CHECK OUT NEW OLYMPUS CAMERA AND OTHER CAMERA NEWS

This is the first one of this type from the new owners of Olympus. And as expected, it looks like they are serious about their equipment. This is an amazing camera, and I have a video explaining everything about it. Just click this link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTzyDbUEX_s

NEW LEICA CAMERA BEING DELAYED FOR RELEASE

UPDATE: It looks like the Leica M11, previously reported to be released with a marketing-friendly 11/11 announcement, might be delayed until 2022. 

The Leica M11 is rumored to feature a new 50MP sensor with variable resolution – and it’s new components like this that could account for the potential delay until next year, as it appears that Leica is struggling with the same component crisis as most other manufacturers.

“I received several reports that the rumored Leica M11 camera launch date could be pushed back because of the current global parts shortage and shipping crisis,” reports Leica Rumors. “The new release date is now rumored to be at the beginning of 2022.”

This site will keep you posted of all camera news as it becomes available.

OLYMPUS ANNOUNCES A NEW PAIR OF PRO LENSES:

Olympus has new Zuiko lens roadmap, including its first f/1.4 prime and a compact f/4 trinity zoom!

OM Digital Solutions, the erstwhile Olympus Imaging, has announced two new Pro lenses – including its first ever f/1.4 prime for Micro Four Thirds, which also represents a first ever focal length for the format. 

The manufacturer has revealed the M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm f/1.4 Pro, with an equivalent focal length of 40mm in full frame terms, and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0 Pro – a slower and more compact version of the existing Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro, which is an 80-300mm equivalent.

“The M.Zuiko Digital lens roadmap has been updated to include the M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm f/1.4 Pro compact large-diameter single-focal-length lens, and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0 Pro compact telephoto zoom lens,” says OM Digital Solutions, whose new roadmap can be seen below. 

“Both lenses are from the M.Zuiko Pro series, which are compact and lightweight lenses that offer excellent resolution and, make the most of the unrivaled portability and image quality that is the hallmark of the Micro Four Thirds System.”

These have only been announced, but, I could not find any available yet.

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THE “OLYMPUS CAMERA”, IT’S HISTORY AND STORY TODAY:

One of the famous models of cameras from OLYMPUS!

I mentioned in a previous blog, that while working for a camera story for over 20 years, I have sold myself on every brand, and actually owned almost every brand of camera. I think they all have some qualities that make them highly favored by a wide range of photographers.

I have owned one of the Olympus pro cameras (The OM-1), and loved this camera. It was a total manual camera, and I found out that if there was any bad photos, it wasn’t the cameras fault. The camera was built well, and I felt proud to own this camera.

The history of Olympus Cameras also goes back quite a while. From Wikipedia, here is a summary of Olympus, the company and the equipment:

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In 1936, Olympus introduced its first camera, the Semi-Olympus I, fitted with the first Zuiko-branded lens.[8] The Olympus Chrome Six was a series of folding cameras made by Takachiho, and later Olympus, from 1948 to 1956, for 6×4.5 cm or 6×6 cm exposures on 120 film.

The first innovative camera series from Olympus was the Pen, launched in 1959. It used a half-frame format, taking 72 18×24 mm photographs on a standard 36-exposure 35mm film cassette,[9] which made Pen cameras compact and portable for their time.

The Pen system design team, led by Yoshihisa Maitani, later created the OM system, a full-frame professional 35mm SLR system designed to compete with Nikon and Canon’s bestsellers. The OM system introduced a new trend towards more compact cameras and lenses, being much smaller than its competitors and presenting innovative design features such as off-the-film (OTF) metering and OTF flash automation. Eventually the system included 14 different bodies, approximately 60 Zuiko-branded lenses, and numerous camera accessories.

Olympus Quick Flash camera

In 1983, Olympus, along with Canon, branded a range of video recording equipment manufactured by JVC,[citation needed] and called it “Olympus Video Photography”, even employing renowned photographer Terance Donovan to promote the range.[citation needed] A second version of the system was available the year after, but this was Olympus’ last foray into the world of consumer video equipment until digital cameras became popular.

