The Olympus “Pen Magazine” is online. And Olympus America launches a new challenge!



Submit Your Proposal on YouTube for an Opportunity to Win an
Olympus PEN E-PL1 Camera and $5,000 to Show What You Can Do

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 3, 2010 – Olympus wants to know: What you would do if you had the amazing new Olympus PEN® E-PL1 portable camera featuring professional digital single lens reflex (DSLR) image quality, point-and-shoot simplicity and high-definition (HD) video, along with $5,000 to bring your creative vision to life? The PEN your story challenge starts right now, so it’s time to find out.

Your “vision” can be anything that you could produce with the high-quality PEN and $5,000 budget. Whether your dream is to direct a short film with HD video, produce a fashion spread of pro-quality still images, chronicle an adventure or to create an amazing photomontage, you can submit your video proposal to and enter to win the PEN, the funds to make your project reality and a crack at the grand prize.

After the proposal submissions have been narrowed down to 20 semi-finalists selected by the community via thumbs up “likes” (be sure to tell your friends to watch and like your submission!), six of the best proposals will be selected by a panel of judges from Olympus, as well as the YouTube community. Those six individuals will receive the PEN, the funds and time to bring their proposals to life.

Once the six finalists have uploaded their final creations to YouTube for the world to see, one lucky Grand Prize winner will be selected based on a combination of popular vote and the panel of Olympus judges. The Grand Prize winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to New York City to attend the Olympus-sponsored US Open National Championships on Olympus Day. The winner’s work will be displayed on the giant video board at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center before an audience of thousands.

Get professional tips to make your filmmaking dreams become a reality from multi Webby-Award winner Erik Beck, executive producer of the online DIY filmmaking network Indy Mogul ( Beck has produced a how-to video with tips and tricks to assist you with the production of your submission for the PEN your story challenge. View the video here: and The challenge is open to residents of the United States and Canada.
When submitting your video proposal for the PEN your story challenge, explain how, as a finalist, you plan to use the creative features of the Olympus PEN E-PL1 for your project.

For more details about the PEN your story challenge and the Olympus PEN E-PL1 visit and, and connect with us on, and

The need for speed: Voigtländer 50mm f/1.1

Now that I am testing the Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens I wish to own the Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1 to make a comparison. The Voigtländer is only half a stop slower but covers the whole fullframe sensor (It is an M-mount lens -> you can use it on the Leica M9!). But unlike the Noktor you need a M-mount to MicroFourThirds adapter and the lens itself costs $400 more than the Noktor ($1.149 ar BHphoto). So I googled around an this is what I found:

Steve Huff wrote a complete Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1 Lens review
– E-PL1 + Voigtländer 50mm f/1.1 test on
– Image samples on flickr
– Olympus E-P1 + Noktor on
– Olympus E-P2 + Noktor on flickr

Check out the price on Ebay: Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1Voigtlander 50 Nokton f/1.1

Do you have any experience with the Voigtländer lens? Let us know what you think!

43rumors message

Today I will finish my latest documentary. The only interesting thing for you about that movie is that for the first time I used short movies taken with the Olympus E-P1. In fact that camera has become very useful for me. Nobody paid attention when I was recording with it! And that created some unique scenes.

So finally stress will be over soon and I can focus on new rumors. During the latest weeks I received some interesting news. A camera announcement is not imminent but I have some hints about what’s coming next. And if the news I received are correct Olympus is definitely going to surprise us!

See you soon!
P.S: Today cross the finger for my documentary presentation ;)

Mirrorless future: MicroFourThirds against the rest of the world

During the latest months I received many mails from people asking me to talk a bit about future mirrorless systems from Canon, Nikon and other companies.
I thought it would be good idea to write one single post to share all I know about the future mirrorless sytems.

A personal note:
I admit, I am not a brand loyal person. I like good cameras, not brands :)
I love the Pentax K1000Pentax K1000Pentax K1000Pentax K1000Pentax K1000Pentax K1000Pentax K1000Pentax K1000Pentax K1000Pentax K1000Pentax K1000, the Nikon FENikon FENikon FENikon FENikon FENikon FENikon FENikon FENikon FENikon FENikon FE system, the Mamiya M7Mamiya M7Mamiya M7Mamiya M7Mamiya M7Mamiya M7Mamiya M7Mamiya M7Mamiya M7Mamiya M7Mamiya M7, the Canon 550D (T2i) and many other cameras.
And I am very curious to see what’s coming from the competition!

So what should we expect from Panasonic, Olympus, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Samsung and Pentax?

