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How the Olympus Pen F Stole This Photographer’s Heart

I had to catch my breath when I looked at the photos.

I remember when I was introduced to the Olympus Pen F before it was officially announced. The Olympus PR reps sold the black and white photo rendition to me very hard. So I shot RAW+JPEG with it just in case. But as the trip went on, all I cared about were the stunning black and white photos. As the Editor in Chief of a photography blog, it’s my job to test products how they’re meant to be used. Tech publications won’t usually do that. But this was the first time I saw even the editors of tech publications be surprised by the image quality. Paired with the beautiful Voigtlander 17mm f0.95 lens, it felt nearly impossible to take a bad photo with the Olympus Pen F.

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All I Want Is a New Olympus Pen F Camera with the Best JPEGs Around

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While I’m sure the Olympus OMD EM5 Mk III is a great camera, I really just wanted a new Pen F.

Earlier today, Olympus announced their new OMD EM5 Mk III camera with a fair amount of new tech, along with some recycled tech derived from their higher-end cameras. Some will deny Olympus and Micro Four Thirds their rights to the camera market, but I’d disagree. They’re often tied with Fujifilm for having some of the best ergonomics, and I think the way to approach shooting them is completely different. The way you think about a Leica M or the Leica SL’s use in a different wavelength than other camera makers is how you should think with Olympus. While our entire industry embraces the philosophy of shooting in RAW and editing later, I’ve gone against that philosophy for a while. I opt to get it right in-camera as much as possible as we shouldn’t be using post-production as a crutch. To that end, embracing the unique tech inside of Olympus cameras is worthwhile. All of this could have been better emphasized with a beautiful, revamped Olympus Pen F camera.

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Here’s Your Chance to Grab a Rare Olympus Pen F Medical

This Olympus Pen F Medical is one of the most unique and rare film SLR cameras you can add to your vintage camera collection.

Feeling the need to expand your camera collection? We’re sure our latest vintage find will make a fine addition. The Olympus Pen F is already a coveted item on its own, as many film photographers can attest. But this particular model, a flawless mint Olympus Pen F Medical, is a rare and even more collectible item. This is the perfect time to grab one if you haven’t yet!

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Review: Olympus Pen F

If you were to make me pick between Fujifilm and Olympus, I’d probably go with Fujifilm–but the Olympus Pen F is the one camera that has so far completely caught my heart this year. Ergonomically speaking and from a design aspect, it is the absolute most beautiful digital camera that anyone has ever created to this point–trumping even what Leica can do.

It’s a first for the camera company in many ways. The Olympus Pen F the first camera positioned strictly at the high end enthusiast, the first camera with a megapixel count of more than 16MP on the sensor, the first digital Pen camera with a built-in viewfinder, and in some ways it’s the first digital Pen camera to make you sit there and say, “Uhhh, what?”

The cause of this confusion is the price point. It’s fairly high; though a good argument can be made for it being fair.

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First Impressions: Olympus Pen F

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Years ago, Olympus brought out the Olympus OMD series of cameras which were aesthetically and ergonomically perfect at the start. The OMD series grew and the Pen series continued to evolve alongside it. But today, Olympus is announcing yet another Pen camera–but this a camera designed to live alongside the other Pen cameras. It’s called the Olympus Pen F. The nomenclature is a direct callback to the the company’s history of creating half-frame cameras back in the film days. But instead of this camera being targeted at the families and the everyday consumer that the original Pen was, the Pen F is being targeted at the street photographer, the artist, and the photographer who appreciates fine aesthetics.

As a lover of rangefinder style camera bodies, Olympus has sold me already–yet as of my writing this posting I’ve only spent a couple of hours with the camera here in Austin, Texas where they’ve flown in many prominent journalists in the photo industry.

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A Great Step up From a Smartphone: Olympus Pen E-PL10 Review

The Olympus Pen E-PL10 is a fun camera that gives a great ILC camera foundation to build upon.

As we all know, smartphones have taken a massive chunk of the entry-level camera market away from manufacturers, but the big boys still try to claw back customers who have maybe outgrown their smart devices when it comes to photography. One of those companies is, Olympus, and their latest roll of the dice into the entry-level camera market is the Olympus Pen E-PL10. This review turned out to be interesting as I was only allowed to leave my home for a limited amount of time to test the camera, so I had to get creative. Despite this, I was still able to put this small, compact camera through its paces. Is this camera good enough to make new photographers step away from their smartphone cameras? Let’s find out in our full review.

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Someone Stuffed a New Olympus Pen into a Vintage Pen F Body

If you‘ve ever wanted a beautifully retro-styled Olympus Pen mirrorless camera, it can’t get any more retro than this!

With the steady popularity of retro-styled digital cameras, we can assume that camera companies will continue to draw inspiration from classic designs and iconic models. However, it’s also reasonable to expect that these modern takes on the classics can only go as far. So, if you have a specific vintage camera that you hope would see a digital version, your best bet is often a third-party digital back (although it will most likely look a little unwieldy and clunky). Unless, you have the guts, patience, and talent for tinkering and making your own — or you’re an Olympus fan and would be willing to settle for a vintage Olympus Pen F combined with a digital PEN E-PM1!

