The E-M1III “8 More Improvements & Upgrades” by Robin Wong


Robin Wong writes:

Here are 8 more improvements and upgrades on the newly launched Olympus flagship camera the OM-D E-M1 Mark III which I have not covered in my original review video. These are not huge improvements but they are important updates that do impact real life practical shooting scenarios. The improvements include new audio recording hardware rectifying the “white noise” issue (previously in E-M1 Mark II when plugged in external microphone), upgraded time lapse capability up to 9999 frames and in camera time lapse movie up to 4K 30fps (previously 999 frames and 4K 5fps only), new fine tune C-AF behaviour and IS level settings for movie recording, and a few more. I believe at the time of this video publishing a lot of these features were not mentioned by any other reviewers out there yet.

E-M1III at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus. Olympus DE. Olympus UK, Olympus FR, Olympus ES, Olympus IT, Olympus NL.
Olympus 12-45mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus.
Olympus E-PL10 at BHphoto.


STC Reveal Fogrip for Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III & II Cameras


Pres text:

STC Announce new Folding Grip [Fogrip] for new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Cameras

Global imaging innovator, STC, has announced an all-new folding grip solution for the brand new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II cameras, delivering greater stability and immediate benefit with weight distribution when using medium-to-large lenses for the dedicated Olympus user community.

STC continues to produce ground-breaking innovations for photographers and videographers the world over and their latest product announcement has been designed specifically for the loyal league of Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera users. The new grip, which is compatible with the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II cameras, follows quickly from the recent revelation of the STC Fogrip for the Sony α7/α9series.

After almost two years of development to ensure its performance, solid build and clever fold-away design, the new grip is certain to quickly become an indispensable partner for Olympus shooters everywhere. Perfect for the travelling photographer, the grip’s clever design and fold-away function enable the camera to sit completely flat when not in use and allows the user to comfortably shoot with just a single hand.

The whole unit has been constructed from extremely tough, yet light 6061 aerospace-level aluminium alloy, which adds just 78g to the camera when attached. Users can keep shooting by easily accessing the camera battery door without removing the grip. Furthermore, ultimate compatibility is assured with both quick-release plates and L-Brackets and the anodized frame, which comes in Olympus-Blue and matt black will give users protection for both the camera and hand-grip.

Olympus, pioneers within the Micro Four Thirds format, has long been renowned for producing cameras which are smaller and lighter than their DSLR counterparts. That said, even small camera bodies can start to feel heavy after shooting for hours on end, or when using large lenses. STC’s new Fogrip for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III & II addresses this issue by giving users 25% more grip when shooting handheld, making it easier to shoot for longer periods of time and added stability to support lens weight. Furthermore, the new Fogrip for Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III & II is compatible with quick-release plates and L-Brackets, allowing for easy transfer and use tripods, along with unobstructed, effortless access to the battery door without the need to remove the grip. STC has produced an optional adonized L-Bracket in Olympus Blue, as well as Standard Black colourways.



Chris Eyre-Walkers E-M1III in depth review


Chris writes:

This is my real-world, in-depth review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III. Specifically, I share thoughts and real-world applications of the new camera features on my recent short film Break Free. I highly recommend watching Break Free before watching this review: In this video, I also compare the E-M1 Mark III to the E-M1X and to the E-M1 Mark II and help you figure out which of the 3 is the better camera for you.

E-M1III at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus. Olympus DE. Olympus UK, Olympus FR, Olympus ES, Olympus IT, Olympus NL.
Olympus 12-45mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus.
Olympus E-PL10 at BHphoto.


Yongnuo, Mediaedge and Venus Optics Join the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group


Press text:

Olympus Corporation and Panasonic Corporation jointly announced the Micro Four Thirds System standard in 2008 and have since been working together to promote the standard. We are pleased to announce that three more companies have recently declared their support for the Micro Four Thirds System standard and will be introducing products compliant with the standard.

