Olympus PEN E-PM2 review

PEN E-PM2 is the new compact entry-level mirrorless camera from Olympus. Being an early adopter of mirrorless camera systems, Olympus has (together with Panasonic) built an impressive digital imaging system based around its micro 4/3 lens mount. Today, you can choose between more than 30 lenses and 7 or 8 camera (not counting discontinued models), and E-PM2 is one of the company’s latest offerings. It is the smallest and most affordable model in Olympus lineup, but doesn’t lack much functionality of higher-priced models. In fact, it shares many important features of the praised OMD E-M5 model, including excellent 16 megapixel sensor or fast auto focus system.

PEN Mini E-PM2 was introduced alongside PEN Lite E-PL5, the more expensive model. In almost all aspects they are the same camera. For a bigger price, PEN Lite will give you a few extra buttons, external “Mode” dial, removable grip and tilt-able LCD screen (up to 170°for auto-portrait).

The new PEN Mini and PEN Lite will be shipped either with Toshiba Eye-Fi wirelless memory card or the new 15mm lenscap/lens free of charge, but not all combinations will be available in all markets. Please check what’s available in your country.

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Olympus M-Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens review

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8 is the fast portrait prime lens for micro four-thirds system cameras. With 2x crop factor it has the equivalent field of view of 90mm lens. If you have a micro 4/3 camera with any kit lens (14-42, 12-50 or 14-150) and are looking to buy first lens beyond the kit, this is probably the one you should get. It works without adapter on any camera with micro four-thirds lens mount, such as Olympus PEN and OMD or Panasonic G series cameras.

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What is expected at 2012 photokina?

Photokina is the world’s biggest and most anticipated imaging fair that takes place every two years in a German town of Cologne (Köln). Industry leaders, traders, professionals and amateur photographers will all gather at September 18 to view and try the latest photographic equipment on the market. I have prepared a short list of expected announcements and rumors. Some cameras or lenses might be announced before the show, but the public will be able to see them for the first time at the fair.

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