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Early this morning, Olympus launched a trio of new mirrorless products, one professional camera, one entry-level and a compact high-end lens. These expand the Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless platform at both ends of the product scale.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

First up is the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III professional mirrorless. This camera fits parallel to the flagship OM-D E-M1X designed for Action Photography with a camera that is much more compact and versatile, promising to be one of the best digital cameras for Travel Photography on the market.

The new E-M1 Mark III  features the same 20 MP High-Speed Four-Thirds CMOS sensor as the E-M1X and is therefore capable of continuously shooting full-resolution images at  60 FPS using an electronic-shutter. With the mechanical shutter, it manages an impressive 15 FPS. The fast readout speed lets this mirrorless record Cinema 4K video at 24 FPS or 4K Ultra-HD at 30 FPS.

Olympus perfected their already leading 5-axis image-stabilization mechanism with a new system that can correct for up to 7 -stops of shake compared to hand-holding. When paired with an optically stabilized lens, this extends further to a total of 7.5-stops. Having such an improved sensor-shift system makes it possible to assemble a Multi-Resolution image hand-held, something very few cameras can do.

This high-end camera offers everything expected from a professional model. It  has full manual-controls including Bulb exposures up to 30 minutes, numerous metering modes, extensive bracketing, including in-camera HDR and Focus-Stacking, plus the unique-to-Olympus Live-Time, Live-Bulb and Live-ND modes, further improved in the E-M1 Mark III. This camera features dual control-dials in an IPX1-rated body that is weatherproof, splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof to -10C.

The body of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is nearly identical to its predecessor, adding an 8-way joystick while keeping its sharp 2.4 MP 0.5″ EVF with 0.74X magnification, 100% coverage and an Eye-Start Sensor. This remarkable camera weighs in just 504g.

Olympus PEN E-PL10

Second, there is the Olympus PEN E-PL10, the follow up to the entry-level E-PL9. The new model has a nearly identical design and feature set. These models are part of the PEN series of highly compact Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless digital cameras that feature a 3-axis image-stabilization mechanism and simple ergonomics.

The PEN E-PL10 is built around a 16 megapixels Four-Thirds CMOS sensor mounted on the sensor-shift system that provides 3.5-stops of stabilization. This sensor is capable of outputting 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS and continuous shooting at 8.6 FPS. This mirrorless relies on Contrast-Detect AF only.

Olympus packs an exceptional number of features even in their entry-level offers such as this E-PL10. This includes Bulb exposures, unique metering patterns and flexible bracketing. There is no EVF nor provision to add one but the new tilting 3″ LCD display rotates 180° downwards. There is a single control-dial on this lightweight body that comes in at 332g.

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-45mm F/4 PRO

The new Olympus M.Zuiko 12-45mm F/4 PRO is a high-grade lens for Micro Four-Thirds. It spans an equivalent 24-90mm focal-range with constant F/4 aperture. The optical design of this zoom makes it one of the most compact constant-aperture zooms, even within the Micro Four-Thirds system.

This lens bares the PRO label by Olympus which signifies professional-grade image-quality and construction. The M.Zuiko 12-45mm F/4 PRO is weatherproof and freezeproof to -10C and is even certified with an IPX1 rating. This lens weighs in just 254g.

Olympus is making the E-PL10 available immediately with the E-M1 Mark III following in the next two weeks. The 12-45mm F/4 PRO is expected to ship in early April. Follow these links to the full specifications of these new products along with preordering/purchasing options:

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Venus Optics just announced the first Super-Macro lens designed exclusively for digital cameras with an APS-C sensor. This allows them to design smaller and much lighter lens due to the smaller imaging circle required. A Super-Macro is capable of magnifying larger-than-life compared to the 1:1 magnification ratio of a standard Macro lens.

Venus Laowa 65mm F/2.8 2X Macro

The new Laowa 65mm F/2.8 2X Macro is a short telephoto lens – equivalent to 100mm on a Full-Frame – that can achieve 2:1 magnification at a focal-distance of 17cm. Venus Optics manufactures this lens for Fuji X-mount, Sony E-mount and Canon M-mount, taking further advantage of the short flange-distance of these mirrorless mounts to make a lens which weighs just 335g.

Optics in the Laowa 65mm F/2.8 2X Macro include APO elements that eliminate chromatic aberrations. The internal focus system allows this lens to maintain its length throughout its focus-range. Its bright F/2.8 maximum aperture can be stopped down to F/22 to extend depth-of-field, while rendering smooth bokeh using a 9-blade aperture. The APO elements minimize color-fringing around bokeh.

This new macro is is immediately available and will be sold at authorized retailers shortly with a suggested price of $400 USD. It can also be ordered directly from Venus Optics. Full details on each lens are available at Neocamera:

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Tokina ATX-M F/1.8 FE

Tokina unveiled their first lens of a new series. The new Tokina ATX-M 85mm F/1.8 FE is a bright prime short telephoto lens designed for Sony E-mount digital cameras. This lens provides Full-Frame coverage yet is also compatible with APS-C models with the usual 1.5X crop-factor which makes it equivalent to a 130mm lens. The ATX-M series is intended for lenses explicitly designed for mirrorless cameras with full communication and support for unhindered autofocus. In fact, the lens is completely controlled electronically with no switch on the lens to use MF.

This prime lens is designed with specifications licensed from Sony instead of reverse-engineering which ensure greater compatibility than many third-party lenses. The focal-length is transmitted to the camera body so that image-stabilization in the camera can work without user input. The lens itself is not stabilized as that is completely unnecessary on nearly every Sony mirrorless.

The ATX-M 85mm F/1.8 FE focuses down to 80cm from the sensor which gives a small 0.12X magnification ratio. It uses a stepping motor which is relatively quiet for use during video capture. Noise in movements are further minimized by an internal focusing system. Although the new Tokina ATX-M 85mm F/1.8 FE has a premium finish, its specification show a mid-class lens which omits weather-sealing and any controls other than the focus-ring. This allows Tokina to sell this model for just $500 USD which is 20% lower than the actual Sony-made version.

Both Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders with expectation sot ship within a month. As always, these reputable places will not charge your credit-card until the item ships.

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ZY Optics is a Chinese lens manufacturer that specializes in manual lenses with bright optics. They offer a large number of lenses that have a maximum F/0.95 aperture and extreme macro lenses too. As a third-party manufacturer, they support a huge number of mounts, from Canon EF-M to Nikon Z, including Fujifilm G-mount which is only supported by 2 third-parties.

Today, all ZY Optics lenses have been added to our extensive Lens Database. Follow this link for All ZY Optics Lenses. As always, these lenses are completely searchable by our Lens Search Engine which automatically returns a comparison of all matching results.

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This week Venus launched their first Zero-Distortion Cine lens. The new Laowa 12mm T/2.9 Zero-D Cine is built to provide an ultra-wide angle of view with a a bright aperture and render undistorted straight lines. As a Cine lens the transmittance is measured to be T/2.9 rather than the usual F/2.9 which shows how high-quality Venus optics are! The lens is equipped with gears to control aperture and focus using a rig which is standard for cinematography.

The new Laowa 12mm T/2.9 Zero-D Cine is available right now for the PL-mount used in video cameras and is expected shortly for Canon EF and Sony FE mounts with Full-Frame coverage for $1500 USD.

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