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New E-M1 test roundup. New E-7 protoype image. And a new bag with MFT mount for hardcore fans :)


On that youtube video (Click here) you can see the E-7 prototype. it’s an official Olympus video where the E-M1 creators talk about the camera (found via Fotopolis via Phototumors). I guess some 43rumors reader would love to have an E-7 too :)

New E-M1 tests:
UPDATED: Olympus Magazine issue with the E-M1.
UPDATED: Fashion Photos with the E-M1
Full Size Image samples at SystemKameraForum.
Studio shots at Imaging Resource.
12-40mm lens review by Ming Thein.
An In progress review by Gordon on CameraLabs.
Olympus UK event pics by Implausibleblog on FB.
E-M1 vs E-M5 manual comparison at Seldomescenephotography.
German report of the E-M1 event in Castle Leslie by Pen And Tell (part one and part two).

Hardcore MFT fanboys can also buy the just launched new MFT bag from Olympus! As you can see on the picture it has a real MFT mount on it:

Image courtesy: ePhotozine.

Preorder Links:
Dedicated page at Amazon.
Olympus E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama and BHphotoAmazon DE (via DL), Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL), WexUK, Topshot FI, CameraWorldUK.
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, AmazonDE (viaDL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus E-M1 with 12-40mm Lens kit at Amazon DE (via DL), WexUK and CameraWorldUK, Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus E-M1 with 12-50mm Lens kit at Amazon DE (via DL), WexUK, CameraWorldUK, Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus EP-13 Eyecup for E-M1 at Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus HLD-7 Battery Grip for E-M1 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus LC-62D Metal Front Lens Cap for 12-40mm at Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus LH-66 Lens Hood for 12-40mm at Adorama and BHphoto.

  • Ross

    Now, how could anybody not want that bag? ;) :)

  • Where’s the link for that bag? Want!

    • Chance

      Yeah, I want the bag! Where’s the link for the bag???

    • It’s a pity the mount ring on the front is for show and not mechanically functional. It’d be a handy place to temporarily “park” a lens in the middle of a swap.

      • jf

        Yes, at the cost of wearing out the lens mount !

  • Jim

    Here is more info about the bag : )

  • jf

    Ouch !!! just read the 12-40 review: it looks like a winner !
    Sharp wide open all the frame at all focals, no CA, the CA of the panny at 12 mm looks huge compared to it…
    I’m waiting for more reviews but it looks like the panny 12-35 will have some big problems…I’m selling mine, anybody ? :D

    • Phred

      I want it..I never bought the Panny…i guess I was waiting for this!!!!!

    • Pen and Tell says it is software corrected on the wide end, to keep it small.

  • Jim
  • kevin

    Nice comparometre at Imaging ressources. You can see that the EM-1 resolves much details than the Gx7 @ iso 200 and as usual better colors too.

    • Anonymous

      ….but that is just comparing jpegs…would love to see the same comparison in RAW….it would be more meaningful.

  • Hifinut

    Looking at the comparameter at imaging resources, the red swatch on the Em-1 on all Iso definitely better than on em-5.

  • grey0135

    Based on the link, it actually looks like a pretty handy bag, with side pockets for umbrellas / water bottles, which most camera bag manufacturers leave out. Apparently, photographers should just focus on photography; drinking water’s for wimps…

    • Anonymous

      Yup, it’s an all weather bag :)

    • Anonymousse

      Yep, it’s better to just pass out…

  • Phred

    I gotta, gotta own the new Oly 12-40mm f/2.8!!!! Please ship today Oly!!!!!!!

  • MarcoSartoriPhoto

    The mount on the front is cool! But my Wotancraft bags are unbreackabke therefore I won’t buy a third bag..

    • Totally cool!

      But I belong to the school of thought that one should never advertise that a bag contains cameras. I knew someone who had “Biohazard” stickers on her Pelican cases.

