DPReview recently held a poll, and asked users “what was the most exciting Photokina announcement?”
And the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II placed just behind the Fuji FGX 50s… the mirrorless medium format camera!
It’s safe to say that Olympus had a huge Photokina. Here’s a roundup of all their announcements accompanied by previews:
1. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II
- Announcement post and I compared the E-M1 Mk II with the original E-M1 and E-M5 II.
- Not too many hands on videos with the E-M1 II, as Olympus limited time with the camera at 10 minutes at Photokina. Matt Granger did give us this brief overview:
- Normally I skip interviews with Olympus employees, or at least take it with a grain of salt. But I found this interview from Cinema5d quite interesting:
The TL;DR, is that the Olympus employee is a filmmaker who was quite honest on what the camera can and can not do. Will it replace $5000+ professional cinema cameras? No. But he does mention that it’s on par with the latest offerings from Panasonic (at least the previous generation) which if true, is quite impressive. A popular answer to the “which camera should I get” in the Micro Four Thirds community has always been, “Olympus for stills, Panasonic for video.” But I feel like that line is blurring in the past year and it looks like that trend will continue.
2. The new lenses from Olympus: 12-100mm f4 PRO, 25mm f1.2 PRO, and 30mm f3.5 Macro
- Olympus 12-100mm f4 PRO – Available November 5th, 2016 for $1299.
- DPReview – Meet the Olympus 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro – This lens will work in combination with the Olympus E-M1 II IBIS, claiming 6.5 stops of EV compensation. Still no word on whether this will work with Panasonic’s Dual IS system or if Panasonic OIS lenses will work with Olympus E-M1 II IBIS.
- Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO – Available October 5th, 2016 for $1199.
- Robin Wong’s review on the 25mm f1.2 PRO. As many of you already know, the Panasonic-Leica 25mm f1.2 is one of my favorite lenses on Micro Four Thirds, and it’s one of the sharpest lenses for the format at only $400 preowned. So for $1199, I can’t see it being that much better, but only time will tell.
- Olympus 30mm f3.5 Macro – Also available October 5th, 2016, for $299. Nothing special here as Panasonic recently released the Panasonic 30mm 2.8 Macro, which is almost a full stopper and about the same price.
3. Olympus E-PL8
- Available October 5th for $649 with the 14-42mm kit lens. Nothing that quite stands out here, just a model refresh. There are people who do love the design, but at the price I’d point to the entry level OM-D, the E-M10 II.