New Photography Website for Four Thirds users

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Ian Burley of Digital Photography Now has started a new website just for Four Thirds digital SLR cameras. You may find some very interesting information there, we particularly liked this article about Image Stabilisation. It also shows what happens when you fit the OIS Leica Vario Elmarit 14-50mm on the E-510 (IS vs Leica OIS).


The World Wide Web, Tuesday, 24th July, 2007 – Anyone interested in the Four Thirds digital SLR camera system, which comprises cameras, lenses and system accessories manufactured by Olympus, Panasonic Lumix, Sigma and Leica (Digilux) has a new online resource at their disposal from today. It’s Four Thirds User ( featuring news, in-depth reviews, tutorials, a wiki-style interactive knowledge base and an integrated discussion forum and user photo gallery. To celebrate the launch of the new site, Four Thirds User running a prize draw to give away an Olympus E-510 DSLR camera, the most recently introduced Four Thirds camera model.

Four Thirds User, or ‘FTU’ for short, is run by Ian Burley, who also edits Digital Photography Now (, which he founded in 2001. He explains: “I’m a life-long photography enthusiast and cameras of all makes interest me but I have been particularly interested in the Four Thirds standard as it’s the only DSLR system designed from the ground up to be digital. Four Thirds appears to be going from strength-to-strength this year and interest has definitely grown. I have long felt that there has been a need for a resource like Four Thirds User partly because there continues to be a lot of misunderstanding of the Four Thirds concepts and technologies. Now is the right time to do it.”

Being a specialist site catering for an audience with a particular common interest FTU can routinely produce targeted content that more general publications can only justify publishing from time-to-time, if at all. “We’ve received a lot of behind-the-scenes support and encouragement from the companies that form the Four Thirds consortium. I doubt we could have embarked on this project without that encouragement. It’s going to be a lot of fun running FTU,” says Ian, though he’s keen to emphasise that FTU is complementary to DPNow, which will continue to be independent and impartial in its coverage of the general digital photography scene.

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