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Ian
3rd October 2011, 03:36 PM
* First of all - we're not overlooking Olympus DSLR fans; a competition for you will be announced on our sibling site Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com) immininetly *

The idea to start a new competition is the result of a need for Olympus UK to source some great photos to show the world what real Pen users can produce with their kit. The best photos entered in the competition will be featured in a limited edition photo book. All photographers whose images are featured in the book will get a copy of the book. The photograph judged to be the best entered will win the associated photographer 500 towards brand new Olympus gear of their choice.

We are particularly keen to see how Pens work with their exclusive features, like Art Filters, for example. But of course it's the excellence of individual images that counts most of all.

I would also like to make it clear that there will be no attempt to steal the copyright or rights to entered images, although a condition of the entry is that Olympus UK may use your image in the photo book as described above.

There is no theme for this competition, we're simply looking for the best images a Pen can produce and I can't think of a better group of photographers to impress the judges than those here on the e-group! Indeed, you need to be a registered member of the e-group in order to enter - so if you have been lurking, now is the time to sign up! The competition closes at midnight on the last day of this month (Monday 31st October).

Competition rules and instructions will be published shortly.

Good luck everyone!

Ian

PS There is no geographical limit concerning the residence of an entrant, but please be warned that winners will be responsible for any import duties on prizes that may be levied by the governments of their home country.

Zuiko
3rd October 2011, 07:46 PM
This is great news and should create a lot of excitement. I'm just going to look through the galleries to see who I should kidnap and hold captive for the next month! Thank goodness not everyone here uses a Pen, although that will make it a tough competition on Four Thirds User as well.

I'll certainly have a go although with the talent we have here I don't expect to win - I'll gladly settle for a picture in the book if I can manage that!

*chr

catkins
3rd October 2011, 08:43 PM
* First of all - we're not overlooking Olympus DSLR fans; a competition for you will be announced on our sibling site Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com) immininetly *


Well of course I went to have a look at the Four thirds User site and was immediately taken by the current competition that is shown on the right hand column of the home page . . . . "CLOSED: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 to be won during December" - definitely time for an update me thinks to the competition which is now nearly a year out of date and the product which is now on version X4!

Anyhow, I'll look forward to seeing what competition will be offered to the Oly DSLR users - a prize of a big lens would be nice.

Regards
Chris

greenguru
3rd October 2011, 08:51 PM
* First of all - we're not overlooking Olympus DSLR fans; a competition for you will be announced on our sibling site Four Thirds User immininetly *

Whilst I have no wish to be rude and I am sure it is not your intention, are you suggesting this forum is heading more toward micro four thirds users and DSLR users should start looking to the other site?

:eek:

Rob

catkins
3rd October 2011, 09:15 PM
* First of all - we're not overlooking Olympus DSLR fans; a competition for you will be announced on our sibling site Four Thirds User immininetly *

Whilst I have no wish to be rude and I am sure it is not your intention, are you suggesting this forum is heading more toward micro four thirds users and DSLR users should start looking to the other site?

:eek:

Rob

Have a look at Four Thirds User and you'ld think that Oly DSLRs have all but disappeared, so perhaps we luddites are being herded into the part of the internet never to be seen again? Still at least the top of this page has the image of a huge great Oly DSLR beside a cute small Oly micro four thirds - now if that size comparison doesn't scare you off using an Oly DSLR . . . .!! :eek:

Regards
Chris

gregles
3rd October 2011, 09:20 PM
Big dslr to pen "Does my bum look big in this";)

Got my coat just waiting on me cab:o

Zuiko
3rd October 2011, 09:42 PM
* First of all - we're not overlooking Olympus DSLR fans; a competition for you will be announced on our sibling site Four Thirds User immininetly *

Whilst I have no wish to be rude and I am sure it is not your intention, are you suggesting this forum is heading more toward micro four thirds users and DSLR users should start looking to the other site?

:eek:

Rob

Oh dear, I guess Ian was in a "no win" situation, whatever he did. If the competitions were allocated the other way round, members of FTU would no doubt be asking the same question. To have staged both competitions on one forum would have seriously upset members of the other, plus the publicity would not have reached so many people.

I can assure you that it's certainly not the intention that DSLR users should look elsewhere. I'm an active member of both sites and I would say this site is certainly still weighted more towards DSLRs whilst FTU is starting to lean more towards Micro Four Thirds, which is hardly surprising seeing as how that forum also embraces Panasonic more specifically than this one.

