Olympus OM-D: Comparing the new E-M1 Mk II vs E-M1 & E-M5 II

It’s official. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has been formally announced. The press release didn’t specify a date, but DPReview does note that “the camera will come later this year.” Which is a bit of a surprise, as it has been speculated that it will ship in 2017 due to earthquakes at the factory. Here are the specs and how it compares to the original E-M1:…

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Panasonic Unveils G85 Mirrorless and Advanced LX10 & FZ2500 Point-and-Shoot Cameras

In case you missed it! Below is the press release for the Panasonic G85 that was pulled down from news release websites. Following the name trend of the GX85, it’s really a G7 Mk II that will be known as the G85 in the United States but the G80 in Europe. Do you follow? Oh well, on to the press release:    NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – September 15,…

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New Olympus Patents Show Continued Stabilization Development

We know Olympus has previously revealed a patent that features a Panasonic-esque Dual IS like technology. The latest round of patents show continued development with stabilization, among other things. The following abstracts are fairly technical, feel free to click-through the links for more details and images. With the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II already rumored to have 4k and a handheld high resolution mode, it will be…

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Why I’m not impressed by the new Olympus Pen-F

Don’t get me wrong. It’s beautiful. The modern touch on a vintage camera has me swooning. But I’m still not impressed. When a leaked image of the black version with the grip popped up two weeks ago, I was ecstatic to see a redesign for the struggling Pen line: Beautiful! A leaked image of the redesigned Olympus Pen-F via https://t.co/VxOfpm3u7p pic.twitter.com/KKptw0GiR4 — m43 Cameras (@m43Cameras) January 15,…

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Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 Review: My favorite portrait lens

A few months back I reviewed the Olympus 45mm f1.8 calling it, “one of my favorite portrait lenses right behind my Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8.” And that sentiment remains true, with pre-owned copies floating around $200-250 you won’t find a better bang for the buck for a portrait lens. The Olympus 45mm is faster at f1.8 (vs 2.8), it’s much smaller and almost as sharp. But its biggest limitation is the single focal…

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Firmware Updates: Olympus OM-D E-M1 & E-M5 II and Panasonic G7 & GX8 Out Now

We talked about the upcoming firmware updates for Olympus and Panasonic when they were announced back in September, and now the wait is over. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 will be updated to 4.0 and the E-M5 II will be updated to 2.0. The firmware updates are available on the official Olympus website. The new features are listed below on this Olympus comparison table:       Focus bracketing…

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