Snag a Free Olympus Camera When You Purchase This Lens Bundle

A free E-M1X, E-M1 III, or E-M1 II Olympus camera, what a deal!

Olympus is coming out of the gates strong in June with some quite incredible deals that can see you add the E-M1X, the E-M1 III, or the E-M1 II to your purchase of certain lenses for FREE. Yep, that’s right, a free Olympus camera can be yours. If you have been thinking about making the switch to Olympus (like I did late last year), have three of the best lenses on the platform, and want to save a ton of money (we’re talking potentially thousands of dollars) these deals are for you. Head on past the break for all the details.

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Old But Gold: 5 Old Feature-Packed (and Affordable) Olympus Cameras

These feature-packed Olympus cameras from years gone by still run rings around some of today’s newer cameras.

Over the years, since Olympus waved farewell to the Four Thirds platform and adopted the more popular Micro Four Thirds system, Olympus has released many fantastic Mirrorless cameras. Not only has Olympus gone all in with the M4/3 platform, but they also managed to keep it relevant by ensuring that their cameras are feature-packed. What Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras lack in overall sensor size they make up for it with features such as class-leading IBIS, unmatched weather-sealing, and great AF systems. If you’re in the market for a camera with features that can make even the newest models on the market take a second look, you simply must take a look at these slightly older yet fully loaded (and affordable) Olympus cameras.

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Deal Alert: Now Is a Great Time to Buy Olympus Lenses, Especially Primes

These savings on the Pen F, the E-M1X, the E-M1 III, and tons of Pro Olympus lenses and cameras are hard to ignore.

If you have been thinking about joining team Olympus, or are already an Olympus shooter, you are going to want to see the incredible savings they have going on during their Get Ready to Get Out sales event. You can score the amazing Pen F for just $899, the brand new E-M1 III for $1,599, the E-M1X for $2,399, and the Pen E-PL9 for $399! There are also great camera bundles on sales too. If it’s new lenses you’re after, you’re in luck. The Olympus 12-45 f4 Pro has dropped to just $599, the 75mm f1.8 is only $799, and the 40-150mm f2.8 Pro can be yours for just $1,349! In all, there are over 30 excellent deals that will see you save hundreds! Check out the deals on Olympus lenses and cameras after the break.

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First Impression: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III packs the 20 MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VIII Image Processor from the E-M1 Mark II into a lighter, weather sealed body.

It’s been more than four and a half years since Olympus introduced the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. With baited breath, fans of the Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless camera have been waiting for an eventual successor to be released. As much of the industry is shifting its focus towards Full Frame Mirrorless cameras, it felt that day may never come. This camera inherits the 20 Megapixel Live MOS sensor and the TruePic VIII Image Processor first introduced in Olympus’s top tier E-M1 Mark II. The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a lightweight, compact, weather sealed, mid-tier M43 option for photographers looking for the right balance between performance and pocketability. With the introduction of the OM-D E-M5 Mark III (and the E-M1X before it back in January of this year), Olympus is making a definitive declaration that they remain dedicated to the Micro Four Thirds ecosystem. We got to spend some time in the literal wild shooting with the OM-D E-M5 Mark III last week in Moab, Utah. Was the E-M5 Mark III worth the long wait? Find out after the jump.

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REVIEW: Olympus 17mm F1.2 PRO (Micro Four Thirds)

F1.2 is an aperture that turns heads, and thats exactly what the Olympus 17mm F1.2 PRO does. But is it worth it?

There are a lot of really impressive things about the [amazon_textlink asin=’B0767MMV1Q’ text=’Olympus 17mm F1.2 PRO’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’803798f3-fa34-11e7-9492-17a3b961c02e’], one of them being obvious – that f1.2 aperture. It is something not many OEM brands are doing these days – breaking that F1.4 barrier. In the case of Olympus it’s likely more about necessity than actually wanting to do it (in order to compete with the look of larger sensor cameras Olympus must push their optics to the extreme).

But is the Olympus 17mm F1.2 PRO simply a gimmick to grab the headlines in hopes of bringing in more business, or is this lens one that stands on its own merit and deserves to be in the kit of serious Micro Four Thirds photographers? Let’s get into the review and you can see for yourself.

