How to “fake” an E-M5 peaking mode :)

Our reader Nicolas made the test video you see on top after watching another youtube video. It shows a “trick” to have a sort of focus peaking mode on the E-M5. From what we see here it looks like Olympus would only have to do a small firmware update to fully support peaking mode!

Factory demo E-M5 with kit lens for $919  at Cameta (Click here). They also have factory demo 12-50mm lenses.

E-M5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

E-M5 Case:
There is the official CS-36FBC Olympus case. A leather half case from Hong Kong. A full leather case with strap from Cina. Than we have half cases from two well known producers, Zelenpol, Kaza and Gariz.

E-M5 Batteries, and other things:
The Olympus GS-4 strap and the DSTE E-M5 batteries you have to use with an extra charger. There is an E-M5 car charger a new E-M5 LCD screen and a Front Cover+ Top Panel.

What the heck? The new E-PL5 beats the Sony NEX-5R in Jpeg Dynamic Range!

Image courtesy: Techradar

Last week our polish friends at M43.eu (Translation here) stated that the E-PL5 image quality at low ISO even beats the current Olympus E-M5. Now we have a second test supporting the results from m43.eu. Techradar (Click here) published the full E-PL5 Noise and Dynamic Range test. In RAW the E-PL5 manages to be on par with the new Sony NEX-5R in terms of noise and dynamic range. And that is already a superb result considering the sensor size difference. But it goes even further. The Olympus JPEG engine even manages to squeeze out a better Dynamic Range than the NEX-5R JPEG engine!

I am really surprised to see such a result. Almost think that both did a mistake while doing these tests! Possible that Olympus now catched up with that what is known to be one of the best (if not the best) APS-C sensor?

New PEN preorders:
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,

New MFT lens reviews….

Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine

Good Sunday Morning! There were a couple of new Lens reviews and here is one post to rule them all. Enjoy!

Can the Panasonic 35-100mm X challenge the Superb Canon 70-200mm lens? DSLRmagazine (translation here).
Lens in Stock and Price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Pekka Potka posted the full 60mm macro lens reivew: “As a lens for general photography it is better than any Olympus mFT zoom which has the same focal length. But it also is not as good as Zuiko M. 45mm f/1.8 or 75mm f/1.8. While it has practically no vices, it still falls somewhere between those two groups because of its weaker corners.
Lens in Stock and Price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Steve Huff posted a short 75mm lens review. Zuikoholics posted the 17.5mm Nokton review. Thoughts on Olympus SHG Four Third Lenses, Including Video Usage at Diglloyd.
75mm Lens in Stock and Price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
The Nokton 17.5mm cheapest price I found is on an “Austellungstück” at Fotomundus Germany (Click here).

Full Gh3 review at ePhotozine.

ePhotozine finally posted their full GH3 review. The conclusion in short: “Image quality is very good with better noise performance than any other Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras, with detail visible in photos taken at ISO settings as high as ISO6400. Focus speed, shutter response and shot to shot times are all excellent, and the camera shoots at 6fps in continuous shooting mode, although it’s a shame it’s not as quick as the OM-D E-M5 and Sony NEX-7.” The camera gets 4.5 of the maximum 5 available points. It doesn’t get the full score because the reviewer said that it “feels a little expensive

Panasonic and Olympus Preorder Links with specs and price:
Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here)Panasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt.
35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), Panasonic US.
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
60mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
12mm Black prime lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
15mm cap-lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

Trustedreviews about the GH3: “Nikon and Canon should be watching their backs”


Panasonic Lumix GH3 Menu Walkthrough Video

GH3:
Also Trustedreviews posted a new GH3 preview and writes that: “The only DSLRs that come close to offering the video features and quality it offers cost significantly more. With all this goodness stuffed into a weatherproofed body that’s still smaller and lighter than most pro-level SLRs, Nikon and Canon should be watching their backs – though we’re sparing our final verdict till the full review.
We will soon see if that is an overstatement or not but one thing is sure. Nikon and Canon aren’t’ taking the new mirrorless market very seriously. And it will be hard for them to catch up with the MFT-NEX and Fuji X system.

E-PL5
Meantime the press keeps talking about the Micro Four Thirds system. The largest European weekly magazine just praised the new Olympus E-PL5. Read the article from Der Spiegel (translation here). They write: “The e-PL5 is one of the best compact mirrorless cameras. The picture quality is impressive and focus extremely fast and reliable”. I am a daily Der Spiegel reader and I know they do not often use such words for their reviews!
One more little news: Olympus Japan issued a statement to say that the E-PM2 will ship from October 26th. The E-PL5 is already shipping via Digitalrev (worlwide shipment) and eBay (Click here).

Panasonic and Olympus Preorder Links with specs and price:
Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here)Panasonic US and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK and Technikdirekt.
35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), Panasonic US.
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
60mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
12mm Black prime lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
15mm cap-lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).