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Registered members of the site have just been sent this newsletter (below). But as thre are so many non-registered visitors here, I thought I'd publish the newsletter on here:

Happy Birthday to the E-System User Group!

Dear e-group member,

Can it be a year since the Olympus UK E-System User Group was launched? The doors opened on 9th November, 2007. We’re now receiving over 20,000 visits a month and 20% of our registered membership logs in every day.

There are now over 8,000 photos in our user photo galleries, and hundreds of members have benefitted from thousands of pounds worth of give-aways. We’ve also had several Olympus-sponsored events, and a number of members’ meets - the next of which is tomorrow, at Epping Forest, with the next in Staffs, the following weekend.

Above all, the enthusiastic and good-natured atmosphere on the site has been noted by many and long may it continue.

To celebrate the e-group site’s first birthday, we will be launching a competition with the brand new E-30 as the grand prize - again thanks to Olympus UK's generosity and enthusiasm for the site. Watch out for details of this competition next week.

Below is a round up of the recent busy week’s activities, on the e-group site as well as sibling sites DPNow.com and FourThirds-User.com. A lot of this will be familiar to registered members of FTU, so my apologies for any repetition!

** Members meets!

Epping Forest, tomorrow, Sunday 9th November, see:


Chasewater Country Park in Staffordshire


I will be at both meets, bringing along a range of lenses for attendees to try out!

You can also see how we got on at Keyhaven, on the Solent coast, a couple of weeks ago, here:


Another meet in the same locality is planned by Ellie - more details here:


** Photo CHALLENGE - Depth of Field

Can you meet the challenge? Find out here:


** Olympus E-30 announced

The new E-30 will ship early in the New Year and is joined by a revamped 14-54mm standard zoom lens. The E-30 borrows from both the flagship E-3 and the affordable E-520. Read what we have discovered about the E-30 and found out if you will want one. Go to:


** You might be able to win an E-30

If you are a UK or Ireland resident, and a registered member of the e-group site you will have a chance to win an E-30 to celebrate both the launch of the E-30 this week and the forthcoming 1st anniversary of the site. For more information, go here:


** Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 being tested

FTU has a production G1 and produced two articles, with 25 sample images for you to download. The G1 uses a similar spec. LiveMOS sensor to that of the forthcoming E-30, so we should see some attributes of the potential performance of the E-30 in the G1.

First, FTU compared the G1 with an Olympus E-3 and a Lumix L10 at high ISO. Find the samples to evaluate here:


Next, we FTU walkabout with the G1 on a sunny autumn morning. FTU has 20 original camera images for you to download here:


** The secret behind the compact form factor of the Micro Four Thirds platform

Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses, are much smaller than Four Thirds - already a compact system. Yet they share a common sensor size, so what gives? Over at our sibling site, Digital Photography Now (DPNow.com) the optical secret to the ‘Micro’ in Micro Four Thirds is revealed:


** Super wide angle lens comparisons

FTU has produced a gallery of comparison images taken using the new Olympus Zuiko Digital 9-18mm super wide angle lens, plus the old favourite 11-22mm, the amazing 7-14mm and the 12-60mm SWD. Check out how they compare here:


Lastly, we have been developing the forum quite intensively in the last few weeks. To keep up with all the latest enhancements, keep an eye on the site new announcements page:


That’s all for now - see you soon online!

Ian Burley,

The Olympus UK E-System User Group
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