      • DoctorBob

        It’s okay, I read a lot of comments here that tell me that full frame is the future and that M4/3 is dead. No self-respecting thief would take an Olympus camera!

        • Oh, good. I knew it was a good move ditching Leica for Olympus. When the “Kodak” cameras finally come, maybe I’ll switch again; that way, I’d be owning a brand that’s really already dead.

  • kl

    I prefer the E-P5 bag design and look. This design doesn’t gel well with the EM1 aesthetics.

  • Ant

    Can’t use the bag’s mount as lens holder, so it’s just a cosmetic item.

    Imagine if you are shooting with the 45mm, and then when you want to change, you can have the 12/14/17/20 within reach, hanging from the mount and releasable just with a button and a twist.

    • sheepthief

      So staple a load of end caps to it.

      Sure sounds like a good way to get crap in your lenses though.

  • JD

    @Admin Any news about the 300mm f4 lens? Any rumors about price range of the lens and release of teleconverters for it?

    • jf

      you mean f2.8 ? :D

      • Phred

        I think it will be an f/4.0…that had to have been a misprint at DPR, no?

        • The Real Stig

          Pro makes it much more likely to be f2.8

          • Leendert

            I cant believe Olympus can sell a lot of 300mm f2.8 lenses for m43.
            Its too expensive for most m43 users (around 6000 euro/dollar???) and very big for a compact system.
            A 300mm f4 is much more compact and not very expensive (around 1500 euro/dollar?)

            And there are not many m43 wildlife shooters

            • jf

              I agree 300 f2.8 seems a bit too much for m43…

            • MAFAv8r

              The 12-40 is a lot cheaper than expected! Remember it is SHQ not HQ like the 12-60

              • lone.samurai

                Who told you the 12-40 is SHG? Or that it has a higher designation than the 12-60 HG lenses? Sorry, just wondering what your sources are.
                The m43 lenses have a different grading system altogether which is PRO, Premium (75f1.8, 12f2 etc..) and the consumer range like 40-150, 75-300, 9-18 & 14-42.
                The 12-60swd is a High Grade Pro lens and all lenses in that category are of very quality and weather sealed.

                • jim

                  This info was on the oly lens road map… its true.

                  And for sure it will be a 300mm F4 because they already make a300mm F2.8 for the 43 mount and m43 would not make it any smaller or cheeper (unless quality was lower). Also this F2.8 lens is $6000…

                  So in reality they will make an F4 and if you want an F2.8 they can accomodate with full functionality – for a price!

            • Anonymousse

              They’re just waiting for the right lens to come along. Whoever makes the lens first wins.

            • Walter

              If they made a 300 f/4 there’d be more of them. I switched systems waiting on them to make a m4/3 wildlife lens; if the 300 f/4 had been out six months ago I’d have an E-M5 and Zuiko 300 f/4 in my pack rather than a Nikon.

  • Rob

    That bag looks great, although I’d never buy any camera manufacturers bag, it says ‘camera inside’ more than any other bag and are too attractive to thieves.

    As for the 12-40mm. Looks like I’m going to have to dip into my savings soon. Not seeing any reason to buy the 12mm f2 anymore now.

    • agree about the disadvantage of a camerabag that shows what inside. I use a Lowe Pro slingbag. it looks almost like a small ordinary shoulder bag, but it hold my OMD plus a Nikon J1, extra lens and a 12″ convertible laptop tablet

    • Ross

      That’s where my ebay Courser canvas bag is so good (reasonably good on function & extra good on price). It holds things nicely but doesn’t scream ‘camera inside’.

  • PLI

    I want the bag, but as Rob mentioned, it’s better to decrease thieves attention.

  • jf

    So much comments about the (not so nice) bag…Guys, it’s not a fashion blog, it’s a photography blog, have a look to the reviews :D
    What’s your feeling about the 12-40 ?

