Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12-50 mm f/3.5-6.3 ED EZ review at Lens Tip

"It would be difficult to go into raptures here. The Olympus 12-50 mm has problems to pull level with the “pancakes” which are already a kind of compromise between a high image quality and small dimensions. Maximum results of less than 60 lpmm are certainly not impressive.

Even before we start criticizing Olympus – which is a producer known for its excellent optics – we must remind you here about two things. . . . read more

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review: Street Shooting and Final Words, by Robin Wong

Robin Wong is concluding his wonderful rolling photography review of the E-M5 with a 'shutter therapy' session, street shooting in black and white. There will be a final installment of this review in the future, for the video aspect of the camera. Robin is not all roses and praise about the E-M5, he discusses several flaws and shortcomings this time, most notably a potential dangerous one about the weather sealing: . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ Review at Photography Blog

Here's another review of this lens that goes with the 'Jack of all trades, master of none' mantra. Unfair? Sure, when it comes to lightweight ness, weather proofing, video optimization, and even price, this lens appears to be in the 'master' category. This pretty much leaves only the optical characteristics as a 'Jack':

"Based on its specifications alone, it would be tempting to dub the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ a “jack of all . . . read more

Olympus E-M5 review parts 2 & 3: Low light shooting and Macro, By Robin Wong

Robin Wong continues on his extensive rolling review of the Olympus E-M5. This time there's some low light/high iso goodies, and exploration of the macro capabilities of the E-M5.  Robin also kindly provides a set of full jpegs for us to download and pixel peep (strictly for science (: ). He also turns the last part of the review into a mini macro shooting tuturial: . . . read more

Olympus E-M5 and Panasonic G3 RAW Files - Same Sensor or Not? by Amin Sabet

Abin Sabet of mu-43.com tries to come up with the answer to the origins of the E-M5 sensor. You be the judge if he has nailed it:

"The first thing I did was to compare ISO 6400 files. Interestingly, the G3 file looked more "sharpened" than the E-M5 file, which was not the case for the low ISO files. There was nothing to suggest misfocus or shake-induced blur in the E-M5 file, and both . . . read more

Olympus E-M5 latest reviews and opinions

What does those French got, that the major English speaking camera review sites don't? Focus numerique has started its grand Olympus review, and first up is the 'Gestion du bruit électronique' part, or as we say, iso-train-comparison-versus-some-major-rivals. The OM-D/E-M5 gets pitted against the Canon G1X, the Panasonic G3, the Sony NEX-7, the Nikon V1, and for good measure, its own stable mate, the Olympus E-P3. By golly the mirrorless gang has really . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ Lens Review at ePhotozine

Apparent sharpness, appealing weather proofing, and appalling aperture at the tele end, is the very short version of this review:

"As focusing and zoom are performed internally the 52mm filter thread does not rotate during use, making this lens ideal for use with graduated and polarising filters. Focus speeds are fairly quick, although in low light conditions the lens can sometimes struggle . . . read more

Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Canon 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800, by Gary Ayton

No, Gary does not have all three cameras in his possession, he just pits their specs against each other. Surprisingly, this simple roundup is is enough to stir a discussion, and draw some interesting conclusions:

"The main issues that really kill image resolution are AF accuracy, camera shake and optical quality, and it is on the 1st 2 of these . . . read more

Olympus E-M5 latest reviews, previews, and iso/image samples.

Korean site Danawa has posted an extensive (p)review on the E-M5. Since the images tell 9/10 of the story, there's no need to fire up your Google translator, unless you're in need of a good laugh. 

Next, we got the Polish site Fotopolis posting a full 2 page iso train. Crops on the first page, full jpegs on the second. Very nice choice of setup btw, a good balance of file detail texture, color, and so on.  . . . read more

Olympus E-M5 first final firmware jpegs and E-P3 iso comparison plus 3D tracking test

So, what have we got nyah: First, a series of full sized jpegs, straight out of a final firmware version E-M5, at What Digital Camera.  As almost always. these kind of tech mega sites do a really crappy work when it comes to photography. In any case, a trained (heh) pixel peeper can always draw his/hers own conclusion. 

