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

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.

"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

Tokina Reflex 300mm MF Macro Lens Review at Ephotozine

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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Thoughts on the Olympus Body Cap Lens, by Simon Goldsworthy

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

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

Panasonic Lumix GH3 review at Trustedreviews: Nikon and Canon should be watching their backs.

"The new Venus Engine VII offers superior and faster processing than ever thanks in no small part to running on a quad-core architecture. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix GH3 review at Ephotozine: It feels like a mini-digital SLR

"The GH3 features a completely new 16 megapixel sensor, as well as a new 1.744 million dot electronic OLED viewfinder, that uses an RGBG array for better performance as well as a 1000:1 contrast ratio. The new 3 inch touch screen is also an OLED unit, and has greatly improved viewing angles. . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 review by Pekka Potka: Close to a perfect macro lens.

"M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro is a great macro lens. Small, light, splash proof and has very fast and silent internal focusing with focus limiters. As a macro lens, it is actually difficult to find any negative things to say about it. Sharpness and contrast are at very high level. RAW images opened into Lightroom 4 do not suffer from distortions or fringing and CA is a non-issue. I have not compared this lens head to head with other macro lenses than Zuiko D. 50mm f/2 Macro lens and . . . read more

Panasonic GH3 review at Amateur Photographer UK:

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is not designed to slip into a pocket, and it is interesting that as Panasonic clearly views its CSCs as a viable alternative to a DSLR system, they don't need to be compact to sell. Taking a wise approach to the improvements it has introduced in the GH3, such as keeping the pixel count the same and instead improving the performance of the sensor, has led to better low-light and dynamic range performance. Also, its class-leading video features are sure to please those in that field. However, Sony's NEX-7 still has the edge for image quality. . . . read more

Tokina Reflex 300mm F6.3 MF MACRO review at DC Watch

Being a Japanese site, we'll stick to the Google translate version, which is funnier than the actual lens:

"On a sense of resolution, contrast with those.  Not seen, such as coma, such as noticeable, but it is also the lesser limb darkening.  A vivid image of the periphery of the screen as well, is a depiction satisfactory as a mirror lens.  These materials . . . read more

Tokina Reflex 300mm f/6.3 MF Macro Lens hands-on at the Phoblographer

"Focusing the lens is fairly simple to do. All you need to do is keep in mind the 600mm focal length (equivalent) and just pay very close attention to your potential subject.

Oh also, it does this really cool doughnut-shaped-bokeh-thinger. That is characteristic of most mirror lenses, and it should be . . . read more

Tokina Reflex 300mm f/6.3 MF Macro Lens hands-on at the Luminous Landscape

"I spent an afternoon shooting with the Lumix 100-300mm at 300mm, and comparing results against the Tokina 300mm mirror lens. It was akin to a battle between the halt and lame. The Lumix shows a bit better resolution but also some significant chromatic aberration (purple fringing) while the Tokina has no CA but also lower contrast. The resolution of the . . . read more

Tokina Reflex 300mm f/6.3 MF Macro Lens review by Ivo Freriks: Compact size, limited resolution.

"Shooting with a lens with a focal length of 600 mm (converted to a full-frame sensor) is not easy. Focusing should be done very carefully. Handheld shots with such a lens usually lead to disappointing results. You justmust use a tripod. But even then you should keep in mind that you'll need very clear weather to create sharp images taken from a large . . . read more

Panasonic 100-300/4-5.6 Lumix G Vario review by Ming Thein: Among the blinds, this is the one-eyed king of m43 super tele zoom lenses.

"So what’s the 100-300 useful for? To be honest, I bought it out of curiosity and the lack of a telephoto solution for any of my other systems. It’s actually a pretty good option for reach in a pinch, especially when you’re not sure you’re going to need it – and don’t want to carry around a large 300, 400 or 500mm supertelephoto. The combination of lens and OM-D doesn’t occupy much space in the bag at all. Aside from slightly reduced optical quality and a slower aperture, the biggest . . . read more

Schneider-Kreuznach introduces AF lenses for the Micro Four Thirds mount.