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Reports Hint at a Fixed-Lens Large-Sensor Olympus TRIP-D to Come

Olympus Trip 35 (Credit: Marc Lacoste on Wikipedia)

Olympus Trip 35 (Credit: Marc Lacoste on Wikipedia)

With the digital PEN and OM-D Micro Four Thirds cameras, Olympus has successfully brought two of its classic camera series into the digital age. The original PEN cameras were a series of half-frame rangefinders and SLRs, some of them with fixed lenses and some (the F-series) with a mount for interchangeable lenses, that was made between the late fities and early eighties. The OM-range was the company’s hugely successful series of SLR cameras, which started with the OM-1 in 1972 and ended when production of the legendary OM-4Ti was ceased in 2002.

A lesser known series of Olympus cameras was the TRIP series, a range of small fixed-lens 35mm compacts that were intended as easy-to-use, high-quality travel cameras. The most legendary model, the TRIP 35, sported a 40mm f2.8 lens with zone focusing and used a solar-powered selenium cell for metering. It was built from 1967 through 1984, and it sold more then ten million copies. Now 43rumors is reporting that this successful series of cameras might see a relaunch as well, in form of the digital TRIP-D.

Little is known about this camera, except that it is said to come with a fast prime lens. Quite possibly, the TRIP-D will sport a Micro Four Thirds sensor, but will come without the lens mount and instead sport a fixed lens, possibly a variant of the M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8. However, it will have to compete with the likes of the Fujifilm X100s, Ricoh GR, Nikon Coolpix A, Sony RX1 and others, which is not an easy task. In order to do so, Olympus will have to make sure that image quality is up there with the APS-C models, and that the camera is small, fast-focusing and easy to use.

On the other hand, it will also have to compete with cameras such as Olympus’s own PEN Mini and Panasonic’s GM and GF series, which are already incredibly small, can be equipped with fast prime lenses such as the Lumix G 20mm f1.7, and offer the benefit of interchangeable lenses. In that regard, it is not really clear where Olympus might be aiming this TRIP-D camera, should it be the real thing at all. Only time will tell, and for now all we can do is wait and see how this story unfolds.

Olympus Introduces the OM-D E-M10 Camera and Three New Lenses

NC_F10_SLV_right_M1442EZ_SLV_wideToday, Olympus announces the latest model in its OM-D line of Micro Four Thirds cameras, the E-M10. Together with the camera, a new 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens is announced, sporting a pancake-like profile as slim as that of the 17mm f2.8 lens. The second new Micro Four Thirds lens introduced today is the 25mm f1.8, which sports an angle-of-view comparable to that of a classic normal 50mm lens. The third new lens is a 9mm fisheye body-cap lens. All the details on the new OM-D camera and M.Zuiko lenses after the break.

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Reports State Olympus Might Introduce a 25mm f1.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Next Year

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The folks over at 43rumors have received word that Olympus might be coming up with a new prime lens for Micro Four Thirds–a 25mm f1.8, to be exact. It is also said that the lens will be launched alongside the low-end OM-D camera that Olympus is currently working on. The camera was previously reported to be launched just ahead of the CP+ show in Tokyo, which will take place in February.

If this report turns out to be correct, the lens would nicely fill the gap between the already available 17mm f1.8 and 45mm f1.8 lenses. Those three would make a lovely prime lens set featuring the classic focal lengths of 35mm, 50mm, and 90mm. Also, this wouldn’t be the first 25mm prime lens from Olympus. For its Four Thirds DSLR cameras, the company made a 25mm f2.8 pancake lens.

43rumors also states that the 25mm f1.8 will be smaller and cheaper than the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4, which only makes sense if Olympus actually wants to sell it. It is said to be slightly larger than the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, though, which means it won’t be a pancake lens. As always, these are only reports so far, and we don’t have confirmation on any of the details yet.

Olympus Announces OM-D E-M1 High-End Micro Four Thirds Camera and 12-40mm f2.8 Pro Lens

Olympus OM-D E-M1 + M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 Lens

Editor’s Note: Be sure to see our first impressions as well

Yup, all the rumors you read were true. Today, Olympus announces the OM-D E-M1, the high-end Micro Four Thirds camera, and along with it the M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens. Both items are marketed at the high-end crowd, i.e. the professional photographer as well as the seriously serious amateur/hobbyist. But more than that, the E-M1 is also Olympus’ answer to the call for a worthy successor to the E-5, the company’s last Four Thirds DSLR. Sporting a hybrid phase-detection/contrast autofocus, the E-M1 can focus both Four Thirds (via adapter) as well as Micro Four Thirds lenses quickly and accurately. Apart from that, Olympus packed a whole lot of other innovations into the E-M1. Details after the break.

