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Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 review (part 2) by Robin Wong: Everything ok, but still, no real love.

"Do not get me wrong, the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 lens is a great lens, it is sharp, very technically well controlled, and works very efficiently. It is also not a lens I will fall terribly in love with, unlike the M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 or even the 75mm F1.8 lenses. I find the 17mm a lot harder to use, and knowing the trouble to work with the lens, it is difficult to . . . read more

Olympus E-PL5 gets the DXO Mark Treatment: Yes, it is a E-M5 at heart, minus some fluff, but with iso 100 added.

"With the Pen E-PL5, Olympus updates its range of micro 4:3 compact hybrids with redesigned ergonomics, upgraded electronics, and especially with the integration of the same 16Mpix LiveMos sensor found in the OM-D E-M5. Will it show the same advances in image quality as the flagship camera of its line? Our tests provide the answer." . . . read more

Olympus Pen E-PL5 review at PCmac.com

Olympus E-PL5 front silver with kit lens

"The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 isn't the best Micro Four Thirds camera you can buy—that's the weather-sealed Olympus OM-D E-M5—but it's the best one you'll get for under $1,000. It's fast to focus and rattles off shots at an impressive speed, it's kit lens is quite sharp, and it has a tilting rear display with touch input support. It doesn't have a whiz-bang feature like the Wi-Fi connectivity that is built into the Samsung NX1000. Even though the E-PL5 outshines other cameras with the Micro Four Thirds lens mount, it doesn't quite equal our current Editors' Choice in the more broad entry-level . . . read more

Nikon 1 J2 Gets the DXO mark treatment: Nothing new under the sun, still just a notch above small sensor prosumer cameras.

"With a dynamic range score of 10.8EV, the Nikon 1 J2’s 1" CMOS sensor does not come close to the potential of certain other recent Sony sensors that reach 14EV. However, it should be noted that the 1 J2 is tied in this category with the Canon Powershot G1 X.

As for low-light sensitivity, the Nikon 1 J2 is still handicapped by its modest sensor surface size. Only Fuji expert compacts . . . read more

Pekka Potka tests the Olympus 17mm f/1.8: Not the perfect 35mm equivalent, yet.

"The M. Zuiko 17mm lens is a nice lens to use. Small and well made. Autofocusing is lightning fast and silent. It is a joy to walk with; walk to the spot where you by experience know you get the right angle, raise the camera, shoot, walk on... Fast, unobtrusive. It also has the same, very practical pull-push focusing ring as M. Zuiko 12mm lens. And it also comes in the . . . read more

Impressions of the Olympus OM-D, Part I, at The Online Photographer: No buyer's remorse here.

"The OM-D has five customizable buttons, even more with some lenses and the auxiliary battery pack. I can do a lot with five buttons. See Custom Menu B/Button Function. The fn2 button, right next to the shutter release, became a manual/autofocus toggle. The record button, right behind it, now zooms the viewfinder for more accurate focusing."

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Olympus Introduces the M.ZUIKO 17mm f1.8 lens, lens hood and cap comes optional.

Olympus  M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8

Yes, it is not enough that Olympus charges serious money for their always optional lens hoods, lately they've gone the optional route for the freaking lens cap too. Street price for a cap: $22-30. Add the hood for approx. $90-$100.
Anyway, the lens will be available from December, with an estimated price of $499/€449.

Olympus (US) press release. . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 review at PhotographyBlog: Where did the noise go?

"The X-E1 delivers exactly the same excellent image quality as its big brother. Noise is noticeable only by its almost complete absence throughout the ISO range of 100-25,600, while the Dynamic Range function helps to boost contrast and detail. The new 18-55mm lens is also worthy of mention, with the fast maximum apertures . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 review at What Digital Camera: Ready to take on DSLR competition.

"The GH3 challenges DSLRs at a similar price point in the way it handles and operates, but what about image quality? In isolation the detail that's resolved by the 16MP sensor is very respectable indeed and it's not until you compare the results side-by-side with a camera that uses an APS-C sized sensor that you realise there's fractionally less detail in the GH3's files . . . read more

How to tweak your Olympus E-M5 to shoot sports by Jim Huffman at SteveHuffphoto.com

Well, turning off the rear LCD takes you a long way, but there's more that that:

"go into custom buttons – and assign magnify to any function button (or the record button). now, to enter magnify, hit the control button twice. magnify stays on until you half press the shutter release! and, you will note that the magnify is . . . read more

Olympus EM-5 Review at NeoCamera: Top-notch image quality with some interface quirks

"The OM-D E-M5 struggles with color accuracy. There are lots of Picture Modes but none produce realistic colors across the spectrum. The best image colors are obtained in Natural style with Saturation dials down to -1. The red channel remains too high regardless of settings. This is obviously avoidable for those who shoot RAW. . . . read more

A trip to Italy with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, from a Olympus E-M5 shooters point of view: Oly good but Fuji best, but not always, especially if image quality is not your sole consideration.