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Cheap Photo: Olympus Pen EPL8 Lens Kit $290, Save on Rokinon Lenses

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These early holiday camera deals and deep lens discounts will put a smile on your face.

If you’re looking for some pre-holiday bargains, you’re in the right place. There are some cracking deals right now like the Olympus Pen E-PL8. You can get this incredibly fun Micro Four Thirds camera with the M.Zuiko 14-442mm lens for just $289.99! That’s over $300 in savings! The Nikon Z6 with the FTZ adapter is only $1,696.95. The Canon EOS R has come down to $1,799, and the EOS RP is a steal at $999. There are also great deals on lenses from Rokinon like the 14mm f2.8 AF, which is only $579, and the 85mm f1.2, which has seen its price drop to just $799. There are also deals from Tamron, Lensbaby, IRIX, and Fujifilm. Come and check out all of the camera deals and lenses on sale after the break. Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: Olympus Pen E-PL8 $349, Orlit 610 TTL Monolight Just $399

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These camera deals and discounts on lighting will soon be coming to an end, so snap them up while you can.

There are some great camera deals to be had, but you’d better hurry if you want to take advantage of them: they will be ending soon. If you’re looking for a small camera that can go everywhere with you, check out the Olympus Pen E-PL8. This little gem is just $349 (save $250), and it comes with a 14-42mm lens! At this price, it’s a steal. This is also the last week that you can get the Fujifilm X-H1 with booster grip for $999. Take advantage of the trade-in deals from both Nikon and Olympus too that will give you extra money on top of your trades. Looking for a monolight? The tremendous Orlit 610 TTL battery-powered light has come down to only $399! Under $400 for a 600ws rechargeable monolight: this is an incredible deal! To see all of the other camera deals and lighting discounts scroll on past the break. Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: Tutorials for $19, Olympus Pen 8 for $399, EOS RP Kit for $1,699

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All of the best photography deals from around the web in one place!

We love bringing you the best photography deals from around the web, and man, have we found some cracking deals! For a limited time, you can pick up some of the best photography tutorials for just $19 each. Choose from titles like The Beginner’s Guide to Astro Landscape Photography, Street Photography: The Art of Photographing Strangers, and many more for just $19! If it’s a new camera you’re after, we’ve found insane deals on them too. The Canon EOS R can be yours for just $1,999, the Nikon Z6 with a tripod, accessory bundle, and FTZ mount is only $1,796.95. And a compact bargain in the Olympus Pen EPL8 with a lens can be nabbed for just $399! Need a new computer to edit your RAW’s on? The HP 4K touchscreen laptop with an i5, 8GB of RAM and, a 256GB SSD has a $700 discount, making it only $799! Come on in and see all of the photography deals we have found. Continue reading…

The Olympus PEN E-PL9 is Finally Coming to the US

The new Olympus PEN E-PL9 comes in a sophisticated design aimed at trendy photographers looking to go beyond smartphone photography

Olympus finally announced today the North American availability and pricing of the Olympus PEN E-PL9, the newest model in its legendary PEN lineup. The compact and lightweight interchangeable lens camera sports a stylish design aimed at the younger market of trendy shooters, bloggers, and travelers. As we’ve reported earlier, it features a number of improvements worth noting; the latest Olympus TruePicTM VIII Image Processor, 4K video at 30p, built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a much-improved grip, and built-in flash.

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Inspiration: The Olympus PEN-F Shoots Some Beautiful Video

We feel, and most others agree, that the Olympus PEN-F was one of the most beautiful cameras to come out in the last year and a half or so. The craftsmanship, build quality, and all of the aesthetics were on point and top notch.

Unfortunately, we also felt, and many agreed, that the price was a little high based on what you were getting from an image quality and performance standpoint. Most of our thoughts focused on the still image portion of the camera, but how about its video? Well, it is certainly not meant to be a primary video camera for a video focused creative, but how about for those just looking to capture some good video clips here and there? Continue reading…

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

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

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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The Olympus Lens Camera Goes from Open-Source Experiment to Patent

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The Olympus lens camera is on step closer to becoming a reality as Egami reports the Japanese camera company has filed a patent for the technology. The new patent reveals the Olympus’ lens camera will work just like the Sony QX1, allowing users mount their lenses onto a standalone camera sensor and pair it to their smartphones.

What’s more the patent describes the device as being able to switch modes of operation “in response to physical contact” likely with a smartphone. Supposedly when your phone makes contact the device it will switch between shooting mode and wireless communication. One theory is the lens camera will utilize NFC to identify when it is connected to make the switch, whereas Olympus cameras have used QR codes to simplify the first time smartphone pairing.

Revealed earlier this year at Photokina, Olympus initially introduced its lens camera concept as an Open Platform camera with the goal to partner up with developers around the world. The company originally stated it wanted to “pioneer a new world of experiences that will change the world of cameras and photography.” Now it seems Olympus is moving forward with turning it into a commercial device.

