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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Olympus PEN E-PL7 Product Images-9

Olympus has announced the PEN E-PL7, the company’s latest Micro Four Thirds camera since unveiling the OMD EM10 way back in January. The new compact system camera not only follows the OMD EM10 it also borrows much of its internals including a 16.1MP Live MOS sensor, TruePic VII image processor, and three-axis VCM image stabilization system. It’s not the most original camera from Olympus, but if the E-PL7’s image quality is on par with the OMD EM10, users will be very happy with camera indeed.

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 also features a new 3-inch, 104K dot touchscreen LCD that flips down a full 180-degrees. When fully flipped the screen sits below the camera body much like the Sony A77 Mark II and faces user for (what else, but) selfies. The new PEN also boasts 8fps sequential shooting without autofocus or 3.5fps with Continuous Auto Focus with tracking modes turned on.

On the software side, Olympus has improved its OI.Share smartphone software allowing users to control even more features of the E-PL7 though a Wi-Fi connected device. New features include a new custom self-timer for setting up a timelapse and “selfie interval shooting.” Olympus has also has added Live Bulb mode to OI.Share allowing users to control and monitor and control bulb photography from a mobile device.

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 will be available in late September in black and silver colors for $599.99 body only or $699.99 when kitted with the M.Zuiko 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens.

Lastly Olympus is introducing a black version of its M.Zuiko digital 12mm f2.0 lens, which should pair nicely with Olympus’ all black OMD and PEN cameras. As with the silver version the blacked out 12mm f2.0 lens will retail for $799.99. Check past the break for more images and specs. [click to continue…]

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GM1 first impressions Photo Plus Expo 2013 (2 of 7)ISO 64001-15 sec at f - 2.8

We’ve been hearing a lot of news hinting that Panasonic could introduce a new LX8 with a Micro Four Thirds sensor and now there’s word there will also be a new GM2 with a built-in EVF. 43 Rumors has received a tip suggesting as much and the camera could even come with native 4K recording like the GH4. We’re not sure if the EVF will interfere with the incredible pocketablity of the first GM1 but Panasonic could adopt a pop-up viewfinder as seen with the Sony RX100 Mark III

There aren’t any other details or specs to go on—but this is the second time we’ve heard Panasonic will release a new interchangeable MFT camera. If the rumors are true this would make the GM2 the world’s smallest compact system camera with a built-in EVF. Panasonic LX8 is also supposedly on the horizon that purportedly will also utilize a MFT senor.

It would make sense Panasonic would introduce new cameras soon. After all Photokina is just a month away. There have not been a lot of early reports outing what Olympus might have in store for us, but it seems like new tech will be making waves in the Micro Four Thirds world this year.

Via 43 Rumors

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Cub and Company Shooter Strap Review images (6 of 8)ISO 8001-30 sec at f - 4.0

Editor’s Note: This is an OP-Ed. On the other hand, you can call it a rant. In fact, call it a rant.

Five years as an Editor in Chief, two years as a wedding photographer, a half a year at Magnum Photos, and two years as a working photojournalist taught me something: there is such a thing as a very bad photographer. Give them expensive gear, all the lights in the world and more and you’ll begin to see that if you don’t have the vision, creativity, and the know-how when it comes to working with a scene and creating something then there is a strong chance that you’re going to be creating useless garbage.

Trust us, we should know.

This year, the site is turning five years old–and we’ve been reviewing cameras since day one. The technology has become better and better and back then folks used to say that something is a good camera or a bad camera. To a certain point, this is still expressed in forums, in conversations amongst friends, and by people that have nothing better to do with their lives than be trolls. But I’m going to tell you the complete God’s honest truth right now about the world.

Are you ready?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II product images first impressions (4 of 5)ISO 4001-500 sec at f - 3.5

Panasonic may be working on an extremely tantalizing wide-angle prime lens as Egami has spotted a new patent describing several 12mm lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras—one of which has a maximum aperture of f1.2. To top it off the patent also says the lenses will all feature optical image stabilization. The OIS feature does not sound immediately useful for landscapes, but it could help in a pinch capturing spanning scenes at night or shooting stars without a tripod.

In the patent the Japanese electronics company is exploring multiple 12mm lenses all with different wide-open apertures including f1.2, f1.4, f2.0, and f2.8. We’re hoping that Panasonic decides to go forward with the f1.2 model, because of the two times crop factor of Micro Four Thirds sensors will effectively turn the lens into a 24mm f2.4 in terms of 35mm equivalency.

It’s not as fast as the Canon 24mm f1.4L but the lens is still an incredibly unique in the Micro Four Thirds world. Panasonic has already produced some incredible short focal length primes such as the 15mm f1.7 and 20mm f1.7 II so we expect a repeat performance from Panasonic once again with this rumored piece of glass.

 

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GM1 first impressions Photo Plus Expo 2013 (7 of 7)ISO 64001-40 sec at f - 2.5

Big rumors in the Micro Four Thirds world say Panasonic is working on a new sensor that will be integrated with a new interchangeable lens body and a new fixed lens compact. 43Rumors has confirmed that much with an anonymous tipster and that says the cameras could be come by late August or early September putting it in the sweet spot for a reveal at Photokina. Other than confirming the existence of such cameras we do not yet have any specs on either of Panasonic’s future camera units.

The Panasonic LX8 has been long rumored to feature a new bigger sensor. While early reports suggested the high-end, fixed lens compact would feature a 1-inch sensor it made more sense if Panasonic leveraged the actual sensor technology it already uses. These latest rumors seem to corroborate this theory.

As for a new Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera, Panasonic has been long over due for a new model since the GX7 launched last August. What’s more Panasonic has been playing second fiddle to Olympus for too long even with its highly regarded line of SLR-styled Lumix cameras like the GH4. So we’re hoping for something that will be truly eye catching to photographers as the Japanese camera company tends to cater to gear nuts.

Samyang Teaser

Reports say that Photokina will be a big show for Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, and all the big hitters but what about the little guys? After a relatively quiet period, Samyang may introduce a new 50mm f1.5 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras at Photokina according to a report from 43 Rumors. Taking the crop factor into account the lens would effectively be a 100mm f3 lens by full frame standards, which should make it a still bokehlicious macro and long portrait lens.

As with Samyang’s other lenses we expect this future release will come at a low price without sacrificing optical quality. That said don’t put up too many hopes on seeing image stabilization, autofocus, or many other features on this piece of kit. In order to stay competitive with other optics like the Olympus 50mm f2, Samyang’s new offering will have to stay below $500. Luckily the rumored lens will have a leg up with faster glass.

On the complete opposite spectrum of affordable there’s the SLR Magic’s Noktor 50mm f/0.95 HyperPrime lens. The only trade off to the extremely wide-open lens is it a manual focus-only lens, which some users might find difficult to use or gratifying to grab focus all on their own.