Olympus Photo Safari Group Announcements

The Olympus Photo Safari Group is a worldwide organisation of passionate photographers who appreciate the value of shooting with Olympus DSLRs... we regularly organise events where we can meet each other socially, enjoy shooting interesting subjects and inspire each other to learn more...


Olympus Photo Safari Group : PAD Project

Hello everyone,

we now have a Photo A Day area for Safari Group members to post our photographs on a daily basis, just click on the Photo A Day link at the bottom of the Navigation menu to the left.

We have our first few members taking part - so keep an eye on the Photo A Day section for inspiring photography moving forward! Please do consider joining this exciting project... it's been the biggest motivator for my own photography and I guarantee can work for you too!




Free Lightzone Workshop...

Hello everyone,

as you may know, I've been a long term advocate of Lightzone for raw conversion and post processing...

I'm very excited to announce that we now have an on-line workshop with a monthly contest to win a free copy of Lightzone here.

I'm hoping this will become a very well populated discussion for people to discuss photographic visualisation and post processing. Lightzone has the advantage of being extremely transparent - you can see every step someone has made to transform an original image inside the application.

Here's an example of an image I took with the E-P2 + 20mm f1.7 last weekend.

E-P2 + 20mm f1.7
1/60s f/5.6 at 20.0mm iso200

The image was very strongly affected by sun flare... I was able to create this rendition using Lightzone.

Hope to see you over there for a great learning experience!




E-P1 firmware 1.2 released - improves CDAF speed. 

Hello everyone,

great news for all E-P1 owners... Olympus have released Firmware 1.2 for the E-P1.

Version 1.1 firmware for the Lumix 20mm f1.7 is also available.

The good news - it's significantly improved the responsiveness and focusing speed with 17mm f2.8, 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 and 20mm f1.7 - all just exercised.

My gut feeling is that Olympus have halved the gap in focusing speed, between their last firmware revision and Panasonic's G1/GH1/GF1 focusing speed. Not a dramatic improvement (we're only talking 10'ths of a second difference here) - but noticable.

Update your E-P1 now - you do this by plugging into your machine running Olympus Master/Studio while connected to the internet.

Make sure you have a fully charged battery installed first, and follow the instructions on screen.

Kind Regards



A new m4/3rds forum...

Hello everyone,

our friend Amin Sabet has just created a forum dedicated to m4/3rds users.

Amin has asked me to be a moderator on the forum, so I'll be hanging around there quite a bit - hopefully we can help to make it a special place for passionate photographers to learn and share experience.

I hope to see you at the new forum here :





Farrukh is pushing his boundaries...

I've been watching fellow Safari Group member Farrukh's work evolve over the last few months with the E-P1, and - as with each new production, I think this is his best work yet.

It's very exciting to see a fellow photographer persue his passion and make such obvious progress!

Congratulations Farrukh, I hope we can meet at a future Olympus Photo Safari Group event!

Kind Regards