The M4/3 mount is becoming an even richer ecosystem, with this new trio of AF lenses added to the lineup:

Schneider Press Release

For the first time SCHNEIDER KREUZNACH presents lenses for Micro Four Thirds system cameras . . . read more

Tokina Reflex 300mm f/6.3 MF Macro Lens review at DSLR Magazine.com: Google translated edition.

"Throughout our testing Reflex Tokina 300mm f / 6,3 MF have learned to compensate for the idiosyncrasies taking advantage of what digital photography offers the one hand, and the special modes of the Olympus OM-D on the other: we set characteristic curve making the camera (possible in the OM-D), providing more density in the shadows and brightness and contrast in the lights. With this adjustment, the gain is very important acutance. Of course, each user will know . . . read more

Tokina 300mm f/6.3 Mirror Lens for Micro Four Thirds review at the Luminous Landscape

The ever growing lens line up of the micro four thirds family, has been expanded with a mirror tele lens:

"This is an MFT lens and thus will only work (at the moment) on cameras from Panasonic and Olympus. At the risk of pissing off Panasonic aficionados I'll simply state that this lens will work best with Olympus cameras because they have built-in image stabilization. The lens has . . . read more

Olympus OMD EM5 Memory Card Test By Giulio Sciorio: Eye-Fi X2 Pro is good, Sandisk Extreme Pro 16GB 95MB/s is best.

"As you can see a quality card makes a big difference in write speed which translates to less photo opportunities lost and the cost differences are minimal. With the exception of the Eye-Fi card the only card I could suggest is the Sandisk Extreme Pro 16GB 95MB/s. The 45MB/s version is still available but is discontinued and don’t even bother with a Class 4 card.

Of all the card I do have the most fun with the Eye-Fi card. Shooting wirelessly to my iPhone while its in my pocket is great! I’m able to go from the Pen or OMD to the iPhone or iPad for a quick edit then to Instagram to share in no time at all. I’m . . . read more

Wide-Angle Micro 4/3 Imatest Results posted at Lens Rentals

Spoiler: The cheapest lens is also the sharpest. Who would have thought? This test includes every wide-angle m4/3 lens practically available:

"By f/2.8 the superiority of most of the primes over most of the zooms becomes pretty apparent. The Olympus 17mm f/2.8 is easily the weakest of the prime lenses, which isn’t really surprising. It’s an older design and a consumer-grade pancake lens. The two . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Review at the Photography Blog

The microscopic GF5 is probably the last Panasonic m43 camera with this dated 12 Mpixel sensor that hails from the GF1 era. So, do sensors age gracefully, like a good wine for instance? Apparently, the do:

"The GF5 offers the same tiny body design, cutting-edge touchscreen and pared-down user interface as its predecessor, with the principal

. . . 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

Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Lumix G Vario review at ePhotozine

​I expected better test results from this super expensive, ultra wide zoom. Maybe Panasonic should let Leica have a look at the design for the successor?

"Due to the extreme wide angle of view the lens offers a petal-shaped hood is permanently fixed to the front, protecting the bulbous . . . 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

Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 Macro Leica D Vario-Elmar Micro Four Thirds Lens Review at ePhotozine

"Although not up to the standard of Leica's 'M' lenses, the build quality is good, with high quality plastics used for much of the barrel's construction and metal for the lens mount. This helps to keep the overall weight down. With the lens tipping the scales at 225g, it is certainly lightweight for a 1:1 macro optic with a fast f/2.8 aperture and optical stabilisation. At only 62.5mm long, it is very compact too and balances perfectly on the Panasonic G1 used for testing. . . . read more

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm F1.4 ASPH review by Kirk Tuck

Micro four thirds users are the most pampered when it comes to sharp AF primes in the normal distance range, with no less than 6 such lenses available at this moment. Does this Leica branded lens bring some (or all) of the characteristics its $7000 non AF older and bigger 24mm sibling carries? As usual when it comes to reviews featured in The Online Photographer, many of the readers comments are very insightful and a worthy compliment to the review: . . . 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

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