Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New Olympus Stuff

 Almost all of these new cameras and lenses leaked out days before the official announcement. Can no one keep a secret nowadays? Here are my top picks from Olympus' latest announcement.

Olympus E-PL5 (and E-PM2)

The E-Px series is no more, so my E-P3 is the last of its kind. Looks like the E-Px series and the E-PLx series has merged. The E-PL5 has the price point of the E-PLx series, the flippy screen of the E-PLx series, and many of the design cues of the E-Px series. It also has the same sensor as the OM-D E-M5. These are all good things. $799.

Meanwhile the budget-friendly E-PM2 looks like the E-PM1 with the sensor of the E-M5. That makes it a steal at $649!

(There's also a new lens/lens cap, the 15mm f/8.0, pictured above with the E-PL5. It's like a cheap/free kinda wide angle lens for landscapes and the outdoors. No need to focus. It's either interesting or a waste of glass, I'm not sure which yet.)

Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro

This new lens is very tempting to me. I am interested in macro photography (see my photos here), and if this lens is as good as the Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro for Four Thirds, I'm buying this. The old Olympus 50mm f/2.0 has been called "God's lens." Gotta love that.

This macro lens for Micro Four Thirds is f/2.8 though, so I don't know… Then again, you're going to need a macro/ring flash anyway… Much to think about...

$499 is a great price for this lens.

Olympus 17mm f/1.8

I love prime lenses for their large apertures, superlative image quality, and relatively cheap price. I'm hoping the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 will be a classic Micro Four Thirds prime. Olympus hasn't given a price yet though. 

I don't really need this since the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 is so good, but let's see if they can do one better than their friends at Panasonic. The 20mm pancake isn't perfect, ya know...

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