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Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, who was later to become president of Olympus, foresaw the demand for the digital SLR, and is credited with the company’s strategy in digital photography. He fought for commitment by Olympus to enter the market in high-resolution photographic products. As a result of his efforts, Olympus released an 810,000-pixel digital camera for the mass market in 1996, when the resolution of rivals’ offerings was less than half.[10] The next year, Olympus hit the market with a 1.41 million pixel camera. By 2001, the company’s annual turnover from digital photography was in excess of ¥100 billion.[10] Olympus manufactures compact digital cameras and is the designer of the Four Thirds system standard for digital single-lens reflex cameras. Olympus’ Four-Thirds system flagship DSLR camera is the E-5, released in 2010. Olympus is also the largest manufacturer of Four-Thirds lenses, under the Zuiko Digital brand. After the introduction of the Micro Four Thirds system, and the general market growth of the Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras, the regular Four Thirds system became neglected. Then, in 2017, after three years without a new lens, and seven years without a new body, Olympus officially discontinued the Four Thirds system.

Olympus E-5

Olympus and Panasonic started a new development together, called the Micro Four Thirds system. It was an interchangeable lens system, with the Four Thirds sensor size, and no mirrors (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera). The lack of mirrors allowed the camera body to be a lot smaller than that of a DSLR, while maintaining its image quality and the interchangeability of the lenses. The first product in the Micro Four Thirds system was the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, released in 2008. The first Olympus-branded MFT camera was the Olympus PEN E-P1. Because it was very expensive, they made a cheaper option, called the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL1. The market growth of the MILC cameras made Olympus introduce a new series in their lineup, which was the modern, digital implementation of the legendary OM series, the OM-D. It maintained the Micro Four Thirds system, but added a built-in electronic viewfinder, a more ergonomic button layout packaged in a retro style chassis. The first model in this family was the E-M5, released in 2012. Since then, Olympus has developed their two lines (PEN and OM-D) and the Micro Four Thirds system, still alongside Panasonic. The latest Olympus camera is the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV as of August 20, 2020.

Olympus recently agreed the sale of its imaging division, but its cameras and lenses will continue to be manufactured, sold and serviced by new company OM Digital Solutions (which Olympus retains an ownership stake in). Still, you might be wondering whether you should still consider buying an Olympus camera – and as far as we’re concerned, you definitely should!

The flagship camera of Olympus was meant to rival the top of the line cameras from Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Pentax, and any others. It’s features are phenomenal and in some cases blow away all the other brands. Features like:

  • Like a motor drive that will shoot at 60 frames per second in continuous mode
  • Tight weatherproof seals, means you can take this anywhere, in any weather condition
  • 7.0 EV stops of image stabilization to lose the shakiness you might have in holding the camera still.
  • 50MP sensor that is crazy good.
  • Lightweight, yet built to take abuse.
  • Zuiko lenses from Olympus are some of the best in the world.
  • 4K Video shooting, also makes this an ideal video camera
  • Built-in WI-FI and blue tooth

If you want to get in to serious photography, then Olympus will be one worth considering.

Now, if you would take a moment and fill out this form, whether you own an Olympus, Nikon, or whatever, we will keep you posted on your email about the news of your camera, lenses, accessories, etc. Something that may help you to enjoy the camera system you have, regardless of the brand:

2 NEW FEATURES ON CAMERAS AND LENSES SHOCK THE PHOTOGRAPHIC WORLD!!

RIP focus ring – this Canon lens replaces it with a touch panel

Focus rings on camera lenses could be a thing of the past, as Canon has designed a new lens that eschews it in favor of a touch-sensitive control panel.

However, it feels that using such a touch panel for focusing is just the tip of the iceberg; a lens with its own touch input could theoretically be used for anything from controlling autofocus points to navigating menus.

In specific, though, this new lens design seems to relate strictly to controlling focus, and to replacing the traditional manual focus ring that has been a staple of lens design for decades. 

Where a focus ring is usually turned clockwise or counterclockwise with your thumb and forefinger to rack focus, Canon’s design proposes to achieve the same function with a small circular touch panel – and this will likewise recognize clockwise or counterclockwise movement by simply moving your left thumb, without having to move your entire hand. 

In addition to direction of movement, this panel will also recognize speed of movement as well as single taps of constant drags, enabling all manner of functionality and command input. 

It’s a fascinating idea, and one that could certainly have potential. In a world where autofocus is now so good that micro-adjustments with a manual focus ring are becoming rarer and rarer (with the exception of fields like macro and landscape), most people never even touch the focus ring. 

In which case, having a simple and ergonomically well-positioned touch panel for occasional use would seem to make a lot of sense. Of course, as we all know from using touchscreens in cold or even humid conditions, they aren’t foolproof – and you simply can’t beat the granularity of a physical ring for precision control. 