 

Our next tidbit comes from Pekka Potka, a Finnish photographer that has proven to be an invaluable source of good E-M5 (and not . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 at olympuslensreview

"The Olympus 9-18mm Micro Four Thirds lens is the second ultra wide angle lens for the Micro Four Thirds market after the Panasonic 7-14mm lens. You can get this lens from either Amazon (Best Price + FREE Shipping), B&H Photo Video or Adorama.

It is priced very aggressively at almost half the price of its expensive Panasonic rival. Olympus did this by keeping the build material lower than the Panasonic, but it is still good to most photographers’ . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ review at Sound Image Plus

Optically bland, but weather sealed, video optimized and farther reaching at the tele end, this lens is a good alternative to the usual 12-42mm kit lens:

 

"If you are thinking about the possibility of this being a cheaper solution to the 12mm f/2, think again. Its not the same optically. In fact its quite soft. My copy didn't even seem quite as sharp as the 14-42mm kit lenses from both Panasonic and Olympus. However  . . . read more

Olympus E-M5 preview at Photography Blog

"The back of the screen features a large touch-screen LCD. The touch element will hopefully be improved because it was far from perfect on the pre-production sample. Terada explained that it improves on the previous menu system because it's quicker to navigate and execute options but to get the touch-screen to work, you have to press the OK button. Once the option has been chosen, you have to press the OK button again. It's a lot of shifting around the back of the OM-D EM-5. Conveniently, the menu . . . read more

Olympus OM-D Pro a possibility, at Tech Radar

Just posting this, as a good example of meaninngless discussion about a no-brainer. Here's a certainty: Demand for the E-M5 will be of an unprecedented scale, reviewers will rave about it, Olympus will get a sweet tooth, and release a 'pro' specced model that sports upgrades such as lower iso and/or higher iso speed, better viewfinder, built-in intervalometer, illuminated buttons, better video codec, etc. Doesn't take a think tank or a subject starved writer to figure this out:

  . . . read more

High ISO comparison between the Olympus Pen E-P3 and OM-D E-M5 at 43 user

As a m43 camera that can easily match the current crop of aps-c equipped rivals, there's no doubt the E-M5 easily trumps the Pen E-P3, considering the fact that the latter sports the outdated 12 mpixels sensor. The pixel peeper mill has as usual picked up on this, and most erroneously agree that the difference between the two cameras is about one stop. However, that's stuff that comes from the rear of a bull, just put the 6400 file from thre E-P3 next to the 24.800 one from the E-M5 and you can clearly see that  . . . read more

Five hot features of the Olympus E-M5 at Pocket-Lint

Pocket-Lint can be excused for not mentioning the 6th major feature, the gorgeous OM look:

 

"One of the headline features of the new OM-D, we found the 5-axis stabilisation to be very effective. It works by offering sensor shift technology in five planes and if you take the lens off the front of the camera, you can actually see the sensor responding as . . . read more

Bloomberg: Olympus Ex-Chairman and Six Others Arrested.

"Kikukawa, 70, who headed Olympus for 10 years until last year, Hideo Yamada, 67, who led the investment unit since the 1980s and later became an auditing officer, and former Executive Vice President Hisashi Mori concealed losses, booked overstated goodwill and falsified financial statements, the prosecutors said in a statement. . . . read more

Olympus E-M5 first RAW files available, user's manual (UPDATED!)

Thank you for the heads-up 43rumors, and Focus Numerique for the plenty raw files. And, Olympus for the actual camera :) After a quick review of the raw files in question i came up with an alternative title for this post: Olympus moves into aps-c sized territory. If this camera is half as good as the hype has it, Oly will not be able to meet demand for a long time. 

P.S Lightroom won't open these raw files, use Raw Therapee, Olympus viewer (try with noise filter off for more crucial pixel peeping), Raw Photo Processor etc. . . . read more

Olympus halves digital camera operating loss; sales rise @ AP

"Olympus slashed its imaging division operating loss by more than 50% in the nine months to 31 December 2011, newly released accounts show. 

 
 Olympus reported a 14.7% rise in digital camera sales over the nine months, reaching 94,557 million yen (£771m) at 31 December 2011. 

