Black Friday Preview Sale – Get 12% off Sitewide at KEH with code “SALE11A” at checkout

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Black Friday Preview Sale – Get 12% off Sitewide at KEH with code “SALE11A” at checkout! Offer valid 11/15 – 11/16! You can find the Panasonic/Olympus cameras here and the Panasonic/Olympus lenses here.

Excludes New and Like New grade items. Excludes Leica brand products. Offer runs through 11:59PM ET on 11/16

Reminder: Two days left to save $60 on the Luminar 4 bundle preorder (Click here).

 

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Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.2 PRO Review by Opticallimits: “THE best lens available for Micro-Four-Thirds”

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Opticallimits tested the Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.2 PRO lens:

Olympus put all the right ingredients into the Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.2 PRO for making it one of the best, if not THE best, lens available for Micro-Four-Thirds. It is sharp as a tack at all relevant aperture settings. Lateral CAs are low and image distortions are nothing to worry about. Image auto-correction takes care of vignetting but even without the digital helper, it’s quite decent considering its large aperture. Another highlight is the quality of the bokeh which is smooth as silk and as good as it gets in a conventional lens.
While some full-format snobs may frown upon the shallow depth-of-field capabilities, the reality is that for the vast majority of use cases, it’s “good enough” really. And if you need something like a 85mm f/1.2 or f/1.4 on a mirrorless full-format camera – with an admittedly superior DoF potential – you also talking about system costs (and size/weight) two or three times as high. Thus it’s a very different discussion then anyway.
The build quality of the Zuiko is also excellent thanks to a tightly assembled all-metal and sealed construction. We aren’t completely sold on the rather shiny finish but that’s a matter of taste. The same goes for the focus-clutch mechanism for switching between AF and MF. However, manual focusing itself is very smooth and precise. The speed of the MSC AF is also impressive. Furthermore, it’s also a very lightweight and compact lens – making it a joy to use out there.
All in all the Olympus  M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.2 PRO is one of the best lenses that we reviewed – ever. As such – highly recommended!
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a bit of everything…

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Setting Olympus Digital Cameras

Today Gold Box deals at Amazon US, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 mark iii – Differences to E-M1 mark ii and my initial menu settings booklet (Flightlevel42).
PhotoPlus interviews with Sigma and Panasonic (L-rumors).
Tokina 135mm T1.5 Vista Prime Cinema Lens (Personal View).
New Essential Version of the FeiyuTech AK4500 Gimbal Now at B&H

Plenty of news on the facebook E-M1II group, Panasonic FF and the GH5 group.

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New Tether Tools Air Direct Wireless Tethering System for Olympus/Panasonic cameras

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There is this new Tether Tools Air Direct Wireless Tethering System for Olympus/Panasonic cameras on sale at BHphoto (Click here).

Overview:

The Tether Tools Air Direct Wireless Tethering System is a compact transceiver that provides remote control capabilities as well as high-speed RAW and JPEG image transfer using a computer or mobile device. The Air Direct attaches to a compatible camera via USB-C connection and can be mounted on the camera’s hot shoe. It then creates an 802.11ac ad-hoc Wi-Fi network for connecting to a computer or mobile device. Users of tethering software such as Capture One, Lightroom, Smart Shooter, DarkRoom, Canon EOS Utility, Nikon Camera Control Pro 2, Helicon Remote, AstroDSLR, or Phocus can maintain their workflow without the limitations associated with physical camera-to-computer cables while the Air Remote App provides compatibility with iOS or Android devices.

  • High-Speed wireless tethering system connects compatible Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic LUMIX, Phase One, Hasselblad, or Leica cameras to a computer or mobile device
  • Enables wireless camera control as well as simultaneous RAW and JPEG image transfer
  • Use with Capture One, Lightroom, Smart Shooter, DarkRoom, Canon EOS Utility, Nikon Camera Control Pro 2, Helicon Remote, AstroDSLR, or Phocus tethering software
  • Air Remote App provides compatibility with iOS or Android devices
  • Connects to a compatible camera via USB-C connection and creates an 802.11ac ad-hoc Wi-Fi network
  • LP-E6 battery, DC, and USB power options
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Official Olympus statement: “we will continue to work on the improvement of profitability and efficiency in the Imaging Business”

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Sina Finance news” officially asked Olympus to comment the rumors about the possibility of their camera business shutdown. The official answer (note: google translated):

“The image business has always been the driving force of technology, including imaging technology and mass production technology, for medical and The science field has made tremendous contributions. As stated in the new business strategy, since the imaging business and the scientific business are important businesses supporting the company, we will continue to work on the improvement of profitability and efficiency in these two business areas.”

Sina also asked them regarding the fact that there is no discussion about the image business and the scientific business in the business strategy, does it mean that Olympus is considering the sale of these businesses? Olympus answer is:

Detailed information about these business plans can be found in the next quarter’s earnings.

So we will see in next quarters report how Olympus plans to revive their financially declining Imaging Business.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III in Kitzbühel, Austria

Today Gold Box deals at Amazon US, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
STC Duo Narrowband Astro clip in filter tested by Jim Chung.
Canon Q3 operating profit in the imaging business drops 56,8% compared to last year (MirrorlessRumors).
FOGRIP for Sony a / Olympus EM1 II (STCoptics).
Recommended Ultra-Telephoto Lenses (Explora).

Plenty of news on the facebook E-M1II group, Panasonic FF and the GH5 group.

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