Still, it’s a thought-provoking concept – even if, like so many of Canon’s patents, it only exists as food for thought and never makes it to market.

1.6 million ISO! Here's a guided tour of the upcoming Pentax K-3 Mark III

The Pentax K-3 Mark III has finally been announced by Ricoh, after a year of teasing. The new camera will possess a staggering top sensitivity of ISO1,600,000

The new camera will feature a brand new image sensor – along with a new imaging engine and accelerator unit – with a resolution of 25.73MP, a slight increase from the usual 24MP resolution that’s familiar to Pentax’ APS-C line.

In addition to the headline ISO100 to 1.6 million performance, the Pentax K-3 Mark III specs also include the improved Shake Reduction II (SRII) seen in cameras like the full-frame Pentax K-1 Mark II, the five-axis system that’s CIPA-rated for five stops of movement correction.

It features a top shooting speed of 12fps and can record 4K video up to 30p and FullHD video up to 60p, supported by an external microphone port and dual SD card slots (only one of which is UHS-II). It also possesses a phase detect autofocus system, with 101 AF points (25 of which are cross-type), capable of focusing down to -4EV.

As the manufacturer has been keen to stress, the pentaprism is the heart and soul of its cameras – and the viewfinder here offers a huge 1.05x magnification, a notable increase from the 0.95x magnification seen in the preceding K-3 Mark II. 

As previously confirmed, the rear LCD will not feature tilting, articulation or even Pentax’ signature ‘scissor-action’ – instead it will be a fixed 3.2 type screen, and possibly not a touch affair, with 1.62 million dots. It also has the much loved Night Vision red screen for low light shooting.

Both 2.4 GHz WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 are supported, and the camera’s official dimensions are 134.5 x 103.5 x 73.5mm (excluding protrusions) with a body only weight of 735g (820g including battery and SD card.

All the above information is courtesy of Digital Camera World

Opinion from the editor:

It seems like there has been so much publicity coming from Canon Sony and Nikon, the world may have forgotten a couple of other serious players in the world. And the first one I would like to mention is the Pentax Camera K3III, just announced. There is some delay still happening in it’s official release, as no date has been set yet, but, Pentax is a company that is part of Ricoh Imaging, and they have some money behind them. And they want the world to know that the DSLR is not dead. They are not planning on releasing anytime soon, the Compact Digital Cameras with interchangeable lenses. And why not? Because now, photographers are complaining that the new C-Digital SLR’s are too small, hard to control the knobs and dials and buttons. There may be some day, when everyone wishes the standard DSLR will reign as king again. And Pentax is banking on it. There new flagship camera is not as huge as people were expecting, so it is attracting the serious photographer. And it has changed the world with it’s new ISO capability of 1,600,000 ! Really, I think these new cameras will actually gather light rather than just “shoot in low light”. This is an amazing stat. Canon and Nikon do not have anything close to that.

So the battle goes on with the camera manufactures, to see who can come up with the most unique camera on the market. As soon as one comes out in the front of the lineups between brands, then the next manufacture will come out with something better. It is certainly hard for the photographer to keep up with the technology changes happening with the cameras available.

Can’t forget about Olympus:

Olympus cameras just sold the company to a new company that wants to make their camera worth considering as well. What can we expect from them? They are going to be a major player in this camera war as well.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 MarkV

One of the most versatile professional cameras ever made

Think Olympus can’t compete on the professional stage? Think again. There are many dedicated cameras that can do individual things better than the E-M1 Mark III; however, there are none that can do everything it can do. If you’re a general practice professional who shoots a lot of different genres, it’s an amazingly good choice. Industry leading 7.5-stop image stabilization, 60fps burst shooting, 80MP high-resolution imaging, handheld astrophotography, 4K video with great phase detect autofocus that doesn’t overheat… and all in a package that’s smaller, lighter, and cheaper than other DSLRs or mirrorless systems. Pro tip: this camera is a beast.

The high end Olympus camera boasts of features that other cameras do not:

  • 60 FPS continuous auto shooting
  • 7.0 EV Stops of Stabilization performance. This is the best of all brands of cameras. This has shown that you can hand hold their 600mm lens and the image stabilization will allow you to shoot without the worry of blurry photos.
  • 80 MP high resolution sensor for the sharpest yet.

So, l don’t think we need to feel that Olympus is out of the market yet either. This will be fun to see what happens in the next few years, as the battle of the camera manufactures goes at it.