Olympus 17mm f/1.8 gets DxOmarked. Close to Panasonic-Leica performance.

DxOmark (Click here) published the Olympus 17mmf /1.8 lens test. As you see the lens is almost as good as the Panasonic-Leica 25mm lens. Like so many reviewers before this lens leaves you with mixed feelings. DxO writes:

“In some respects, the new image quality of the M. Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 is not up to scratch, as not only does it have quite high levels of chromatic aberration and distortion but it also fails to impress in outright resolution and acutance. On the plus side, sharpness is much more consistent across the field than the existing 17mm f/2.8 model and if it had used ED glass in the construction it would have been considerably more expensive than the $500 retailers are asking for it. Considering the build, fast maximum aperture and overall imaging characteristics, the 17mm f/1.8 remains an attractive option for the enthusiast.”

Yep, good lens, but not as good as it gets. Let’s see if the rumored 25m f/1.8 can be even better…

17mm price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

E-P5 video review by Kai (Digitalrev).

This is Kai’s take on the new PEN. Enjoy watching!

 

Links to all newly announced Olympus stuff:
E-P5 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 White at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Silver at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Black with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 White with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Black with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and Wex UK.
E-P5 White with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
17mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
45mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany.
75mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
VF-4 viewfinder at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.

Final E-P5 review by Robin Wong and Techradar. New Panasonic lens reviews by ThePhoBlographer.

Note: Black Super E-P5 kit in Stock via third party reseller at Amazon (Click here).

New Olympus E-P5 test roundup:
Techradar (Click here) posted the full E-P5 review. As you can see form the Raw signal to noise ratio graph posted on top there is little difference between the E-P5 and E-M5. The great news for the E-p5 is the ISO 100 advantage.
Robin Wong (Click here) posted the final E-P5 review. He writes:
Some will also point out the higher than usual price point of the Olympus PEN E-P5. Look at it this way, Olympus E-P5 delivers beautiful, crisp images, performs well in difficult shooting conditions, and can be relied on for serious, demanding circumstances. It is an overall well-made, well-built camera, and not many cameras out there in the same category can come close to its generous offerings of wide array of functions and features. Of course Olympus will not make the camera cheap! Whether the price is justified or not, that is up to you to decide.
Focus Numerique (google translation here) posted the full E-P5 ISO test. Obviously it’s hard to see any visible difference when comparing it with the E-M5 images.

ThePhoBlographer double Panasonic lens review:
They tested the Panasonic 7-14mm lens (Click here to read the article) and write: “We’re smitten with this lens. It’s sharp, contrasty, has wonderful color rendition, focuses quickly, feels well built and is highly portable. The only thing that it is missing is weather-sealing, but that doesn’t really break our hearts too much.
And they also tested the Panasonic 12-35mm (Click here to read the article) and write: “The 12-35mm f2.8 OIS also doesn’t have such an excellent feel in the hand–and I spent a lot of time with it. The focal length range is quite good, and while that made it a personal favorite, we’re not exactly sure that we’d want to run with a lens like this when you also slap on the high price tag. In fact, I recommend just sticking with smaller primes instead that have faster apertures and can give you better image quality.

New E-P5 tests (Robin Wong, Cnet and Itmedia).


Olympus PEN E-P5: Wi-Fi Feature Quick Demo by Robin Wong

Robin Wong (Click here) posted the third part of his ongoing Olympus E-P5 review. He focused on the Wi-Fi Features and Shooting with CCTV Lens. He also included a request for Olympus: “I do not understand why Olympus disabled focus peaking for video recording. They should, in the future, updated the firmware to enable the focus peaking in movie mode.

Also CNET (Click here) reviewed the E-P5 and calls it “The Best Micro Four Thirds camera thus far“.

For Japanese readers: E-P5 test at Itmedia!

Links to all newly announced Olympus stuff:
E-P5 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 White at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Silver at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
E-P5 Black with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon UK.
E-P5 White with 17mm f/1.8 lens and VF-4 at Amazon UK.
E-P5 Black with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and Wex UK.
E-P5 White with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.
E-P5 Silver with 14-42mm lens at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK and at Wex UK.
17mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
45mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys. In Europe at Amazon Germany.
75mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.
VF-4 viewfinder at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Samys.

Zeiss Touit lenses no better than the cheaper MFT lenses.

Zeiss announced that they will not any MFT version of their Touit series because they want to focus on the larger ASP-C sensors which in their mind delivers better image quality. But according to DxOmark who tested both new Zeiss lenses on the NEX-7 this statement isn’t really true. The Panasonic-Leica 25mm ($569 at Amazon) is on par with the more expensive Zeiss 32mm ($900 at Amazon). And the Olympus 12mm lens ($799) beats the much more expensive 12mm Distagon ($1250!).

So again Zeiss…what did you say? :)