OLYMPUS WEEKENDS ARE BACK!
Try the OM-D System on your own time and turf for 5-days, FREE!
Great news everyone! We have partnered with Olympus to bring you an amazing (AND FREE) equipment loaner program! Now you can try Olympus mirrorless cameras and lenses for a 5-day period. What does this mean? It means for 5 days, you get to test (play with) Olympus gear. See how these cameras and lenses will fit into your daily life and within your photography style. Click here to see some great photos that Olympus Weekenders have shared with us!
Here’s how it works:
- Start by browsing our available loaner products below. You can choose one camera and a lens or two, or just a couple lenses if you already own an OM-D camera. Then select your pick-up date from the listed “available dates” and email us at OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request your desired gear and pick-up date. NOTE: Reservations are by email only. We cannot guarantee a reservation as this is a first-to-email-first-served program. So, please look for a reservation confirmation email from us that will let you know whether or not you were the first to make your requested date for the items you want to try.
- Simply show up at Looking Glass Photo to pick-up your reserved gear on your confirmed date. Note: We will have an “Agreement” for you to sign (much like our rentals agreement) as well as a need a credit card or cash for a $500 completely refundable deposit. The agreement you will sign confirms that you will share some of your favorite digital images for promotional purposes (i.e., promotion of this loaner program and Olympus products on Looking Glass social media channels, web site and email newsletter. You will, of course, receive credit for your images.
- When your 5-day loaner period is done, you simply return the gear to us in the same condition in which you received it. 5-day loaner periods start on Thursdays, with a return date of no later than the following Tuesday.
OLYMPUS OM-D MIRRORLESS DIGITAL CAMERAS
Olympus OM-D E-M1 kit: a complete, full-featured package
The E-M1 gives you more freedom to take the shots you want, with all the image quality you expect. The E-M1 is the most advanced compact system camera ever produced. It is based on the Micro Four Thirds standard and comes packed with sophisticated technologies like the enhanced Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor, the world premiere of DUAL FAST AF and extended WiFi controls from your smartphone – all delivering outstanding image quality and performance, raising the OM-D series to a whole new level. This superiority is matched by a body design that has the perfect dimensions with a portable weight. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II kit: a high-end system camera
Ready, steady, clear – with the world‘s most powerful image stabilisation*. Ideal for capturing clear photos and movies in low light without a tripod. From vertical and horizontal angle rotations to vertical and horizontal shifts and rolling movements, built-in 5-Axis VCM IS compensates for every possible blur. It even delivers a clear image in the viewfinder for stable framing. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II kit: a small & lightweight classic design
The E-M10 Mark II – small and lightweight and ergonomically uncompromising, a camera that fits your discerning style and is the perfect companion to take everywhere you go. While featuring impressive metal-body build-quality, the E-M10 Mark II tilts the scales at a mere 390g* – so it will never weigh you down on the move. Beautifully built, classic design, it’s right up to date with the latest technologies for the finest images.Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/25 (Wed.), 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 kit: a camera that’s small on size, BIG on performance
The new E-M10 is a super-slim, beautifully designed, light-weight system camera offering amazing value for best performance in class. A Micro Four Thirds camera packed with sophisticated technologies: large electronic viewfinder, high performance 3-axis image stabilisation and high-speed auto-focus, it also comes equipped with built-in flash and WiFi. The E-M10 outperforms DSLR cameras both in size and imaging excellence!Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
M.ZUIKO PRIME (FIXED FOCAL LENGTH) LENSES
8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO
Expand your creative options with the new 8mm Fisheye PRO lens. Explore a new variety of fields or capture photographic expressions of everyday life as never seen before. The minimum focusing distance of 2.5 cm from the front of the lens and the small aperture let you add a new look to your macro shots. Captivating portraits, unbelievable starscapes, fascinating city lights and more are made possible with this fisheye lens. The robust construction means you can brave any weather to capture nature ‑ also at super‑close‑up thanks to powerful macro capability. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/19, 11/25 (Wed.), 12/3, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
9mm Fisheye Body Cap Lens
As creative as a body cap can get; It appears to be a protective body cap for your micro four-thirds camera, but this body cap also doubles as a fisheye lens with an 35mm equivalent focal length of 18mm. Incredibly slim and compact, the lens is ideal for traveling, always at the ready for instant snapshots wherever you go. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/19, 11/25 (Wed.), 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
