a (mini) little bit of everything…

land of sicilia from emeric (shot with the GH2)

Within a few hours we will maybe see an official Olympus press release about the 60mm macro. meantime let me catch up with some small news:

The Tokina 30mm lens will cost 399 Euro in Europe (Photoscala).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Photos at Photographyblog.
The Bad Photography Marketing Awards for 2012 (Lensrentals).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Review at Photographyblog.
Panasonic GF5 review at Cnet.
As you know I am supporting the small blog from my very close friend Elena. She is living a tuff time in Greek and I sent her an Olympus E-Pl1 I bought at Olympusmarket to help her to tell&show her stories. First E-PL1 picturs have now been posted at Greekdiaris (Click here).
Olympics, pictures by Farrukh.
Would you spend 23.690,00 EUR for the Olympus SP-720? You can on eBay (Click here).

See you soon!

eBay madness (links to Olympus and Panasonic stuff for rich people)

Doens’t look so but this is the most expensive Olympus lens you can buy on eBay!

So, we heard that Olympus will release a super cheap 15mm f/8.0 lens. But now let’s do a post for rich people. Ever wondered what the most expensive Olympus&Panasonic cameras and lenses are? Here is the list (with overall most expensive items included):

Most expensive Panasonic m43 camera is the AGAF100 for 5.195,00 USD (here is the auction)
Most expensive Olympus camera is the OM-3Ti Black edition camera for 3.499,00 USD (here is the auction)
Most expensive Panasonic lens is the ET-D75LE6 zoom for 6,176.95 USD (here is the auction)
Most expensive Olympus lens is the very rare to find Olympus Zuiko Pen-F Mirror-T 800mm f/8 telephoto for 4.350,00 USD (here is the auction)
Most expensive lens you can buy for your m43 camera is the used(!) Cooke S4 HD Cine 8-46mm T1.7 B4 Mount Lens for 32.500,00 USD (here is the auction)
Most expensive Panasonic product is the Robotic Welding cell for 39.500,00 USD (here is the auction)
Most expensive Olympus products is the Portable Gold box analyzer for 21.000,00 USD (here is the auction)
Most expensive camera is that ancient for 959.000,00 USD (here is the auction)
Most expensive fast lens is the Leica M3 Summilux 1.4/35 Black Paint # 1765589 *Mega Rare* + OLLUX for 95.000,00 USD (here is the auction)
Most expensive digital camera is the 160 Megapixel Roundshot 6×17 DIGITAL Panoramic Camera for 48.222,00 USD (here is the auction)

You going to buy something here? :)

E-M5 and 12-35mm X zoom win ESA award.

European Compact System Camera 2012-2013 – Olympus OM-D E-M5 from EISA on Vimeo.

EISA just announced he 2012 award winners. The E-M5 won the price in the category best “European Compact System Camera“. But honestly, it isn’t that difficult to win a price if you create three different categories for mirrorless cameras:
European Compact System Camera (Winner: Olympus OM-D E-M5)
European Advanced Compact System Camera (Winner: Samsung NX20)
European Professional Compact System Camera (Winner: Fujifilm X-Pro1)

Olympus also won the price for the best “European All Weather Camera” with the Olympus TOUGH TG-1.

The best “European Compact System Lens” is the Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH (you can watch the EISA video here).


E-M5 catalog for the iPad. 75mm best tested lens ever at Photoreview.

Olympus released a special OM-D Guidebook for your iPad. You can see the application description on iTunes (Click here). And a two months review has been published by ePhotozine.

Now, let’s talk about the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens. This lens is shipping in low quantities in Europe and in US (at BHphoto). I guess you have to wait 1-2 weeks until to see them in Stock. Meantime Photoreview Australia tested the lens and wrote: “The M. Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 lens has produced the best set of test results of any lens we have tested in the last decade. Couple that with superior build quality, compact size and ease of use with the E-M5 (and other) camera bodies and it’s difficult not to be impressed.” (Thanks Mark for the link!).

75mm in Stock and price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.


Olympus Q1 report: compact camera market shrinks. Mirrorless sales doing well.

Screenshot of the Imaging Business Q1 sales (Click on it to enlarge the image).

Olympus released the latest Quarter Financial results report. You can download it here: http://www.olympus-global.com/en/corc/ir/brief/pdf/n120809aE_n.pdf.

It’s not a surprise that the overall results are very negative. While the medical business is still growing all other divisions are reporting losses. The Imaging Division sold less cameras mainly because of the shrinking compact camera market. The good news is that Micro Four Thirds sales increased thanks to the Olympus E-M5! Results would have been even better if the Silver kits would have been available earlier (only now in Stock at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay for example).

For the next Quarter Olympus forecast sees a return to profit. Let’s hope this is true. Below one more interesting screenshot about the digital camera world wide market:

I would say Olympus has to reduce the number of compact camera models and focus on very specific markets. The Sony RX100 is a good example of what could work (it is on top of the Amazon rankings). And than focus on Mirrorless of course…

Panasonic weatherproof SD cards for the GH3! Silver body in Stock via amazon itself.

Before to start…for US readers:
First time ever Amazon itself has the Silver E-M5 in Stock (Click here). And it’s quickly climbing the mirrorless rankings (see here).

Back to the Panasonic news:
One of the few things we know for sure about the upcoming GH3 is that it is weather sealed. And so it may not be casual that Panasonic announced super resistant SD cards. As Engadget reports ironically the cards are soo good that they will probably outlast the photographers life too :)

“It resits at temperatures from -13F to 185F, immersion in 3.3 feet of water for half an hour . The cards are also built to survive zaps of electricity, proximity to magnets and exposure to X-rays. If it all becomes too much to bear, the design will even fuse on the inside to prevent fire burning the card from within

Sounds perfect for our next GH3 or not?

Source: Panasonic Japan.

And here is a rumor roundup about the GH3:
FT5: similar GH2 design, weather sealed, no global shutter, major improvements in AF speed and EVF quality, GH3X kit with 12-35mm X lens.
FT3: 15.5 mega-pixel sensor, Iso 160-12800 (extends to 80-51200), 6.7fps, 3.2″ inch LCD with 1050k-dots, EVF with 2.06 mega-dots, double SDXC slots, in-camera GPS, external battery grip.