Olympus E-M5 reviews (including thoughts from a m43 skeptic)

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The image on top shows the new Kaza E-M5 case (Click here to see them on eBay). It’s way cheaper than the Black (Click here) and Brown (Click here) Gariz case!

And now it’s time for the next E-M5 review link session:
Trustedreview (Click here) posted a new E-M5 review: “Overall image quality is very good too, with the E-M5 consistently able to produce sharp, detailed and richly toned JPEGs, with the option to record 12-bit Raw image files for more detailed post production.
Photoreview Australia (Click here) writes: “Despite its convoluted user interface, it’s difficult not to be impressed by the E-M5. Performance-wise, this camera has a lot going for it. Image files straight from the camera appeared sharp with a wide dynamic range in JPEGs and plenty of detail accessible in raw files.” They also tested the 12-50mm lens (Click here): “On the E-M5, the review lens produced a good set of results in our  Imatest tests, which proved it capable of matching the performance of the camera’s sensor. The highest resolution figures were recorded between f/5.6 and f/8
And to finish a review by a declared Micro Four Thirds skeptic at Camerazealot (Click here): “after having it in my hands over the weekend, I am very happy to state that it really was the best choice for my intended use.  It is fast, compact and highly customizable.  The image quality is improved, and the AF speed has definitely lived up to its advanced billing.  The styling and functionality are superb, and even the little clip-on flash unit works well.  It is an absolute perfect fit for my needs, with the added bonus of using it with legacy lenses.” ….Skepsis gone I guess? :)

E-M5 (Pre)order links (Click on store name): Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Bestseller list. Check the list (changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 11/17/20 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 7/15 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 4/6/14 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 5/10/13 (Click here).

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(FT4) 12-35mm coming in June. And the 35-100mm will arrive later (August/September).

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Trusted sources told us that while the 12-35mm X lens from Panasonic will be announced within the next weeks the 35-100mm X lens will be released along the GH3 in late August/early September. I don’t know the reason why Panasonic is splitting up the lens release. Just my guess: looking at the past delivery problems of Panasonic they may choose to release only one lens first to avoid major delivery problems. The problem is particularly evident in USA where many lenses are still not availabel in decent quantity. The 20mm pancake (Click here) and the 25mm Leica (Click here) only got back in Stock in these days (and I guess they will again go out of Stock soon again).

 

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New Viltrox adpater with AF support!

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As you know the current official Olympus Four Thirds to Micro Four Thirds adapter costs around $150 (here at Amazon) while the Panasonic adapter is a bit cheaper ($115 at Amazon). Other adapters are offered form third party companies but do not allow any electronic use of the lenses….until today! I am surprised from the new Viltrox adapter (Click here). It is a Four Thirds adapter that supports the AF! It’s sold for $70 by a Hong Kong store on eBay (Click here). I hope Viltrox can do more of that kind of adapters with electornic support!

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Nanoha lens in Stock at BH. New low price for 14mm pancake. Leica 25mm back in Stock.

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For the first time the Nanoha 5x macro lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). If you need some info about that relatively unknown lens here is a list of useful links:
Official presentation: Nonoha’s website
Image samples: DC.watch (Click here)
Video on vimeo and by Seb Farges
Review at ePhotozine (Click here) and Digi163 (Click here)
Unboxing at Mobile01

More USA deals:
The Panasonic 14mm pancake is in Stock now for $275 at Amazon (Click here). It sets a new low price record but it’s even more a bargaing if you get it along the GF3 as kit lens…$394 for the full combo at Amazon (Click here)!
After a long time the Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens is back in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
And the super $199 deal for the Panasonic 45-200mm is also still ongoing at Amazon (Click here).

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(FT5) Panasonic and Olympus m43 announcements within the next weeks!

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It’s getting more and more busy on the rumors front. I am receiving new info every day and as you know I try to double check rumor with trusted sources in order to give you some FT4 or FT5 ranked rumor (ranking description at the bottom of this post). All I can tell you for sure is that both Panasonic and Olympus will have major product announcements within the next weeks. Please keep in mind that the rumored announcement data of May 21th (Panasonic) and June 18th (Olympus) are coming from external or non trusted sources. I am checking right now if the data are correct or not.

What’s also sure (FT5) is:
1) There will be a new Panasonic G5 with same G3 16 Megapixel sensor.
2) The Olympus 75mm f/1.8 is currently being tested by many photographers and will ship this summer.
3) The 12-35mm f/2.8 Panasonic X lens will ship this summer.

Still unconfirmed rumor (FT3):
1) Olympus XZ-2 is coming (will replace the current Olympus XZ-1)
2) Pansonic LX7 is coming (will replace the current Panaonic LX5)

The surprises (FT2):
1) a new Olympus Four Thirds camera is coming
2) New 7-14mm OIS lens coming


Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

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