The following companies are joining the Micro Four Thirds System standard group: YONGNUO which develops, produces and sells digital camera switching lenses, performance lighting, video lighting, etc., MEDIAEDGE Corporation, which has been an advocate of video streaming and display system concepts for over 17 years, aiming to produce products that inspire customers, and Venus Optics, the company behind the development and production of LAOWA brand, which produces incredibly practical, cost-effective, and unique products. The possibilities unique to a joint standard are sure to push the enjoyment of imaging ever further.

As the company responsible for initiating both the Four Thirds System and the Micro Four ThirdsSystem standards, Olympus will continue to develop and enhance the product line-up to meet the diverse needs of our customers.

regards “reflecting the beauty of the world and writing into a happy life” as the mission of the company. In the field of image in the information society, YONGNUO is a company that integrates the strength of all employees to develop and produce excellent products and make contributions to the society.
YONGNUO Website:

About MEDIAEDGE Corporation
MEDIAEDGE Corporation has been involved in developing imaging systems for over 17 years, with
-2 -a track record of sales to various industries and business categories, the support of many loyal customers, and a long history in Japan and around the world. With collaborative development of both software and hardware, the company continues to produce imaging systems that customers can feel safe and sound using.
MEDIAEDGE Corporation Website:

About Anhui ChangGeng Optics Technology Company Limited (Venus Optics)
Anhui ChangGeng Optics Technology Co., Ltd (Venus Optics) was established in 2013. With headquarters in China, we are a leading manufacturer of premium lenses, formed by a group of photography enthusiasts and industry experts. Our mission is to design and create our own portfolio of photographic lenses that are truly unique, practical and affordable.Venus Optics Website:


Voigtlander Cosina 60mm f/0,95 MFT lens officially announced!


Cosina Japan has announced the new 60mm f/0,95 MFT lens. Some image samples can be found here. There is yet no info about pricining and availability outside of Japan.

Here s the google translated press text:

Nocton 60mm F0.95 is a medium telephoto lens designed exclusively for Micro Four Thirds. At an angle of view equivalent to 120mm in 35mm format conversion, the aperture F-number is 0.95, achieving amazing brightness. Since it has the longest focal length in the series, it is possible to draw with great bokeh.

Main features:
● Amazing large caliber
The large aperture with an open F-number of 0.95 makes it possible to shoot with just the light as it is, even in extremely low light conditions. It is also the perfect lens for taking advantage of shallow focus and beautiful bokeh when the aperture is open.

● Ultimate lens design
11 groups of 8 lenses, designed using the latest optical theory. Depiction performance is pursued by adopting two pieces of abnormally dispersed glass. Even when the aperture is wide open, sufficient light is ensured up to the periphery of the screen.

● Minimum focusing distance 34cm
Capable of shooting up to a distance of 34 cm from the camera’s image sensor. With a shooting magnification of 1: 4 (35mm equivalent: 1: 2), you can also enjoy shooting with super-large aperture macro lens-like characters.

● Various expressiveness
When the aperture is wide open, the gentle and gentle bokeh emphasizes the focused motif and creates a three-dimensional effect. If you stop down, you will get a very sharp description, and a single lens will enable a variety of photographic expressions.

● Aperture click switching mechanism
The newly designed aperture switching mechanism allows the aperture ring to be opened and closed steplessly without generating a click sound. This eliminates the risk of picking up the operation sound of the aperture ring when recording a movie, and also allows for severe depth control by fine-tuning the aperture ring.

● Exclusive lens hood included
A metal lens hood with excellent light-shielding effect is standard equipment.

● Mount for exclusive use of micro four SARS
Conforms to the Micro Four Thirds standard and specially designed optics and mechanism. High image quality is achieved by covering the image size of the image sensor and optimizing it for Micro Four Thirds sensors.

● Manual focus for reliable focus operation
All-metal helicoid unit that has been machined and adjusted with high precision, and high-quality grease that produces moderate torque, achieves smooth focusing. Enables fine focus adjustment.