15mm Body Cap Lens
Is It a Body Cap or a Lens? It’s Both. The 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Lens serves as a body cap when carrying the camera around without its interchangeable lens, and transforms to become a pan-focus snapshot lens to capture images. The lens is so thin – just 9mm thick – that it can easily be mistaken for a camera-mount body cap. It can be used as a wide-angle lens equivalent with a single focal length of 30mm (35mm camera equivalent). It is also compatible with manual focusing using a lever and capable of close-up shooting as close as 30 cm. A lens-protection barrier is provided so the lens can be mounted permanently on the camera and even put in a pocket together with the camera. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/19, 11/25 (Wed.), 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
Attractively packaged in a high‑grade, sleek metallic body, this is the ideal lens for taking enviable wide‑angle photos in a wide range of settings. Besides its suitability for shooting landscapes with optical clarity and precision, it can also be put to superb use in low light situations, as well as places where flashes or tripods are either not allowed or not practical. Despite its compact size, it delivers sophisticated image quality and a maximum aperture of f/2.0. Any fan of snapshot photography will also love this lens. It features a snapshot mechanism, which is activated simply by pulling the focusing ring back, with distance and depth of field indicators that allow users to focus without looking at the camera screen. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/25 (Wed.) – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
The 17mm (34mm) lens possesses outstanding image quality in a lightweight and extremely compact form. Its ultra‑bright f/1.8 aperture not only facilitates the ability to capture shots with eye‑catching depth of field blur, it also enables tripod‑free shooting in low light conditions – further accentuated by the in‑body image stabilization of the latest Olympus Micro Four Thirds System cameras. The lens also impresses due to its unique mechanisms for Snapshot Focusing and Movie & Stills Compatible (MSC) autofocusing as well as a special ZERO lens coating for high quality results. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/19, 11/25 (Wed.), 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
17mm f/2.8 Pancake
The 17mm Pancake (35mm equivalent focal length: 34mm) lens is even smaller than the already compact pancake lens for Four Thirds bodies. This Micro Four Thirds lens boasts the compactness to the limit with a mere 22mm in length and 71g in weight. The circular aperture diaphragm with 5 blades enables natural and smooth defocusing. This wide‑angle pancake lens with its ultra compact design is ideal for daily snapshots and as travel companion. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/19, 11/25 (Wed.), 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
The 25mm (50mm) lens offers incredible optical performance, beautiful bokeh at open apertures and impressive close‑focusing capability. The ultra‑bright f/1.8 aperture gives you full control of depth of field and outstanding low‑light photography, further accentuated by Olympus’ proprietary in‑body image stabilization technology which counteracts camera shake for sharp images shot hand‑held at long shutter speeds. Ideal for a wide range of photography, this standard focal length prime lens reproduces a field of view that feels natural to the human eye, for perfectly balanced proportions and is therefore an essential addition to your kit. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/19, 11/25 (Wed.), 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
Beautifully designed and affordably priced, this lens makes a sensational addition to any enthusiast’s camera kit. Thanks to its fast aperture, the high‑power prime lens is absolutely ideal for capturing people in portrait shots that really stand out, with beautiful background blur and vivid contrasts. It is also compatible for movie‑making as well, allowing users to shoot top‑quality films with extremely fast focusing. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
60mm f/2.8 Macro
Looking to take macro shots in high resolution with striking contrasts and supreme detail? The 60mm Macro lens delivers all of this and more, excelling above all in terms of image quality, versatility and resilience. Being a dedicated macro lens, it lets you take shots at close range in true (1:1) life size, as well as offering you continuous focusing from this distance to infinity. Built with incredible precision, it features an internal focus system with floating lenses that is capable of producing equally high image quality when shooting macro, landscapes, portraits, and more. Create shallow depth of field effects with its open aperture and really show off the contrast between razor‑sharp details and circular bokeh that this lens creates. It is also built to last on the outside ‑ with a dust and splashproof outer body and specialist protective coating for the lens glass itself. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/25 (Wed.), 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
Any photo enthusiast interested or specialized in taking portraits and indoor shots will certainly reap the benefits of this high-performance prime lens. It delivers uncompromised image quality – even with a super-bright open aperture of f/1.8 – standing out with crisp contrast, edge-to-edge precision, high resolution and low aberration. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