Olympus Pen E-P1 Review at Photographic Central

A bit late to the party, but still, one of the best, and surely the most emotional review of this camera ever. Brings the PENstory to mind:

 

"Features wise, the E-P1 pleases greatly. It has a lot of features that stand out for me, namely the in body image stabilization, dual . . . read more

Olympus OM-D/E-M5 First full ISO crops, pictures, and mega hands-on roundup.

First, and most important in this pixel peepers honest opinion are the ISO SAMPLES. All the way to 25.600 as it should be. Server is a bit slow,propably being hammered to pieces by peeping toms from all over the world. A quick louping over them and 'wow' i believe this is the cleanest output from every m43 camera so far. While sharpness contrast and saturation are all set to 0, the images at iso 3200 and all the way up show very good sharpness and saturation. Seems like a good 3-5 stop improvement over my GH1. Tomorrow I will run a side-by-side with some GH2 and 7D files, because  i truly believe the OM-D is superior noise-wise to both.  Thank you Omuser! . . . read more

Olympus OM-D/EM-5 first full sample crops, initial evaluation

"First and most important in this pixel peepers honest opinion are the ISO SAMPLES. All the way to 25.600 as it should be. Server is a bit slow, propably being hammered to pieces by peeping toms from all over the world. A quick louping over them and 'wow' i believe this is the cleanest output from every m43 camera so far. . . . read more

Olympus reveals the SZ-31MR iHS 'Travel Zoom' class camera.

Dual TruePuc V (!) processors and other high-end features sets this little travelzoomer apart. Availablility: Late April @ $399.99/€349/£299.99 mrsp. . . . read more

Olympus OM-D / E-M5 front view

Description by Olympus:

 

INTUITIVELY DESIGNED ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER

Olympus OM-D/E-M5 hands-on preview with video at Engadget

"The camera is quite intuitive, with a simple multi-tab menu system and a variety of dedicated controls. There are two dials up top, just as you'll find on the Sony NEX-7 -- in manual mode, one adjusts aperture while the second changes shutter speed. Touchscreen control is available as well, with tap-to-focus and touch-shoot functionality, but you'll need to use the buttons to the right for more complex adjustments. As you'd expect . . . read more

Olympus Om-D/E-M5 hands-on preview at Digital Photography Review

"It would be easy to dismiss the E-M5 as simply an upgraded E-P3 with a built-in viewfinder, but that would be to miss the point somewhat. Looked at another way, the E-M5 appears to be a synthesis of the best bits of recent Olympus cameras. It offers greater capability than the company's range-topping E-5 DSLR in a compact body with the classic styling of the OM range. It also echoes of the E-620 - the small, photographer- . . . read more

Olymous announces M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro & M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 lenses

 

Olympus Press Release
 
Olympus to expand high-grade Micro Four Thirds lens system

Olympus OM-D/E-M5 hands-on preview at Imaging Resource.

"Names. What doesn't make sense is the camera's name. OM-D E-M5 is absurdly circumspect. They want to pay homage to the OM line while pointing out that it's digital, hence the D. Like we didn't know. Yet they want to keep pointing out that it's electronic like the other cameras in the line, hence the E in E-M5. I'd have preferred OM-5 or even OM-5D. We know it's electronic, and we know it's digital, so OM-5 would have been . . . read more

Olympus announces the arrival of OM-D, with the E-M5 m43 camera.

No longer the stuff of rumors, here's the E-M5 straight from the horse's mouth:

Olympus US Press Release:
CLASSIC OM DESIGN REVIVED INTO A NEW STATE OF THE ART DIGITAL CAMERA - THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW:

Club Snap interviews Toshiyuki Terada, product and marketing manager leader at Olympus dslr group.

Some nice details that comes out of this interview: The whole package of camera body+lens+snap-on flash is weather sealed. Mr. Terada says it is of the same sealing quality as that of the E-series. The new sensor's High ISO and  Dynamic Range characteristics offer a 1/3 improvement over current Olympus m43 sensors. Mr. Terada also explains how the new 5-axis stabilization system on the E-M5 works: . . . read more

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