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Olympus Officially Announces Silver E-M1, Major Firmware Update, and 40-150mm F/2.8

By Anthony Thurston on September 15th 2014

Generally, I am not a huge fan of special edition releases. More often than not, the changes are some slight color or styling bits that are nowhere near worth the extra money the company charges for it. That said, that is not the case with today’s announcement of the new Silver Olympus E-M1.e-m1-front

This new E-M1 isn’t just some silver styling – it also comes with some re-engineered dials and buttons, but more importantly, the updated E-M1 firmware that brings some impressive new features to the Olympus flagship camera. Some of those features include Digital Shifting, Tethered Shooting, Live Composite Mode, improving the EVF response time to 16ms, and some fun new scene modes.


Overall, a nice update to the E-M1, giving it a bit more kick in today’s crowded Pro Crop market.  If you are interested in pre-ordering you can head on over to B&H now to get on the list for $1400.

Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8

In addition to the special edition E-M1, Olympus announced an impressive new 40-150mm F/2.8 lens that is sure to catch the attention of anyone looking for some more pro style glass for a MFT system.


The lens is Dust, Freeze and Splash proof and has an interesting hood design. The minimum focus distance of 27 inches seems a bit long for my liking, but in reality, that is not a huge deal. Overall, a great pro level lens addition to the MFT system.

Olympus 40-150mm F/2.8 Specs

  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 80-300mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
  • 1 Aspherical, 1 HD, and 5 ED Elements
  • ZERO Lens Coating
  • Dual VCM AF System
  • Manual Focus Clutch & L-Fn Button
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 27.6″
  • Dust, Freeze & Splash-Proof Construction
  • Lens Hood & Case Included

If you are interested in pre-ordering the new 40-150mm F/2.8, you can do so now over on B&H for $1499.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dre Rolle

    Can never go wrong with a silver/black combo. Read all the reviews and so far it seems to be well worth that price tag.

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  2. Chuck Eggen

    I really like the look of the Silver Edition. I was on the fence about this camera when it first came out. Still like the look of it and of course the reviews have been great.

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