New Cameras Coming in 2012 @ TheNewCamera

Wow, lots of corporate cleavage here. Top pick: Canon confirms introduction of mirrorless line. FTA: 

"Canon Imaging Rong Said Canon will announce its mirrorless and high End Compacts in 2012.
 The Best part of the interview was Canon confirms Mirrorless System is coming in 2012, See more: on October 2011 we have published . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12mm f/2 Review at PhotographyBlog

"The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2 may not boast a lot of features, but it does have something interesting up its sleeve. At first sight you see nothing special except for a few depth-of-field marks that seem rather pointless as there appears to be no distance scale on the lens. However, a closer look reveals that you can pull the focus ring back toward the mount, a move that exposes a nicely engraved distance scale that – together with the afore-mentioned DoF markings – allows you to use the time-honoured technique of zone focusing, . . . read more

Prosecutors raid Olympus over accounting scandal @ Reuters

"(Reuters) - Japanese prosecutors raided offices of Olympus Corp and the home of a former executive on Wednesday in a probe into a $1.7 billion accounting scandal that has threatened the survival of the once-proud camera and medical equipment maker. Tokyo prosecutors, police and financial regulators have joined forces in a rare joint investigation of the 92-year-old company, which has admitted to hiding huge investment losses via questionable M&A deals and other accounting tricks stretching back over two decades. . . . read more

2011 Mirrorless camera roundup @ Dpreview

FTA: "Several factors have combined to make the Beginners' class the most competitive of the Mirrorless camera market. The main one is the camera makers' belief that there is an un-tapped market of buyers who would like to get better pictures than their compact camera . . . read more

Olympus PEN E-P3 Express Field Review by Ferdinand Decena

"If you’ll ask me one good reason to upgrade or jump in to the new generation of PEN line, it’s their new Autofocus System. The PEN has been criticized for its mediocre AF but this new 35-Area Autofocus System makes the whole camera competitive in all rounds. During my test focusing was astonishingly fast especially with the new lenses like the 12mm and the 14-42mm Ver II kit lens. And as I promised on my 45mm f1.8 review, the lens indeed focus more accurately with the new AF system. The Touch Shutter . . . read more

Rumor: Fujifilm interested in buying Olympus

Oh, boy, the old mill is gearing up. The idea is not bad however, if the price is right Fujifilm will be able to she-horn itself back into the game without much sweat:

"A sale would mean a restructured and likely unrecognizable Olympus. Its technology would be woven into Fujifilm (or Ricoh or wherever it’s purchased), and anyone’s . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 45mm f/1.8 Review @

Excerpt: "We tested the focus speed of this lens on two different camera bodies, including the older Olympus E-PL2 and the brand new E-PL3. On the former, focus acquisition was pleasantly fast, but not instant. On the latter, it was extremely quick, very much in the same league as an SLR camera with a premium AF lens attached. This is truly . . . read more

Olympus introduces M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ power zoom lens

Wow. This lens has everything going for it, except for the abysmal f6,3 at the tele end.  Its even dust/splashproof, even though there's no such m4/3 body released yet. Maybe it is a hint for the future :) Full spec list & mft chart follows after the press release! . . . read more

Olympus E-PM1 Pen Mini review @ Pocket-Lint

A mini review for a mini camera:

"In real terms it is operationally on a par with an entry level digital SLR - except in terms of sensor size of course - and . . . read more

Police set to raid Olympus HQ, let's prepare popcorn, yes?

Another turn in this high stakes drama. Is it still a "raid" if pre-announced? Maybe in Japan it is.  From Jiji press via "Tokyo, Dec. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese public prosecutors and other law enforcers are expected to raid Olympus Corp. as

Bob Atkins reviews the Olympus PEN E-PL1

Despite the dated old Creaceous era sensor, he seems to love it because he bought one for him self. AWW!:

"So why did I chose to buy a MILC camera and why an Olympus E-PL1 rather than one of the other models or some other . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 MkII Lens review at photodo

"The incredibly small size and weight of this lens suit the compact dimensions of the Micro Four Thirds system perfectly and it balances perfectly on the Olympus E-PL1 used for testing. The lens barrel is constructed from plastics, as is the lens mount which contributes to the light weight of only 110g.

When the lens is not being used, it can be collapsed down to almost half its length when in use, which is

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 review at photodo

"This compact telephoto prime lens weighs only 116g, which makes it a perfect companion for the lightweight Micro Four Thirds system, and this lens balances well on the Olympus E-PM1 used for testing. Much of the lens barrel is constructed from high quality plastics, with a smart metallic finish applied to them. The lens mount is made from metal, which should enhance the durability of the design. The build

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New Micro Four Thirds 'Lo-fi' lens from Photojojo @ TR

"The new lens is focused manually, and features soft bokeh, vignetting, lens flares and low contrast for a 'lo-fi' feel. It also offers a very shallow depth of field for tilt-shift-like photo effects.  . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Micro Four Thirds review at photodo

"Although this lens isn't the most compact on offer for Micro Four Thirds system compatible cameras, it is still relatively compact and lightweight at only 130g. The build quality is excellent, with a retro metal finish and it makes a perfect companion for the Panasonic Lumix G3 used for testing.

This lens sports Olympus' Snapshot focus mechanism, which allows the photographer to change between . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm f/2 Macro review at photodo

"Weighing only 300g, this lens is compact and lightweight enough to be carried around until those times when you need it, without it weighing you down. Weather sealing protects the lens from dust and moisture and the material used in the construction of the lens are of high quality.

