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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The New Olympus E-PL9 Features an Instant Film Art Filter

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The Olympus PEN line of cameras just received its latest addition, the brand new Olympus E-PL9, which features some notable improvements over its predecessor including the addition of 4K video at 30p, Bluetooth, and a built-in flash. But there’s some bad news for the moment: it’s only available internationally.  Continue reading…

The Leica H: A Little Leica Camera That Never Got Made

All images “Photo (c) Lars Netopil Classic Cameras, Wetzlar“ Used with permission.

The story of the Leica H is a rather unfortunate one that in many ways, makes me question how it would have affected the camera manufacturing industry. Imagine being so committed to a creation of yours: treating it almost like a special part of you only to know that while the idea is pretty fantastic, it just won’t make it into the world because of problems that are completely out of your control. You’d be destroyed–and that’s exactly how Adam Wagner felt when he learned that Leica would essentially be crushing his dreams. Many photographers and resellers can speak with great detail about the history of the R series, the M series and even the company’s other cameras like their film point and shoots. But as I discovered in over two years of research, not much is really known about the Leica H.

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The Olympus EPL6 Comes to the USA, $299 Price Point

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Announced in 2013, the Olympus EPL6 is only now coming to the US after being available in only Japan and Europe. At a very affordable price of $299, the camera sports a 16MP MOS sensor, TruePic VI engine, a 3 inch 614k dot LCD, 35 AF points, 3 axis in-body IS and a timelapse mode. The camera is positioned below the EP5, EPL7 and the OMD EM10; which both have many more features than the EPL6.

The camera doesn’t have WiFi built in but in Europe and Asia the camera came with a WiFi SD card. According to B&H’s listing, that isn’t included in the box.

At the price point, it’s a great camera for someone looking to get into interchangeable lens cameras.

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 PEN E-P5 and PEN Mini E-PM2 Said to be Discontinued, Report Claims

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus EP5 product images (1 of 5)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 4.0

In today’s fast-paced technology world, six-month spans between the announcement of a product and its successor is nothing out of the ordinary, and a life cycle of a year is common for many products. So when a device is older than a year, people start wondering when the successor will be announced. For the Olympus E-PM2, the digital life span is already way over its due date, as the camera has been on the market for almost 1 1/2 years. Its bigger sibling, the E-P5, hasn’t been around quite that long–it’s only been introduced last May. Still, a new report claims that both cameras have been discontinued by Olympus, with successors to arrive some time this summer.

Both cameras share much of the same technology, first and foremost the Sony-made 16 megapixel CMOS sensor from the OM-D E-M5. Considering that the E-M5, and with it the sensor, is now almost two years old, and that the OM-D E-M1 is right now the only camera sporting the latest 16 megapixel sensor, it seems to be about time that the PEN series receive an upgrade.

Unfortunately, there is no detailed information available at this point. 43rumors, who first reported about the discontinuing of the two PEN models, mentions that the PEN series is much less successful than the OM-D series, so maybe well see some completely updated and rethought models this summer. One possibility would be to include an EVF in the top-level PEN model, in a rangefinder-style similar to the Panasonic GX7 or Fujifilm X-E1, though that would pit the next PEN directly against the mid-level OM-D.

Another possibility would be to reduce the number of PEN cameras from three to two, and drop either the PEN Mini or the PEN Lite. But there could be even more changes to the series in order to make it more attractive to customers once again, and in a sense revive the success of the original PEN E-P1 and E-PL1 models. At this point, this is all speculation, and to be certain we’ll have to wait until more information becomes available.

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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Review: Olympus Pen E-P5

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus EP5 product images (1 of 5)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 4.0

When we first were briefed on the Olympus EP5, we were quite impressed not only with its feature set but also its build quality. And for the past couple of weeks, we’ve been testing the camera during our daily routines. Olympus states that this camera has the same 16MP imaging sensor as the Olympus OMD EM5. But it also packs other crazy features such as 9fps shooting, focus peaking, Live View preview when in Bulb mode, interval shooting for time lapsers, and WiFi. In some ways, it outdoes its bigger brother, the OMD except in one critical feature: weather sealing.

But is that enough to make you not want to spring for the best Pen camera yet?


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These New Leather Accessories Make Your Olympus E-P5 Look Even More Retro

Olympus E-P5 Premium Leather Series

When you own a retro camera such as the Olympus PEN E-P5, you also need the fitting retro accessories, that’s a given. And the guys from Olympus know that, so they announced their own exclusive series of leather accessories for the E-P5. The series comprises a very sexy bag, an elegant strap and a sleek half case. In combination, these items will take you straight back to the sixties. And just imagine everyone’s looks when you turn up in the year 1969 sporting a digital camera …

The CBG-9 bag, CSS-S117L strap and CS-41B half case have so far only been announced for Europe and Asia, and will retail for GBP 349.99 (bag), 129.99 (half case) and 89.99 (strap) respectively in the UK–that’s US-$ 538, 200 and 138 respectively at current exchange rates. We have no info on an official US release date yet.

