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Photographer Lester Jones Road Tests the All New LUMIX GX7

5 Tips for Shooting Sports with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (TheDigitalStory).
Battle of the mirrorless monsters – Sony A7R vs Olympus OM-D E-M1 (EosHD).
Panasonic GM1 review by Tyson Robichaud.
GM1 and Lumix App test at Japanese Ascii.
Olympus Stylus 1 Sample Image Gallery (Digitalcamerareview).
Fujifilm X-E2, Olympus OM-D E-M5, Panasonic GX7 y Sony NEX-7: frente a frente (Quesabesde).
Olympus E-M1 with 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 43 Zoom test at Outbackphoto.
Olympus Photography Events In February (ePhotozine).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 review at Trustedreviews.
Voigtlander Nokton 42.5 mm f/0.95 review at Lenstip.


  • Bob B.

    One has to wonder about Lenstips choice of testing the Voigtlander on the Olympus E-PL1…wouldn’t a more contemporary camera body have been a more informative choice?

    • Ruudi

      Lenstip can’t afford another M43 body as they are all too expensive

    • Agreed. It seems rather pointless to use such an old camera with a 5 year old (at least) sensor.

      The Voigtländer 42.5mm is really a wonderful lens on many levels. Sure it may have a few flaws, how many lenses don’t, but it really rises above them.

    • Charles

      Shouldn´t the lens perform better with a low mp sensor?

      • ben



        • Charles

          It´s still silly to say the voigtländer didn´t perform well because of the camera.

          Lenstip tested the Pana 42,5mm 1.2 with the same camera and the lens performed much better than the voigtländer. A camera with a 16 mp sensor wouldn´t have changed that outcome.

          • robin

            they want to standardize everything. the save money too at same time =D

          • I have a feeling that the f/0.95 result is good enough for portraits and full body. People who need a bit more can stop down to 1.2/1.4. People who need the max better buy a cheaper lens as it would be a waste if you shot stopped down that much on this unique lens.

            • It’s hardly a waste stopping it down. It renders beautifully, which, after the wide aperture, is one of the main reasons to use any of the Voigtländers. Lately I was using the 42.5mm for close-up (semi-macro) shooting with excellent results.

              • what I mean is that stopping down alot most of the time, while using this lens, you could have saved money by using a cheaper voigtlaender. If you only use the 0.95 setting a few times, I think its a waste of money.

                • I shoot at f0.95 quite a bit, but stopped down it’s a fantastic performer, too.
                  With it’s speed, rendering, sharpness and close focusing abilities, it’s an incredibly flexible lens… at ALL apertures!
                  So why limit it to wide-open shooting?

                  • Its just my opinion, I am an open aperture shooter as its the way how i want to see my subject thru the lens. Yes I am sure it looks great too stopped down (as most lenses do.)But for me, the real quality is in the native aperture value.

    • if they would use another sensor/camera, you cannot really compare it anymore with other lenses tested on the epl1. Using the newest body now would make no sense to me.

    • dunsun

      Hey guys,

      Lenstip tests are among the best you can find around the internet (they iclude astigmatism tests, flare, good image samples, …).

      The very main reason they stay with an old EPL-1 body is that if you take any other body you can not directly compare new results with old ones. The second reason for epl-1 is that it’s the sharpest 12mpix m43 camera (very similar resolution to Olympus E-5).

      So please stop complaining …

  • Don’t waste your time on the Lester Jones “road test” as he spends 75% of the time plugging his blog and talking about how cool it is to be him. He does have some nice photos, but this isn’t a very efficient way to see them.

    • ben

      Agree, Lester Jones comes off as someone with a massive ego, didn’t talk at all about the camera

  • Berneck

    I think the A7R vs E-M1 article is interesting. I can’t speak much to the video side of things, but the article infers what I have thought about the A7’s the moment I tested them out, they feel rushed to market. The E-M1 feels so unbelievablly refined by comparison. I don’t doubt that Sony will eventually correct all of these problems, but hopefully Olympus won’t be resting on its “success” with the E-M1 and will be that much more ahead.

