Adorama has a deal for today only (ends at midnight ET tonight) on the Olympus PEN E-P3 w/ 14-42mm kit lens for only $299. The deal includes a free Olympus mini messenger bag and free shipping. Check it out here at Adorama.
It’s alos available in silver here at Adorama.
Olympus has issued firmware updates for the PEN E-PL5 and PEN E-PM2. The new firmware provides the following improvements:
- Improved stability of touch panel operation during playback
- Support for new VF-4 electronic viewfinder (automatic display switching by the VF-4 eye sensor is not supported)
Additionally, support for the new VF-4 EVF has been added to firmware updates for the following Olympus cameras: OM-D E-M5, PEN E-P2, E-P3, E-PL1, E-PL2, E-PL3, E-PM1 and XZ-2.
There are two options for updating the firmware:
- Launch the included Olympus camera software and connect the camera via USB cable to an internet connected computer. Choose the Update function from the Camera menu in the software to apply available updates for camera bodies, lenses and accessories.
- Download the software updater from the following link: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_downloads_updater.asp and follow the installer instructions.
With each method, users can choose to display information related to what the update will apply, prior to performing the update.
Olympus has a number of rebates available on its Micro Four Thirds cameras, lenses and flashes right now through June 22. Instant rebates are available up to $150 off. Check them all out here at B&H Photo.
Adorama is now shipping the new Olympus M. Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Check it out here at Adorama.
Sony became the largest shareholder of Olympus in September 2012. Since then, we’ve waited for the relationship to lead to more collaboration between the companies.
Olympus recently revealed that it will soon being supplying lens parts to Sony. According to an Olympus spokesperson,
The imaging sensor has already started to source from Sony to Olympus. And the lens [parts] and lens units will start to source from Olympus to Sony.
While Olympus refused to specify the extent of the lens parts supplies to Sony, rumors suggest that Olympus will develop a 400mm f/4 lens for Sony Alpha A-mount cameras to be unveiled in early 2014.
[via AP and SAR]
Olympus has submitted a patent application in Japan for what looks like a camera-centric Google Glass unit. The Olympus glasses feature a built-in camera and display; however, little else is revealed concerning the camera’s functionality – and it’s hard to imagine connected glasses units from Olympus that would offer greater connectivity than what we see in Google Glass. [click to continue…]