Press releases by Olympus Canada
WORLD’S FIRST WEATHERPROOF MACRO FLASH: THE NEW OLYMPUS STF-8 MACRO FLASH
The Olympus STF-8 Macro Flash features a dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof design for use in all types of shooting environments
Olympus has announced the STF-8 Macro Flash, the world’s first macro twin flash with weatherproof construction. This compact and lightweight flash is dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof down to 14° F (-10° C) so that photographers may take advantage of every photo opportunity without worrying about their gear.
Twin flashes tend to be large, heavy, and lack dustproof and splashproof capabilities, making them virtually impossible to use in many outdoor environments. The compact STF-8 combines with the weatherproof performance of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera and M.ZUIKO lenses to capture properly illuminated macro shots wherever your photography takes you, even outdoors in the rain.
The STF-8 offers unparalleled flexibility and is compatible with the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 30 mm f/3.5 Macro, M.ZUIKO Digital ED 60-mm f/2.8 Macro and M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-40 mm f/2.8 PRO lenses. The STF-8 boasts a guide number of 8.5 when firing both heads and 6 when firing one head to deliver ideal flash output for macro shooting. In addition to full TTL auto sync, users can manually control the output from full power down to 1/128. The ratio between the left and right heads is fully adjustable, allowing for superior versatility to fine tune lighting for limitless creative possibilities. The heads are also removable; users may position one to light their subject and the other to light the background, or utilize any positioning combination to match the shooting scenario.
Designed to support various shooting techniques, the STF-8 is compatible with Focus Bracketing and Focus Stacking modes on select OM-D models, including the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, to further expand photographers’ creative expression.
1. Compact and lightweight with a dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof design
The STF-8 Macro Flash incorporates the same hermetic sealing technology found on Olympus cameras and lenses to deliver the world’s first dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (down to 14 ° F / -10° C) construction on a macro flash. When combined with the weatherproof performance of select OM-D cameras and M.ZUIKO lenses, photographers have a compact macro system they can use with confidence in any environment.
In addition to compatibility with three M.ZUIKO lenses , third-party step-up/step-down rings can be attached to allow you to use a variety of lenses, including four thirds system macro lenses. Both of the flash heads may also be adjusted for versatile angles and shooting distances.
2. Flash output ideal for macro shooting
A guide number of 8.5 when utilizing both flash heads (a guide number of 6 when firing one head) provides a high level of control over exposure and makes it easier to avoid overexposure at close focusing distances. Users are no longer required to keep the flash heads far away from the subject or unnecessarily stop down the aperture.
In addition to full TTL auto sync, users can manually choose the output (from full power down to 1/128) for fine control over the balance of flash and ambient light. The heads are also removable to properly light every shooting scenario.
3. Superior versatility for expanded macro-photographic expressions
The flash ratio between the left and right flash heads (A/B) is fully adjustable. Photographers will never feel limited in their ability to control highlights and shadows across their subject. The A/B output ratio (either fire one head or adjust from 1:8 to 8:1) and manual flash output are designed to be controlled quickly and intuitively via two dials on the control section.
The angle of the flash heads may be adjusted from 60° upward to 40° downward, and may be rotated around the ring adapter. Advanced lighting techniques may be achieved by removing the flash heads for lighting backgrounds and lighting subjects from behind. The flash heads can also be individually mounted to a tripod using the built-in socket.
The included retractable diffuser softens flash output for smoother shadows and a wider angle of coverage. This is effective for shooting extreme close-ups with a wide aperture or when shooting with a wide-angle lens.
The STF-8 is designed with the lens working distance in mind. Because the flash heads do not protrude beyond the end of the lens, they never come in contact with the subject, even when shooting extreme close-ups. The flash heads are also located near the optical axis for efficient lighting when shooting very small subjects.
4. Supports various shooting techniques
The Olympus wireless RC flash system communicates via infrared (commander only) from the front of the control section to facilitate remote firing. The Olympus FL-900R flash (sold separately) and other RC compatible flashes may be used for multi-unit lighting and background light.
Features such as Focus Bracketing and Focus Stacking on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (manual flash only) may be used to further expand creative expression. Frame speed is controlled to coincide with charging time and firing priority during shooting.
Pricing and Availability
The Macro Flash STF-8 will be available in January 2017 for an estimated street price of $599.99. For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: getolympus.com.
THE CARRY-ALL SOLUTION FOR THE SYSTEM THAT CAPTURES IT ALL: OLYMPUS CBG-12 PREMIUM CAMERA BACKPACK
New camera backpack is an ergonomically designed, water-repellent, durable case that protects the entire OM-D E-M1 Mark II System in the harshest conditions
Olympus has announced that the new CBG-12 Premium Camera Backpack is scheduled to be available at the end of December 2016. The compact, rugged pack is designed for the on-the-go photo enthusiast who wants to carry a variety of Olympus OM-D series cameras, interchangeable lenses and accessories for a wide range of shooting situations.
The CBG-12 Premium Camera Backpack has been developed to store the entire Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II system with room to spare. The backpack effectively distributes the weight of multiple pieces of gear so photographers can carry it comfortably for long periods of time. It easily holds two OM-D E-M1 Mark II cameras with HLD-9 Powered Grips attached, M.ZUIKO Digital ED 7-14 mm f/2.8 PRO, M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-40 mm f/2.8 PRO, M.ZUIKO Digital ED 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO and M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300-mm f/4.0 IS PRO interchangeable lenses, along with other accessories and a laptop, throughout a day’s journey.
The 18 included partitions may be positioned or removed to customize the backpack’s storage pattern in order to match multiple system configuration and equipment needs. In addition to the main compartment opening, two openings on the left side of the backpack offer quick access to your camera for spontaneous shooting moments.