First of all I invite you to follow the website. I am sure they have far better rumors than we about future Canon stuff.
According to our sources Canon will be the last big brand to present their mirorrless system. A mirrorless concept/roadmap could be unveiled on Photokina but my sources do speculate with the official release of their system in 2011. Some speculation: It could use the same APS-C sensor used for the Canon 550D (T2i). Do not expect something revolutionary. They will simply pick-up some of the best tecnology from current mirrorless systems and put their sensor in a new Canon system.
My future interest in the Canon system? 7/10

Our friend Peter from nikonrumors posted many Nikon related “mirrorless” patents. According to his sources Nikon will use a small sensor (smaller than the MicroFourThirds sensor!) for their mirrorless system. Also my sources do confirm that we should not expect too much from Nikon.
My future interest in the Nikon system: 5/10

They have zero resources for developing their own mirrorless system. And the partnership with Samsung is very weak. I really hope Pentax can survive but I don’t see a bright future for them :(
No vote (but I would love to see a Pentax mirorless system!)

They are putting a lot of money for the development into the NX system. The problem is that they have no tradition, no experience and people do not really trust them. Anyway they are currently trying to learn from their mistakes and I am sure that over the long term they will be able to release some interesting cameras (like the compact NX100). The partnership with Schneider-Kreuznach sounds also very promising.
One more thing: I bet they will be the first to create a mirrorless fullframe system!
My future interest in the Samsung system: 7/10 (and if they make a fullframe system: 8/10)

Unlike Samsung they will soon release some nice compact cameras. The problem is that (as usual) Sony will create a strong closed proprietary system. Also the hotshoe is proprietary :(
And I don’t like their relation with the Alpha-folks. An example? They didn’t manage to release one single firmware update for their Sony Alpha cameras.
My future interest in the Sony system: 6/10

Panasonic and Olympus:
Yes, here we are! What’s the future of MicroFourThirds? In my opinion everything depends from the development of the lens system. If they will be able to release some nice lenses only few will switch to other mirroless systems. And according to my sources both companies are working very very hard in that direction. I expect many new lenses to be announced at Photokina. Olympus will announce some nice primes and Panasonic is focusing their development of cheap-good quality lenses (like the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7).
My future interest in the MFT system: 8/10

Please keep in mind that my judgment is based on rumors+speculations and not on facts.

Once again thanks to all of you sending me rumors and news!

P.S.: Sorry if sometimes I do not answer you. At the moment I am really busy at work. Feel free to add me in google chat. You can contact me at any time!


Firmware hack brings 720 24p at 24Mbps to Panasonic GH1 (source: eosHD)

According to EosHD a new Panasonic GH1 hack allowed to increase the bit rate to 24Mbps!

The Hacker is called “tester13” and you he is active on

He even doesn’t own the Panasonic GH1. So may you help him to buy one by donating via paypal  (click here -> the money goes directly to him not to 43rumors!)

Do you have an idea on how to make pressure on Olympus and Panasonic to create cross-compiler environments?

Thom Hogan: Why Samsung failed with the NX system (and why MicroFourThirds rules)

In his latest post (click here to read it) explained the importance of having “open mounts”.

Some excerpts:

MicroFourThirds: “One of the things that is pushing their success amongst current DSLR users is that you can get a mount adapter for virtually any mount.

About Samsung: “They simply don’t see the mount issue that’s holding them back. Where Olympus is quietly encouraging mount adapters, Samsung isn’t.

The future: “it’s a game of keeping losses to a minimum to slow the contraction that happens after market saturation. I know I’m repeating the same thought, but the solution is simple: redefine what a camera is. Right now, Panasonic and Olymus are closer to doing that than Nikon and Canon.

Let’s see how Thom Hogan would redefine the camera:

  • Modular. Remember that non-stop technology march? Well, we can completely junk our equipment every time a sensor generation comes down the pike, or we can just replace the sensor module. Which would you prefer?
  • Programmable. This necessarily doesn’t mean you, the user, has to write programs. It means that there’s a known API to the underlying hardware (and modules!) and a way to take advantage of it. Whatever you need to do, there should be an app for that, not a dedicated feature with restrictive parameters.
  • Communicating. The camera sits in the middle of so many processes and initiates most of them. But right now we’re using Sneaker Net to communicate (that’s an reference to the old practice of taking a disk out of your computer and going down the hall to put it in another one in order to move files). But here’s another thing: cameras should be able to communicate with other cameras, other camera accessories, and things outside the camera world, all simultaneously. Right now most of the communication that is done by our cameras is proprietary, highly restricted, and often sequential.

I would love to see such a camera system and you?