"Overall I was not impressed using the X-Pro 1 with firmware 1. In fact if I purchased the system I would return it right away and buy a beer to cry into. The photo quality is great, the color is good but the areas that the Fuji fails in…well it really fails.

Am I happy with the results of the X-Pro 1? Kinda..

The poor operating performance of firmware version 1 really soured my enjoyment of this camera. I did have the opportunity to upgrade the camera and lenses to firmware version 2 which to the credit of Fuji is much faster then . . . read more

Fujifilm X-F1 review at Pocket-Lint.

"The collapsible lens is a fun and functional feature that works well and we love having a more traditional hands-on manual zoom lens to whizz between focal lengths. But its this design which means the maximum aperture - which is an impressive f/1.8 at the 25mm wide-angle setting - dips down to an f/4.9 maximum at the 100mm equivalent. It sure isn't the f/2.0-2.8 aperture of the X10."

Fujifilm Finepix X-E1 review by Bert Stephani: Good enough to redesign my gear bag.

Fujifilm X-E1 black, rear side.

"I keep being impressed by the way the Fujifilm sensor renders skies and clouds. There’s a lot of detail in the RAW-files that can be recovered in post processing. I know there are still some issues with the Fuji files in Lightroom (4.2). Usually I don’t worry too much about it as the problems are barely noticeable unless you pixel peep. But in situations like with these pictures you sometimes get these white outlines around objects like the wind turbine on the right when you try to push the RAW file. If you ease back on the post-processing, it’s gone but I’m sure Adobe hasn’t unlocked the full potential of the Fuji RAW files yet. I hear Fuji and Adobe are working together on providing better results, let’s hope they get it right soon." . . . read more

Sony NEX 5R gets DXO marked, sensor measures eerily identical to the Olympus E-M5

"During our tests of the Olympus OM-D E-M5, we found that the manufacturer’s new 16Mpix LiveMOS 4:3 sensor had largely caught up in every category, starting with a dynamic range that allows it to rejoin the field of APS-C compact hybrids in terms of image quality (though with the Sony NEX still ahead). . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 hands on video review at TheCameraStore: Fast, accurate and not jerky.

"But lets talk about what everyone is curious about, the Panasonic DMC-GH3!  As you can see in the video, it’s a fantastic performer.  While the footage in the video is unedited, I was really impressed by how much the video can be edited.  I also love the new control layout, it’s endlessly customizable and everything is right at your fingertips.  The GH3 is also the first mirrorless camera that I’d actually consider using the autofocus.  It’s fast, accurate, and not nearly as jerky as the . . . read more

Sony Nex-6 review at Ephotozine: A camera with downloadable apps.

"Images are free of noise at ISO 100 and there is very little at ISO 200 and 400. You can see a small amount at ISO 800 and more so at ISO 1600. ISO 3200 is where you can see a significant reduction in image quality with images becoming softer. There is a further loss of detail at ISO 6400 but image quality is still decent. At ISO 12800 some areas of the . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8 Lens Review at Ephotozine.

Doesn't it bother you when a new, premium priced (and performing) lens comes out and it is not a) weather sealed and b)comes with no hood. And the hood costs as much as an entry kit lens. For shame Olympus. Excerpt:

"Micro Four Thirds system camera owners who are already looking at this lens probably don't need any more convincing of it's worth, but those who hadn't yet considered it may be interested to see just how well this optic performs. It's amongst . . . read more

Olympus Pen E-PM2 review at Amateur Photographer: Excellent image quality and AF speed, but limited external control.

Olympus E-PM2 silver, front, with 14-42 II lens.

"Don't be put off or fooled by the rather simplistic menu layout and the art filters, which may not be to everyone's taste. The Olympus Pen E-PM2 is a very capable little camera, and would be ideal for someone looking for a CSC for occasional use alongside a more advanced DSLR. It will be interesting to see how the new Pen E-PL5 (Pen Lite) fares in our test in a few weeks' time, and to see exactly what features it adds to the Olympus Pen range.

Those wanting an experience and image quality more on a par with using a DSLR may be better served by the Sony NEX or Samsung NX ranges, but as far as a small, light CSC is capable of producing good images, you can't go far wrong with the E-PM2." . . . read more

Sony Nex-5R review by Ken Rockwell: The camera thinks it's smarter than you.

Ken does not like his Nex-5R a lot: 

"Personally I prefer my Fuji X100 when it comes to mirrorless cameras. The X100 has the same size sensor, a bigger effective-sized LCD, and it's smaller, lighter and performs better with built-in flash and two different viewfinders!

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Tokina Reflex 300mm MF Macro Lens Review at Ephotozine

Tokina  Reflex 300mm f/6.3 MF MACRO

A 600mm equivalent lens that boasts a constant f6.3 aperture, a diminutive size and mass, and costs just a bit more than a common kit lens? There's got to be a catch, and in this case, quite a few of them, like the issue of image quality:

"Far from being a viable replacement for a more expensive telephoto lens, what we have here is a lens that produces a certain effect, that may be of interest to some. The effect it produces can be used to great effect for the right subject, but can also spoil an otherwise good image.