Via 43 Rumors

Olympus May Have Canned a Vertical Sensor PEN Prototype

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Reports state that Olympus had been working on a PEN camera prototype equipped with a vertical sensor. A source, who claims to have seen the camera, told 43 RumorsThe pen line isn’t discontinued, rather it’s being taken back to its roots.

The vertical sensor harkens back to some of Olympus’ original film cameras like the Olympus PEN D2, which was a half frame SLR camera made with a vertical shutter. What do we mean by half frame? For each photo it shot, only half of a normal 35mm shot was exposed. What that means in practice is that a typical 24 photo roll could yield you 48 photos.

But the shutter different properties too. At the same time because of the vertical shutter, the camera would take portrait images when the users held the camera horizontally. To take images in landscape the photographer would have to hold the camera vertically.

Olympus has been purportedly toying around with this old design because of the way the sideways travelling shutter saved space for a viewfinder on top of the camera. Unlike the Sony A6000 or Panasonic GX7, this camera would potentially have an EVF hump on top of the camera body rather than a display bumped off to the left side–which is more ergonomically in line with rangefinders.

However, the source also said the camera will likely only remain as a prototype because management believes there’s too much risk in releasing such an unorthodox camera.


Review: Olympus PEN E-PL7

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The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is the fifth (sixth including the E-PL6) camera to reuse the OMD EM5’s 16MP sensor since it was first announced in February 2012. Over the years Olympus has tuned the performance of its imaging chip as it’s been incorporated into camera bodies including the PEN E-P5 and OMD EM10. But even with these improvements and tweaks, we still have to wonder how much more can we squeeze out of this nearly three-year-old sensor?

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The Olympus PEN E-PL7 Packs a 180-Degree Selfie Screen

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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. Continue reading…

Olympus PEN EPL7 Reported to be a Heavier, Bigger 16MP Contender

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More details are coming out about the Olympus PEN EPL5 follow up, the Olympus PEN EPL7. Photo Rumors reports Olympus’ new mirrorless camera will be significantly bigger at 119.1 x 82.3 x 45.9mm, whereas the EPL5 measured 111 x 64 x 38mm. Additionally, the camera will supposedly be heavier compared to the 325 gram EPL5 at 396 grams.

This purported size discrepancy might be extra space Olympus has added to make room for the camera’s upgraded 16 MP sensor pulled from the Olympus OMD EM10 as well as a similar 81-point AF system. The screen is also supposedly getting a resolution upgrade to a 1,040k dot, 3-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen.

Otherwise there isn’t anything else new to the camera. The EPL7 will share the EPL5’s 200 to 25,600 ISO range, 8 fps burst, 1/4000 to 60 second shutter speed, built-in Wi-Fi, 1/250 second flash sync speed, and stereo microphone. So this won’t be a extremely significant update compared to the current EPL5.

It seems the EPL7 is shaping up to be a meatier mirrorless camera, which could be great for fans of the EM10’s great sensor. But we’ll wait until we get the camera in our hands to see if the added weight is well worth it.

Via Micro Four Thirds Blog

Olympus EPL7 May Be the Only New PEN Camera This Year

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It’s almost that time of year when Olympus updates its entire line of PEN system cameras in late spring. However, Mirrorless Rumors reports that Olympus will only announce one new camera, the EPL7 an updated version of the company’s smaller, viewfinder-less EPL5 mirrorless camera.

Supposedly the new camera will only be an incremental upgrade featuring hand me down upgrades from Olympus OMD EM10 including its 81-contrast points autofocus system, and Vari Angle LCD. Technically speaking this is a great boon to the EPL7 because photographers get all the same horsepower the EM10 produced except in smaller package. But it still would disappointing to see Olympus not innovate with its next line of cameras. We would love to see the incorporation of phase detection AF or removing the anti-aliasing filter as was rumored with the last EPL5.

What’s even more worrying is we won’t see a replacement for the EM10. While the camera is still a fairly hot compact system camera, Olympus’ competitors have been catching up with cameras like the Fujifilm X-T1. It should be interesting to see if Olympus has more up its sleeve as move closer towards the end of the season.

Via Mirroless Rumors

Attach Nikon, Olympus, and Other Lenses to Pentax Cameras with this Multi-Mount Ring

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Have you ever wanted to throw on some Nikon glass onto Pentax body? Or perhaps a Sony lens, or even Olympus? Now Adaptist is out with a new multi-mounting ring that lets users do just that. The Pentax K+ Multi-Mount is a replacement mounting plate that you can install differently branded lenses on a variety of Pentax auto-focus film SLR or non-weather resistant DSLR cameras such as the Pentax K-r. It involves unscrewing the original mounting ring and replacing it, but once installed users can start using Nikon F-mount, Olympus OM-mount, Contax or Yashica C/Y-mount, and Konica AR-mount lenses on Pentax cameras.

The catch, as it were, is all the lenses are only held in place by tension without any lens release catch to lock adapted lenses in. Instead the lens simply rotates 50-degrees to mount fully. What’s more the lenses also won’t be able to communicate with the camera through the golden contacts, so there’s no options for autofocus and aperture control will have to be done manually. Its get’s pretty complicated from here, so check past the break for more information and images.

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