Olympus Zuiko 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 review at Photodo

"Despite the smaller sensor size of the four-thirds system, this lens is both bigger and heavier than all of it’s aps-c competitors and sports a larger front element carrying a 58mm filter thread. The lens mount itself is, however, a metal one that has a positive feel as it clicks home. The lens has no switch gear attached, with the change from manual to autofocus or a combination of the two being achieved . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6 review @ d preview

"The Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6 is Olympus's latest all-new lens design, announced in May 2008. It sits in the company's 'Standard' series of lenses, and offers ultra-wide angle capability to the more budget-conscious user. In this regard it costs around 15% less than the venerable 'Pro' series Zuiko Digital ED 11-22mm 1:2.8-3.5, while offering significantly wider angle coverage, but . . . read more

Weather-Sealed DSLR Camera compared at NeoCamera.com

"Comparing" is a tad harch, its more like an apples to oranges and Klingons to Jedi thing:   "This article compares all the affordable weather-sealed DSLR cameras in production. These DSLRs are the Canon EOS 7D, the Nikon D300S, the Olympus E-3, the Pentax K-7, the Pentax K20D and the Pentax K200D. The definition of weather-sealed varies between models but does not mean waterproof, so all DSLRs

Olympus E-P1 review @ Shutterbug

The E-P1 is practically the same as the E-P2 minus the added electronic viewfinder addon thingie:   "The E-P1 is chockablock with many features it has graciously stolen from E-series SLRs, including in body Image Stabilization, a kick-butt dust reduction system, multiple exposure capability, and Olympus’ now-famous Art Filters. Rather than discuss these capabilities any more than I have in the past, pick up a

Olympus E-620 review @NeoCamera.com

Ladies and Gentlemen, we break the CaNikon review monopoly with a take on the Oly E620 by NeoCamera: "In terms of image quality and performance the E-620 does quite well without being class-leading in any area. Despite the small sensor, image noise is kept low and dynamic-range is excellent. The autofocus performance is slightly below average but the camera always responds quickly."

DC watch compares Olympus E-P2 & Panasonic GF1 image quality

Reading the text might get you dizzy, but pictures are as always worth more than words: "Does not GF1 is equipped with image stabilization and you say No, the target LUMIX G 20mm F1.7 ASPH. And LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4 ASPH. Maikurofosazu two lenses to use the book except Panasonic I do not feel a lack in any way. Because it has image stabilization capabilities in the lens

Olympus Master 2.3 Update

In short: "Today Olympus is pleased to announce a software update service for Olympus Master. This update, Olympus Master 2.3, allows the development of E-P2 RAW files using the Diorama and Cross Process Art Filters and iEnhance picture mode using the Windows 7 and Mac OS X v 10.16 (Snow Leopard) Operating Systems. "

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

"Built exclusively for the 2x crop Four-thirds mount, this lens is quite compact for its range, increasing its length through a double trombone by around 52mm when zoomed to its full stretch. The well torqued zoom ring, marked at 18, 25, 35, 50, 100 and 180mm is plenty wide enough for mast hands while the narrower manual focus ring is a tad slacker and is redundant unless the fly-by-wire manual focus is switched on . . . read more

Olympus E-P2 review @ T.O.P

Hot off the factory, here comes the first "major" review of the E-P2: "One more good point: when you press the button at the back of the viewfinder, you not only turn the screen off for shooting, you also turn the screen off for adjustments, chimping and photo viewing. The signal obviously completely switches to the viewfinder. Great thing for those who complained about the viewing scrren glowing in the dark.

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 90-250mm f/2.8 review at photodo

"This lens is a hefty lump for the focal range and users of conventional 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses will be surprised at the size of it. The huge 105mm front filter size gives a clue and explodes the myth that the 4/3rds system would produce smaller, more manageable lenses!

Conventionally designed, with two main rings, a stepped one for the focal length selection and a narrower, but still ample one for manual focus, the lens also sports a focus limiter on the left side with . . . read more

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

"Claimed as the world’s smallest true macro lens, this optic from Olympus is certainly small enough to slip into a pocket. Despite that, the lens is reasonably well, if simply, built. The only control on the lens is the manual focus ring, and even this does nothing unless it is switched on through the camera menu and the camera has enough battery power to operate the fly-by-wire MF system.