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Sony NEX-7 Review at Admiring Light

This is one of those 'from photographers, for photographers' reviews:

"The NEX-7 is a very fine camera, and for many will be the ideal Compact System Camera.  I think that due to the APS-C sized sensor, excellent EVF with focus peaking and small size, it’s the perfect camera for those looking to use adapted . . . read more

Thoughts on the Olympus Body Cap Lens, by Simon Goldsworthy

Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm f/8.0 black

Maybe this idea Olympus had about a body cap lens ain't so bad after all:

"Optically this lens is a little bit pants. The corners are soft and a little smeary. There is also quite a bit of vignetting. However, it’s enjoyable to shoot with because you have to shift your shooting style to compensate for the narrow (fixed) aperture and manual focus. To be fair the centre is sharp even if the corners are not." . . . read more

Does the Olympus E-PL5 come with better image quality than the E-M5? Pekka Potka says no.

Ever since the disclosure of the fact that the E-PL5 comes without an anti-aliasing filter, speculation about the superiority or not of its image quality has going on around the interwebs at an increasing pace. Now Pekka Potka attempts to put an end to the speculation, by going over the output from the two cameras with a big loupe in hand:

"Olympus (like others) has been developing their anti-moiré algorithms all the time to make ever thinner low-pass filters possible. That´s good for image sharpness. Already OM-D has a relatively thin low-pass filter and the importance of . . . read more

Olympus E-PL5 Review at the Photography Blog

This may not by the top of the line Olympus camera on the market, but it offers top of the line image quality. This review comes with an asterisk however, for reasons unknown to us the reviewer chose to shoot a great lot of the sample pictures at some detail squashing apertures, all the way up to a fizzying f16 (!). Excerpt:

"Image quality is where Micro Four Thirds cameras have traditionally lagged behind their APS-C sensor rivals, but the E-PL5 . . . read more

2012 DigitalCameraInfo Best of Year Awards

Yes, its this time of the year, the 'award and predictions (that mostly fail) for the next year' time. DCI is first, with, in some categories, slightly peculiar selection:

"2012 has been one of the most exciting years yet for the staff here at DigitalCameraInfo.com, as the photographic industry put the woes of 2011 behind it to release some truly amazing cameras. From flagship DSLRs to incredible compacts, there . . . read more

Panasonic 35-100 f/2.8 X OIS lens First Impression at Lens Rentals: Excellent wide, 'meh' tele end.

Maybe they set the bar too high, even though they used some of the best m43 cameras around, the E-M5 and the G5 to aid in the evaluation of this new 70-200mm equivalent lens:

"Well, it didn’t quite meet my expectations, at least not at the 100mm end which is where my main interest was. But I’d set the bar pretty high. . . . read more

Kevin Mullins Fujifilm X-Pro1 review, 6 months in: Quite simply it’s a marvellous camera, rolled into a little portable box. The optics are wonderful, the weight and portability are excellent.

Kevin Mullins is a well estabilished pro photographer that has seriously began working on assignments with the X-pro1 nad his 3 Fujinon lenses, the XF 18mm, 35mm and 60mm macro.

"The camera really has great image rendering and performance in low light and I’m comfortable using it at 6,400 ISO where necessary.  I’m interested to see where the new Fuji X-E1 takes the X range in terms of performance and any improvements (or, as I presume, its effectively an X-Pro1 without and OVF).

In summary, after six months of use, the X-Pro1 remains a primary camera for me for my wedding photography work.  I don’t see this changing, even with the introduction of new Canon DSLR’s.  Quite simply it’s a marvellous camera, rolled into a little portable box.  The optics are wonderful, the weight and portability are excellent.

Battery life and start-up time have been improved with recent firmware updates but could perhaps have a little more legs in them.  I’d like to see a minimum shutter speed added and I’d also like to see an adjustable dioptre.  Perhaps, even in future cameras I’d like to see a built in wi-fi module as this would allow creativity and communications combination whilst out travelling or shooting street photography. . . . read more

Sony Nex-5R review at Engadget

"Picture and video quality, even at higher ISO settings, was stellar. The camera's exposure was typically spot-on, and we never found a need to venture beyond the automatic white balance setting, with each shoot yielding accurate results. We've had some issues with past NEX models when shooting in tungsten or vapor light, but we were quite pleased with the . . . read more

Nikon 1 J2 review at PhotographyBlog: Stylish, but peculiar control layout.

"The J2 may only be the junior member of the Nikon 1 family, but its significantly cheaper price and more targeted approach make it a better choice than the V1 for compact camera users looking to upgrade to a more advanced system. It is still expensive though compared to rivals like the Sony NEX-F3, Olympus E-PM2 PEN Mini, Samsung NX1000 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5, so you'll need to decide if the out-and-out speed and beginner-friendly approach are really . . . read more

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