May 14: Olympus has announced the release of a special edition of its award-winning OM-D E-M5 Mk II, limited to just 7,000 units. The titanium-clad version of the camera pays homage to the classic OM-3Ti, one of the most revered Olympus SLR cameras. Says Olympus, “For fans of landmark high-end cameras, the 1994 OM-3Ti is an all-time classic, and now collectors can acquire a contemporary homage to this titanium-clad SLR icon: a limited-edition version of its most recent OM-D descendant, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II.”
In addition to the titanium colour, the Limited Edition differs from the regular model with a special OM-D-branded leather strap, an owner’s card bearing a quote from legendary OM designer, Yoshihisa Maitani, and a premium-stitched leather case for the card. A number between one and 7,000 will appear on the other side of the card, as only 7,000 of these cameras are due to be made.
The 1980s and 90s cemented the OM series’ reputation for compact, lightweight, go-anywhere system cameras, as well as innovations such as the air damper that muffled the shock of mirror movement or the multi-spot metering mechanism beloved of professional owners of the OM-4. The E-M5 Mk II continues this tradition with its compact dimensions, rugged build, and the 5-axis image stabilization system, which was singled out by the TIPA European awards jury when naming the OM-D E-M5 Mk II ‘Best Compact System Camera Expert’ at this year’s awards.
Other notable specification includes: 16.1 megapixel 4/3 Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII processor, 2.36 million-dot electronic viewfinder, 3in 1,037k-dot swivel touch screen LCD monitor, 81-point fast tracking AF, 10fps burst at full resolution, and a special ‘High-Res Shot’ option that is said to deliver resolution equivalent to a 40 megapixel sensor by combining eight shots onto a single JPEG using sensor shift.
OM-D E-M5 Mk II Limited Edition body only: £999.99
OM-D E-M5 Mk II Limited Edition & M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 lens kit*: £1349.99
(*This kit version available exclusively from Jessops)
Sales Start Date: June 2015
For more details: www.olympus.co.uk/cameras