Kudos to Olympus for its dust reduction system

Yesterday, while post processing several photos I shot with my Olympus OM-D E-M10, I saw a speck of dust in one of the photos. I believe it to be for the first time since buying the camera, but I’m not 100% sure. I can’t recall ever encountering dust on the sensor or cleaning the sensor since purchasing the camera more than two years ago. Anyway, I just finished cleaning the sensor with a Hama blower. It took me less than ten seconds. So it wouldn’t be a big deal even if I had to do it more often – but not too often.

The reason why I’m sharing my seemingly trivial experience with you is that we get used to technology that makes our lives easier very fast. We start to take these things for granted in no time. But after thinking about the many times I had to clean the sensor in my Nikon D40 – a real dust magnet, I tell you – I suddenly realized that Olympus must have an amazing dust reduction system under the hood. Cleaning the sensor is not that much work, but removing all those pesky dust specks in a dozen or more photos with the cloning tool sure is.

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Looks like Olympus will announce a new 30mm macro lens

A trusted source has supposedly told 43rumors that Olympus is going to announce a new 30mm macro lens this year. To be perfectly honest I don’t consider that particular (short) focal length very useful for macros I like to shoot. Which are macros of living, breathing insects and arachnids. And there is already a 30mm macro lens for the system, the Panasonic Lumix G 30mm f/2.8 macro ASPH OIS.

What I think the system really needs is a much longer macro lens. One with 90mm or even 100mm. Now THAT would be really exciting. What do you think?

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Olympus posts financial report for FY2016: -15% compact camera and +5% MILC sales respectively

Olympus as a whole is a healthy and profitable company, but its imaging division is having a hard time making a profit. You can download the report for the entire fiscal year and 4th quarter at olympus-global.com.

As is to be expected compact cameras are selling worse and worse. Fortunately Olympus is gaining ground on the mirrorless side of things. Responsible for this are OM-D series cameras and the new PEN-F as well as M. Zuiko Digital Pro lenses.

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