At the closest focus point of 146mm the front element extends by some 24mm on a single trombone . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm f2 Macro Review @ Photography blog

Zuiko Digital ED 50mm f2 Macro

"Macro lenses tend to autofocus in a relatively lazy fashion, and the Zuiko Digital ED 50mm f/2 is no exception to this rule. Your camera does matter a lot in this case though - AF speeds will be noticeably better with the lens mounted to an Olympus E-30 or E-3 than any other compatible body. Autofocus accuracy is quite good, but when the system does miss the target, hunting will occur. This is when the aforementioned omission of a focus limiter strikes back - it takes quite a bit . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake @ DPreview

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Pancake

"The M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 Pancake gives acceptable results in our studio tests, but again its extreme portability comes at the cost of some optical compromises. Image quality at the centre of the frame is high, but it's less impressive towards the edges due to a combination of (relative) softness and chromatic aberration. Compared to the kit zoom, there's no hugely compelling optical advantageto the 17mm (although it's faster and more portable), and overall its performance leaves us feeling just a little 'flat'." . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 @ DPreview

"A fundamental part of the Micro Four Thirds system is the use of software to correct lens distortions. For the majority of users this is absolutely nothing to worry about; the viewfinder image is corrected 'on the fly' when using the camera to take pictures, likewise JPEGs have the distortion removed too. However raw files are slightly different, and while both the supplied software (Olympus Master) and . . . read more

Olympus 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 wide-angle zoom review at photodo

"A nicely put together lens that sports a 31mm zoom ring marked at 11,14,18 and 22mm which extends the lens by just 10mm when zoomed to the short end. Yes, this lens is the ‘wrong way round’ and is at it’s most compact at the longer focal length.

A distance window, marked in metres and feet separates the zoom ring from the ‘fly-by-wire’ manual focus ring, the switching of which is achieved through the camera menus. . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm F2.0 SWD Review @ Photography blog

Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm F2.0 SWD

"The SWD abbreviation in the name of the lens stands for Supersonic Wave Drive. This is similar to Canon's USM, Nikon's AF-S, Pentax's SDM, Sony's (originally Minolta's) SSM and Sigma's HSM in that it means the lens has its own "supersonic" focus motor to move the glass elements for focusing. This results in quick and whisper-quiet AF operation. On our test sample, focusing speeds were generally fast. Low-light auto-focus was, at times, slower, occasionally taking up to 3 small adjustments in rapid succession before focus lock - but the lens always acquired focus, down to and including -1 EV with . . . read more

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6 review @ DP review

 Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6

"The M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4-5.6 is Olympus's third lens for the Micro Four Thirds system to reach the market, covering the wideangle end of the spectrum. It was first announced at the same time as the E-P2 in November 2009 (alongside a forthcoming 14-150mm superzoom), with more details appearing coincident with the E-PL1's launch in February 2010. Its headline feature is undoubtedly its miniscule size - it adopts the same collapsing design as Olympus's Micro Four Thirds 14-42mm kit zoom to realize dimensions of just 2.2" x 1.9" (57 x 50 mm) when retracted, and an extremely light . . . read more

Olympus EVOLT e-520 review @ Megapixel.net

e520Very small and handy, it's the latest camera from Olympus in the struggling fourthirds format:  "Another feature borrowed by the E-520 from the pocketcam's repertoire is panorama photography. However, this feature requires more guesswork with this hardware than it does in the point-and-shoot world. Ordinarily, when you take a shot in a panorama sequence, the transparent edge of that shot appears at the edge of the LCD. As you move the camera to set up the next shot in the sequence, you can easily overlap the beginning of the new shot with the end of the old by using the transparent sliver as a guide.

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm 1:2.0 Macro Review @ DP review

"The Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm 1:2.0 Macro was one of the very first Four Thirds system lenses, announced along with the launch of the E-1 back in June 2003. With an unusually fast maximum aperture for a macro lens, it's described as a dual purpose optic also suitable for portraits; indeed it's the closest to a classic portrait prime Olympus currently produces. The optical design is suitably . . . read more

Olympus & Panasonic announce Micro Four Thirds

The four thirds system turned out to be a failure more or less from a bussiness perspective at least. I don't think Olympus intended to stick with less than 3% of the worldwide dslr market when they announced it 3 years ago. The MICRO four thirds system however seems to cover a real gap between traditional dslrs and digicams. 

Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm 1:2.8 Pancake Review @ DP review

"The Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm F2.8 Pancake lens was announced in March 2008 to coincide with the E-420 ultra-compact DSLR, and occupies a unique position in the current market as the only fixed focal length ('prime') lens which is bundled as a kit with a camera body. In this it harks back to the 1980s heyday of the classic manual focus 35mm SLR, when cameras were supplied with . . . read more

Olympus unleashes the E-520

Continuing the trend of "digicamization", here comes Olympus latest with face recognition and 32 (yay!) shooting modes.: Olumpus Press Release: Everything Comes Into Focus With Olympus E-520 Digital SLR: Advanced IN-BODY Image Stabilization and Autofocus Live View Deliver Sharp Images In-Body Image Stabilization Steadies Any Lens; Take-Anywhere Portable Design Means You'll Capture It All CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 13, 2008 – The new Olympus E-520 digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera delivers brilliant images thanks to advanced technologies that help take the blur out. Industry leading Image Stabilization built into the portable camera body compensates for movement so that images are sharp and blur-free with any lens and even at slow shutter speeds. Autofocus Live View brings subjects into sharp focus on the camera’s HyperCrystal™ II LCD. Together, these technologies produce amazing results, along with the following features that further expand the DSLR experience:

Olympus E-3 review @ ephotozine.com

Pretty short and to the point. Excerpt: "The body is festooned with buttons which are supposed to make setting any mode a quick experience. I actually found the set up quite challenging. We had the opportunity to shoot fashion, reportage using wireless flash and extremely low light interiors, each needing very different use of modes and menus. Changing from something a simple as Program to Aperture Priority, for example, is better served on cameras with a mode dial on the top plate. I guess with time the use of all the features would become second nature but they don't appear as intuitive." Link

(Almost) 2 dozen Olympus E-3 reviews!

Well, not two dozen, but pretty close:  A bunch of Olympus users were invited by Olympus UK on a "photo safari" weekend with the new E-3. We quote: "LiveView is excellent, with a similar lag to the E330 in B mode. The only thing that I didn't like was not being able to pull the screen up behind the camera to act as a discreet waist-level VF. I rarely use LV A in the E330 for shots with moving subjects, so the lack of LV A in the E3 will not make much difference to me"

Olympus aims for 20% of DSLR sales

More Olympus in the news. This time, Reuters reports that Olympus, just like Sony and Pextax have done previously, they too want a 20% Dslr market share.  So, if the math lines up for these 3 companies, either Canon or Nikon or Both will be forced to exit. Yeah, right :) TOKYO (Reuters) - Olympus Corp (7733.T: Quote, Profile, Research) said it aims for a global share of 20 percent or more in the digital single lens reflex camera market in five years, more than doubling its current share in a sector dominated by Canon Inc (7751.T: Quote, Profile, Research) and Nikon Corp (7731.T: Quote, Profile, Research). Digital single lens reflex (SLR) cameras, high-end models with interchangeable lenses, are the most lucrative segment of the digital camera market. "In the mid- to long-term, we will strive for a 20 percent market share or more to become one of the top three SLR makers," Olympus Imaging Corp President Masaharu Okubo told a news conference on Wednesday. Olympus Imaging is the camera unit of Olympus.

Olympus announces 3 new lenses

ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD   Olympus press release: CENTER VALLEY, Pa., October 16, 2007 – Launching together with the new Olympus E-3 Digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera, Olympus proudly adds three new ZUIKO DIGITAL™ lenses to its line of 100 percent digital-specific optics. These innovative lenses employ Olympus’ newly-developed Supersonic Wave Drive™ (SWD) technology inside to provide quiet, ultra-fast autofocus (AF) speed, and offer several impressive distinctions, including: New ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD, in combination with the E-3, delivers the fastest autofocus speed in the world. The ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 SWD focuses twice as fast as the previous ZUIKO DIGITAL lens with that focal length. The ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-35mm f2.0 SWD joins the existing ZUIKO DIGITAL 35-100mm f2.0 as the brightest fixed aperture lenses in their class.

Olympus E-3 previews

There are already a number of previews out there (and strangely none of them is done by dpreview.com) we selected two that stands out so far: Imaging-resource.com : "The E-3's four-way navigator, which Olympus calls an Arrow pad, is well-positioned for easy access, and it's even angled a bit toward the right to accommodate the thumb's angle of attack. Other buttons on the back and top are clearly marked for easy comprehension. The Olympus E-3's rear LCD also serves as a Status display whose settings are accessible via a press of the center OK button" Fourthirdsphoto.com :

Olympus E-3 released

Olympus E-3Roughly 4.5 years after the introduction of it's predeccesor and almost 6 months since the leaked Pdf file (containg all the specs) the E-3 is finally officially with us. Although the 10 mp sensor, 5 fps and 11 Af points might seem like a blast from the past, in reality this camera ups the ante in a number of ways, most impressive of which is the up to 5 stops built in image stabilization. Press Release OLYMPUS BREAKS THE AF SPEED BARRIER WITH THE WORLD'S FASTEST AUTOFOCUS TECHNOLOGY IN NEW DIGITAL SLR CAMERA AND LENS E-3 Digital SLR Combined with Zuiko Digital Specific SWD 12-60mm (24-120mm Equivalent) Lens Delivers Fastest AutoFocus Technology to Photographers
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