OLYMPUS MICROFOURTHIRDS

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BODIES


June 2009 E-P1 - First MTF camera from Olympus

Released on the world in a fanfare of publicity in Berlin (June 2009) the first in a series of MicroFourThirds cameras - the Digital PEN E-P1 - appeared. Olympus believe this camera will revive their fortunes and fill a new market segment for those looking for a small camera with the image quality of a DSLR. Olympus are convinced that many compact users refuse to step up to DSLR because they are too big and complex. The E-P1 is neither.

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March 2010 E-P2 - with attachable EVF

After the E-P1 was released Olympus received much criticism that the camera did not have a viewfinder, relying entirely on the LCD - like a compact. Taking the lead from Panasonic, Olympus develops the VF-2, a new breed of EVF being high resolution, bright and high on contrast. Early versions of the E-P2 come bundled with the new electronic viewfinder. EVF available as accessory.

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Sept 2010 E-PL1 - Lite Version mFT goes downmarket

Olympus releases its third mFT version with full plastic body and integrated on-board flash as well as the communications port enabling the use of the VF-2 EVF as well as SEMA-1 Hi-Fi recording device. This latest version features the new True-Pic V jpeg engine delivering stunning out of camera images, making the need to process RAW data almost redundant.

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March 2011 E-PL2 - Second 'Lite' PEN version

Second 'Lite' mFT version with full plastic body and integrated on-board flash. This camera has the new AP2 accessory port enabling the use of the VF-2 EVF and other newer accessories. This latest version includes an updated True-Pic engine and a new version of the standard MZD14-42mm lens that is designated MSC - Movie & Still Compatible. This has increased its AF speed.

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June 2011 E-P3 - Gets a new sensor and fast AF

Olympus releases the E-P3 which promises to silence critics of the slow AF system by doubling the sensor and processing speed thus providing the fastest AF of any DSLR machine. The E-P3 boasts an on-board flash and AF assist lamp as well as a detachable grip and a host of other improvements.

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August 2011 E-PL3 - Slim version with tilt screen

Third 'Lite' mFT version; the E-PL3 is a slimmer version with no on-board flash and a tiltable rear screen ala C5050/C8080. Does accept the VF-2 electronic viewfinder and other accessories in the port AP2 and includes the AF assist lamp.

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September 2011 E-PM1 - Smallest mFT camera yet

Entirely new micro machine from Olympus, the E-PM1 is purported to be the smallest mFT camera. Ultra slim and small dimentions it is almost exclusively automatic in operation and aimed squarely at those migrating from compacts. Has the AP2 port and AF assist lamp.

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LENSES


MZD 9-18mm Wide-angle zoom

The third lens for the Olympus mFT system is the ultra wide-angle MZD 9-18mm zoom lens. This is a high quality UWA zoom that is capable of being stored in the collapsed position making it very portable indeed. Capable of high resolution as well as wide-angle shots this new comer is not cheap!

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MZD 14-42mm standard zoom

Introduced with the E-P1 is the Micro Zuiko Digital version of the 4/3rds standard zoom, the MDZ 14-42mm/f3.5-5.6. To match the E-P1's petiteness its zoom needs to be as small as possible and Olympus made this lens collapsible. With a small locking device on the barrel the lens can cleverly retract itself giving the impression of smallness.

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MZD 17mm Pancake

To continue the theme of compactness set by the E-P1, the 17mm/f2.8 pancake is only the second pancake made by the company. With a effective angle of view of a 35mm wide-angle lens the Pancake is ideal for street photography and unintrusive image capture.

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FLASHES & ACCESSORIES


The dedicated flash FL14

Specifically designed to compliment the Digital Pen, the FL14 boasts a Guide Number of 20 and has full integration with the Digital Pen. Its horizontal design reflects the retro design of the E-P series (and E-Series cameras. The flash does not have a moving head and does not support swivel/bounce.

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FL-20 - mini flash unit

Coming primarily from the Camedia C-series range of compact machines the FL-20 is an all purpose but restricted small, lightweight and pocketable flash unit. Seamless integration with the Digital Pens and E-System bodies. Limited output, fixed head. Operates on 2 rechargeable NiMH AA's.

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Lens Adapter MMF-1

This adapter allows the mounting of all Olympus standard 4/3rds lenses on the Digital Pen. Such lenses retain all their capabilities such as AF. This effectively extends the range of lenses available to the Pen. Those 4/3rds lenses which are CDAF enabled work the same as specific MFT lenses; others work satisfactorily but the contrast detect auto focus is a little slower.

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Lens Adapter MF-2

This adapter allows the direct mounting of the huge range of OM lenses to the Digital Pen. The shorter flange distance of MFT allows the use of many older legacy lenses and many adapters allowing legacy lenses from other manufacturers are being made.

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Posted November 2009 Copyright © 2009 John Foster