Also, we should bear in mind that this site is sponsored by Olympus and I think they are entitled to expect the Pens to be represented here more strongly than they are at present. Hopefully this competition will attract more Pen users to join us and give a better overall balance. Hopefully, too, it will encourage existing Olympus DSLR owners to consider a Pen as well.

Much as we all love our Olympus DSLRs it's inescapable that micro Four Thirds represents the bulk of the company's present and future strategy. Regular Four Thirds will remain an important part of the E-System, particularly for advanced amateurs and pros, until the two platforms can be fully and successfully integrated. Indeed, Olympus could have chosen just to run one competition, for Pen owners only. The fact that they are also running a competition for DSLR owners demonstrates that they very clearly still value their Four Thirds DSLRs and lenses and the users of that system.

I hope everyone can look forward to these competitions without worrying about unintended implications being read into them, there really is no hidden agenda and whilst we certainly hope to make new Pen friends (that even made me groan!) we definitely want to hold onto our solid base of existing DSLR users. However, it's also an opportunity for those users to become aquainted with the "other site." A lot of good stuff goes on there and it's really not a case of either/or; by participating on both forums you really can have your cake and eat it! *chr

catkins
3rd October 2011, 09:55 PM
I'm rather assuming that we're all being a little bit 'playful' with Ian and this announcement!! :o

Regards
Chris

Zuiko
3rd October 2011, 09:56 PM
Have a look at Four Thirds User and you'ld think that Oly DSLRs have all but disappeared, so perhaps we luddites are being herded into the part of the internet never to be seen again? Still at least the top of this page has the image of a huge great Oly DSLR beside a cute small Oly micro four thirds - now if that size comparison doesn't scare you off using an Oly DSLR . . . .!! :eek:

Regards
Chris

Hehe, the E-3 is gripped, after all, and in that guise it's certainly not the smallest DSLR! It's interesting to note that the image of a Pen has only been added to the header comparitively recently, maybe it really is high time to promote it a lot more. Promoting E-System DSLRs here really is just preaching to the converted. We all know how good they are, but do we really know how good the Pens are? I use both and I adore my E-3, but my E-PL1 is fantastic too! :)

Graham_of_Rainham
3rd October 2011, 11:18 PM
Will we be limited to using only Olympus mft lenses *???

Zuiko
4th October 2011, 04:21 AM
Will we be limited to using only Olympus mft lenses *???

That's the 64,000 ISO question, which I'm sure will be clarified when Ian posts the rules and instructions! :D

RogerMac
4th October 2011, 07:39 AM
That's the 64,000 ISO question, which I'm sure will be clarified when Ian posts the rules and instructions! :D

One of the great features of the Pens is the vast range of lenses that they have access to so I certainly hope iimages taken with legacy, ZD lenses or the various specialist lenses coming onto the market will be allowed to enter.

For example a great moon image taken with a legacy lens would certainly impress me as I was flipping through the book, but no I do not have one I am just waiting to enter!

Roger

Ian
4th October 2011, 07:49 AM
Well of course I went to have a look at the Four thirds User site and was immediately taken by the current competition that is shown on the right hand column of the home page . . . . "CLOSED: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 to be won during December" - definitely time for an update me thinks to the competition which is now nearly a year out of date and the product which is now on version X4!

Anyhow, I'll look forward to seeing what competition will be offered to the Oly DSLR users - a prize of a big lens would be nice.

Regards
Chris

Hi Chris, the Four Thirds comp will be detailed this morning. The prize is the same value as the Pen competition :)

Ian

Ian
4th October 2011, 07:53 AM
That's the 64,000 ISO question, which I'm sure will be clarified when Ian posts the rules and instructions! :D

I will get this clarified but I don't think there will be a problem. Olympus has actually suggested that we stock Leica and other adapters for our hire service, for example. The versatility of the Micro Four Thirds mount is one of the systems appeals.

Ian

Ian
4th October 2011, 07:58 AM
* First of all - we're not overlooking Olympus DSLR fans; a competition for you will be announced on our sibling site Four Thirds User immininetly *

Whilst I have no wish to be rude and I am sure it is not your intention, are you suggesting this forum is heading more toward micro four thirds users and DSLR users should start looking to the other site?

