) here at BHphoto.
Save $650 on the Olympus Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 SWD ED at Camteacutions or Cametastore. Original price (new condition) here at BHphoto.
Save $700 on the Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 ED at Camteacutions or Cametastore. Original price (new condition) here at BHphoto.
Save $900 on the Olympus 150mm f/2.o at Camteacutions or Cametastore. Original price (new condition) here at BHphoto.
Save $300 on the Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8 F2.8 ED at Camteacutions or Cametastore. Original price (new condition) here at BHphoto.

 

 

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UK only: Free 45mm lens on every PEN. New refurbished E-M5 and 75mm lens auctions…

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UK and Irish reader will be happy to learn about the new Olympus offer. If you buy a new PEN you can grab a 45mm lens for free! More about it here: http://omd-free-portraitlens.sales-promotions.com/. I haven’t heard about any other deal in other EU countries.

EU readers can enjoy a new long list of refurbished Olympus cameras including some new OMD auctions and for the first time a Silver 75mm f/1.8 lens. Here are some key auctions:
Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens (auction two) Black E-M5 with 12-50mm lens (auction three) Silver E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens Black E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens Red E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens White E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens Brown E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens Violet E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens White E-PM1 with 14-42mm lens Silver 75mm f/1.8 lens Silver 12mm f/2.0 lens Black 12-50mm lens Silver 12-50mm lens 9-18mm lens

Full list of auctions is available at Olympusmarket.

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Next E-M5 versus GH3 image quality comparison via ePhotozine (and GF5 superdeal)

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Short deal info: Newegg (Click here) has a limited offer where you can save $70 on the GF5 with 14-42mm kit (normal price at Amazon is $519)

 

It is the day of the comparisons and here is the next one. ePhotozine (Click here) posted the nest E-M5 versus GH3 image comparison. And for them it looks like the E-M5 has the edge when it comes to analyze the JPG (not RAW!) images: “Outdoors in the “Wide” shot, the Olympus shows warmer images, with the GH3 image looking cooler in comparison. In the “Street” image there is stronger colour saturation and contrast in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 image. In the final image of the kiwi fruit, the Olympus provides a sharper final image.

As you know Olympus always had the edge over Panasonic when it comes to JPG quality. But it will be interesting to see a real RAW comparison. I suppose both cameras are suing the same (Sony) sensor and quality will be almost identical. The real difference between the two cameras are the features, not the image quality.


GH3 preorders at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here)Panasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt. Shipments starts in mid December!

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35-100mm X in Stock at Samys and Amazon. Super Gold Box deal on the Panasonic LX5

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Samys (Click here) and Amazon (via Samy) are finally having a bunch of Panasonic 35-100mm X lenses in Stock! In Europe this lens is already shipping via Technikdirekt Germany. Also the E-PM2 is in Stock at Samys (Click here).

And as you know the Olympus XZ-1 is the most sold digital camera at Amazon (Click here). That may be the reason why Panasonic allowed a Gold Box deal on the LX5 which now sells for $249 at Amazon (Click here). Full list of todays Gold Box deal can be seen here.

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Pekka Potka says there is no real IQ difference between E-PL5 and E-M5.

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The E-PL5 vs E-M5 comparison by DSLRcheck (translation here).

As Heisenberg proved in the world of physics every testing results depends from the tester. So we now have two new tests trying to find out if there is an IQ difference between the E-PL5 and E-M5:

1) First test: Pekka Potka debunked the myth of the E-PL5 being better then the E-M5. He compared the two cameras and states that “the only thing we can see in these two images is that there really is no difference at all. Yes, there are very, very slight differences but they can come from so many little deviations.“.

2) Second test: DSLRcheck posted another E-PL5 versus E-M5 comparison. The test shows how the E-PL5 has a bit more moire but at the same time also a tiny bit more sharpness. This test indeed suggests that there may be a difference between the two cameras and this may be caused by the lack of AA filter (as written by Olympus France in a message to Lepidi).

I repeat it once again, I link to reviews written by others and I am sure they all have the best intentions. But as stated by Pekka there are so many variables influencing test results. And even Olympus France could have done an (unintentional) wrong statement. At that point I want to remind you that this are just pixel peeping talks. You will never notice a real difference between a printed E-PL5 or E-M5 image. It’s great that Olympus used the best m43 sensor to date for both smalle new PEN cameras :)

New PEN preorders:
E-PL5 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,

The E-PM2 is in Stock at Cametaacutions (Here on slidoo ebay), whiel the E-PL5 is in Stock in Asia (here on slidoo ebay).

 

 

 

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