    Another thing the article points out is the fact that the lenses are for the most part much larger than m43. Not to mention, more expensive as a whole. This will likely always be the case. Therein lies the advantage of m43. The balance of image quality and portability cannot be matched.

    • Charles

      He mentions that the Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 would become a 26-52mm 1.3 with a Speed Booster adapter on the Oly E-M1. Is that true? Wouldn´t the 18-35mm translate to 36-70mm on mft?

      • AMVR

        You do know what a speedbooster does, right ?

        • Charles


          • Berneck

            It does the opposite of a teleconverter, which magnifies an image and lets in less light making a lens slower. The speedbooster reduces the magnification, which essentially lets in more of the scene in the field of view, in turn lettting in more light. I’m guessing since it is effectively making the lens “wider”, the image becomes sharper since camera shake has less of an impact.

            The drawback is that native lenses won’t work. You need lenses that cause a larger image circle. So FF lenses on an APS-C or m43 sensor. APS-C lenses also work on m43, so I believe there are actually more lens choices for m43.

            • Charles

              Thank you :)

      • Hans

        Speed Booster doens’t change the FOV of the lens. So yes, the 18-35mm will still be a 18-35mm translating into a 36-70 FF equivalent.

    • Olympussy

      Can, by the Sony RX10 and the RX100. The only thing these can’t do better is changing lenses.
      Times are changing fast

    • Johny M

      This article is complete bullshit to be fair.
      I recommend reading this comment under the article

      The main criticism about the A7/r are always the same:
      1. The camera doesn’t have the IBIS of the Olympus (it’s mirror less competition)
      2. It doesn’t have the AF of a 5D MkIII etc (It’s full frame competition)
      3. Not as many lenses available at the start as on other system after many year (not to mention you can adapt all these other lenses though, only on this camera!).

      But does the 5D MkIII have IBIS or does the OMD have AF like the 5D MkIII?
      The A7 is a unique camera, that’s why it always gets these apple to oranges comparisons. Compare it to the only available mirrorless full frame Leica M and things look different suddenly. It’s a camera for photographers, not for shooters.

      • Berneck

        Yeah, they are sort of weak arguments. I maintain that m43 competes with APS-C NOT with FF. The FF prices are always going to be higher and the lenses are always going to be awkwardly large for the body as a whole. However, it may be enough to lure many buyers of full frame away from the larger bodies. As it is the full frame market is definitely going to see some price compression as a result of Sony’s efforts. I think Canon and Nikon have more to worry about than Olympus and Panasonic when it comes to the A7s. And, Canon and Nikon need to start worrying about m43 vs APS-C as well. The performance in m43 is finally there (better late than never I guess), and in many cases surpassing the low to mid Canon and Nikon offering in a much sleeker package. This E-M10 may be the camera that starts to change everything.

        • Once Sony gets the AF issues and the issues with adapting wider Leica M and L mount lenses ironed out, the A7 will be killer. There seem to be quite a number of people who would buy a body-only, adapt lenses from other systems and never bother with native A7-series lenses. I’d be one of them.

          I tried an A7r out a few weeks ago and it wasn’t bad, except for the slow, hunting AF. I’d use my Nikon, Pentax and Voigtländer Leica mount lenses on one. But I’d wait for version 2.

          • Uberzone

            I am another one of those people who will buy a body only FF mirorless camera to use with my Canon FD lenses. For me it needs to have IBIS first though. I don’t care who it is made by. First one to do it gets my money.

            • Pete

              You can get IBIS in a FF mirrorless but the body will be bigger. Sony could put the sensor + IBIS of the A99 into the A7, but then they wouldn’t impress so much with a small and lightweight body. They are going unstabilised Zeiss primes and Zooms with OSS. Sony can’t care for all people who adapt legacy lenses (just because they can) and provide a sensor and firmware optimized for analog film lenses (Leica) and stabilized zooms without OSS from the last millenium.
              They are looking forward and build their own system. Zeiss zooms are stabilized now (since 1/2 year for NEX and now for A7) and Sony G-Zooms are as well, there is no need for a IBIS for the audience of people using these cameras. It would be nic to have for some, but most wouldn’t want to have the bigger and heavier body for the 1-2% of pictures where one could really need IBIS.

