DXOMark: The Olympus Pen-F Has the Best High ISO Results of Any Micro Four Thirds Sensor

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The latest news from DXO Mark rates the Olympus Pen-F as one of the best Micro Four Thirds sensors overall but extremely well when it comes to high ISO results. This seems to make a lot of sense as the sensor and the camera overall are designed to cater to the street photographer. When paired with a fast aperture lens, it’s bound to also help to keep the need to raise the ISOs down.

Despite all this though, it’s quite odd. Why? One of the black and white presets on the camera does the best job of emulating the look of Ilford Delta 400 that I’ve seen. Plus, the grain just looks nice!

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Photokina Announcements Raise Camera Manufacturers Stocks After Apple iPhone 7 Announcement

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When the Apple iPhone 7 was announced, it was clear that Apple was going after the DSLR and mirrorless cameras in an intention to end their industry. The new camera in the Apple iPhone 7 Plus is said to use a telephoto (though it’s actually a normal) lens and a wide angle to create an image with a blurred background. Apple states that this simulates the same effect of a larger sensor.

Because the world generally doesn’t know any better or understand the importance of ergonomics, lens options, the use of effective off-camera lighting, etc. the headlines of many a tech publication were discussing the death of traditional cameras. As a result, stocks went down. But after Photokina, things seemed to go back up–until we all realized that everyone was making development announcements due to recent earthquakes and natural disasters.

So here’s how the camera companies are doing after Photokina.

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Olympus Announces New E-PL8 Pen, 25mm f1.2 PRO, and More!

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At Photokina 2016, Olympus is announcing their new 25mm f1.2 PRO lens in addition to many other long awaited products including the new Olympus Pen E-PL8 mirrorless camera. The camera is pretty compact and sleek, and boasts a load of features like a 180 flip screen for selfies, wifi, premium dials, rounder edges for your hands, leather textures, a touch screen, and so much more. One of the biggest features has to do with Video and how they work with Wifi.

Then there are new lenses like the ED 12-100mm f4 IS PRO lens which will be about the size of the company’s 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens. It will also boast 5-axis stabilization with what Olympus claims to be 6.5 stops of shutter compensation.

Even more exciting though is their new 25mm f1.2 Pro lens coming in at $1,199.99. Olympus made a special design for this lens that moves only a single element when autofocusing. It’s also completely weather sealed and will ship in October. More details are after the jump.

 

 

 

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Cheap Photo: Olympus Drops OM-D E-M1 Price Even More

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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has been one of the top still image focused Micro Four Thirds cameras on the market for some time now. It had been on sale for $200 off for a while now, but today Olympus dropped it even further, another $100 in fact, for a cool $300 in savings off the usual price.

“In many ways, the Olympus OMD EM1 is the perfect Micro Four Thirds camera and can even be said to be the perfect mirrorless camera. It is weather sealed, has WiFi transmission for future forward photographers, excellent image quality, and  stellar RAW file versatility…” — Read Our Full Review

  1. Olympus OM-D E-M1 – Save $300Get It

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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Review: Olympus 300mm f4.0 IS PRO (Micro Four Thirds)

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If you’re a Micro Four Thirds camera user, you’re most likely the type of person that loves to shoot street photography–but the Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro is pretty much a far fetch from anything that a street photographer would use. Billed as one of Olympus’s Pro lenses, this one is designed for wildlife, sports, etc. Complete with weather sealing and a fairly light weight overall, what you’ll be most happy with is the fact that it’s also pretty small.

With an f4 aperture, you’ll probably never want or need to stop it down.

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Cheap Photo: EM-1 Savings & Return of the Running List

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Olympus’s OM-D E-M1 is a known gem of the Micro Four Thirds system, offering some great features in an attractive package, and currently – for a really great price too.

In many ways, the Olympus OMD EM1 is the perfect Micro Four Thirds camera and can even be said to be the perfect mirrorless camera. It is weather sealed, has WiFi transmission for future forward photographers, excellent image quality, stellar RAW file versatility in the hands of a specialized colorist, good autofocus, focus peaking, functional timelapse shooting, and lots more features that will appeal to photographers.. — Read our full review here

Interested? You can pick one up for a cool $200 off over on Amazon right now. Here are several other notable deals…

  • Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8 (Save $200) – Deal
  • 10 Pack – 8GB Wooden USB Drives – Deal
  • Rokinon 50mm T/1.5 (Save $~$48) – Deal

Top Brand Deal Quick Links: CanonNikonSonyFujifilmTamronSigma 

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