The lens accept 52mm filters and the thread does not rotate during focusing, making it perfect for use with polarising or graduated filters. At its closest focus the lens extends by around an inch.

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Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II review at photodo

"Weighing only 440g, and being 88.5mm long, this lens is quite lightweight and compact for the range it covers. High quality materials have been used in the construction and the lens feels very solid as a result. Weather sealing has been applied and this lens is dust and splashproof as a result.

This lens accept 67mm filters and as the filter thread doesn't rotate, polarising filters can be used with

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Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm 1:2.8-3.5 SWD review at photodo

"For a super-telephoto lens, this 50-200mm optic from Olympus isn't overly large or heavy, weighing only 995g. Very high quality material have been used in this optic's construction and it feels reassuringly sturdy as a result. As with all Olympus lenses at this level, this 50-200mm is sealed against dust and moisture.

The lens accepts 67mm filers on the front and as focusing is performed internally the filter thread does not

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Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm f/2 Macro review at photodo

"Olympus claim that this lens is a pro spec and therefore splash proof. It certainly seems well made and there are no loose or wobbly bits, even with the front element extended by the 35mm it comes out of the body at its closest focus point of 240mm. Unfortunately, to get it there, the AF system makes a low grating noise and it is certainly not quick. Once the lens arrives at the point of focus, it gives a couple of jerks, as . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD Review @ Photography blog

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-5 camera body, focusing is extremely fast and, thanks to the Supersonic Wave Drive auto-focus motor built into the lens, essentially silent too. . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5 Macro review at photodo

"Due to the smaller sensor size found on Four Thirds cameras, no third party manufacturers offer a direct equivalent to this lens. Sigma's shortest macro available for Four Thirds cameras is their 105mm f/2.8 macro, which costs around £380 and offers the same magnification, but at around three times the working distance as this lens will behave like a 210mm lens when mounted on a FourThirds camera.

For a 1:1 macro lens, Olympus' 35mm is very compact and . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3 review at photodo

"Weighing only 435g and being 84.5mm long, this 10x zoom from Olympus is no bigger than the standard lenses typically bundled with most SLRs as a kit. The build quality is quite good, with the barrel being constructed from high quality injection moulded plastics.

An internal focus design is used so the lens doesn't extend and the front filter thread doesn't rotate during focusing. This will make use of filters such as ND grads and polarisers much easier than on

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Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6 Review @ Photography blog

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-P2 camera body, focusing is very quick and essentially silent, courtesy of the new Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) design. This applies to S-AF only, though. Once you switch to C-AF, the limitations of the contrast-detect auto focus system employed by Micro Four Thirds cameras become obvious. To wit, a contrast-detect AF system has no way of knowing if the . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 Review @ Photography blog

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-P2 camera body, focusing is essentially silent and surprisingly quick too, thanks to a solution whereby only one compact and lightweight lens element moves on focus. The use of this solution also earned the lens the 'MSC' - Movie & Still Compatible - designation. . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/2.8 Review @ Photography blog

The 17-20mm lens for m43 mount group is pretty crowded, with a total of 5 lenses competing for our interest (and money) so far.

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-P2 camera body, focusing is fairly quick but by no means instantaneous. As long as you are photographing still or slowly moving subjects, you will find the focusing speed entirely adequate. Note: given that Micro Four Thirds cameras use contrast-detect autofocus, whose speed also depends on their sensors' read-out speed, the lens may perform better on

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 at olympuslensreview

"Here goes the review of Olympus 17mm lens. You can get this lens from either Amazon (Best Price + FREE Shipping), B&H Photo Video or Adorama.


This lens is the first prime lens available for the Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera. It was first sold as a combo with the Olympus E-P1 but can be bought separately as well.
In the 35mm format equivalent, it gives an angle of view of 34mm. This is considered a moderate wide . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 Review @ Photography blog

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-PL2 camera body, focusing is fairly quick but by no means instantaneous. As long as you are photographing still or slowly moving subjects, you will find the focusing speed entirely adequate. Switch your camera's autofocus system to C-AF and try to photograph something more demanding – like birds in flight –, and you may find the AF speed lacking. Note: . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 Review @ Photography blog

"The M.ZUIKO Digital 14-150mm lens offers virtually silent focusing thanks to a solution whereby only two of the fifteen lens elements move. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the E-P2, certainly faster than the first version of the 14-42mm kit zoom, though still not quite as zippy as the GH2+14-140mm lens combo we tried out at Photokina. With the focus mode on the Olympus E-P2 set to “C-AF+TR” (AF tracking), the lens unfortunately did not track the subjects well, even though they were not moving very fast. . . . read more

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm 1:4-5.6 review @ DPreview

"The M Zuiko Digital 14-150mm F4-5.6 is Olympus's fourth lens for its Pen series cameras, and the first to venture into the telephoto region. Its 10.7x zoom ratio places it firmly in 'superzoom' territory, covering a very useful 28-300mm equivalent range, and making it ideal for general purpose 'walkaround' or travel use. (Indeed Olympus says that with it on your camera 'you will never miss a photo opportunity', perhaps begging the question as to why the company still makes other lenses.)

Like all superzooms the 14-150mm uses a complex optical formula, with 15 elements in 11 groups including 3 aspheric

Olympus E620 review @

Perharps the most extensive review ever published on this miniature hercules camera, given in an unusual narratrive tone snippet:  “Wow, it’s really small!” exclaimed Marianne.
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