              • IBIS doesn’t seem to add much bulk to either of the OMDs or PENS or the GX7. Whether it’s a “necessity” or not is debatable, but it’s a good feature to have for some situations. Maybe the Sony/Olympus alliance will help keep the size down. Sony is a master at miniaturization, that’s for sure!

                • Pete

                  sure would be nice, but on a FF sensor it need more space and weight and cost than on M43 for sure. I can understand Sony for not integrating it in the first model. However I doubt it will ever come, it just doesn’t make enough sense.

                  • a similar ibis like used in the newer olympus is prob not possible yet for big sensors, especially if you want it too use too for video (where imo the biggest need is, if doing handheld)

            • Hans

              here something to read from photographers that are questioning IBIS.



              These are very logical reasons for Sony not to include IBIS into their cameras as in real life it’s of very little use compared to the downsides, especially for photographers who know about manual control and use a FF sensor anyways. And for video modern OSS just looks much better than any IBIS, also that of the EM-1.
              I for one use the A7r since 2 months now and apert from some motion blur with objects moving due to slow shutter speed I never had any problem to produce sharp handheld pictures. The Sony and Zeiss zooms for E-mount have OSS anyways.

              • yaa

                Oh, 2 idiots at dpr, partially stating the obvious but forgetting it works both ways, and partially making claims without as much as a hint of evidence supporting those claims.

                Come back when you have enough of a clue to at least know when you are reading total rubbish.

    • Bob B.

      Reading this article REALLY confirms my choices of having two complete systems (FF & MFT)…and I have chosen two Pen bodies with VF4’s as I want to keep my MFT small and convertible, which is it’s biggest asset. For me the M1 is too much MFT camera (although if someone decides on only one system this camera would be a great choice!). If I am going to M1 territory I will just take my FF, get a better job done and come home with MUCH better files. With my outlook the M1 is too expensive as well (but not so if this your only system…it is the best camera you could buy).
      After all of the hoopla at the introduction of the A7’s I have a little smirk on my face. The body has a GREAT sensor., but EVERYTHING else is half-baked. EVERYTHING. It might turn into something, someday…but with Sony that is doubtful.
      I have two great COMPLETE systems (well ….MFT …we are still waiting for the super wide and tele primes & a tele converter would be nice). Both set-ups have strong assets that make them desireable on their own. For now the Sony is just an idea in the making…nothing more, to me.

      • Pete

        actually the A7 has already 5 lenses. In 1-2 months they add a Zeiss wide angle zoom and probably a 85 1.8 (rumored). Then they covered about evey focal length from utra wide 15mm to 400mm tele with leight weight (compared to DSLR FF) and excellent lenses in less than half a year time. The rest will come later, as well as cheaper Sony lenses (primes with OSS). Yet people complain about how bad Sony lenses are, but actually Sony has some of the best lenses on the market at them moment. Canon and Nikon don’t come even close to what Zeiss can deliver, just compare the pictures and not lens charts. Leica can compete, but not surpass them at similar prices.

        • Bob B.

          I would like to point out that one of the 10 lenses that I have for my 5D3 is the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L. It is an incredibly sharp lens….it rivals or beats primes. It is faster than ANY of the Sony Zooms. I have an incredibly sharp Canon 85mm f/1.2L…nothing in the Sony map will touch it. It is a slow focuser …but if I need that I can buy a reasonably-priced, very sharp, fast-focusing 85mm. I can pick up the Canon 85mm f/1.8. My understanding is that my Canon focuses much faster than the Sony with most lenses. (am I incorrect about that?). Just the shear choices that I have ….like my incredible 17mm TSE just is never going to be there from Sony.
          Now the Sony/Zeiss 35mm and 55mm are very good lenses….but their f/stop offering is less than exciting…and my INCREDIBLE Sigma 35mm f/1.4 dusts the SonyZeiss offering in every way: f/stop, sharpness, focusing. The general handling of my professional DSLR is not being bested in any way? Other than that, I have to admit …the Sony sensor it better than what I have in my Canon…but I just sold two 32″ prints this week that were incredibly sharp, my customers were very happy ….so I just don’t see a reason to switch to the Sony…it just is not compelling…especially considering when I want to go small I can use my MFT kit which is just so small and delivers VERY decent quality for most situations…especially for the web.