    • Ross

      It goes without saying that the lens has got to be reeaaally nice, but to justify it to my better half….. :(

    • Ross

      The bag? That’s why I started off with ‘tongue in cheek’! :)

  • Anonymous

    Lighting on the camera shot is awful. Is it too much to expect a camera company to be able to take a half-decent photo?


    • jf

      Lighting, framing, focus, everything is awful :D

      • Anonymous

        Color Balance is HORRIFIC!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Seriously? Do you have no concept of photography as anything but literal representation? Ever learn anything about dramatic lighting?

      I would suggest that you spend less time worrying about hardware, and take some photography classes that focus on lighting.

  • OD

    Those Imaging Resource high ISO shots look startling good for a FT/MFT.

  • Dyna

    Can we expect an IQ comparison of Sony a3000 to the Olympus OM-D EM-1? I know they are in different categories and it may be like comparing apples to pears, but I am curious to know.

  • The Real Stig

    We should call that lens the Tolkein.

    ‘one lens to rule them all’

    • kavat

      Can’t wait for the ” PRO wide angle zoom” !
      The 12-40 f2.8 is really impressive. Superb sharpness wide open, great mico-contrast, close focusing, MF clutch, best build quality in m4/3 so far and looks great. I think I have to sell my trusty 12 f2…

      • +100

        I was thinking not to buy or not to pre ordered the 12-40mm before i read many reviews, as i also have F2/12mm MZD and the 14-54 f2.8-3.4 mk II,.at that moment ,.the 12mm give me one -stop more light than F2.8 and also the 14-54 its only 1/3 stop less light at 40mm which is F3.2,.But the review from MT its really bugging me,.when i see the sharpness across the frame, and plus ,.the manual focus clutch ala 12mm/17mm or tokina 11-16,..the conclusion its very impresif,.and might have to sell both,.12mm and the 14-54

        • Phred

          I am keeping my 12mm f/2.0 when I buy the 12-40mm f/2.8…it is so small, sharp and fast ….I will still use it ….as the zoom is so massive (relative to other MFT lenses)….It will still be nice to have the choice/option of both in my quiver.

  • jazzcrab

    At Amazon Germany, the bag (Name: Olympus CBG-10) is ready for preorder. It is much too expensive (299 €). For less than 200 €, you can get a Billinghma Hadley Pro, which I would prefer.

    • jazzcrab

      Billinghma > Billingham ;-)

    • Anonymous

      Check Wotancraft bags too. Really high quality and gorgeous.

    • The Real Stig

      I keep my lenses in Pelican cases when not in use to prevent mold and in an ordinary backpack when shooting.

  • M

    so the E-M5 seems to deliver the better pics then the E-M1…

  • MadManAce

    To compare the E-M1 vs. E-M5, download the .ORF files and open them with Olympus Viewer 3 ver.1.1.

    The sensor performance alone does not warrant a $25 increase in price let alone $500. However, the E-M1 appears to have better focusing , actual working C-AF, better ergonomics, higher flash sync, 1/8000 shutter, Wi-Fi, more direct button access, better sealing, a wonderful EVF, option for smaller AF points in Contrast AF (it sucked having to click on the magnify button on E-M5), and focus peaking.

    I was not going to buy it because it only has 1 SD slot, but I think I will buy it for studio use.

  • Mar

    E7 sure looks nice… like E1 and E3/5 hybrid.
    Could’ve been a great camera. .. but it was not meant to be :(

  • Andy

    That bag might as well have a big sign with “steal me” written on it.

  • M

    @admin: it seems, that in the youtube video at 00:45 is the E-M1 with the new 40-150 to see, isn’t it? huge lens for this cam…

    • M

      no, I think I was wrong, sorry… ;-)

  • gorman

    It sure would be nice if they released the E-7. I still prefer an optical viewfinder for all-day jobs. It’s less straining on the eye, than a glowing screen. And the clarity of an optical viewfinder is nice.

