Olympus 12mm lens coming in US on July 21. E-P3 already shipping in Asia! Flash in Stock!


Jurek Ugarow tested the new Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens with the GH2 (some parts of the video on top are taken with that lens).

As you know I am on vacation but you people keep sending me tons of links to news and reviews ;)
Mad a roundup of the latest interesting news!

I have been told that the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 should be in Stock in US and European stores by July 21st. Quantities should be very limited. Preorders available here at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
The Olympus E-P3 is already shipping in Asia! You can see the first unboxing pictures at mobile01 (Click here). The japanese E-P3 manual is available at Olympus Japan (Thanks Ogawa). A bit of E-P3 cameraporn is available at DC.watch :)
Robin Wong posted a new review article of the E-P3.
ThePhoBlographer tested the Olympus EP3 with Panasonic Lenses.

The new Olympus FL-300R Compact Flash is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).


Preorder links:
Olympus E-P3 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon UK and Amazon DE.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H, Amazon DE and eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 preorders at Amazon US, Adorama, B&H and Amazon DE.

  • Bob B.

    Can you tell me where I may pre-order the new Panasonic GF Pro MFT body? :-)

    • Jesper

      Haha impatient eh? Saw your reply on the post before ^^

    • Bimbo

      How much would a GF Pro cost though?

      At least 1000USD?

      • It would depend on the price of the NEX-7. I’d say $100 less than the Sony (unless its build quality is vastly superior).

  • Agent00soul

    Wow, you start to wonder if Robin Wong has the same E-P3 that everybody here think is so useless and dated. If so, how come his high iso pictures are so good?

    • Jooo ’cause maybe he uses the camefa in the right way!!!!!
      All i can hear is complains – iso this- iso that – bahhh i have really good pics with mi epl2 and 12-60 swf , so used in manual , u dont need to worry abiut iso joooooo mr wong hAve a good point of view ‘ cause maybe he uses the camera as a semi-pro, not just like People who shoot in auto and never uses good cameras , i have an epl1, epl2, canon 5dmII and nikon d90 and i really love my Pen !!!!

    • Ben

      They must be from some other camera! There is no other possibility…

  • jim

    I think what this shows more is that any work in HD has to be tripod… all the non tripod shots make me feel sick, juddering so much… it was ok in SD days but HD just can’t get away with it… Even IS is not realy good enough… so for best results don’t use a GH99 F0.01 3mm, use a tripod!

  • Excellent news about the 12/2. Just in time for my vacation. Hopefully I pre-ordered it early enough.

    • Mr. Reeee

      You could always pre-order form several places, keep the one you get first and cancel the rest. ;-)

  • Is the some know when 12mm F2 come to Europa.

  • Michael Wong

    Anyone know if the new flash has a assist lamp built in. I would like to use it with my e-pl2

  • Camaman

    I don’t get it. What do you guys see in this video that can remotely convince or unconvince you to buy this lens, or any camera lens for that matter.
    It just looks like any other video shot with any other lens.

    I’m sure there is some nuance. Admin should at least point out what to look out for. For us noobs anyway.

    • Nathan

      It’s 12mm at f2, and it’s sharp. This is ideal for wide-angle shots, even in poor light, even hand-held. That’s why it’s so interesting. Also, at 900 bucks, it’s reasonably priced. High grade glass doesn’t come cheaply. The video doesn’t tell you much about the lens, but 12mm at f2 is worlds different from f4 when you can’t crank your ISO to ridiculous values. Sure, there’s the 9-18, but it’s a LOT slower. a fast wide prime is a unique animal.

  • An0n

    A) The FL-300R looks completely RIDICULOUS on the E-P3.

    B) More importantly, WHY is the lens silver and the body more of a champagne color? That looks terrible. I suppose I should have ordered black instead, but now I don’t want to cancel and lose my place in line. Strangely, the 12mm lens looks more like the body’s ‘champagne’ color.

  • Dana Curtis Kincaid

    The video has some ugly granularity (at least on this Internet connection). Question, how was it compressed for the web view?

    So, we come back to the same old same same old. We probably, almost certainly, are NOT seeing what the original video (or stills for that matter) actually look like, so all this does is feed the OMFG This Is Awful people.

    The only way to REALLY see what the vid looks like is for the vid or still copyright holder to rent out an ftp site or equivalent with str8 out of camera videos or stills, and unfortunately, storage and download bandwidth cost money.

    Or, go to a dealer, bring a card, shoot what you want, take it home, and look at it there before it’s edited, compressed, modified, smallified, and made pretty or ugly.

    • Jurek Ugarow

      If you click on the Vimeo link you can download the 500MB original file. That file was exported out of FCP X using the H.264 codec. The final H.264 and the ProRes 422 files look pretty much identical. There is no granulation in either.

      I only had the lens for 2 hours and no kinds of filters. So no, this is not a scientic test of the lens and I can’t tell anyone exactly what aperture settings were used (I’m sure more closed down that open). Rather the exercise was more about getting a feel for the lens than trying to sell it to anyone.

      • Dana Curtis Kincaid

        Thanks! :-)

  • Full Beam

    Maybe I’m getting old but it’s no wonder the music industry is in tatters if that’s what they’re churning out these days.

    Really want to like the lens (eagerly awaiting more pictures)… still holding out for a rangefinder m43 and a decent wide-angle

  • ithinkthatsme

    well this has nothing with this post, but there is a new campaign by Olympus Australia, and I thought it is funny so I share it with you (they are feeling the pressure):


    It also explains what kind of users/customers they have got in their minds for those PENs

  • Nice demo video, ugly audio noise though.

  • Nalax

    My 12/2 shipped today – fedex says it will get here Monday the 18th!

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