Interview with Jun Takahashi, Head of Design Center at Olympus

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Olympus shared this interview made with Jun Takahashi, Head of Design Center at Olympus:

Our design concept at Olympus is simple – the coexistence of compactness and easy operation. This is a tradition at Olympus, something we have maintained since the era of film cameras such as the OM series.
The OM-1 is a film camera that became all the rage when it was released back in 1972, and the OM-D E-M5 is a Micro Four Thirds camera with a built-in EVF released in 2012. When these two models are compared side by side, the latter is a little smaller but the distance from the lens center to the shutter release button on both cameras is identical. What this means is that even though it is smaller, the OM-D E-M5 does not suffer from any loss of operability.
The more recently released OM-D E-M1 and OM-D E-M1 Mark II were designed to be even easier to hold and to ensure a stable, secure grip even when a larger lens was mounted.
The biggest advantage of the compact size and light weight is exemplified by the telephoto lenses. Following the release of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4.0 IS PRO in 2016, the line of telephoto lenses has continued to expand.
The original concept for the OM-D E-M1X was to create the optimum body design for mounting a telephoto lens. Professional photographers frequently switch between holding the camera horizontally and holding it vertically. Thinking about the optimum body for such applications made it possible for us to work out what the right size of the E-M1X should be and how to design the integrated vertical positioning grip. In the design process, we manufactured a large number of models using chemical wood to adjust the shape little by little until we got it just right.

Thinking about the optimum body for such applications made it possible for us to work out what the right size of the E-M1X should be and how to design the integrated vertical positioning grip. In the design process, we manufactured a large number of models using chemical wood to adjust the shape little by little until we got it just right.
Initially, our idea was to create the best grip for the horizontal position and then to provide the same type of grip for the vertical position. We quickly found out that, although this design felt comfortable, it posed balance problems – for example, when the body is mounted on a tripod. So we had to manufacture dozens of chemical wood models to find the right balance.
In-depth reviews were also carried to determine the optimum types and placement of buttons. For example, the “Exposure”, “ISO” and “Movie” buttons are arranged in a row where they can easily be reached by the right index finger. The heights of these buttons are varied to prevent the wrong one from being pressed and the ISO button also has a projection on top to make it easier to identify. These are some of the things we took into consideration to ensure error-free operation – even when a professional has to shoot pictures in dark (during stage photography, for example).
The control dials are embedded to reduce the possibility of damage and minimize the chance of breakage even if the camera is dropped. By concentrating on the smallest details of the design, we were able to create a camera that is incredibly easy to use and extremely tough

Note: Interview released before the BAD news of the Imaging Business sale :(

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Olympus TG-6 Macro Settings with Jez Sugars

Today Gold Box deals at Amazon US, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
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Plenty of news on the facebook OMD group, Panasonic FF and the GH5 group.

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(FT5) Leaked images of the new E-M10IV

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Here are the first E-M10IV images!

Here are the full E-M10IV specs:

  • 20.MP sensor
  • 5axis stabilization (4.5EV)
  • 2.36m dot EVF (100% 1.23x)
  • 1037 dot 3inch LCD tilting monitor
  • 121 point contrast AF
  • 1/4000-60sec shutter. Live-bulb max 30m. Live composite max 3h. Electronic first curtain shutter (1/320-60sec) Silent mode (1/16000-60sec)
  • Art filters
  • Video 4K 30-25-24p FHD 60-30-25-24p
  • 15fps in S-AF and 6.3fps in C-AF
  • Dimension: 121.7 x 84.4 x 49mm
  • Weight 383 (with battery)

Lens specs:

  • Size: 86.4 mm x 205.7 mm
  • Weight: 1120g (without the tripod adapter)

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(FT5) Leaked images of the new Olympus 100-400mm f/5.0-6.3 IS lens

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The lens will be announced along the new E-M10IV in early August. Specs:

  • Minimum focusing distance: 1.3m
  • Filter size: 72mm
  • Dimensions: 86.4mm x 205.7mm
  • Weight: 1120g (without tripod adapter)

The optical system features a combination of four ED lenses for suppressing color bleeding, two Super HR lenses, and two HR lenses for bright, clear imaging performance up to the edges of the image across the entire zoom range. The ZERO Coating reduces ghosts and flares even in poor conditions such as backlit scenes.

The rear focus system of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm drives the lightweight focusing lenses for fast, high-precision AF performance. This lens is also equipped with a Focus Clutch and a Focus Limiter. It allows switching the AF operating range between three levels according to the focusing distance for quick focusing and comfortable shooting even in the super-telephoto range. Also, the in-lens image stabilization featuring up to 3 shutter speed steps of compensation enables handheld super-telephoto shooting.

Extensive hermetic sealing on the entire lens barrel provides the same high level of dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof performance as the M.Zuiko PRO series for peace of mind when shooting in any environmental conditions.

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Olympus E-M1III review at Dpreview: “our favorite Micro Four Thirds cameras for stills shooters”

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Dpreview published the complete E-M1III test and concluded:

The Olympus E-M1 III is our favorite Micro Four Thirds cameras for stills shooters, as of publication. It’s capable of very good image quality and jam-packed with fun and useful features. It’s also no slouch when it comes to 4K video capture and offers some of the best image stabilization around. All this in a supremely well-built, comfortable, customizable and attractive body. That said being said, there are more capable, large sensor cameras available for the money.

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