    Either way, as long as there is a camera body to control my SHG lenses, I’m satisfied.

  • That bag looks so nice. As regards the 12-40 Ming Thein’s pics look simply incredible except maybe for the less than perfect contrast at 40mm, for the sake of hair splitting. I’d still like to see a directly comparable measurements vs the 12-35 preferrably from SLR Gear, but what’s even more curious is the efficiency of the Panasonic’s lens OIS vs 12-40 mated to GX7 IBIS.

  • franklin

    The ISO 100 from the EM-1 looks VERY good. Much better than gx7, very sharp great details. Great option to have…
    So iso 100 and 1/8000s with let say the voigts @ f0.95 = killer portrait machine too.

  • Shenkie

    Good wide open at 5.6. Nice but not a miracle…..

  • New m4/3 user

    Nice bag, but 30,000 yen or $301 USD at the current price is way too high. So many better, nicer bags for cheaper are available.

    • MAFAv8r

      Yeah I got given an unused E systems bag that could carry the E3 with 12-60. Now I can fit the EM5 and all the primes plus 70-300, plus filters and lens caps in it. The bag above looks too big for me. Buying the 12-40 means I will probably sell the 12 and 17, so I will have heaps of room

  • Kevin Sutton

    At 0:14- in the video you can see the E-7 and E-M1 side by side. The E-7 doesn’t look that much bigger. What a shame they didn’t decide to make both models. I would have bought one of each (E-7 for big 4/3 lenses, E-M1 for travelling light). Cheers Kevin

  • JimD

    The Fashion Photos link above is misnamed. It is more than fashion and well worth a look.
    Shows CAF use in close skiing shots as well as close ups and interestingly the use of a FCON-P01 fisheye adapter. Yes, a real in front of lens adapter used by a Pro.

    Yes, its an Olympus bought and paid for set of images. That of course according to many means it is tainted and the images therefore cannot be seen.

    But go look anyway.

  • OldAlaskan

    It’s interesting to use Imaging Resource’s Comparometer to compare the jpeg picture quality of the E-M1 with the $6000 Nikon D4. Looking at their standard still-life, the E-M1 beats the D4 below ISO 800. In fact, I’d argue that the E-M1 at ISO 400 produces as good a picture as the E4 at ISO 200. They are about even at ISO 800. Beyond that, the D4 holds about a one-stop to 1.5-stop lead in picture quality. Check it out for yourself.

  • Z

    Anybody seen similar sized bags? Or maybe a little smaller?
    The olympus is 350 x 240 x 160 mm. Very wide across.
    I’ve actually been looking for something just like this, but I’m guessing the one from Olympus will be expensive…

  • Will there be a silver version of the bag :) ?

    • JimD

      Yes. But cover is extra.

  • lone.samurai

    Anyone find themselves in the predicament of still owning the 12-60, the 12f2 and also wanting to buy the 12-40?

    12-60 – Still a 43 user, for travel and
    when high Quality is needed
    12f2 – for a small high iq setup
    M43 body and 12f2 plus 45f1.8
    12-40 – It’s the new top dog of the zooms
    In the m43 world and it’s much
    lighter and posibbly even better
    than the 12-60.

    Could anyone in this predicament justify keeping all three? Interested in your views

  • ivo

    Definitely a market for the E7, but i hope the EM1 will satisfy my gear lust to drive my 43 lenses above and beyond the E3.

    The new 12-40 is promising, but i have a 12-60swd …
    The new 40-150 is promising, but i have a 50-200swd, and the EC14/20…

    As long as there is no EC14/20 alternative for the 40-150 the gain i see is mostly a faster and more compact and probably 500g lighter kit… And the need to sell my 72mm filters, close up lens for a smaller size etc… Which even with trade ins/selling older stuff etc will easily mean a 2000euro investment.

    And since the cash is low at this moment, i am not going for the impulse, and wait longer as i desire…

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