The same stainless lens mount used on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera is incorporated as an emblem on the back of the CBG-12 Premium Camera Backpack, assuring the user that it has been designed with same high level of reliability and mobility found in the Olympus OM-D series.
1. A compact design with storage capacity for the entire Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II system
The CBG-12 Premium Camera Backpack features outstanding storage capacity that easily houses an entire shooting system, including two Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II cameras with HLD-9 Powered Grips attached, M. ZUIKO Digital ED 7-14 mm f/2.8 PRO, M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-40 mm f/2.8 PRO, M.ZUIKO Digital ED 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO, and M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300 mm f/4.0 IS PRO interchangeable lenses, along with other accessories, such as a FL-900R electronic flash and a laptop. Despite its outstanding storage space, the backpack is compact enough to clear carry-on luggage standards for aircraft, allowing users to keep their gear nearby at all times.
2. Effective load distribution reduces fatigue
The CBG-12 is designed to minimize the load on the body when carrying equipment for long periods of time. Shoulder straps and a waist belt are equipped with the same type of stabilizers as mountain climbing rucksacks, so users can adjust the pack to customize it for their body. Properly tightening the chest straps helps keep the shoulder straps from shaking and stabilizes the body when carrying heavy equipment. The length and shape of the rear panel of the backpack has been carefully designed to appropriately distribute weight across the shoulders and waist and a thick lumbar pad decreases strain on users’ shoulders. A mesh pad with an open center helps keep your back cool.
3. Water-repellent, well-built materials for reliability in harsh conditions
The exterior of the CBG-12 is made of the same highly-durable, 2520D (denier) polyester material used in many outdoor backpacks. The exterior shell features water repellent capabilities to protect user’s gear and material is incorporated throughout to effectively cushion the backpack for added protection. Waterproof and abrasion resistant tarpaulin material is also used on the bottom of the backpack, an area that is particularly prone to soiling and scratching. Rubber feet on the bottom deliver enhanced dirt resistance and durability.
4. Various storage configurations to match any shooting situation
A total of 18 partitions are included in six different shapes to provide a variety of storage options. Cushioned and 12-mm thick, the partitions may be positioned or removed to perfectly complement the amount of equipment being stored. In addition to the main compartment opening, there are two side openings on the left side of the backpack that are wide enough for quick access to equipment including the OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera with attached HLD-9 Powered Grip.
5. The lens mount emblem indicates the OM-D series’ reliability and portability
The same stainless lens mount used on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera serves as an emblem on the back of the CBG-12 and assures the user that the backpack is designed with the same high level of reliability and mobility found in the OM-D series.
Yellow material lining the inner edges serves as a visual reminder to close the backpack
The edges of the main opening are lined with yellow material. When the fasteners are not closed, the yellow lining is visible from the outside, providing a noticeable visual reminder to close the backpack.
Two rain covers for harsh weather
Although the CBG-12 features excellent water repellent properties, it comes with two rain covers to protect against the elements. The wet cover can be stored separately from equipment after use.
The CBG-12 also comes with a water-repellent groundsheet to protect the backpack from getting dirty when placed on the ground.
The upper section of the backpack is equipped with a thick-padded handle designed for lifting the backpack when carrying heavy loads.
Straps for securing a telephoto lens
The backpack is fitted with internal straps for stabilizing and securing large lenses such as the M. ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO. To use, make sure the center of gravity of the lens is close to your back and then use the internal straps to prevent the lens from moving.
Excellent expandability with other cases
For even more storage, the separately available Soft Camera Case CS-42SF, CS-44SF, and subcases included with the CBG-10 can be attached to the waist belt strap. The CSCH-123 and CSCH-124 can also be attached to the shoulder straps for even more storage options.
Size, weight, and storage capacity
Size: Approx. 320mm x 490mm x 230mm (WxHxD, exterior dimensions of main backpack excluding protrusions); approx. 300mm x 440mm x 140mm (WxHxD, internal dimensions of main storage area)
Weight: Approx. 2.3 kg
Storage capacity: Approx. 20 liters
Includes 18 partitions in 6 types, 2 rain covers, and 1 water-repellent groundsheet
Pricing and Availability
The CBG-12 Premium Camera Backpack will be available in black beginning in December 2016 for an estimated street price of $399.99 CAD. For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: getolympus.com.
REVOLUTIONARY CAMERA PERFORMANCE: THE OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 MARK II ARRIVES
The new flagship Micro Four Thirds camera boasts world’s fastest sequential shooting1, superior autofocus accuracy, and world’s most effective image stabilization performance
Olympus has announced that its new flagship camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, is set to go on sale at the end of December 2016 for the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $2499.99 CAD. The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is the latest addition to the award-winning OM-D series and features incredible speed, outstanding image resolution and a host of new shooting features to meet the needs of the professional photographer.
The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is equipped with the newly-developed high-speed TruePic VIII Image Processor, which is 3.5 times faster than the previous TruePic processor used in the OM-D E-M1, and a new 20.4 megapixel Live MOS sensor equipped with 121 points of cross-type on-chip phase detection and contrast detection AF. These technologies work together with the camera’s silent electronic shutter to provide full-resolution RAW images at up to an unprecedented 60 frames per second in AF and AE lock, and up to 18 frames per second with continuous AF and AE tracking.
The OM-D E-M1 Mark II boasts a wide array of shooting features including the new Pro Capture Mode for lag-free shooting that enables the capture of split-second moments, a 50 Megapixel High-Res Shot Mode for images with incredible detail rivaling that of full-frame DSLRs, in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization that provides up to 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance, and 5-Axis Sync IS that provides the world’s most effective 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation2 when combined with the new M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO.
The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is weather sealed to be dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (down to 14° F/-10° C) in a compact lightweight design, ideal for shooting in all types of outdoor conditions.