Olympus crazy patent: A 4/3 to micro 4/3 adapter with built in autofocus module and stabilizer, spotted at Egami blog.

Maybe this is the last chapter in Olympus saga of trying to make 4/3 lenses work properly 100% in micro 4/3 bodies, such as the E-M5 and the E-PL5. While the autofocus module is expected, the enclosed stabilizer is pretty baffling, but after trying to decipher the Google translated text we understand it has something to do with the built-in stabilizer unit of m4/3 bodies not being able to cope well with 4/3 lenses.

This in itself raises more questions, since it is well known that many 3rd party lenses, even really old ones, work quite well as stabilized in Olympus m4/3 cameras. In any case, Olympus spokespeople have time and again repeated the company's commitment to solve the 4/3-m4/3 lens compatibility issue, and this patent seems like a step in that direction. Perhaps it is time to snag up some excellent 4/3 glass, while it still can be found at bargain prices :) . . . read more

Olympus issues firmware updates for the PEN E-PM1, E-PL2, E-PL3 and E-P3 and E-5

Olympus has just released firmware updates for the PEN E-PM1, E-PL2, E-PL3 and E-P3 as well as for the veteran E-5. The updates improves compatibility with SDXC cards of 48GB capacity and higher, and  wireless flash control using RC capable Olympus flashes has been enhanced for the E-PM1 and E-PL3. . . . read more

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