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    Olympus OM D

    by Busiboy » Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:36 am

    As you all know on February 8th Olympus will announce a new line of Micro Four Thirds cameras with the name “OM-D“.The image above is actually the very first image that shows a detail of the camera. This looks super well built with high quality finishes. I hope to get more details/pictures of the rest soon.

    Summary of all rumors:
    This will be the first digital camera of the prestigious OM series that this year will become 40 years old. The first film camera was the M-1 (launched in 1972) that was than renamed OM-1 because Leica put some pressure on Olympus to change the name (to not confuse it with the Leica M-series). A couple of days ago Olympus launched an advertising campaign on Amateur Photographer last page (Click here to see it:http://minus.com/mxvrbfbS1#1). As you see the letter “O” and “M” are in bold! After that we discovered that Olympus registered the “OM-D” name at trademark.markify and the german patent institution (Click here). A Hong Kong invitiation from Olympus said the camera will be announced on February 8th. There is also a “coming soon” message on Olympus website.

    I am pretty confident that those will be the specs (expect minor changes only):
    - Camera has a classic OM design
    - It has a magnesium body
    - It is weathers sealed
    - weight 373 g (body only).
    - 16 megapixel sensor optimized for High Dynamic Range
    - 200 up to 25.600 ISO
    - Built-in electronic viewfinder 1.44 million dots (positioned in the center of the body like the old OM optical viewfinders and same resolution as the external VF-2 viewfinder (Click here to see on Amazon).
    - 610.000 pixel OLED tilting 3 inch screen.
    - Five-axis image stabilizer in body.
    - FAST AF and 3D tracking
    - Comes in Black or Silver.
    - Price: Around $1.100 in USA or 1.000 Euro in Europe.


    Should be interesting and bound to take on the nex 7
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    by Busiboy » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:09 am

    Thought I'd post what I've seen so far, 5 days to go now I think?

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    http://mlzphoto.blog.hu/2012/02/02/forr ... _d_geperol

    http://www.43rumors.com/

    Olympus will announce two new Micro Four Thirds lenses that will be available early summer:

    1) The 75mm f/1.8. It has a metal design. I haven’t seen that lens yet but I guess it has a similar 12-50mm finishing. It’s a perfect portrait lens!
    2) The 60mm f/2.8 macro is weather sealed like the E-M5 body and has a close focusing distance of 0.19m.


    Looks like it will definately be m4/3, not full frame unfortunately.
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    by Busiboy » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:15 am

    1.44 million dot viewfinder. Same specs as the VF-2 but with new “tweaks” -> Olympus seems to love tweaking…sensor and EVF :)
    Fastest AF of any mirrorless AND DSLR camera!
    MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 or Jpeg motion recording
    9fps without the super fast AF. 4.2 with super fast AF enabled.
    5-axis image stabilisation
    610 million dot 3 inch OLED screen tilted by max. 80° upwards or max. 50° downwards
    HLD-6 external battery grip
    MMF-3 Four Thirds mount adapter
    FL-600R electronic flash
    Comes in a silver or black body.
    In Stock in April 2012 for 1099.00 Euro ($1200 Dollars in USA) or with 12-50mm kit lens for 1,299.00 Euro ($1450)

    That’s 500 Dollar less than the Fuji X PRo 1 ($1699 at Amazon). $400 more than the GH2 ($800). Will it sell well at that price? Everything depends form the final REAL image and video quality.
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    by LOZ » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:10 am

    Let the games begin :D :D :D :D
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    by JazzXP » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:23 am

    After shooting with a Pentax ME Super a couple of weeks ago, looking forward to the styling on this. Love those old small SLR's (that said, I still want a D4 :lol: )
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    by Dug » Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:09 am

    I have always disliked small cameras because of their size and weight.

    My hands do not cope with small things easily and if I ever need to hit someone with something I want them to go down and stay hit not just get annoyed :wink:

    I hope the trend to smaller lighter cameras does not go too far.
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    by Busiboy » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:54 pm

    Dug, I think this one is aimed at people wih the same thinking.

    There was an interview prior to the leaks about this where the hint was to a 'less girly camera'.

    Edited to put in the quotes, hat was a direct translation.
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    by Busiboy » Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:40 am

    Thread cleaned to remove non Olympus awesomeness news regarding the OMD.
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    by LOZ » Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:58 am

    Scott do you have one lined up for a play if so I would like to tag along if possible . My head is hurting fuji oly nex???????????????
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    by Busiboy » Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:45 am

    I don't have one lined up, if I score a play then I most certainly will let you know.
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    by W G » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:29 pm

    LOZ wrote:My head is hurting fuji oly nex???????????????


    Loz,

    It's a no-brainer. The Fuji employs new imaging sensor technology which catapults it beyond just about every other camera at present.

    Sure, the rest of the world will rush to catch up but it's gonna take a while.

    All the other differences (apart from Olympus's corporate health) don't amount to much in the scheme of things. Plus, the Fuji is a bigger chip.

    I love the manual controls on the Fuji also. Do we know yet what the OM-D's mechanical interface will be?

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    by Busiboy » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:19 am

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    by W G » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:32 am

    Makes one wonder how different the world may have been if they had chosen a path like this much earlier in the peace.

    Although these days I have some doubts about 4/3 rds as a real alternative for a 'system'.

    Remains to be seen, I guess.

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    by Busiboy » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:51 am

    I am very happy with my m4/3 gear to date.

    Had they gone this way from the start, I am sure that the slr's wouldn't have seen the light of day, despite some amazing zoom lenses being produced.

    There is an adapter for the 4/3 lenses to the m4/3 bodies, but with a heavy canon of a lens I don't think there is enough camera to hold on to, even with the grip available.

    My 4/3 gear is great, I have a 24- 400 range in 2 lenses with great quality images in semi fast glass. Great for outdoor shooting of dusty and muddy stuff.

    But the day I jump to a bigger sensor is getting closer with the lack of development on the 4/3 system. They may throw a new sensor the same E system body as they did with the E-3/E-5 but the days of initiative with that system are just about gone.

    Interestingly it looks as though a merger/alliance between Olympus and Fuji is shore up their position which as been declared stable although not great after the recent financial debarkle.
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    by Busiboy » Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:08 am

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