Via ePhotoZine

Olympus Will Kill Their V-Series Point and Shoot Camera Line

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It was honestly bound to happen: and now it has. According to a report from the Wall St Journal found by Imaging Resource, Olympus will kill off their V series of cameras. The V series were always the more affordable options, but the problem is that those camera sales are being eroded away by mobile phones. There isn’t any word on the other point and shoot cameras like the XZ-2 and XZ-10, but when one thinks about Olympus these days, we often think about the Micro Four Thirds line of cameras. With the arrival of the EP5, the lineup has full mobile connection though it is also possible with Transcend Air cards for the rest of the pen lineup.

These cameras are designed to offer users something that they can’t get from their phones: better quality. The images are then easily ported over to the devices and then shared to the web. However, someone will soon need to put apps like Instagram and Facebook in the cameras without the use of the Android system.

Despite this news, the company had a tremendous stock rise today. According to the Wall St Journal report though, other manufactures such as Canon are even struggling with point and shoot sales. And for years, Canon Powershots were the absolute best that one could get. But with the recent competition from Fujifilm’s X series and Sony’s RX series with significantly larger sensors, we’re not very sure that the small sensor camera market can survive.



Adobe Announces Its First Pieces of Hardware: A Stylus and Ruler

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Lots of news came out of today’s MAX conference from Adobe. But perhaps one of the most out of the blue announcements we saw is the latest announcement from the company of their latest pieces of hardware. Coined the Mighty Pen and Napoleon Ruler, they’re being demoed to work on an iPad and are meant to be used together. The pen is pressure sensitive and will let you use loads of different tools with the click of a button on the pen. It seems to be working together with some sort of Adobe software or app. When used together with the ruler, it makes drawing even simpler–such as making arcs even simpler.

They’re also showing off a bunch of different features that are taking advantage of the new Creative Cloud suite. But the video after the jump will show you more.

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Review: Olympus EPM2

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The Olympus EPM2 is the successor to the EPM1: a camera that was very much the barebones of the Olympus PEN system. With the upgrade to the EPM2 though, the camera is in many ways the EP3 but even better in many aspects. Targeted at the user that wants something very simple, it can indeed be that type of a camera providing that you don’t go digging through the menus. Once you do that, you subject yourself to a couple of user problems that might not be the easiest to deal with.

Despite those inconveniences, the camera can still wow you at times. Oh, and before you ask, the strap in the image is the from the Olympus Pen Premium Case.

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Flashback to Kevin Spacey’s Olympus Pen Commercials

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Anyone else remember when the original digital Pen camera came out? It was beautiful, and everyone raved about it wildly. Remember the leaks that came out and how everyone finally got super excited about Micro Four Thirds? Well then how many of you remember Kevin Spacey’s Olympus Pen Commercials? If you don’t then you may want to check them out down below after the jump. They were pretty awesome and in a convenient playlist that will play the videos back to back for you.

 

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Olympus Updates Their Lower End Pen Model Cameras

Olympus today is announcing their latest PEN model cameras. The Olympus E-PL5 and E-PM2 replace the E-PL3 and E-PM1 accordingly and bring a couple of new features and updates to the product line. Not long ago, I actually had hands on time with the cameras but the images were lost when the SD card I shot on became corrupted.

Either way, one of the most notable updates to the PEN camera line is the fact that they will have software to work specifically with the Toshiba Flash Air cards to wirelessly transmit photos. Originally, the card was supposed to come bundled but in between the time that we received the briefing and the announcement, the company gave us this statement, “Due to extenuating circumstances, the Toshiba Flash Air card will not be bundled with the new PEN cameras upon immediate distribution. Although plans are still a work in progress, our plan is to offer a rebate for a free card with the purchase of either an E-PL5 or E-PM2. All the new cameras menus and the app will still be optimized for the card.”

Now let’s take a look at some of the other specs.

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Review: Olympus EP-3 (and 12mm F/2)

The Olympus EP-3 (or E-P3 or EP3) has been in my hands for a little bit over a week now thanks to the kind folks over at Olympus. They also sent over the gorgeous new 12mm F/2 (or 12mm F2) lens for review with the camera as well as the new kit lens. This review will not be the special field review that we do with many postings in a journalistic fashion, but instead it will be one super long and thorough review. With a list of defining new features to separate it from the predecessors and other cameras announced, does the EP-3 have what it takes to become a hit?

Update: You can also get the 12mm F/2, 45mm F/1.8, Olympus EP3 (black) or the Olympus EP3 (silver)from Amazon.

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