          • Hans

            Another user being blind for several years of Sony walkman and playstation company bashing:

            “I would like to point out that one of the 10 lenses that I have for my 5D3 is the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L. It is an incredibly sharp lens….”

            but sharpness isn’t everything, right? Talk about color, contrast, aberations.

            “it rivals or beats primes. It is faster than ANY of the Sony Zooms.”

            Sony Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar 24-70 F2.8 anyone? Still the best standard zoom in the world.

            “I have an incredibly sharp Canon 85mm f/1.2L…nothing in the Sony map will touch it. It is a slow focuser…”

            Sony Zeiss SAL-85F14Z? Beats it in every single way in the optics, and it’s a fast focuser.

            “Now the Sony/Zeiss 35mm and 55mm are very good lenses….but their f/stop offering is less than exciting…and my INCREDIBLE Sigma 35mm f/1.4 dusts the SonyZeiss offering in every way: f/stop, sharpness, focusing. ”

            The Sigma is a great lens but it’s 5 times the size and weight of the 35 Sony. Apples vs Oranges. Wanna really adapt it to the A7? LEA4 adapter makes a DSLR out of the A7 in 1 minute, still smaller and less weight than any other FF camera.

            Yes, it’s always the same old voice on the internet.
            Canon/Nikon User: Sony’s lenses are crap and they don’t have 257 different ones to choose from. Professionals only use Canon or Nikon because professionals are using them *yawn*

            M43 User: Full Frame is crap! All FF lenses are huge! Nobody needs Full Frame! M43 is good enough! EM-1 is camera of the year on dpreview user poll! A7 is crap it’s loud and it doesn’t have IBIS! A7 AF is 0.01 seconds slower than EM-1! *yawn*

            Sony bashing at it’s best, almost nothing has changed in the last 5 years. Meanwhile Sony has some of the best cameras and lenses on the market and users are just happy taking awesome picture with them while selling Olympus nice M43 sensors and saving the companys ass! Check the reality.

            • Bob B.


            • 43 Jesus

              good summary. But M43 is a religion and not a camera system, don’t forget that. Of yourse Sony makes better cameras and Zeiss better lenses, but not in our little world.
              So go and praise the Panalord on the Olympus. Amen

              • Hans


                • Bob B.

                  SONY FANBOY O-RAMA…why so angry?

              • yaa

                Absolutely, taking some random opinions from dpreview posters as gospel, singing the praise of Sony, yet those m4/3 people are religious… It takes one to rdcognize one?

      • Ruudi

        to you…

    • Jj


  • ferrera

    In the article “Battle of the mirrorless monsters – Sony A7R vs Olympus OM-D E-M1”

    The writer doesn’t know that the Speed Booster works with “full frame lens” only to get the effect but Sigma 18-35 1.8 is not a FF lens …..

    • XCDR

      The speedbooster works with ASPC lenses. You are clearly spreading misinformation.

    • Berneck

      I don’t know how the physics of this works, but the image would not hit the entire full-frame sensor, right? So I’m guessing it would not speed up the lens. Is that right?

      I know very little about these Speedboosters. I really haven’t felt a need to use anything other than native m43 lenses. However, they do sound intriguing.

      • Uberzone

        A FF lens with a Speedbooster shrinks the image circle hitting the sensor. So on a full frame camera there would be vignetting around the edges. The A7/r is unique in that it also accepts APS-C lenses that work in a crop mode.

  • Quesabesde.com comparison is worth to read

    like such head to head comparisons

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