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Jay McLaughlin, a Micro Four Thirds Photographer in the Fashion Industry

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Much to the chagrin of many higher-ups in the fashion industry, UK-based Jay McLaughlin uses an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and PEN E-P5. Favoring portability over sheer power, McLaughlin found that he could produce beautiful work in the Micro Four Thirds medium. We spoke to Jay recently about his work in the fashion industry, his move to the Micro Four Thirds world, and more.

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The New E-M5 Firmware Update 1.6 is Here And It’s a Snooze Fest

E-M5 Firmware Update

Rumors were rampant about new video features for the flagship Olympus OMD EM-5 but I’m sorry to share that there is nothing exciting to see here folks. 43Rumors.com just posted the news and according to them the only new features are the ones listed above which are:

  • The highlight and shadow control function was modified so the exposure settings are applied correctly at ISO 2000 or higher.
  • The issue that occasionally prevented operations during long exposures was resolved.

It may not be the update that we have all been expecting, but I’m still happy to see that Olympus is working on improving this already great camera. Information on this update version 1.6 and others can be seen here and you can get the camera updater here.

43Rumors: More Olympus OM-D Functionality May Be Locked Behind Un-Hacked Doors

First there was the GH2, then there was the Sony Alphas and now comes the possibility that the Olympus OM-D may be the next to be hacked. According to 43rumors it has some special abilities that are locked behind closed doors, some without reason. According to an anonymous email the camera has clean HDMI 4:2:2 out but is “locked by Olympus”, and there appears to be a beta version of peaking which has yet to be released.

The anonymous hacker goes on to say that the camera is much more powerful than the Panasonic GH2 — but that should go without saying due to the camera’s age. He/ She goes so far as to say that the camera is capable of recording 1080p at 120 FPS. If this is true then it will be a dream come true for a lot of people who own the camera, including a couple of staffers here. The first feature that I would wish for is a true 24p mode on the camera but 120fps would sure be nice as well.

Photokina 2012 Report — Part 3: Olympus and Panasonic

The Panasonic GH3 with the X 12-35mm f2.8 lens.

Today we publish part three of our photokina 2012 report. This time: the stands of Olympus and Panasonic. Both companies had announced a number of new lenses and camera for the Micro Four Thirds system, which I had a closer look at during photokina. In this article: the Olympus E-PL5 and E-PM2 cameras, the 17mm f1.8 lens, the 60mm f2.8 macro lens, the 15mm f8 body cap lens, and the Panasonic GH3 with the 12-35mm f2.8 lens.

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In-Stock Alert: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Black Kits Back In-Stock at B&H

Yup, that’s right. B&H have the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (our review here) back in stock — in black with either the weather-sealed 12-50mm kit lens or the 14-42mm kit lens known from the PEN models. The 12-50mm kit retails for US-$ 1,299.00, while the 14-42mm kit retails for US-$ 1,099.00.

The OM-D E-M5 is selling like hotcakes everywhere, so you should grab the opportunity by its horns and act quickly before they’re all sold out again.

Buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5 black 12-50mm kit from B&H Photo

Buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5 black 14-42mm kit from B&H Photo

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Revisiting The Panasonic G1: Is The Micro Four Thirds Old-Timer Still Any Good?

 

 

The Panasonic G1 + 14-45mm kit lens. Oldie but Goldie?

When the Panasonic G1 was introduced in late 2008, it marked the beginning of a completely new camera system called Micro Four Thirds. What set this system apart from most other interchangeable-lens systems of that time was its lack of a swing mirror and optical viewfinder, thus drastically reducing the flange-back-distance (distance from mount to sensor) and making possible a much more compact design of both camera body and lenses. When the Micro Four Thirds system was first introduced to the public, no one had any idea that in a few years from then, mirrorless electronic viewfinder systems would become serious competitors to DSLRs. Rather, it was an interesting idea that Olympus and Panasonic had conceived, but it would remain to be seen if this was more than just a neat gimmick.

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Olympus Announces EM5 (OMD): We Fondle

Yes, the rumors have been true for the most part. Olympus has finally decided to let the cat out of the bag with the new OMD (or OM-D) modernly coined the EM5 (or EM-5). Pitched to me as their new professional Micro Four Thirds camera, the reps stated that the system is now complete with both consumer products and professional products. Additionally, new lenses and accessories were also announced.

We got some fondling time with the camera; and our thoughts aren’t everything you might think they would be.

Update: B&H Photo and Amazon has it available for Pre-Order

Black (body only)

Power Battery Holder

FL-600R flash

EM-5 with kit lens (Amazon is body only in silver and Black with kit lens)

EM-5 in silver with 12-50mm

Weatherproof Four Thirds lens adapter

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