I have been a huge fan and currently a user of the fantastic OMD cameras from Olympus, but I’ve never warmed to the PEN line of cameras. The lack of built in viewfinder and a less professional feel left me feeling cold, that is, until the PEN-F. This has to be, without a doubt, one of the most amazing looking cameras I have ever seen. Not only is this an object of desire in terms of aesthetics, it has the functionality and technology to match. Sporting the new 20MP sensor, the same viewfinder as the E-M10 mkII, the all new creative dial and all of the features found in the excellent E-M5 mkII, this retro styled powerhouse is as functional as it is beautiful… it is almost certain to become a classic.
Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 review
Olympus seems committed to their system with the launch of a full range of fast, high quality, weather sealed Pro lenses and they show no signs of slowing down. The new 40-150 f/2.8 Pro telephoto lens is an absolute masterpiece with great design, fantastic build and stunning optical quality.
New OM-D firmware boosts underwater and starscape photography
16/06/2015 • New firmware updates are now available for Olympus’ top-of-the-range OM-D E-M1 as well as the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. Owners of the E-M1 can look forward to more vivid starscapes thanks to Live View Boost II. New specialist settings add to the E-M1’s and the E-M5 Mark II’s already impressive underwater repertoire.
Working as a freelance photographer for the past 8 years, I have gone through quite a few different cameras and manufacturers. Some people are very loyal, like Mark, who I think may actually bleed Canon if he was cut. But for me, it is just a tool for the job, and I have changed these tools as necessary to fit the type of work I am doing.
*My reviews will not be über technical jargon filled with lab results & charts, I review cameras based on how they perform for me personally and for my commercial work.
I had initially been using Nikon from the start, including the D3, which I considered to be the best camera I had ever owned. But I have also used Canon, Sony, Sigma and Fujifilm, but until now, never Olympus.
12 May 2015 – Olympus has added two new professional-level Micro Four Thirds lenses to its rapidly expanding M.ZUIKO PRO flagship range: the extremely bright M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm Fisheye 1:1.8 PRO and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO. Considering the Micro Four Thirds crop factor of 2x, this new duo means the M.ZUIKO PRO family now offers professional and semi-pro photographers, as well as ambitious enthusiasts, five dedicated lenses for the entire focal range – from 14mm super wide angle to 300mm super telephoto in the 35mm equivalent. The world’s brightest fisheye lens*, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm Fisheye 1:1.8 PRO will retail for £799.99 while the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO will cost £999.99. Both go on sale from June 2015.
12 May 2015 – For fans of landmark high-end cameras, the 1994 OM-3Ti is an all-time classic, and now collectors can acquire a contemporary homage to this titanium-clad SLR icon: a limited-edition version of its most recent OM-D descendant, the TIPA award-winning OM-D E-M5 Mark II*. The beautifully redesigned E-M5 Mark II will be available in a distinctively retro, titanium-tinted body that evokes the golden age of the original Olympus OM series, a period that laid the foundations for the flagship Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras of today. In addition to the titanium colour, the Limited Edition differs from the regular model with a special OM-D-branded leather strap, an owner’s card bearing a quote from the legendary OM designer, Yoshihisa Maitani, and a premium-stitched leather case for the card. A number between one and 7,000 will appear on the other side of the card, as only 7,000 of these cameras are due to be made. The OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition will be available from June 2015 as the body only, or in a kit with the all-round zoom M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 II lens. The body will retail for £999.99. The lens kit will cost £1349.99.