Tag Archive: Olympus

Apr 05

Review: Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8

Olympus 25mm f/1.8

The normal prime lens space in the Micro 4/3 system has recently become a bit more crowded, as Olympus has finally released their fast normal prime lens, the 25mm f/1.8.  Panasonic has had their excellent Leica 25mm f/1.4 for several years now, and Olympus has decided to concentrate on creating an extremely compact high quality …

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Nov 17

Review: Olympus OM-D E-M1

When Olympus released the first member of the new OM-D line, the E-M5, there was considerable buzz over the retro styled powerhouse.  Ultimately, that camera gave Micro 4/3 a shot in the arm and showed just how capable a small camera could be.  Serious amateurs and even many professionals added the E-M5 to their arsenal. …

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Sep 06

Using Manual Focus Lenses on Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless Compact System Cameras (CSC) are great at a lot of things. They’re smaller, with smaller lenses, they have ultra-accurate autofocus and in most cases very high quality native lenses. However, one of the biggest advantages of these mirrorless cameras is the ability to mount and use almost any manual focus lens ever made. All …

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Aug 19

Review: Olympus M.Zuiko 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II

Today I take an in-depth look at the refresh of a lens that has been part of the Micro 4/3 system for a rather long time.  Olympus first announced the original 75-300mm lens for Micro 4/3 in September of 2010.  That lens was priced at a rather insane $900, significantly more than the competing Panasonic …

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Aug 09

Review: Olympus Pen E-P5

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Olympus produced the very first rangefinder styled mirrorless digital camera back in 2009 with the original Pen E-P1…a classic camera that, despite a merely OK sensor and sluggish performance, set the tone for the industry.  It was a camera with great retro styling, a beautiful construction, extremely small size and a DSLR sized sensor.  It …

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Aug 05

Some Butterflies with the Olympus E-P5

Butterfly - Olympus Pen E-P5 with Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro

I have the Olympus E-P5 in my possession for review at the moment, and on Friday, I had a chance to give it a great workout in the macro arena.  I took it to Franklin Park Conservatory to get some butterfly shots, and the camera performed well.  I used the pop-up flash for lighting (I …

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Jun 21

Panasonic 7-14mm vs Olympus 9-18mm

Micro 4/3 Wide-Angles.  Olympus 9-18mm on the left, Panasonic 7-14mm on the right.

The Micro 4/3 system has been around for a while now, and early on, each of the two main Micro 4/3 companies released their ultra wide-angle lenses.  Panasonic came out with the impressively specified 7-14mm f/4, while Olympus went a little more moderate, but shot for size, creating the incredibly tiny 9-18mm f/4-5.6. I’ve owned …

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May 31

The State of the Mirrorless Camera Industry – May 2013

When I first started this site about 16 months ago, I did a two-part piece examining a little of the history of digital photography and a trending towards mirrorless cameras. Since then, a lot has changed in a relatively short period of time, though the major players are still the same. More and more people …

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