:eek:

Rob

On the contrary, I simply wanted to pre-empt any jumping to conclusions. There is no way around the fact that Olympus us actively marketing the Pen line, but it still manufactures and sells Four Thirds, too. In fact the E-5 stimulated increased demand and production of the high-end lenses, for example. I felt it was simpler to put one competition on FTU and one here. That way they two sites will promote each other. Both sites are 100% behind both FT and MFT. The main difference is that FTU is aimed at a more international audience and has a more editorial base. This site is primarily (but not exclusively) for Olympus users and products while FTU is for all things FT and MFT regardless of brand.

I hope that sets the record straight.

Ian

Ian
4th October 2011, 08:02 AM
Naturally there has been relatively little news on the Four Thirds front recently, so FTU has been rather Pen-centric of late. But just to give you a little preview, we are embarking on a programme of lens testing here, using DxO Analyzer test gear. So you will see fairly regular lens review of moth FT and MFT lenses over the next few months. The tests will have machine-measured data on MTF resolution, vignetting, optical distortion and fringing.

Ian

catkins
4th October 2011, 08:14 AM
Sorry Ian - it looks like it's been a busy morning for you trying to answer all the various comments! Thanks for the updates.

Regards
Chris

PS - And I note your comment re the DSLR competition, so I guess that means that I'll just have to hire one of the big lenses soon then! (If only the weather stayed settled up here long enough for me to be able to hire it when there was plenty of low flying at Spadeadam) *chr

Ian
4th October 2011, 09:02 AM
Sorry Ian - it looks like it's been a busy morning for you trying to answer all the various comments! Thanks for the updates.

Regards
Chris

PS - And I note your comment re the DSLR competition, so I guess that means that I'll just have to hire one of the big lenses soon then! (If only the weather stayed settled up here long enough for me to be able to hire it when there was plenty of low flying at Spadeadam) *chr

You'd be most welcome :D

Ian

greenguru
4th October 2011, 12:51 PM
Thanks for the clarification. If nothing else you have certainly exposed the FTU site to a wider audience (or at least me). There looks to be lots of good stuff there. I look forward to seeing what the competition is.

Rob

davidsa
5th October 2011, 07:33 PM
Ian

Please clarify:

1) Will any Olympus "Pen" camera qualify - for example a (venerable) film Pen FT?

2) Within what period of time - if any - will the picture have to have been taken?

Thanks

David :)

Ian
5th October 2011, 08:22 PM
Sorry, it has to be a digital (Micro Four Thirds) Pen :)

You can enter any picture you like taken with an MFT Pen. There is no stipulation on when the image was taken.

Ian

E-Geoff
7th October 2011, 01:46 PM
Hi Ian,

Just been browsing this thread and picked up on the usual comment regarding the assumed death of 4/3rds. To this I would like to make my own comment, having just begun a couple of adult education classes "Digital Photography" & "Using Adobe Photoshop", it came to my attention that of the twelve people undertaking the D.P. course there were four other using 4/3rds gear one using a Fuji bridge camera and the others using a variety compacts, it seems one up for 4/3rds. However as I'm there with my E620, E1 plus, a choice of lenses 50mm macro, 11-22mm, 50-200mm with EC20 & EX25 with Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 EX DC Macro the E1 kit, along with the 9-18mm, 14-42mm & 40-15mm Zuikos as the E620 kit. The other guys using E system cameras all asked where did I get my lenses as they'd all been informed by various dealers that Olympus were no longer producing lenses for 4/3rds and feel cheated by unscrupulous dealers seemingly selling obsolete cameras, a very incorrect opinion but one which Olympus seem to have brought on themselves, I know that the 'local' Olympus rep has been downing 4/3rds for well over a twelve month period, information from a manager of a localwell known national dealership.

Aplogies for the drawn out comment but one I feel worth sharing.

Geoff

Ausdrio
10th October 2011, 08:01 AM
Thank you, i see.

Mrs T
10th October 2011, 07:54 PM
Ian

Have you been able to formulate the competition rules and instructions?

Amanda

Zuiko
10th October 2011, 08:43 PM
I know that Ian is in China for the rest of this week, I'm sure the rules will follow in due course. :)

Ulfric M Douglas
17th October 2011, 05:37 PM
I know that Ian is in China for the rest of this week, I'm sure the rules will follow in due course. :)
...and there they are. In a new thread. Natch.
http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=17394

What's the photo got to be about again? Or is it anything. :confused: