Wow, is it December already? Another year went by so quickly, it’s almost unreal. In retrospective, 2013 was a great year for The Phoblographer. We saw a couple of great new additions to our staff, while unfortunately we had to let go of others. But first and foremost, we saw our visitor numbers on the site as well as our facebook following grow exponentially, and for that we’re super thankful to you, our readers. Because without you, this site wouldn’t be what it is. And without you, what we do here at The Phoblographer wouldn’t have any meaning. So let’s take a look back at our ten most popular posts of 2013, which were in part responsible for our great visitor numbers this year. And if you haven’t already read them all, then we recommend you grab a cup of coffe, lean back, and enjoy!
According to a post on Olympus Russia’s Facebook page, there’s new software on the way tomorrow for the E-M1. Part of the package will help you with long exposures as it improves image quality in Live Bulb. You’ll also get improved image stabilization and better autofocus in low-light conditions. The E-M1 will also play nicer in with the Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f3.5-5.6 ASPH lens which means the chromatic aberration problem’s been fixed.
With the holiday season coming up quickly now, we’re entering another round of gift guides that are specially curated for you, our readers. In this issue of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, we show you three entry-level mirrorless camera kits that don’t break the bank, and that might be just the right gift for the photography nut in your family.
UPDATE: Holy cow, these went quick! It seems that the Amazon GH3 deal was quite the thing with the photo community, as it’s already sold out. The camera is now back to US-$ 948, which is still $351.99 off the list price.
When we look at these incredible deals that our friends over at 43rumors dug out, it seems like Black Friday is already here, even though it’s still a couple days away. Currently, you’re able to buy the Panasonic GH3–the company’s current Micro Four Thirds flagship camera–for as little as US-$ 698. That’s $600 off the list price! Also, there are rebates on several Olympus cameras and lenses. Full list below.
Panasonic GH3 body: US-$ 698 at Amazon.com (SOLD OUT!)
More Olympus rebates at Amazon.com (lenses and accessories)
In a cost cutting measure, Olympus is thinking about sharing common camera parts with Sony. This has been declared “under consideration” by Olympus’s president Hiroyuki Sasa. While this decision isn’t final, it isn’t a farfetched idea. Olympus is already using Sony sensors in some products and Sony recently became the largest shareholder in Olympus. As more news develops we will keep you informed.
As it is, the gentleman’s agreement made between the two companies also involved Sony using some of the lens technology that Olympus has. Beyond this, the A7 and A7r look very much like the OMD cameras.
All photos by Sam Dorado. Used with permission.
Sam Dorado is a hobbyist photographer with a knack for tinkering and solving problems. He uses the OMD EM5 and also recently acquired the Body Cap Lens; then he discovered a couple of problems with the lens and modified it to make it better. With that said though, we need to warn you that this isn’t something that everyone should do. But if you’re brave, don’t hold us or Sam responsible.