The 9‑18mm (35mm equivalent focal length: 18‑36mm) expands the new lens system. The ultra compactness is undeniable with its weight of only 155g and a total length of 49.5mm, possible through the retractable parking mechanism. It is not only the amazing compactness that satisfies. You can easily create powerful effects of perspective or use it for excellent close‑up shooting with a minimum distance of 25cm from the lens front. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/19, 11/25 (Wed.), 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
7‑14mm f/2.8 PRO
Compact, lightweight construction goes hand-in-hand with a robust build on the 7‑14mm PRO lens. Its dust, splash & freeze‑proof performance makes this super‑wide‑angle zoom lens perfect for shooting even in severe environments ‑ giving you full mobility on all your photography excursions. It has also been specifically engineered to work with the OLYMPUS camera’s built‑in image stabilization so you can capture sharp hand‑held nightscape shots. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
M.ZUIKO STANDARD ZOOM LENSES
12‑40mm f/2.8 PRO
The 12‑40mm PRO lens is engineered to meet the needs of professional photographers in all respects. When combined with the OLYMPUS OM‑D, this large‑aperture lens achieves the reputation of an unbelievably fast AF high‑performance standard zoom. Its constant bright aperture value of 2.8 at all focal lengths (equivalent to 24‑80mm on a 35mm camera), combined with other sophisticated technologies including an MSC and Manual Focus Clutch mechanism, deliver high‑grade image creation for a wide range of photographic styles, regardless of lighting conditions and distance. The compact and lightweight design also has a dustproof and splashproof construction compliant with professional use, expanding shooting capabilities even in the most testing of environments. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
12‑50mm f/3.5‑6.3 EZ
The 12‑50mm comes with a new ultra‑smooth, near‑silent electromagnetic zoom mechanism that powers the lens on its own ‑ no potentially jerky wristwork required. This makes it easy for anyone to make great movies. Add in variable zoom speed and blazing quick auto focus, and it’s the perfect zoom lens for recording movies and portraits. It’s also ideal for high‑quality macros or wide‑angle shots. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/19, 11/25 (Wed.), 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
14‑150mm f/4.0‑5.6 II
The 14‑150mm is a high‑powered zoom for all your needs ‑ from wide angle to telephoto. Packed in a compact, lightweight design, it eliminates the need to constantly change lenses ‑ leaving you to quickly catch the perfect photo opportunity. Its robust dustproof and splashproof construction lets you shoot wherever your travels take you. To ensure pristine imaging performance at all times, the surface of the lens features the special ZERO (ZUIKO Extra‑low Reflection Optical) coating from OLYMPUS. It eliminates ghosting and flaring, for example when shooting against the light, and helps prevent scratches and degradation. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/19, 11/25 (Wed.), 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
M.ZUIKO TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENSES
40‑150mm f/4.0‑5.6 R
The latest generation of the 40‑150mm (35mm equivalent focal length: 40‑300mm) has now arrived. It features a brand new optimized overall design in a stylish metal look. It’s small, lightweight and variable in performance, perfect for close‑up portraits or long distant scenes and it is flexible for indoor or outdoor use. You can use this high power zoom as perfect companion of your standard kit lens without travelling with too much equipment. It comes with a unique screw drive mechanism, which is especially quiet and fast (MSC) perfect for shooting films and taking rapid‑fire still shots. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/19, 11/25 (Wed.), 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.
40‑150mm f/2.8 PRO
Now there’s a Micro Four Thirds telephoto lens that brings out the absolute highest imaging quality the camera has to offer. Extremely compact and lightweight, it offers amazing portability for a lens of this pro class ‑ with a focal range of 40 to 150mm (80 to 300mm equivalent to a 35mm film camera). This powerful lens also delivers fast autofocus and a 70cm minimum focus distance at all focal lengths and more essential pro features perfect for wedding, wildlife and sport photography. Available Thursday pick-up dates: COMPLETELY BOOKED.
75‑300mm f/4.8‑6.7 II
This is a Micro Four Thirds super telephoto lens for those long shots off in the distance, which you can magically bring nearer at a turn of the wrist. Extremely compact and lightweight it offers an equivalent range of 150-600mm on a 35mm film camera. Now you can capture that sense of being close to your subject without having to get so near. This high-power lens has two additional benefits. It comes with a unique screw drive mechanism, which is especially quiet for shooting films and has a very fast auto-focus function (MSC) for taking rapid-fire still shots. Available Thursday pick-up dates: 11/19, 11/25 (Wed.), 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 – email OlympusWeekends@gmail.com to request a reservation.